GIGABYTE GA-K8N51PVMT-9 Motherboard Review :: Introduction

11-15-2005 · Category: Motherboards

By Benjamin Sun

The first integrated graphics on a motherboard I had with a computer was an integrated S3 Virge3D card. The Virge3D was one of the first generation of 3D cards including the Rage IIC+, the 3DFX VOODOO graphics card, the Matrox Millennium and many others. Integrated graphics tend to be excellent for the business owner, but for the gamer, the graphics found on most integrated solutions is inadequate at best.

NVIDIA was the first company to have integrated graphics that didn't suck at gaming. The nForce2 IGP had integrated GEFORCE 2 MX graphics nearly equivalent to the low-end graphics cards of the time. You paid for the motherboard and got decent integrated graphics performance without paying extra. Later, NVIDIA integrated a GEFORCE 4 MX 420 into their cores. Unfortunately, NVIDIA has been mostly missing from the integrated graphics arena, with Intel and ATI moving into the space with DirectX 9.0 class parts.

NVIDIA has dominated the AMD motherboard chipset platform with their nForce4, nForce4 SLI, nForce4 Ultra, nForce4 SLI x16, and now have announced a new platform, the GEFORCE 6150/nForce4 430. This platform adds many new features to NVIDIA chipsets including integrated graphics and High Definition Audio. So the first motherboard with this platform I received is from GIGABYTE.

GIGABYTE is one of the premier motherboard manufacturers in the world. Considered a Tier-1 motherboard manufacturer based in Taiwan, GIGABYTE has been around over 20 years and manufactures cases, video cards, CD drives and other computer components. I've reviewed many a product from GIGABYTE and today the GA-K8N55PVMT-9 is on the test bench based upon the new NVIDIA GEFORCE 6150 chipset with integrated graphics.