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Gigabyte GV-K8N51PVMT-9 Geforce 6150 Motherboard Review

Gigabyte GV-K8N51PVMT-9 Geforce 6150 Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: The GeForce 6150 improves the situation markedly by offering a usefulness that rivals it mainstream GF6-series graphics counterparts.
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External Mfg. Website: Gigabyte Dec 08 2005   Colin Sun  
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Features of the Gigabyte GV-K8N51PVMT-9

The physical layout of components on the PCB is excellent and Gigabyte's engineers deserve a round of applause for designing a board that is so easy to work with. The IDE/floppy and main ATX power connectors are in the best spot possible to the right of the DIMM slots. Even the Serial ATA II slots are tucked away nicely at the edge of the PCB as are the USB/IEEE 1394a and Front Panel I/O headers.

The motherboard comes with a copy of Norton Internet Security 2005 software which is good for 90 days. All capacitors found on the Gigabyte GA-K8N51PVMT-9 are made by Rubycon.

Users with long videocards like the GeForce 7800 series or Radeon X1800's have to use a bit of caution when installing into the Gigabyte GV-K8N51PVMT-9. Because of the lack of space, the videocard and DIMM slots are quite close and it's possible for the memory locks on the bottom to come in contact with the videocard or its heatsink.

The Gigabyte GV-K8N51PVMT-9 motherboard we tested showed some stability issues that appear to have been related to chipset heat. Without any additional cooling, the GeForce 6150 Northbridge would apparently overheat causing the system to lock up or to reboot itself when running 3D benchmarks, pointing a fan in its general direction solved this. Perhaps Gigabyte should use an active heatsink on the GeForce 6150 instead of a passive heatsink. Be sure to check out the expert tips on video system memory and using the nVIDIA trial nStant video software.

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Contents of Article: Gigabyte GV-K8N51PVMT-9
 Pg 1.  Gigabyte GV-K8N51PVMT-9 Geforce 6150 Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  — Features of the Gigabyte GV-K8N51PVMT-9
 Pg 3.  The GeForce 6150 Series Architecture
 Pg 4.  nVIDIA PureVideo Technology
 Pg 5.  Overclocking and the Gigabyte BIOS
 Pg 6.  Benchmarks: SYSMark2004
 Pg 7.  Benchmarks: Winstone 2004, Winbench 99
 Pg 8.  Benchmarks: SiSoft Sandra, Super Pi
 Pg 9.  Benchmarks: PCMark04
 Pg 10.  Benchmarks: PCMark05
 Pg 11.  Benchmarks: 3DMark2001, 3DMark05
 Pg 12.  Benchmarks: Comanche 4, X2: The Threat
 Pg 13.  Benchmarks: UT2003
 Pg 14.  Benchmarks: UT2004
 Pg 15.  Benchmarks: Doom 3 and Conclusion

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