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Biostar TForce 6100 AM2 Motherboard Review

Biostar TForce 6100 AM2 Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: The Biostar TForce 6100 AM2 motherboard packs quite a lot into a microATX platform; top of the line integrated graphics, PCI Express, networking, SATA and IDE hard drive support, and integrated sound card.
 78% Rating:   
Filed under: Motherboards Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: BIOstar Jun 02 2006   Max Page  
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Prelude to Benchmarks / Sysmark 2004 Results

The details of how the Biostar TForce 6100 AM2 test system was configured for benchmarking; the specific hardware, software drivers, operating system and benchmark versions is indicated below. In the second column are the general specs for the reference platforms this Geforce 6100 based motherboard is to be compared against. Please take a moment to look over PCSTATS test system configurations before moving on to the individual benchmark results on the next page.

The socket AM2 Athlon 64 FX-62 processor is really overkill for a mainstream motherboard like this, but we've chosen to use it so you can see how the Biostar Tforce 6100 stacks up to several other socket AM2 motherboards PCSTATS has tested.

PCSTATS Test System Configurations
Test System Reference System #1 Reference System #2
Processor: AMD Athlon64 FX-62 Intel Pentium D 940
Clock Speed: 2 x 200 MHz = 2.4 GHz

16 x 200 MHz = 3.2 GHz

Motherboard: Biostar TForce 6100 AM2

Asus M2N32SLI-DLX (NF 590 SLI)
Foxconn C51XEM2AA (NF 590 SLI)

Foxconn 975X7AA-8EKRS2H (975X)
Videocard: MSI NX7800GTX-VT2D256E
Memory: Corsair Twin2X2048-8500
Hard Drive: 74GB Western Digital Raptor WD740
CDROM: AOpen Combo 52x
PowerSupply: PC Power & Cooling TurboCool 510 SLI
Heatsink: AMD Athlon64 FX-62 Reference

Thermaltake Jungle 512

Software Setup:

Microsoft WindowsXP SP2
nVIDIA Forceware 8.22
nVIDIA Forceware 91.27

Microsoft WindowsXP SP2
nVIDIA Forceware 9.34
nVIDIA Forceware 91.27

Microsoft WindowsXP SP2
Intel INF 7.22
nVIDIA Forceware 91.27

Benchmarks:

SYSMark 2004
Business Winstone 2004
Content Creation 2004
Super Pi
SiSoft Sandra 2005
PCMark05
3DMark05
3DMark06
FarCry
Doom 3

Quake 4

SYSmark2004 Source: Bapco

SYSmark 2004 is BAPCo's latest revision of the mainstream office productivity and Internet content creation benchmark used to characterize the performance of the business client. It is based on a foundation of extensive research into emerging usage models and computing trends and incorporates the latest benchmarking methodologies to evaluate platform technologies. SYSmark 2004 contains scientifically designed workloads that represent the range of activities that an office productivity or Internet content creation work may encounter. In addition to extensive validation across multiple platforms, users can be sure of a consistent and reliable performance comparison.

SYSmark2004
Internet Overall: Points Ranking
Foxconn 975X7AA-8EKRS2H (975X 200/667) 287
Foxconn C51XEM2AA (NF 590 SLI 200/800) 373
Asus M2N32SLI-DLX (NF 590 SLI 200/800) 375
Biostar TForce 6100 AM2 (GF 6100 200/800) 365
3D Creation: Points Ranking
Foxconn 975X7AA-8EKRS2H (975X 200/667) 257
Foxconn C51XEM2AA (NF 590 SLI 200/800) 322
Asus M2N32SLI-DLX (NF 590 SLI 200/800) 328
Biostar TForce 6100 AM2 (GF 6100 200/800) 314
2D Creation: Points Ranking
Foxconn 975X7AA-8EKRS2H (975X 200/667) 348
Foxconn C51XEM2AA (NF 590 SLI 200/800) 450
Asus M2N32SLI-DLX (NF 590 SLI 200/800) 443
Biostar TForce 6100 AM2 (GF 6100 200/800) 436
Web Publication Points Ranking
Foxconn 975X7AA-8EKRS2H (975X 200/667) 265
Foxconn C51XEM2AA (NF 590 SLI 200/800) 341
Asus M2N32SLI-DLX (NF 590 SLI 200/800) 342
Biostar TForce 6100 AM2 (GF 6100 200/800) 335
Office Overall: Points Ranking
Foxconn 975X7AA-8EKRS2H (975X 200/667) 207
Foxconn C51XEM2AA (NF 590 SLI 200/800) 258
Asus M2N32SLI-DLX (NF 590 SLI 200/800) 261
Biostar TForce 6100 AM2 (GF 6100 200/800) 252
Communication: Points Ranking
Foxconn 975X7AA-8EKRS2H (975X 200/667) 189
Foxconn C51XEM2AA (NF 590 SLI 200/800) 260
Asus M2N32SLI-DLX (NF 590 SLI 200/800) 263
Biostar TForce 6100 AM2 (GF 6100 200/800) 255
Document Creation: Points Ranking
Foxconn 975X7AA-8EKRS2H (975X 200/667) 223
Foxconn C51XEM2AA (NF 590 SLI 200/800) 298
Asus M2N32SLI-DLX (NF 590 SLI 200/800) 297
Biostar TForce 6100 AM2 (GF 6100 200/800) 286
Data Analysis: Points Ranking
Foxconn 975X7AA-8EKRS2H (975X 200/667) 209
Foxconn C51XEM2AA (NF 590 SLI 200/800) 211
Asus M2N32SLI-DLX (NF 590 SLI 200/800) 214
Biostar TForce 6100 AM2 (GF 6100 200/800) 210

The Biostar TForce 6100 AM2 motherboard handles Sysmark 2004 pretty well all things considered. The other socket AM2 motherboards used for comparison are considered high end flagship boards. From the results here, you can see that office oriented applications and content creation software is not greatly influenced by the motherboard or chipset, so long as both are generally up to snuff. Results like these, reinforce the point that for certain applications, expensive does not always mean better - a mainstream budget board like the Biostar TForce 6100 AM2 is just as capable as nForce 590 SLi-based systems in office oriented work where the processor is the major influence.

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Contents of Article: BIOstar TForce 6100 AM2
 Pg 1.  Biostar TForce 6100 AM2 Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  Motherboard Highlights
 Pg 3.  The GeForce 6100 Chipset and AM2
 Pg 4.  nVIDIA PureVideo and High Definition Content
 Pg 5.  Overclocking on a microATX
 Pg 6.  — Prelude to Benchmarks / Sysmark 2004 Results
 Pg 7.  Benchmarks: Office Productivity, SiSoft Sandra, Super Pi
 Pg 8.  Benchmarks: PCMark05, 3DMark05
 Pg 9.  3DMark06, FarCry, X3: Reunion
 Pg 10.  Benchmarks: Doom 3, Quake 4
 Pg 11.  Compact socket AM2/Geforce 6100 Board

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