XFX nForce 630i / GeForce 7150 Review :: Conclusion

02-29-2008 · Category: Motherboards

By Ben Sun

XFX nForce 630i / GeForce 7150 Review

XFX did a wonderful job with their nForce 630i and GeForce 7150 solution. The board has plenty of the features that you need to run the latest Intel CPUs and has integrated graphics that donít suck as well for the Home Theater PC market. With a price point of $79, the board fits well into the mainstream Intel motherboard market The announcement of the 8200 integrated graphics chipset for the AMD Athlon market brings true DX10 hardware to NVIDIA motherboard chipsets but the corresponding Intel chipset has not been announced as of yet. To get excellent gaming performance the only real solution on the Intel platform is to buy a discrete graphics card and upgrade.

The HTPC user will love the integrated graphics card on this board, as it has HDMI, DVI and VGA ports, meaning you can attach any kind of monitor to it and itíll work out of the box and has PureVideo capabilities to play the latest Blu-Ray and HD-DVD movies. One thing about the GeForce 7150 is that with the release of Windows Vista and DirectX10 you canít play the latest games like Crysis in DirectX 10 mode. For that you need an 8xxx or 2xxx series NVIDIA or ATI card. Performance on the integrated graphics from ANY manufacturer is not likely to be sufficient to play those games at an acceptable framerate. After gaming with an 8800 Ultra and a 3870X2 card, playing DirectX 10 games on an 82xx or 34xx class card is not acceptable. That being said, the integrated graphics of the 7150 is capable of running DirectX 9 games with decent performance and features and the enthusiast wouldnít want to run any integrated graphics on their home computer.