ASUS M2NPV-VM Motherboard Review :: Conclusion

02-02-2007 · Category: Motherboards

By Benjamin Sun

ASUS M2NPV-VM Motherboard Review

The ASUS M2NPV-VM motherboard is an interesting board in many respects. The board is targeted towards the digital consumer with features like HDTV Out and the standard features of ASUS motherboards, making this board an excellent choice for the Home Theater enthusiast. High Definition H.264 content is here to stay, and the integrated video of the 6150 is the only solution on the market today to fully support the format in hardware via PureVideo.

The release of Microsoft Vista to the public today means that there will be a new Aero Glass GUI to get the full "Vista" Experience. The main requirements for Aero Glass include Pixel Shader 2.0 support on the video chipset or higher. The GeForce 6150 fits the requirements for Aero Glass and NVIDIA has released drivers for Vista supporting this chipset and the new GUI.

What is clear is that NVIDIA, AMD and Intel have to step up to the plate with their next integrated graphics platforms, as the big push for Microsoft Vista is DirectX 10 and Shader Model 4. In NVIDIA's last quarterly conference call they publicly stated that they will move to the integrated Intel market with a DirectX 10 product and we'll likely see some form of that replacing the GeForce 6150 integrated graphics on the AMD side sometime late this year.

This board is similar in most respects to the ASUS NF2-M2 board I reviewed last year. Both boards sport the integrated GeForce 6150 video chipset, both are AM2 based boards. The performance of the abit and ASUS boards are very close with integrated video and regular performance. The abit board has better placement of SATA ports, better cooling of the chipset and Southbridge, and similar pricing. The ASUS M2NPV-VM retails under $85 on Newegg, while the NF2-M2 for $90.