XFX nForce 630i GeForce 7150 Motherboard - HotHardware

XFX nForce 630i GeForce 7150 Motherboard

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As enthusiasts, we aren't too fond of the idea of running a PC with integrated video. Like many of you, we prefer a discreet video card for the performance benefits, even if it has to be an entry-level solution. Despite that fact, though, most of the monitors in homes and offices across the world are connected to IGPs, and not to dedicated video cards. We love the latest flagship graphics cards as much as the next enthusiast, but we aren't completely impractical. We realize that integrated video is more than sufficient for the majority of users who spend 99% of their time surfing the web, e-mailing, blogging, shopping or playing 2D games like Solitaire.

Today, we are going to take a look at a motherboard for the Intel platform from XFX that offers an integrated video solution. The naming of this board skipped the creative department at XFX and went straight to the dry model number assigning team; the end result is the MG-630I-7159.  The board is a micro-ATX solution based on the NVIDIA nForce 630i MCP and GeForce 7150 mGPU. This board sports Intel's LGA775 socket and support for the Core 2, Pentium D, Pentium 4 and Celeron D CPU families. It features 1333 MHz front-side bus (FSB) support and will accept up to 4GB of 800 MHz DDR2 memory, which runs in single-channel mode (unfortunately). On the video side of things, XFX's implementation of the GeForce 7150 GPU boasts a 650 MHz core clock, support for up to 256MB of memory, DirectX 9 Shader Model 3.0 support and three outputs (HDMI, DVI and VGA).

 

XFX nForce 630i / GeForce 7150
Specifications & Features



KEY FEATURES:

nForce 630i MCP
• Intel Socket 775 processors
• NVIDIA nForce 630i MCP
• 1333 MHz
• 2 240-pin DDR2 up to 4GB (single channel)
• True x16 PCI Express support
• 4 onboard 3Gb/s SATA ports
• Gigabit ethernet port
• 10 USB 2.0 ports
• 8-channel High Definition Audio (HDA) w/ SPDIF
• NVIDIA RAID and MediaShield technology
  GeForce 7150 GPU
• 650 MHz core clock
• 256MB DDR2 memory
• HDMI + DVI w/ HDCP and VGA
• NVIDIA CineFX 3.0 Engine
• NVIDIA nView Multi-Display technology
• NVIDIA Digital Vibrance Control 3.0 technology
• DirectX 9.0 Shader Model 3.0 support
• OpenGL 1.5 optimization and support
• 300 MHz RAMDAC


XFX doesn't use much more packaging than is necessary to box up and protect the MG-630I-7159 and its accompanying accessories. Like many of you, some of us keep our boxes, so we prefer a minimalist approach to packaging to save space in our closets and cabinets. On the back of the box, you can see a list of features and specifications.


Upon opening the box, we were greeted with an XFX-green box that was holding everything included in this package. In addition to the MG-630I-7159 board itself, we found a manual, an addendum to the manual, an installation CD, a 4-pin to SATA power cable, two SATA cables, a floppy cable, a PATA IDE cable, and an I/O backplate shield. It's a basic and practical bundle, which helps to keep the price low on the motherboard.

 

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Dang, that intergrated graphics chip sucks.  Yeah, yeah, I know it's not made for high end gaming.  But it's not good at all.  The AMD 780G chipset is a little faster, comparing the benchmarks in Company of Heroes with the Asus and Gigabyte boards you guys reviewed.  Sure the systems aren't identical, but considering Core 2 Duo CPUs are usually better, you can tell that the 780G is responsible for AMD's superior onboard graphics performance.

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well integrated graphics arent really meant for anything other than os uses and other various tasks. ig is for people on budgets, and 90 dollars is a good price for this motherboard, plus xfx is a good company.

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No dual-channel memory support? Yuk. What were they thinking...

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I reacted that way too, Super Dave, but as you can see, the single-channel memory doesn't really affect performance as much as you might expect.

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I understand that this is a budget board, but how much do they save without dual-channel memory support? Heck, they incorporated LED POST code error reporter, but that is just a luxury IMO. I would never buy a board that only ran single-channel. I am an XFX fanboy, and I purchased a 7800GS and a 6600GT OC from them back in the day when they were top-dawg (and expensive). XFX has a wonderful Double Lifetime Protection Warranty on their video cards, but I wouldn't buy this motherboard even if it had that same warranty. Sorry, but I consider dual-channel to be mandatory. I hope someone from XFX is reading this!

 

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Hm ...

nice review.

First a little remark for all complaining on single chanel memory:

This is not XFX fault, this is the chipset feature. This is the low-end/HTPC chipset and really no need for more expensive dual channel memory controller. Soon Nvidia goin to release MCP7A intel chipsets that will replace all 7xx0 chipsets. They will support dual channel DDR2/DDR3. DX10, more SATA II and more USB ports.

As for the review:

I really miss this board compared to other board based on same chipset with similar features like GIGABYTE GA-73PVM-S2H.

As i remember the eSATA connection is not hardwired (you need to connect it with regular SATA cable from connector behind rear panel to one of the four in the corner) on XFX and it is the real miss. More cables more mess  :) 

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Welcome to the forums nO!

Neat little board for the market segment it caters to IMO.

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Thanks for HOT welcome :)

Neat is exact thing that this board does not fit with its eSATA ugly thing.  I actually thought to build an HTPC since i had all parts (left from upgrades of the main) except mobo and case. I'm nvidia fan (reasonable, i wont by something that isn't good) and after some research i came to this one at newegg. Nice one, but after going through reviews, I found this thing about eSATA. Then i found GIGABYTE board and it was looking better build quality. But after all, the HTPC idea was dropped and replaced by PS3 (much more cost effective and the only thing to replace was HD). I've installed linux on PS3 and mow it is small, nice HTPC with blue ray and after reboot it can be game console (but i really prefer PC gaming)

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PC gaming is awesome, but console games are deffinately getting WAY better lately.

So far Uncharted is 1 of the best games I've ever played on any platform and GTA IV is going to be incredible... I'm sure of it!!!

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I'm FPS guy :)

Titles like ETQW still not released on consoles. And do not forget resolutions.

I have two Full HD panels. 24" Dell for PC and 42" Toshiba for HT. Somehow I do feel the difference in favor of PC in image quality. The Cell BE paired with XDR + RSX inside PS3 is a monster but can't compare with overclocked to 3.6 Q6700 (FSB 1600) in sync mode with 2x2GB of DDR2 800 @ 4-4-3-12-1T + pair of  8800GT on 680i :)  Actually i'm planing to do benchmarking PC vs PS3. But to do this i have to make systems run same OS and this is not easy task since my main running on Gentoo x86_64 and the PS3 32 and 64 versions of Gentoo considered Experimental (which mean lot of time to spend on solving strange problems). I'll probably do it next time i'll get sick :)

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