nVIDIA GeForce 7050PV/nForce 630a chipset has integrated two features that everyone who likes watching High Definition content
wants badly... HDMI and HDCP. If those acronyms have your mind swimming, don't fret
what each basically represents is an easier more centralized of
viewing High Definition content outside of the PC or even on the monitor.
HDCP ensures Blu-Ray and HD-DVD plays at its full resolution, while
HDMI allows you to output that high quality signal to an HDTV simply.
The GeForce 7050PV offers video output options on par with AMD's impressive 690G
chipset, and realistically either option is a good choice. Built on TSMC's 80 nm
manufacturing process, nVIDIA was able to integrate the GeForce 7050PV
Northbridge and nForce 630a Southbridge into a single tiny slab of silicon.
In practical terms this means compact motherboards based on this
chipset should run pretty cheap because there is only one core logic.
If you look at the chipset on the Biostar TF7050-M2 motherboard
(at left) we can clearly see "NF-7050SE-630A-A2" marked onto the
silicon. This indicates that the A2 stepping is for the retail market.
The GeForce 7050PV-nForce 630a
support nVIDIA's PureVideo and the onboard GeForce 7 series videocard is DirectX 9.0C and ShaderModel
3.0 compatible (Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate Ready). The GeForce 7050 onboard graphics does not
have its own memory and will grab a bit of system memory for
its own use, up to 256MB.
The GeForce 7050 supports an integrated HDMI connector
although it's up to the manufacturer to implement it on the motherboard. HDCP is
now supported by default, that means you get to watch high definition content at
maximum settings whether you're viewing it on your computer monitor or
television. Of course if you want to watch standard definition video, the
GeForce 7050 will output that via a S-Video or analog monitor
cable without any issues too.
There really aren't
any significant differences between the GeForce 7050PV and the GeForce 6150
other than the two items that we mentioned up above. This is a really smart move
by nVIDIA because the GeForce 6150 chipset is one of the most popular
chipsets that PCSTATS has ever tested.
features are an integrated TV encoder, DVI and 15 pin DSub monitor support. nVIDIA's
GeForce 7050PV does support dual monitors (if the manufacturer allows for two
connectors), but because of the chipset design one monitor (or TV) will have to use
an digital signal like DVI or HDMI while the other uses the analog (like the 15 pin
DSub or S-Video channel).
||NVIDIA GeForce 7050PV and NVIDIA nForce
||NVIDIA GeForce 7025 and NVIDIA nForce
||NVIDIA GeForce 6150 and NVIDIA nForce 430
GeForce 6100 and NVIDIA nForce 430
||NVIDIA GeForce 6100 and NVIDIA nForce
939/AM2 Athlon 64/X2/FX / Sempron |
|DirectX 9.0c Shader Model 3.0
||(1) x16 (3) x1
||(1) x16 (3) x1
||(1) x16 (2) x1
||(1) x16 and
(1) x1 |
||0, 1, 0+1,
||0, 1 |
|NVIDIA ActiveArmor Firewall
In terms of
expansion the GeForce 7050PV-nForce 630a chipset supports a PCI Express x16 slot
and three PCI Express x1 slots along with
five PCI bus mastering slots. There are a total of 19 PCI Express
lanes available within the chipset itself. The expansion configuration is entirely at the
manufacturer's discretion. The motherboard chipset has an integrated 7.1
channel High Definition Intel Azalia audio controller which is standard fare
The nForce 630a can handle up to four Serial ATA II devices
(which support RAID modes 0, 1, 0+1 and 5) along with a single parallel IDE channel,
most likely for 2 optical drives. There is a Gigabit Ethernet MAC integrated into the Southbridge,
and finally twelve USB 2.0 ports (although only ten are available on the Biostar
the specs on paper the nVIDIA GeForce 7050PV and its main rival AMD's 690G are
pretty much on par
with each other. The momentum definitely seems to be behind nVIDIA, particularly if you consider how
successful its GeForce 6100 series was. However PCSTATS has on the
whole been impressed with the AMD 690G and we're not ready to count out
either solution yet.
Now let's check out some of the Biostar
TF7050-M2's motherboard highlights.