In conclusion the nVIDIA GeForce 7050PV offers a modest
upgrade over the GeForce 6150 and brings nVIDIA up to spec with AMD and its 690G
The nVIDIA GeForce 7050PV addresses two main areas where
the GeForce 6150 was seriously lacking today's multimedia heavy homes. With the
inclusion of native HDMI and more importantly HDCP support, the GeForce 7050PV
allows you to play encrypted Blu-Ray/HD-DVD content on a large HDTV.
Time will tell whether the nVIDIA GeForce 7050PV will be
as successful as the GeForce 6150 was, but at this point PCSTATS would be just
as happy building a system on either nVIDIA's GeForce 7050PV or AMD's 690G.
Although, given the track record of nVIDIA with chipsets, I'm starting to lean
towards the GeForce 7050PV for my future Home Theatre PC...
The Biostar TF7050-M2 motherboard retails for about $98 CDN ($90 USD, £43GBP), or for a little less than
that at ZipZoomFly.com. Elsewhere, NCIX and ClubIT also have the board in stock. Either way you cut
it, the nVidia 7050PV is as affordable as AMD's 690G platform.
As PCSTATS has seen in this review, the board has a
decent set of integrated goodies; 4 Serial ATA II ports, a Gigabit network card,
7.1 channel High Definition Azalia audio controller and of course the integrated
GeForce 7050 videocard. Biostar is clearly aiming the TF7050-M2 at the home
theatre market, and we are very pleased that it integrates both S-Video and HDMI
video outputs into the rear I/O of the motherboard. HDMI in particular is the
connection standard of choice for High Definition content, as it transfers video
signals and audio over one compact cable.
From a performance
standpoint in Windows Vista Ultimate, the Biostar TF7050-M2 motherboard handled all
the benchmarks PCSTATS threw at it very well. In the office oriented benchmarks
and the handful of DirectX 9.0C compliant games we were able to test with in
Vista this board held its own. While the onboard GeForce 7050 videocard is the
fastest integrated thing available, none of the
onboard graphics options are truly 3D videogame ready. Repeat, none. In 2D
applications the GeForce 7050 and indeed the AMD 690G are more than sufficient
for the task.
The GeForce 7050PV chipset will not allow you to run an
expanded desktop if a stand alone PCI Express videocard is installed (ie three
monitors, two connected to the videocard, one to the motherboard). However with
a videocard like the popular GeForce 8800GTS 320MB plugged in, performance is
The Biostar TF7050-M2 motherboard was even pretty good
at overclocking, it hit a maximum motherboard clock speed of 285 MHz! There were
some pretty decent memory tweaking options in the BIOS as well, it's nice to see
that even though this board is aimed at the entry level market it still has a
bit of flair.
Expect a flurry of nVIDIA GeForce 7050PV motherboards to
hit the streets - nVIDIA has itself a great chipset here. Biostar has done an
excellent with the TF7050-M2 motherboard and you'll be well served if it fits
into the mold of your new PC.
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