The GeForce 6100 Family

There are two Northbridges, the 6100 and the 6150, and 2 Southbridges, the 430 and 410, that can be mixed and matched to cover a wide range of Integrated Video Solutions.

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

While nVidia did not include this specification in their release, there is one large potential negative with GeForce 6100. 6100 uses only 2 pixel pipelines, the same number of pixel pipelines used in ATI's Radeon Express 200. Since the gaming performance of the ATI was barely acceptable, even for the low end, the performance of the 6100 is not likely to be very exciting.

On the positive side, GeForce 6100 does NOT automatically disable on-board graphics when a PCIe Graphics Card is inserted. That means the integrated graphics plus graphics card can drive up to 4 monitors if the motherboard supports both integrated video outputs. This is also a feature on the ATI Radeon Xpress200 chipset.

The most feature-laden combination is the GeForce 6150 with the nForce430, including unique features like TV Encoder, High Definition (1080ip/1080i) playback, and Gigabit LAN.

More basic configurations are available for use in applications where the top features are not needed, or price is a big concern. NVIDIA has no plans to provide SLI capabilities on the GeForce 6100 boards. The boards are ATX and aimed more at the mainstream market served by system builders, system integrators, and OEMs.
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  • mja28 - Thursday, September 22, 2005 - link

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82...">http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82... Reply
  • Visual - Wednesday, September 21, 2005 - link

    on page 2 you mention that "the most feature-laden combination" has a tv tuner.
    i can see in the table above it has something called "tv encoder", i thought its something to do with tv-out though, certainly not a tuner.

    i'd really like a cheap mobo with integrated tuner or atleast a video-in option, but i very much doubt anyone would release such a thing soon.
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  • Wesley Fink - Wednesday, September 21, 2005 - link

    I have changed "Tuner" to "Encoder" so there is no potential for misunderstanding. Thank you for pointing this out. Reply
  • Questar - Thursday, September 22, 2005 - link

    Proof reader on vacation again? Reply
  • Wesley Fink - Thursday, September 22, 2005 - link

    Proffreaders don't catch errors like Tuner instead of Encoder ot 2 instead of 4. These two were all me. Reply
  • Leper Messiah - Wednesday, September 21, 2005 - link

    Seems like a good board for a HTPC or a DC computer, as long as its cheap and OC's okay. Don't need L33t video for F@H. Reply
  • toyota - Wednesday, September 21, 2005 - link

    why does it sat Nvidia has 2 pipelines and ATI has 4????????? the following is from the article about the ATI chipsets here on Anandtech a few months ago:"Radeon Express 200G adds ATI's first DirectX 9 integrated graphics, which can be supported by both DVI (digital) and VGA (analog) outputs. The graphics core is a modified version of the discrete Radeon X300 core with only two rendering pipelines instead of four." so am i lost or does the ATI also just have 2? why has nobody else noticed this? Reply
  • Wesley Fink - Wednesday, September 21, 2005 - link

    We have corrected the review to reflect the fact that BOTH the new nVidia 6100 and the ATI Radeon Xpress 200 use 2 pixel pipelines. We apologize for any confusion we created, but the article now reflects the fact that both chipsets use 2 pipelines. Reply
  • Johnmcl7 - Wednesday, September 21, 2005 - link

    Nice one Wes, reads perfectly now, I agree four pipelines would have been a good move from Nvidia but I guess price is of the highest importance here...I remember with the RS300 with the IGP Radeon 9000, the whole motherboard was the same cost as a discrete GF4MX440/R9000.

    Let's see if this gets rid of bold...

    John Reply
  • Phiro - Wednesday, September 21, 2005 - link

    And we're still in bold! Reply

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