The NVIDIA MCP78 chipset, which will feature DirectX 10 support, is slated for November. The chipset will also offer support for Hybrid SLI technology, HyperTransport 3.0 and PCI Express 2.0.
NVIDA hopes to create a new category of motherboard graphics that offers entry level discrete GPU performance but cheaper. NVIDIA touts a Hybrid performance boost up to 40% by pairing up with a mainstream discrete graphics card, ~20% with a performance card and ~5% with enthusiast card.
There will be 3 variants; MCP78 U, MCP78 S and MCP78 D and all supports 1x16 PCIe 2.0. MCP78 U is priced at US$70-80 where its 3DMark performance on par with entry level graphics card and PureVideoHD support. MCP78 S is priced at US$55-65 with decent graphics performance and PureVideo support. Lastly, MCP78 D priced at US$55-65 has no int. graphics capability and thus no Hybrid SLI and PureVideo support.