ASUS M2NPV-VM Motherboard Review :: GeForce 6150 Integrated Graphics

02-02-2007 · Category: Motherboards

By Benjamin Sun
  • 475MHz Core clock speed
  • 2 Pixel Shader Pipelines
  • 1 Vertex Shader Pipeline
  • DirectX 9.0C compliant
  • Pixel Shader 3.0
  • Vertex Shader 3.0
  • Up to 128MB Shared memory

NVIDIA introduced their first Shader Model 3.0 architecture, the NV40 in April of 2004 with the release of the GeForce 6800 Ultra and GeForce 6800GT cards. The 6xxx series of cards supported Pixel Shader 3.0 and Vertex Shader 3.0, HDR, MSAA and AF and brought NVIDIA back to the limelight after a very lackluster showing in the 5xxx series that preceded it.

ASUS M2NPV-VM Motherboard Review GeForce 6150

GeForce 6150

The GeForce 6150 has two Pixel Shader Pipelines, in comparison, the 6800 Ultra had 16 Pipelines. There is also a Vertex Shader Pipeline, compared to the 6800 Ultra's 5 VS. NVIDIA had to balance out the fact that the integrated graphics performance was limited by the memory bandwidth, with the need to give meaningful performance out of the integrated to run Windows Vista's new Aero Glass interface and next-generation content like H.264 encoding, HD-DVD and Blu-Ray playback and more.

I have covered the main features of the GeForce 6150 in my Abit M2-nView review but I thought I'd cover something that is important to Vista users; PureVideo HD. PureVideo HD is available only on the GeForce 6150 NorthBridge, as the 6100 does not offer enough multimedia performance to use it. The key features of PureVideo include: support for the H.264 high-definition standard, support for VC-1, MPEG-2 Decode Acceleration, and High-Quality Scaling for High-Definition Content. The 6150 also supports all of the Standard Definition content formats that the 6xxx and above series cards support. The 6150 is notable as the only Shader Model 3.0 integrated video on the market today as well.