XFX nForce 630i / GeForce 7150 Review :: nForce 630i Features

02-29-2008 · Category: Motherboards

By Ben Sun
XFX MG-630I-7159 Spec Sheet
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Part NumberMG-630I-7159
ManufacturerXFX
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ChipsetNvidia NVIDIA nForce 630i/GeForce 7150
North BridgeNvidia nForce 630i
SocketLGA775 Socket
Processor TypesQuad Core, Core 2 Extreme, Core 2 Duo, Pentium 4, Pentium D
Number of CPUs1
Front Side Bus1333/1066MHz
Memory TypeDDR2
Memory ChannelsDual
Maximum Memory8GB
External GraphicsPCI Express x16
IGPNvidia GeForce 7150
South BridgeNvidia GeForce 7150
Audio8-channel
IDE133/100/66/33
SCSINone
SATA3.0 GB/s
RAID0, 1, 0+1, 5
LAN10/100/1000 x2
FirewireIEEE 1394a
USBUSB 2.0
Expansion Slots
BIOSPhoenix
Form FactorATX
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  • 10 USB 2.0 ports
  • Four SATA 3Gb/second ports
  • 18 PCI Express lanes (1x x16 lane 2 PCI Express x1 lanes)
  • MediaShield
  • 5 PCI slots              
  • GeForce 7150 Features
  • 630MHz Core clock
  • Shader Model 3.0
  • Windows Vista Premium capable

Board Features


SATA/PATA Drives

4/2/1 eSATA

SATA Speed

3.0Gb/s

PCI-E

(1) PCI-E x16, (1) PCI-E x1

Supported CPUs

Core 2 Extreme (dual and quad core), Core 2 Duo, Core 2 Quad, Celeron D, Pentium 4, Pentium 4, Pentium D 9XX, Pentium D 8XX

JEDEC DDR2 Memory

800 MHz

System Memory

240-pin DDR2 up to 4GB (2)

USB

USB 2.0 ports (10)

RAID

0,1,0+1,5

Native Gigabit Ethernet Connections

1

Chipset

NVIDIA nForce 630i MCP / GeForce 7150

PCI Slot

2

Front Side Bus

1333 MHz with supporting CPU

Audio

8-Channel High Definition Audio

Socket

Intel Socket 775

LAN

Integrated Gigabit LAN

Highlighted Features

Windows Vista Ready , nTune Utility , NVIDIA MediaShield Storage Technology

 

Features
High Definition Audio (HDA)

High definition audio brings consumer electronics quality sound to the PC delivering high quality sound from multiple channels. Using HDA, systems can deliver 192kHz/32-bit quality for eight channels, supporting new audio formats.

Networking with NVIDIA nForce

NVIDIA networking delivers the highest network throughput at the lowest CPU utilization. The manageable and stable NVIDIA networking solution results in better networking management and a lower total cost of ownership. Only NVIDIA integrates this level of networking features to allow you to take your online experience to the next level.

NVIDIA MediaShield Storage

Suite of features that safeguards your most important digital media assets; always reliable, scalable, and accessible. Includes RAID and SATA drive support.

NVIDIA Native Gigabit Ethernet

The industry's fastest Gigabit Ethernet performance eliminates network bottlenecks and improves overall system efficiency and performance.

PCI Express

Designed to run with PCI Express bus architecture. This bus doubles the bandwidth of AGP 8X, delivering 4GB/s of upstream data transfer and 4GB/s of downstream data transfer.

USB 2.0

A standard plug-and-play interface that provides easy-to-use connectivity for USB devices.

Windows Vista Capable

NVIDIA nForce-based motherboards are perfect for Microsoft Windows Vista when coupled with an NVIDIAGeForce GPU and 512MB of system memory.

The nForce 630 chipset is NVIDIA’s mainstream chipset on their market designed to compete against Intel’s G965 platform of motherboard chipsets. In this particular case, NVIDIA decided to go to a single chip solution for the chipset and integrated video with a MCP (Media Communications Processor) Key features of the chipset include 18 PCI Express lanes split into one x16 lane slot and two PCI Express x1 lanes. This means that you can install an external graphics card to improve performance versus the integrated graphics. A new integrated chipset the 8200 has been released with a new feature called Hybrid SLI, allowing the user to install an 8400 graphics card and increase performance. This feature is only available on the AMD platform at the moment with the 8200 integrated graphics.


XFX nForce 630i / GeForce 7150 Review nForce 630i and 7150 diagram

nForce 630i and 7150 diagram


Speaking of which, the integrated graphics is based upon NVIDIA’s GeForce 7xxx series of discrete graphics cards. The 7800GTX was launched in early 2007 as the replacement for NVIDIA’s 6800 series of cards, with 7600, 7300, and now 71xx series chips making up the mainstream and value segment of the market.  DirectX 9.0 Shader Model 3 introduced features such as near infinite length shader programs, HDR and many other features we’ve covered exhaustively with the various GeForce 6/7 reviews in the past. Many of the games being released today support SM 3.0 at the minimum making it a good start to base a mainstream integrated video chip on. As we move further into 2008 we’ll likely see an Intel 8xxx series integrated chipset from NVIDIA that fully supports DirectX 10 SM4.0. You can assign up to 512MB of memory to the integrated graphics, meaning that games likely won’t run out of frame buffer memory with the integrated graphics.

Microsoft Windows Vista is the operating system of choice for new computer builders. The 7150 can run Windows Vista Premium’s Aero GUI without a problem. Some Intel chipsets have an issue with Aero but the latest Intel integrated graphics chipsets support DirectX 9 SM3.0 and DX10 4.0, meaning that they should have no problem with Aero and don’t. The nForce 630i chipset supports the latest Intel LGA-775 CPUs up to and including the 1333MHz Yorkfield CPUs such as the 9650 and 8400 series CPUs. Intel is releasing their 1600MHz CPUs to the market in the form of the QX9770, but the only chipset that officially supports it at the moment is the X48 chipset upcoming from Intel and the nForce 790i SLI chipset forthcoming from. It is possible to use 1600MHz CPUs on other boards, as the nForce 780i was able to use a QX9770 CPU without issue, but it’s not officially supported.