It's been a while since users actually benefited from a feud between companies and Intel vs. AMD in the past was one of the best examples, but this time it’s Intel versus Nvidia. So, since Nvidia threatened “opening a can of whoop ass,” it was only fair to deliver on that promise.
Nvidia’s delivery comes in a form of a single-chip integrated chipset for “small factor notebooks” as Nvidia claims. MCP79 features a DX10 Geforce graphics controller with Shader Model 4.0, Nvidia’s VP3 video processor and HybridPower/HybridSLI/Hybrid Performance.
Furthermore, MCP79 comes with a single-channel TMDS interface for HDMI 1.2, 1066MHz FSB, 800MHz DDR2, 1333MHz DDR3 support, 3Gpbs SATA/eSATA, Nvidia DriverCache, GbE controller, High Definition Audio, TPM 1.2 and up to 20 PCIe 2.0 lanes.
However, that’s not all, since Nvidia plans six more MCP79 products. Ranging from low-end MCP79ML (without RAID 0/1, PCIe x16, DisplayCache and DriverCache), MCP79GLM (Quadro-based graphics controller) to MCP79-SLI (supporting SLI of course), MCP79MH, MCP79MX and MCP79MVL.
We also learned that MCP79 will find its place in large notebooks, too.
So, let’s just sit back, grab some chips and watch them duke it out, while we continue to get quality products. And no, I don’t mean Centrinos, I’m talking about Doritos.
Published in PC Hardware
Nvidia's "Can of whoop ass" chipset is on the way
by on24 April 2008
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