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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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The GeForce 6150 Series Architecture

The nVidia GeForce 6150 chipset allows AMD users something they have very badly needed, a low cost fully integrated solution. The GeForce 6150-series 'C51' GPUs are built on TSMC's 90 nanometer manufacturing process, and are intended to support current Socket 939 AMD Athlon64 processors.

Memory 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).

The 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 scaling. 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. 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, and in the case of the Gigabyte GV-K8N51PVMT-9 accessed via a break-out box which connects to the rear I/O adjacent to the analog video connector. 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: Less memory for onboard video
The GeForce 6150 demands 64MB of system memory to use as its own frame buffer. If you do not play games, it is a good idea cut down the amount of memory it requires, freeing it up for the system. To do this, enter the BIOS (by pressing the "Del" key when the computer first boots up) and enter the "Advanced BIOS Features" section. From there find the "Frame Buffer Size" controls and lower the amount of memory used to 16MB. The default value is 64MB, but 16MB is plenty for desk tops resolutions up to 1280x1024. The extra memory will be available once more for the system, and should help improve overall performance.
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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.

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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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