NVIDIA announced today the introduction of an Integrated Graphics chipset for the AMD Athlon 64 processor. The GeForce 6100, the new NVIDIA chipset, brings a number of firsts to the market. According to NVIDIA:
  • The GeForce 6100 series is the first 90nm GPU to hit the market.
  • The nForce 400 series Southbridges, which are combined with the 6100 Northbridge, are the first NVIDIA chips to support Azalia (HD Audio).
  • The GeForce 6100 is the first to support high-definition video while still providing customers the ability to offer component-out, composite-out and S-Video-out jacks right on the backplane.
  • First UMA (memory sharing) solution to support both DirectX 9.0 and Shader Model 3.
  • Optimized for digital media applications such as Daz Studio and Pinnacle Studio 10, along with mainstream games such as Sims2 and Lego Star Wars.
  • Boards are all micro-ATX, and many manufacturers plan living room/convergence boxes that look more like video/hifi components than computers.
Chipsets are now available to OEMs for board manufacturing and system building. Motherboards and Systems should be available for sale in early October.

The GeForce 6100 Family
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  • R3MF - Tuesday, September 20, 2005 - link

    nor me, AA works fine with the 5.10's. Reply
  • Live - Thursday, September 22, 2005 - link

    Cant say nothing about your situation. But start stressing the system with long multiple downloads and updating drivers seem to cause a lot of problems for a lot of people. So many as to cast serious doubt about the condition of AA and NAM. Reply
  • Live - Tuesday, September 20, 2005 - link

    Anandtech forums are full of posts about Active Armor not working.

    http://forums.anandtech.com/messageview.aspx?catid...">http://forums.anandtech.com/messageview...amp;thre...

    http://forums.anandtech.com/messageview.aspx?catid...">http://forums.anandtech.com/messageview...amp;thre...

    http://forums.anandtech.com/messageview.aspx?catid...">http://forums.anandtech.com/messageview...amp;thre...

    Tons more but I think you get the picture. Something is broken with it. Or there is some non obvious way to set it up that only Nvidia and you know about :)
    Reply
  • Tanclearas - Wednesday, September 21, 2005 - link

    Great links!

    Further to that, a simple experiment is to simply install one of the previous nForce Platform driver sets (6.39, 6.53) and get the firewall up and running. Once you're comfortable, install any newer driver and activate AA/NAM. Chances are very good that you'll encounter instabilities and BSOD's before too long.

    Just to head off people with "helpful" suggestions, I have uninstalled previous drivers, used Driver Cleaner Pro, etc all to no avail. I had 6.39 up and running without any problems, but every attempt to upgrade (using any method, to any newer driver set) results in BSOD's. I don't think it's reasonable to expect people to do a fresh install of Windows every time there is a new driver. I would have stayed with 6.39, but I was trying to resolve crashing issues in BF2, and part of their resolution steps include updating drivers. I can't really bitch about BF2 if I don't at least attempt their solutions.
    Reply
  • yacoub - Tuesday, September 20, 2005 - link

    This is essentially nForce5 then? Or still using nForce4 for the southbridge chip? Reply
  • Josh7289 - Tuesday, September 20, 2005 - link

    quote:

    This is essentially nForce5 then? Or still using nForce4 for the southbridge chip?


    No, not at all. This is like nForce4 for the mainstream/integrated GPU market, with no SLI support and the like.

    This Nvidia integrated GPU platform does definitely look much better than ATI's Radeon Xpress 200 (RS480), which I have and use for gaming on integrated video. I'm getting a 6600 GT soon, though.

    Man, Nvidia is absolutey crushing ATI in almost every department these days.
    Reply
  • segagenesis - Tuesday, September 20, 2005 - link

    Article summary says it all... this has potential for being the all inclusive HTPC mainboard of choice. Anyone have info on what the HD audio will offer? Dolby Digital Live yes/no? If the integrated video has as good HDTV support as ATI (in my experience, nvidia cards on HDTV = suckage) then im sold on one. Reply
  • tayhimself - Wednesday, September 21, 2005 - link

    No soudnstorm or Dolby Digital Encoding support. I hope nforce5 has it. :( Reply
  • R3MF - Tuesday, September 20, 2005 - link

    about time nVidia implemented HD audio. :)

    two questions:
    > "mATX only"?
    > will there be triple screen support like the Xpress200 + ATI GPU combination?
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  • Wesley Fink - Tuesday, September 20, 2005 - link

    nVidia says that installing a PCIe video card will NOT automatically disable on-board video. That sounds like the 3 monitor setup is an available option. Reply

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