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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  • Johnmcl7 - Wednesday, September 21, 2005 - link

    That was exactly what I was thinking, as far as I'm aware the Xpress200 integrated graphics card is only a two pipeline solution.

  • toyota - Wednesday, September 21, 2005 - link

    are we the only ones that noticed?? i wish they would correct this then. anandtech made the 2 pipeline nvidia sound inferior to the ati. everthing that i have seen says 2 pipelines for the ati too. i would like a correction or explanation. Reply
  • Johnmcl7 - Wednesday, September 21, 2005 - link

    Looks like it, even though we seem to be stuck in bold now!

    It's a fairly large mistake, as it means the nvidia chip is likely to offer similar performance or better, rather significantly inferior.

  • TrogdorJW - Wednesday, September 21, 2005 - link

    Wow... we need to add editing to posts. At least for some of the admins/writers....

    Here, let's try to kill the bold.

    Did it work? (I think there were two stray bold tags.)
  • TrogdorJW - Wednesday, September 21, 2005 - link

    Hooray! :D Reply
  • xsilver - Tuesday, September 20, 2005 - link

    To those naysayers thinking that nvidia is going to stumble under the 90nm process, it doesnt look good. Granted this chip is much simpler than the r520

    Or could it be the reason it is only 2 pixel pipelines due to yield issues with the low nm? interesting....
  • JarredWalton - Tuesday, September 20, 2005 - link

    I think there's about 50 to 100 million transistors in the typical chipset already, so adding ~25 million for a two pixel pipeline GPU isn't insignificant. (Just guessing on numbers - I could be off.) Certainly, we're not talking 300 million transistors like G70 or R520, but chipsets have a lot of other stuff without adding a GPU core. 475 MHz on the GPU sounds at least somewhat promising. Reply
  • tfranzese - Wednesday, September 21, 2005 - link

    But, don't forget they split it into a two chip solution now. This isn't simply adding the transistor counts of the GPU to the previous chipset's. Reply
  • JarredWalton - Thursday, September 22, 2005 - link

    True. Of course, GPU manufacturers want to protect their discrete graphics markets. You also won't get discrete GPU performance without adding on-board (or on-chip) RAM, as the shared memory doesn't offer nearly enough bandwidth for a high-powered GPU. If ATI or NVIDIA could develop a board with high-powered IGP - like say 8 pipelines or more - but that chipset cost $100 instead of $50, board manufacturers and end users wouldn't buy it. They try to add as much power to the IGP as possible without increasing costs much, which leads to things like shared RAM and 2 pipelines. At least, that's my take. Reply
  • Doormat - Tuesday, September 20, 2005 - link

    NEXT. No HDMI out = no hi-def video replay under windows Vista. Good thinkin' nVidia. Reply

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