The web ether had barely dried on our first test results of the GeForce 6100 when ATI contacted AnandTech to question our test results. We had run the ATI RS480/482 benchmarks on an ATI Grouper Reference Board with integrated ATI graphics. ATI's own internal test results were quite different with Radeon Xpress 200 boards from those that we had published. They showed the RS480/482 outperforming the new GeForce 6100 chipset in most of the same benchmarks. Since we are always interested in bringing you the facts regarding component performance, we agreed to work with ATI to try to find what was wrong.

After quite a bit of sleuthing, ATI discovered that the BIOS of the Grouper Reference Board, which was designed for Enthusiast and Overclocking qualification, did not completely implement or optimize the features of the on-board RS482 Graphics. There were also issues with integrated 480/482 graphics switches in BIOS. After further testing in their lab to verify performance comparable to shipping ATI RS480/482 boards, ATI sent an updated BIOS and asked if we could retest performance with a new Radeon Xpress 200 BIOS that fully implemented integrated graphics.

We reran all benchmarks on the ATI Grouper Integrated Graphics and updated the comparisons to the NVIDIA GeForce 6100/nForce 410 on the Biostar TForce 6100 motherboard.

RS482 versus RS480
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  • Tujan - Friday, October 07, 2005 - link

    But a ''ATI has had its integrated graphics chipsets on the market for over a year"?

    There are only limited ATI Intel 915 775 based Intel graphics chipsets.Nothing for the Dual-Core Intel based chipsets.

    The ATI chipsets for the AMD platform,are not so numerous as well. Of wich ATX does not enter the fray.

    Asus has an Intel ATI 775 chipset.Wich is more or less a 915 equivalent.While the war horse from MSI does the AMD side of things.

    Maybe,just maybe there is some OEM action wich nobody can see,nor tell of.For example,a large order from a manufacturer HP,Dell etc having been used. Then if Anantech where to resort to taking interest in such obscure OEM scews they would be back to benching HP vrs Dell vrs Emachine etc.

    I know your just wanting my wormy head to pop up.Like bait.For what bird,dont know right now.

    Have to see about the latest ATI retail chipsets when they come out.They win on AMD on the count of that AMD architecture.Sure they are better graphics than the last generation used on computers PCI and AGP slots. And I cant complain about somebody taking anything but the latest technology. 915/775.

    Dont see anything in the retail right now.For ATI.The Saphire board still does not light a search from a retail since a month later now.

    Somebody trying to bend my bugle ?

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  • DigitalFreak - Friday, October 07, 2005 - link

    My head hurts from trying to read that... :-) Reply
  • johnsonx - Friday, October 07, 2005 - link

    yeah, ditto that... ouch
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  • Aquila76 - Thursday, October 06, 2005 - link

    I'm looking for an all-in-one board for a dual-boot personal web server/Old-skool gaming box, and this helped a lot. I'll probably go for the 6100 based board, as my main rig is an nForce4 and I'll keep parts 'all in the family'.

    One more thing (off topic): If I see that 64 second film contest 'waitlessness' guy floating on my screen one more time, I'm going to find where he lives and kill his family in front of him. That has got to be the single most annoying ad EVER. Who is the ad wizard who decided: "Yeah! Let's float our add across the ENTIRE SCREEN! That'll get noticed!"? DIAF, you rat-bastard!
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  • knisch - Thursday, October 06, 2005 - link

    I know this seems stupid but I really want a matx board that performs at nForce4 Ultra levels w/ sata 300 and all that jazz. Is the 6100 that board? If I throw a GeForce 6800 in that thing can I expect to see the same performance as on a nForce4 Ultra?

    If so this would be a great way to get into 939 for me. I can live with games on my socket A for a while and use the integrated graphics until I have enough dough for a nice pci-e video card.
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  • johnsonx - Thursday, October 06, 2005 - link

    This is such a board, though perhaps you would be better to wait for a board with the 430 Southbridge, rather than the 410 as this one has. That one gets you 4 SATA-300 ports rather than 2, more RAID levels, and Gigabit ethernet.

    Like this one:

    http://www.foxconnchannel.com/products_motherboard...">

    This also has the higher-clocked 6150 GFX... I dunno if you can actually buy this anywhere yet, but surely it will be available soon.

    Foxconn does also have some MicroATX regular NForce4 boards, but none with SATA-300.
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  • knisch - Thursday, October 06, 2005 - link

    Thanks. I think I will be making a purchase as soon as a decent 430 based board comes out. Reply
  • johnsonx - Thursday, October 06, 2005 - link

    Not sure why the link disappeared there... let's try again:

    http://www.foxconnchannel.com/products_motherboard...">http://www.foxconnchannel.com/products_motherboard...


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  • HarbingerM - Thursday, October 06, 2005 - link

    The ATI board can very alot if it is useing a mix of side port and Hypermemory. The review does not say which. I notic alot of the ati board do not have any side port but the jetway a210gdms-pro
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82...">http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82...
    has 32M. It wil effect the test and senice most board do not have this feature it be nice to see the test with side port on and with it off. That will help to compare but right now the 6100 has the lower price :-). But if the side port helps to lower cpu and system memory overhead it might be worth it.
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  • Wesley Fink - Thursday, October 06, 2005 - link

    There is no sideport memory on the Grouper board. The earlier RS480 Reference for Integrated Graphics did have 16MB of sideport memory, but Grouper is a later board without sideport memory - UMA only.

    As stated in the launch review and nVidia press kits, the GeForce 61xx will ONLY support UMA or shared memory. It will NOT support dedicated memory.

    We examined the effect of sideport memory in the RS480 launch, and Anand reported the small impact of sideport memory on performance. You can review those results at http://www.anandtech.com/cpuchipsets/showdoc.aspx?...">http://www.anandtech.com/cpuchipsets/showdoc.aspx?....
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