Traditionally XFX has been one of the most popular of Tier 1 manufacturers with enthusiasts, especially with regards to their graphics cards. However, in recent times XFX has made a push into the motherboard market (thanks to FOXCONN), producing boards based predominantly around NVIDIA chipsets. Obviously this does make perfect business sense considering that XFX are one of NVIDIA's major customers and now board partners.
Today we will be having a look at the baby of the NVIDIA 600 series chipsets, the nForce 630i. XFX's take on this chipset is the XFX nForce 630i Socket 775 mATX Motherboard
. The XFX nForce 630i is a board predominantly targeted at the HTPC or SFF enthusiast, but with the inclusion of the NVIDIA 7150 IGPU
it may have some gaming ability to boot. According to NVIDIA, the 7150 IGPU in conjunction with the 630i chipset promises "...immersive experiences on the latest applications and games." I guess we'll have to wait for a little later in the review to make that judgement.
Anyway, enough of the chit chat, let's get down to business by taking a look at the XFX nForce 630i Socket 775 mATX Motherboard's specifications.
The XFX nForce 630i's specifications were taken directly from XFX's Product Page.
PCI-E: (1) PCI-E x16, (1) PCI-E x1
SATA Speed: 3.0Gb/s
System Memory: 240-pin DDR2 up to 4GB (2)
PCI Slot: 2
Supported CPUs: Core 2 Extreme (dual and quad core), Core 2 Duo, Core 2 Quad, Celeron D, Pentium 4, Pentium 4, Pentium D 9XX, Pentium D 8XX
USB: USB 2.0 ports (10)
Chipset: NVIDIA nForce 630i MCP / GeForce 7150
LAN: Integrated Gigabit LAN
Socket: Intel Socket 775
Native Gigabit Ethernet Connections: 1
JEDEC DDR2 Memory: 800 MHz
SATA/PATA Drives: 4/2/1 eSATA
Audio: 8-Channel High Definition Audio
Front Side Bus: 1333 MHz with supporting CPU
The XFX nForce 630i Socket 775 mATX Motherboard certainly provides a plethora of connectivity or I/O options, which certainly goes to show that although the board is considerably smaller than its ATX bretheren it can still cut it.