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Everyone knows that Nvidia's nForce3 and nForce4 desktop chipsets rule, at least they do for AMD's platforms. While they have a new competitor in the field, their performance and sales are still strong. ATI has a lot of catching up to do. The story is much different when it comes to Intel platforms. Their nForce4 chipset for the Intel platform is struggling, and struggling very hard. The current C19 chipset just cannot compete with Intel's dominance. They are obviously working hard to change all that.
One of the reasons why Intel owns the largest piece of the pie in the computer industry is because they provide the best budget computer components around. Literally, I really mean budget. This does not mean a somewhat decent computer at $500. I am referring to really affordable computers that grandmas and grandpas buy with $300, or less. How do they achieve such a feat? The answer is not just the use of a low end Celeron, but the onboard video solution they provide. Intel's integrated graphics solution is the most widely used onboard video solution available. Of course it cuts down on price, but the performance is not extremely terrifying. I used it to play Counter-Strike 1.6 and ruled! Nvidia realizes the need to reach into that large market share and expand their grasp. Built around the technology of the AMD nForce4 Ultra chipset, the new C51 chipset includes an onboard video similar to the Geforce 6200, called the Geforce 6150. Gigabyte is pretty much the first to announce the use of Nvidia's new chipset featuring onboard video graphics. Gigabyte has been making great boards lately and their new C51 offering looks mighty promising.