GIGABYTE GA-K8N51PVMT-9 Motherboard Review :: The Board

11-15-2005 · Category: Motherboards

By Benjamin Sun
Gigabyte GA-K8N51PVMT-9 Spec Sheet
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Part NumberGA-K8N51PVMT-9
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ChipsetNvidia Geforce 6150 nForce 430
North BridgeNvidia 6150
SocketSocket 939
Processor TypesAthlon 64X2, Athlon 64FX, Athlon 64
Number of CPUs1
Front Side Bus1GHz HyperTransport Bus Link
Memory TypeDDR
Memory ChannelsDual
Maximum Memory4GB
External GraphicsPCI Express x16
IGPNvidia Geforce 6150
South BridgeNvidia nForce 430
SATA3.0 GB/s
RAID0, 1, 0+1, 5
Expansion Slots
Form FactormicroATX
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The GA-K8N51PVMT-9 is based upon NVIDIA's new GEFORCE 6150 chipset. This chipset supports all current AMD Socket 939 CPUs including the FX-57 and AMD Athlon 4800+ Dual Core CPUs. Next year we're likely to move to the new 940 pin Socket M2 which will provide new opportunities for upgrading the computer. For now, the Socket 939 CPUs are popular among a wide variety of overclockers and hardware enthusiasts.

GIGABYTE GA-K8N51PVMT-9 Motherboard Review CPU Socket Area

CPU Socket Area

GIGABYTE GA-K8N51PVMT-9 Motherboard Review DIMM slots

DIMM slots

Memory support on the GIGABYTE board consists of 4 DIMM slots for up to 4GB of unbuffered non-ECC DDR memory. AMD will move to DDR2 memory support once M2 arrives but that's not until next year. Dual Channel memory is supported by installing two like memory modules into two like colored DIMM slots. 1+2 3+4 or 1+2+3+4 combinations would provide dual channel.

GIGABYTE GA-K8N51PVMT-9 Motherboard Review PCI Express x16 slot

PCI Express x16 slot

GIGABYTE GA-K8N51PVMT-9 Motherboard Review PCI slots

PCI slots

Expansion on the board consists of a single PCI Express x16 slot, a PCI Express x1 slot and two PCI V2.3 compliant slots. Being a mini-ATX format, the GIGABYTE board has typical expansion room. If you are an enthusiast looking for the ultimate in performance and expansion I would suggest a SLI x16 board or an SLI board. For the target market this chipset is aiming at, the expansion is sufficient for most people.

GIGABYTE GA-K8N51PVMT-9 Motherboard Review SATA ports

SATA ports

GIGABYTE GA-K8N51PVMT-9 Motherboard Review IDE ports

IDE ports

Drive expansion on the board is fairly typical of motherboards today. Four SATA ports are supported by NVIDIA's South Bridge, and that's what is present on the board. NVIDIA's chipset supports SATA 2 functionality with 3 Gb/second and Native Command Queuing fully supported by the chipset. NVRAID supports RAID 0, 1, 0+1, 5 and JBOD. Also present on the board are two IDE ports and a floppy drive port.

GIGABYTE GA-K8N51PVMT-9 Motherboard Review Back Panel

Back Panel

The back panel I/O area of the board has two additions due to the inclusion of integrated graphics on the board, the D-Sub and the TV-Out ports. I wish GIGABYTE had included a DVI-I port, but ah well. Also on the rear of the board is the PS/2 Mouse and Keyboard ports, 4 USB 2.0 ports, 6 jacks for the onboard audio and a Firewire port.