Test Setup

 Performance Test Configuration
Processor(s): AMD Athlon 64 4000+ (2.4GHz) Socket 939
RAM: 2 x 512MB OCZ PC3200 Platinum Rev. 2
Hard Drive(s): Seagate 120GB 7200 RPM SATA (8MB Buffer)
Platform and Integrated Video Drivers: NVIDIA nForce 81.26
ATI 5.9 Catalyst
Video Cards: NVIDIA 6100 Integrated
ATI RS480 Integrated
Operating System(s): Windows XP Professional SP2
Direct X 9.0c
Motherboards: BIOSTAR TForce 6100-939 (6100/410)
ATI Grouper Reference Board (RS480)

Tests used OCZ PC3200 Platinum Rev. 2, which uses Samsung TCCD chips. All memory ran at 2-2-2-10 timing in all benchmarks.

Resolution in all benchmarks is 800x600x32 unless otherwise noted. 3DMark03 and 3Dmark05 default to a standardized 1024x768 resolution. In all games, detail was set to minimum or normal to try to provide frame rates that might be playable at 800x600. Game options were set exactly the same for tests on both the Biostar NVIDIA and ATI platforms.

Basic Features: Biostar TForce 6100-939 General Performance & 3D Graphics


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  • wharris1 - Friday, September 23, 2005 - link

    Great article for a chipset with a lot of potential. I was wondering if we'd get southbridge (410/430) performance testing that's been found on most recent motherboard reviews (USB, SATA, audio, etc). Reply
  • blinky2004 - Friday, September 23, 2005 - link

    Bright yellow slots and retention brackets and CMOS Reloaded hmmm.... Just like the DFI's...
    I wonder if DFI lent a hand on the design.
  • xsilver - Thursday, September 22, 2005 - link

    quote: "The only other place that we have seen CMOS reloaded is DFI."

    abit also has a "reloaded" cmos feature
    but then again -- AT is pro dfi right ;)
  • JarredWalton - Thursday, September 22, 2005 - link

    Sure, we're "pro DFI" - because DFI is making some very impressive boards. We're basically pro-enthusiast. :p

    I'm a little curious about the "CMOS Reloaded", though, as I would have that the name was trademarked.
  • xsilver - Thursday, September 22, 2005 - link

    abit dont call it cmos reloaded probably because it is trademarked
    they call it uguru -- but it performs pretty much the same i think
    eg. profiles in bios -- even if you reset the bios, you can load from a number of profiles that have been saved

    abit also has the guru software which can load a different set of profiles (on the fly overclocking) while in windows --- not sure if dfi /others have that
  • MattH - Thursday, September 22, 2005 - link

    The big question for me is whether the 6100/6150 will run Aero Glass.

    Hopefully there will be some boards out there with the full range of I/O options, including DVI, SPDIF, and 1394a. Put good overclocking options on one of those puppies, keep the price under $90, and it would be a killer board for anyone other than the SLI nuts.
  • Rza79 - Thursday, September 22, 2005 - link

    On which frequency is the RS480 GPU running?
    Because on the MSI RS480 board you can set the mhz from 200Mhz up to 350Mhz.
    On the MSI it is set to 200Mhz by default. So this is an important factor.

    Also, it would be nice to see how the Geforce 6100 stacks up against a full fledged RS480 board like the Gigabyte K8A480M-9 with on board 32MB framebuffer.
    The Gigabyte K8S760M also has on board framebuffer.
  • eRacer - Sunday, September 25, 2005 - link

    Looks like http://www.hkepc.com/hwdb/c51-firstlook-test.htm">this HKEPC review uses an ATI chipset with the 32MB dedicated graphics memory. The ATI board (presumably with 32MB memory) is quite a bit faster than the 6100 chipset in the 3D benchmarks tested. Reply
  • Vol2005 - Monday, September 26, 2005 - link

    it was a R482 based mobo Reply
  • Wesley Fink - Thursday, September 22, 2005 - link

    The ATI RS480 GPU clock is 300MHz. Reply

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