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
Graphics Clock 475 MHz 425 MHz 425 MHz
PCI-Express 1x16
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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  • Wesley Fink - Thursday, December 01, 2005 - link

    The Asus DOES include HD Audio with the AD1986 codec - the same codec used for HD on the recently reviewed A8R-MVP. However, SPDIF is provided by an optional SPDIF module and TV out is also an optional module. That means you will need to buy optional modules to fully use these features. Reply
  • Donegrim - Thursday, December 01, 2005 - link

    or if they are just headers, solder some wires onto the approriate points. Well, you might save some money. Reply
  • TowerShield - Wednesday, November 30, 2005 - link

    Doesn't it have HD Audio? Is the on-board sound not real HD? Reply
  • bob661 - Thursday, December 01, 2005 - link


    Is the on-board sound not real HD?
    After looking through the manual for the board it appears that you have to buy a seperate S/PDIF (fiber optic) module in order to get the true 5.1 surround audio. Also, in order to get the TV Out (S-video) you have to buy that seperately too. 5.1 is not standard and neither is the TV Out. That sucks a bit. Why not include at least the optical out as standard considering most motherboards have it?
  • LoneWolf15 - Thursday, December 01, 2005 - link

    I agree, ASUS made a big mistake in not including a TV-out +SPDIF (preferrably coax and optical) on a single backplate and including it with this mainboard. This looks like an incredible board for an HTPC product --and that one simple mistake takes it from perfect to missing the mark. Reply
  • bob661 - Thursday, December 01, 2005 - link

    It DOES have the HD Audio module but you won't be able to get true 5.1 sound without the optical out. Reply

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