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Reviewed by: Carl Nelson [02.05.07]
Manufactured by: Abit



What business do we have talking about overclocking on a $99 mATX board? Well this is an Abit board after all, and We are HCW~! Of course we're going to see how far we can take this baby.

We've documented all the overclocking features and functions of Abit's NF-M2 nView; quite frankly it could be the best overclocking mATX board I've ever seen. With plenty of voltage and system settings, and a ton of memory tweaks available at your disposal, you should be able to get the most out of your AM2 CPU.

So here's how far we got:

Yes. Damn near 340 MHz on a mATX board, and perfectly stable at that. I actually had this board booting at 350 MHz, but not stable enough to pass our mutliple day Prime95 tests. With some tweaking, I think a seasoned OCer should be able to manage that (and more!) with the NF-M2.

I just can't say enough good things about the NF-M2 nView. At first I thought I might be a bit too easy on this board, considering I had been looking all over for a decent mATX board to build an HTPC with, and this came up at just the right time.

If you've tried to build an HTPC with a micro ATX motherboard with as many integrated components as possible, you know what I'm saying here.

The NF-M2 features a (dare I say) perfect layout for an mATX boards, and carries all the features and functions you need, and none of the ones you don't. Possibly the only thing missing is some extra SATA connectivity. However if you're building an SFF system, 4 hard drives should be plenty.

The BIOS is as full-featured as you'd expect from a top-end Abit board, nevermind a mATX board. Overclocking results will vary, but our results were quite impressive for a little motherboard. I kind of wish it had full NTune support, but at least Abit offers an alternative, even if it is a bit ugly and bloated (like most of this type of software tends to be).

The 6150 is a great start for those wanting to build their first HDTV home-theatre PC. This is especially the case with the very few motherboards with DVI output. However, I should mention that I came across some instances where the advanced deinterlacing methods offered on 7600 and up video cards from nvidia made the HDTV experience a lot better (and in my case, a 1080p MPEG-2 video I wanted to watch was unwatchable until I upgraded the video). You can read more about this on my personal blog, where I talk a little about my HDTV and HTPC experiences.

Audio quality is as good as it gets for integrated solutions, and in fact sounds better than other boards using the same codec in our tests. It's nothing to write home about in terms of gaming performance, and you should defnitely consider upgrading to a Creative X-Fi soundcard if you want to play games with the highest quality sound possible.

To put it succinctly, the Abit NF-M2 is the best micro ATX motherboard I have ever seen. It has everything I want in a motherboard, nothing I don't want, it performs well, overclocks nicely, and is the perfect base for a small form factor HDTV Home Theatre PC.

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  • A true full-featured motherboard in a mATX package - a first
  • Digital audio output AND input on the rear panel
  • Absolutely perfect layout - especially amazing for mATX
  • Great overclocking capabilities - especially amazing for mATX!
  • DVI output, RGB output, dual video capability
  • Passively cooled

  • No TV out