abit NF-M2 Motherboard Review :: abit NF-M2 nView Key Features

12-15-2006 · Category: Motherboards

By Benjamin Sun
Abit NF-M2 nView Spec Sheet
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Part NumberNF-M2 nView
ManufacturerAbit
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DownloadsBIOS
Drivers
Manuals
ChipsetNvidia Geforce 6150 nForce 430
North BridgeNvidia 6150
SocketSocket AM2 (940)
Processor TypesAthlon 64, Athlon 64 FX, Sempron
Number of CPUs1
Front Side Bus1GHz HyperTransport Bus Link
Memory TypeDDR2
Memory ChannelsDual
Maximum Memory8GB
External GraphicsPCI Express x16
IGPNvidia Geforce 6150
South BridgeNvidia nForce 430
Audio8-channel
IDE133/100/66/33
SCSINone
SATA3.0 GB/s
RAID0, 1, 0+1, 5
LAN10/100/1000
FirewireIEEE 1394a
USBUSB 2.0
Expansion Slots
BIOSAWARD
Form FactormicroATX
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  • AM2 CPUs
  • Geforce 6150+nForce 430
  • High Definition Audio

AMD CPUs are in a state of flux at the moment, with the recent launch of the FX-70 series and the new LGA array that is replacing the Socket AM2 platform. The new nForce 680a motherboard has two CPU sockets. The NF-M2 nView uses the Socket AM2 platform that is still relevant for most people, as the new platform is just entering the market.


abit NF-M2 Motherboard Review Socket AM2

Socket AM2


The other important feature of the NF-M2 nView is the integrated video. Integrated video has long been the laughingstock of the hardcore enthusiast. In fact today's modern games like Star Trek Legacy, Oblivion, Prey, Battlefield 2142, Dark Messiah Might and Magic and many others don't even list the Intel GMA3000, Intel's latest integrated graphics core as a supported video card. AMD and NVIDIA have much better integrated video in their RADEON chipset and the nForce 6150 chipset.


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Performance profiles

abit NF-M2 Motherboard Review Geforce 6150 information

Geforce 6150 information


Key features of the nForce 6150 integrated video include support for DirectX 9.0c Pixel and Vertex Shader 3.0. The key features of SM3.0 include longer Shader Programs, Vertex Texture Fetch, Dynamic Branching in the Pixel Shader and Vertex Shader. The GeForce 6 series upon which the 6150 is based upon is now over 2 years old, but is an excellent choice for now, as nothing on the market at the moment is better in features or performance.

The GeForce 6150 has 2 Pixel Pipelines and a clockspeed of 475MHz for the core. This gives a nearly 1 Gigapixel fillrate for the integrated graphics. Memory is shared with the motherboard memory. The 6150 uses TurboCache technology to improve performance when used with motherboard memory. The graphics can take up to 256MB of shared system memory to run, with the system allocating 512MB to the graphics memory under driver 84.21


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DVI and D-Sub


One of the special features of this board is the inclusion of both a DVI and a D-Sub connector for the onboard graphics features. This allows the purchaser of a NF-M2 nView board to run two monitors without the need for an additional graphics card, a Digital LCD monitor and an analog CRT monitor. The DVI-I connection is capable of doing up to 1080i resolution on a digital LCD monitor.

Another important feature of the NF-M2 nView is the ability of the GeForce 6150 to use the PureVideo CODEC for High Definition content like Blu-Ray or HD-DVD. The GeForce 6150 graphics is one of the few integrated solutions with this capability, as it requires a hefty CPU and or a hefty graphics chip.



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S/PDIF

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IO

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CD-In FPAudio1

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Side view of IO



Audio Shots


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Going along with the integrated graphics is the need for high quality integrated audio. The introduction of the GeForce 6150+nForce 430 combination was the first NVIDIA platform to support High Definition Audio (HDA). The NF-M2 nView sports a Realtek ALC880 CODEC, which fully supports HDA. Multiple simultaneous audio streams, and 7.1 channel audio are the key features of HDA.