abit NF-M2 Motherboard Review :: Common usage and gaming GeForce 6150 style

12-15-2006 · Category: Motherboards

By Benjamin Sun

Using the GeForce 6150 integrated graphics was interesting to say the least. I'm currently playing Star Trek Legacy by the same company that made Oblivion, Bethsheda Softworks. The game requires a hefty video card and system requirements are quite high by modern standards. The onboard graphics on the abit board are sufficient to run this game at 800x600 with medium settings at an ok framerate (10-12) with low settings the most playable. High settings seem to have framerates unplayable i.e. 7-8 fps and not recommended. Note that playing this game on the Intel GMA950 is unbearable, performance is totally abysmal.

Battlefield 2142 is the latest game from Electronic Arts, the worldwide leader in gaming by some reports. Battlefield 2142 is a squad based FPS. With the integrated graphics I was able to play the game successfully with minimum resolution and settings, but it was fully playable. It's clear that the modern game like Prey, or Star Trek Legacy or Battlefield 2142 requires more horsepower than the GeForce 6150 provides.

Sid Meiers is one of the icons of gaming developers. Civilization, Pirates and the various sequels are among my favorite games of all time. The latest game in the Sid Meiers franchise is Railroads. This game would seem to be a good match for the GeForce 6150 integrated graphics and played ok at the regular resolution and settings.

I installed a TV Wonder 650 from AMD technologies in one of the PCI slots. The TV Wonder 650 is a TV tuner with HDTV and Cable capabilities. TV playback when using the integrated graphics was fine with no lagginess. The NF-M2 nView provides an outstanding multimedia playback machine with the integrated graphics, as it supports HD-DVD and Blu-Ray playback out of the box. Unfortunately, I have neither type of drive to test. abit has provided a set of iDome digital speakers to review and I will do that review post-haste. One of the primary focuses of the NF M2 nView is that of a digital home entertainment system. The DVI-I connector is one of the facets of this push. The second facet is the S/PDIF connectors on the rear panel I/O. Hooking up the iDome speakers are easy and straightforward. Just connect the speaker to the S/PDIF and you're good to go.