ASUS M2NPV-VM Motherboard Review :: ASUS M2NPV-VM Features

02-02-2007 · Category: Motherboards

By Benjamin Sun
ASUS M2NPV-VM Spec Sheet
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Part NumberM2NPV-VM
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ChipsetNvidia Geforce 6150 nForce 430
North BridgeNvidia 6150
SocketSocket AM2 (940)
Processor TypesAthlon 64X2, Athlon 64FX, Athlon 64
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
SATA3.0 GB/s
RAID0, 1, 0+1, 5
FirewireIEEE 1394a
Expansion Slots
Form FactormicroATX
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The Southbridge chipset on the ASUS M2NPV-VM is the nForce 430. This chipset was first introduced to support Socket 939 CPUs up to and including the FX-57 and 4800+ Dual Core CPUs that were the latest CPUs supported by that platform. NVIDIA has also certified this chipset to support the AMD AM2 platform CPUs including the 5000+, the FX-62 and others available on the market today. The CPU Socket on the M2NPV-VM is the Socket AM2.

ASUS M2NPV-VM Motherboard Review nForce 430

nForce 430

ASUS M2NPV-VM Motherboard Review Socket AM2

Socket AM2

ASUS M2NPV-VM Motherboard Review PCI Express x16

PCI Express x16

ASUS M2NPV-VM Motherboard Review PCI Express x1

PCI Express x1

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The nForce 430 supports PCI Express (up to 18 lanes) and PCI slots. The ASUS board has a PCI Express x1 slot, a PCI Express x16 slot and two PCI slots for expansion. Other features that the nForce 430 supports include up to 8 USB 2.0 ports, High Definition Audio (H.D.A.), two Parallel ATA ports, and Serial ATA 3.0Gigabit/s with Native Command Queuing.

ASUS M2NPV-VM Motherboard Review Four SATA ports

Four SATA ports

ASUS M2NPV-VM Motherboard Review PATA ports

PATA ports

The M2NPV-VM sports four SATA ports. One issue with the ASUS board is the positioning of the SATA ports directly under the PCI slot #1. If a 8800GTX card is installed in the PCI Express slot, the first two SATA ports will be blocked off, meaning you'll have to use SATA cables with a short connector, or two of the ports will be unusable.

ASUS M2NPV-VM Motherboard Review SoundMAX


ASUS M2NPV-VM Motherboard Review Audio Wizard

Audio Wizard

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Onboard sound is provided by a Analog Devices Incorporated ADI1988 SoundMAX CODEC. This CODEC fully supports the High Definition Audio standard started by Intel in 2004 with the release of the LGA-775 platform. Though the HDA standard supports 7.1 Surround Sound, the ASUS M2NPV-VM supports 5.1 SS only. The board also supports the SoundMAX SuperBeam directional microphone. HDA supports multiple simultaneous audio streams. I like the ADI sound better than the normal Realtek sound found on most motherboards.

ASUS M2NPV-VM Motherboard Review Rear IO

Rear IO

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The rear panel IO offers a RJ-45 jack for the onboard Gigabit LAN. There is a Marvell PHY to go along with the nForce 430 Southbridge controlling the LAN. Four USB ports are present, allowing the user plenty of expansion on that front. If you need more, there are two PCI slots available on the board to add brackets on two USB headers, allowing 8 total ports. A DVI-I adapter is included to allow the usage of a Digital LCD monitor as well as a D-Sub connector to attach monitors.