XFX nForce 630i Socket 775 mATX Motherboard


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.
XFX nForce 630i
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
RAID: 0,1,0+1,5
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.
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Most Recent Comments

27-02-2008, 09:08:22

any chance of seeing how it performs rendering 1080p HD video (ie percentage of cpu power used) as im in a process of looking for htpc (to go with my 40" 1080p sammy yummy!) mobo and would love to know hows the hd playback on this one.Quote

27-02-2008, 09:23:46

I can do that for you mate Quote

27-02-2008, 10:27:06

Does the IGPU do 1080p?Quote

28-02-2008, 17:03:57

"During the overclocking phase of this review it is interesting to note that the chipset heatsink was frightfully hot to the touch, and more than likely detrimental to the overall performance of the motherboard. "

when nVidia went from having separate nb & sb on 6xxx IGP to an all in one on 7xxx I'm sure that it became cheaper for them to produce (& hence probably more profitable for them) but it definitely resulted in increased chipset temps.

I've got abit's I-N73HD based on the same chipset here to play with once I acquire a spare CPU.Quote

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