NVIDIA launched their integrated graphics chipsets for Athlon 64 about two months ago. The NVIDIA 61x0 family consists of three combinations of Northbridge and Southbridge geared at different market segments.

Base systems with the GeForce 6100/nForce410 quickly found their way to market, but it has taken nearly two months since the NVIDIA launch for the top-of-the-line GeForce 6150/nForce430 to appear. Asus, the largest of the Tier 1 board manufacturers, is often first to market with new chipsets. That is the case today as we take a first look at the performance of the Asus A8N-VM CSM, which features the 6150/430 integrated graphics chipset.

Specifications: NVIDIA GeForce 6150
NVIDIA nForce 430
NVIDIA GeForce 6100
NVIDIA nForce 430
NVIDIA GeForce 6100
NVIDIA nForce 410
CPU Athlon 64 or Sempron Athlon 64 or Sempron Athlon 64 or Sempron
PureVideo (High Definition) Yes Yes Yes
DirectX® 9.0 Shader Model 3.0 Support Yes Yes Yes
TV Encoder Yes No No
TMDS/DVI Yes No No
Graphics Clock 475 MHz 425 MHz 425 MHz
PCI-Express 1x16
2x1
1x16
1x1
1x16
1x1
MPEG-2/WMV9 Playback HD(1080p/1080i) SD SD
Video Scaling High Quality(5x4) Basic (2x2) Basic (2x2)
SATA/PATA drives 4/4 4/4 2/4
SATA speed 3Gb/s 3Gb/s 3Gb/s
RAID 0,1,0+1,5 0,1,0+1,5 0,1
NVIDIA MediaShield Yes Yes Yes
NVIDIA ActiveArmorTM Firewall Yes Yes -
Ethernet 10/100/1000 10/100/1000 10/100
USB ports 8 8 8
NVIDIA nTuneTM Utility Yes Yes Yes

As you can see, there are several features that are only available with this chipset combination. The 6150 runs at a 475MHz Graphics Clock instead of 425 and features a TV encoder, High Quality Video Scaling, and dual video (DVI-D and RGB) outputs. The nForce 430 adds 2 more SATA2 ports (4 total), support for Raid 5, NVIDIA Active Armor Firewall support, and the hooks for 1GB Ethernet. These additional features make the 6150/430 a much more attractive solution for Multimedia applications or as the core of a Home Theater PC (HTPC) box.

Basic Features: Asus A8N-VM CSM
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  • formulav8 - Sunday, December 04, 2005 - link

    Speak for yourself. Reply
  • jfreiman - Thursday, December 01, 2005 - link

    What are the chances that this is not Asus' HTPC motherboard?

    Could they be developing another model for a home theater PC? -- If so, will it use the nVidia chipset?

    As much as I want to use this board for my HTPC, I have to examine why Asus would not have - at the very minimum, included a spidif cable and TV out cable.

    Something just doesn't fit in this picture.

    -John
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  • Calin - Friday, December 02, 2005 - link

    I would like to have game performance compared to a single channel board using one of the current integrated graphic chipsets - there is a Biostar board for Socket 754 and a Asrock one. Or at least to have performance checked with a single DIMM (or two DIMMs in single channel mode)
    Thanks
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  • jamawass - Thursday, December 01, 2005 - link

    Poor implementation of a good idea by Asus.This chipset screams htpc, why have HD audio without out of the box spdif? Might as well have realtek audio. The S video out should also be standard with an optional component out dongle for those who need it. Add-on brackets take up pci openings on the case, quite a few htpc cases are microatx where these slots are a premium. Reply
  • ShadowVlican - Thursday, December 01, 2005 - link

    aw man.... if only this board can OC... Reply
  • jfreiman - Thursday, December 01, 2005 - link

    According to the picture of the motherboad the board you tested was 1.01.

    However, I just read that there is a 2.0 rev board. Are you aware of this? Do you know if this is accurate?

    I can't find anything about this on the Asus site and would like to know about this before I get the final piece (motherboard/video) for my HTPC upgrade.

    Thanks for the quick review, and I too would like to know more about it's CPU utilization during DVD and HDTV playback.

    Again, thank you.

    -John
    PS. and if I missed it, what was the BIOS revision you used for your tests.
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  • Gary Key - Thursday, December 01, 2005 - link

    quote:

    PS. and if I missed it, what was the BIOS revision you used for your tests.


    AMI 0506
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  • plonk420 - Thursday, December 01, 2005 - link

    may we see HL2 and MPEG2/WMV9 decoding benchmarks, please, Anand? also, how does one go about purchasing the addon card, and is it S-Video only, or is there hope for component out? Reply
  • BigLan - Thursday, December 01, 2005 - link

    Does the nvidia firewall actually work on this board, or does it corrupt zip archives as have been reported with the nforce4? Reply
  • Leper Messiah - Thursday, December 01, 2005 - link

    Performance is mediocore, features missing, can't OC. Guess I'll be sticking with a biostar 6100-T for my next F@H box. Reply

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