AMD's decision many
moons ago to integrate the memory controller into the processor architecture was
an excellent move. With the swing to socket AM2 a DDR-2 memory, that decision is
certainly paying dividends now...
A certain level of performance is been maintained from
Athlon64 systems, and differentiates motherboards by feature-sets only really.
It also makes things easier on the chipset and motherboard manufacturers as
moving to a new platform does not require a lot of re-tooling.
Originally introduced as a Socket 939 chipset, the nVidia
GeForce 6100 chipset fully supports the Socket AM2 platform as well. In fact as
the benchmarks have indicated, the GeForce 6100 provide similar performance at a
fraction of the price of nForce 590 SLi motherboards. Of course the GeForce 6100
doesn't have as many features.. and the nForce 500 series does have many cool
ones, but the price will definitely make it attractive for users looking for a
solid workstation PC.
If you're looking for a low cost motherboard for
workstation or entertainment purposes, the Biostar TForce 6100 AM2 is an
excellent choice. The microATX footprint means the system can be small and
placed in an inconspicuous place, freeing up room for other devices.
The BIostar TForce 6100 AM2 motherboard shows the world that Socket AM2 is
not just the realm of high end systems, it can be used in all types of
situations as well. Perhaps that is something we could all do well to remember,
as it seems with each new processor generation the focus is always on high end
The Biostar TForce 6100 AM2 stacks up pretty well against
the competition, though the GeForce 6100 is weak for modern games; nothing the
PCI Express x16 slot can't help address. With a GeForce 7800GTX installed, the
Biostar TForce 6100 AM2 was just as fast in the 3D
applications as the Asus M2N32-SLI Deluxe and Foxconn C51XEM2AA!
The retail price of the Biostar TForce 6100 AM2 is not
clear at the moment but since it's based on the GeForce 6100, it should retail
for less than $100 USD. Considering this chipsets' proven capabilities, this
gives you a great deal of options (network, integrated videocard, SATA, USB,
audio, etc.) to mull over. If you're in the market for a socket AM2 AMD
processor-based computer, the Biostar TForce 6100 AM2 is a nice option worth
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