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post #1 of 8 Old 10-27-2006, 12:27 PM - Thread Starter
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does anyone have anything to say about this board?
it's got everything I'm look for in my HTPC build
I know it's relatively new
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Overclocks well (excellent vDIMM, vCore settings), but has no s-video or component video support
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If you are going to build an AM2 HTPC, this is the best board for the job IMHO. One of the issues with other 6150 motherboards is voltage selection for various kinds of RAM. This board works great with a wide variety of RAM and is stable as a rock. Furthermore, it is the best overclocker among the 6150 boards.

The 6150 chipset is great for 720p/1080i, and when you need 1080p you can buy a video card to put into the PCI-E slot.

Their is not a single Core 2 Duo board this nice at this price level for an HTPC, at least not yet. So I am still torn between a higher-priced Intel board with an E6400, or this board with a 4600+. Right now the AMD is looking pretty good purely because of this motherboard.


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According to the article nVIDIA PureVideo and High Definition Content at PCSTATS, the AM2 version of GeForce 6150 can handle 1080p just fine. Right now ABIT NF-M2 nView is the best motherboard for HTPC (IMO).
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Is the main advantage of this MP the OC ability? I was looking at the ASUS M2NPV-VM MB. The ASUS DOES have component video support.. Im trying to decide. Is the overclocking ability that important? Im getting a Athlon 64 X2 4200 + processor.
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The following is cited from The *Official* MSI K8NGM2-FID GeForce 6150 Motherboard Thread.
  • ABIT NF-M2 nView (Global site) or ABIT NF-M2 nView (USA site)


    "nView" is just NVIDIA's multi-display technology. I guess ABIT attached this word to the model name to emphasize dual display capability via onboard VGA and DVI (although this is standard among all the GeForce 6150 boards except Foxconn).

    • Memory: DDR2 800/667/533 ECC and non-ECC, un-buffered memory, max 8GB
    • Audio: ALC883 7.1 Ch. HD
    • No onboard TV-out connector
    • Back Panel: 1 x VGA and 1 x DVI. No parallel port. Instead it comes with 7.1 Ch. HD audio connectors and optical S/PDIF in and out.
    • BIOS: CPU External Clock: 200 MHz to 400 MHz (1 MHz increment), K8<->NB HT Speed and NB<->SB HT Speed: 200, 400, 600, 800, 1000 MHz, CPU Core Voltage: 1.35-2.15V, DDRII Voltage: 1.75-2.60V, Chipset Core Voltage: 1.20-1.60V, SB Core AUX Voltage: 1.50-1.74V, HyperTransport Voltage: 1.20-1.40V. Several users reported stable FSB over 300MHz.
    • Accessories: 1 x USB 2.0 (two ports) and IEEE 1394 (one port) bracket
    • AMD LIVEâ„¢ ready

  • ASUS M2NPV-VM (Global site) or ASUS M2NPV-VM (USA site)

    The specifications are basically the same as ASUS A8N-VM CSM.

    • Memory: DDR2 800/667/533 ECC and non-ECC, un-buffered memory, max 8GB
    • Audio: AD1986A 5.1 Ch. HD, the same as A8N-VM CSM.
    • BIOS: FSB from 200MHz to 400MHz. No HTT multiplier options. No CPU voltage adjustment. DDR2 Voltage: Auto (1.8V) or 1.9V. Actual overclocking is very POOR. Many report no booting at FSB 215MHz to 220MHz.
    • Accessories: 1 x HDTV/AV/S output module (component, composite, S video). No S/PDIF module. 1 x IEEE1394a module.
    • AMD LIVEâ„¢ ready

Overclocking is certainly attractive but not important for HTPC because there won't be extreme CPU intensive tasks in such a system. As you can see from the specs, ASUS board comes with analogue TV out but lacks S/PDIF out, while ABIT board lacks analogue TV out but comes with optical S/PDIF out. Another drawback of ASUS board is that max DDR2 voltage is only 1.9V, while many DDR2-800 modules require more than 1.9V (if you plan going for DDR2-800). You should choose either board depending on your needs.
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renethx,

Thanks for the reply. Actually, the ASUS "does" have SPDIF out..

From AUDIO section of Specs for the MB:ADI AD1986A High Difinition Audio 5.1channel CODEC
Support Jack-Sensing and S/PDIF out interface


I'm still torn.....will I overclock??? Also, the ultimate plan is to get an PCI-X video card (DX 10) with HDMI out.. So...am I worried about the on board 6150?? I just want to enjoy my experience while I wait for the DX10 cards...

EDIT: Actually, I guess the ASUS only has the S/PDIF header....That's ok, because the nMediaPC HTPC case I am looking at (280), has the S/PDIF Output Jack on it.
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I was a bit sloppy. As you wrote, ASUS board has an S/PDIF internal connector (SPDIF_OUT, manual page 1-28), but an S/PDIF bracket is not included. In this sense I wrote "lacks S/PDIF out".
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