The nVidia GeForce 6100 and
6150-series chipsets give AMD users something they have very badly needed, a low cost fully integrated solution.
The GeForce 6100-series 'C51' GPUs are built on TSMC's 90 nanometer manufacturing process, and
are intended to support current Socket 939 AMD Athlon64 processors.
support is actually up to the memory controller built into the Athlon64 processor,
but from what we have seen so far most GeForce 6150-series motherboards will have
four DDR DIMM slots, which means up to 4GB of PC3200 DDR RAM can be used. The
GeForce 6150-series chipset is connected to the Athlon64 processor via a 1 GHz
16/16 p/Down Hypertransport connection (which is adjustable in the BIOS).
GeForce 6150 supports a TV encoder, TMDS/DVI support, a slightly higher graphics core speed
(475 MHz as opposed to 425 MHz for the 6100), 18 total PCI Express lanes (16 for
the videocard, two for misc devices), 1080p/1080i HD playback and higher video
The GeForce 6100 on the other hand does not support TV encoding or TMDS/DVI
output, and only sports standard definition (4:3) video playback.
||NVIDIA GeForce 6150 and NVIDIA nForce 430
||NVIDIA GeForce 6100 and NVIDIA nForce 430
||NVIDIA GeForce 6100 and NVIDIA nForce 410|
The nVidia GeForce 6150 series is not a single chipset
solution, and so it is combined with the nforce 430 or 410 Southbridge. Both
Southbridge chipsets are Serial ATA II compatible, however the nForce 430
supports RAID modes 0, 1, 0+1 and 5.
The nForce 430 series chipsets are
also compatible with Intel's new Azalia 7.1 channel high definition audio codec.
Connecting the motherboard chipsets is another HyperTransport connection; this however only
runs at 800 MHz with an 8 bit wide Up/Down data bus.
Component output (Y, Pb, Pr) support is vendor specific, some manufacturers
like Asus are leaving component output for header brackets, others like Gigabyte
and its GA-K8N51PVMT-9 sport Component output natively on the rear I/O.
The GeForce 6150 series graphics cards has two pixel rendering pipelines so
that right away should tell users the onboard graphics card is best only for
casual gaming. It does however support the DirectX 9.0C standard as well as
support for Shader Model 3.0, so the onboard videocard will work just fine with
Microsoft's Vista upcoming 3D desktop.
||Experts Tip: Driver Versions|
|Finding the latest chipset drivers for the GeForce 6100
series motherboard is not an easy task. One of nVIDIA's proudest
achievements was the unified driver, but when it comes to motherboard
chipsets it has broken down into multiple variants. There are no less than
seven motherboard chipset drivers to choose from when
surfing nvidia's website. Traditionally manufacturers have identified
chipsets by the Northbridge. In this instance, nVIDIA lists the nForce4
430/410 Southbridge chipset.|
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Both DVI-D and analog monitors are supported on this particular motherboard.
Another nice feature is that the onboard graphics card is not automatically
disabled when using a PCI Express x16 graphics card. Users who need a lot of
desktop screen real estate will certainly appreciate that feature.