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


The Test

The NF-M2 nView utilizes the GeForce 6150 Northbridge, along with the GeForce 430 MCP. Performance-wise, it should match up perfectly well to the latest nForce 500 series motherboards. And that's what we'll be comparing it to; an nForce 590 SLI board (in the form of the Foxconn P9657AA-8EKRS2H which serves as nvidia's reference board) and an nForce 570 Ultra (by way of an Asus M2N-E).

The onboard graphics will not be tested because, quite frankly, it is completely inadequate for gaming. If you plan on gaming even a little bit, you are going to want to upgrade to something a bit better. Read some of our video card reviews for tips on what card to buy in your budget.

However, the onboard 6150 graphics is perfectly capable of watching HDTV programming on, and it scales quite well. The DVI output is a nice bonus here, and can even be converted to HDMI for use with LCD and Plasma TV sets.

In my experience though, it is definitely worthwhile to buy a newer graphics card with better deinterlacing capabilities if you care a lot about quality. I used this board for a while as an HDTV HTPC, and after unsuccessfully watching some 1080p MPEG-2 video (in the form of downloaded .TS files), I installed a GeForce 7600 GT, which supports Inverse Telecine and Spatial-Temporal De-Interlacing for HD video - instant and noticable increase in video quality. Even the Windows desktop looked better! Check out my blog for a more detailed acount.

With that out of the way, we can get on with our benchmarks. Here's how our systems were set up:

Processor: AMD Athlon64 X2 4600+
Memory: 1 GB Corsair XMS2 5400 UL (4-4-4-12) @ DDR 800
Video Card: NVIDIA 6800 GT (ForceWare Release 91.31)
Hard Drive: WD Raptor 36 GB 10K RPM SATA

Windows XP 32 bit with SP2 was used. All the latest chipset, video, and sound drivers were used. SMP was enabled in all tests when possible.

SiSoft Sandra 2007 Memory Bandwidth

The NF-M2 nView is off to a bit of a rocky start, with slightly lower memory bandwidth than the other two boards. This is possibly due to the integrated video, although that is disabled in this case. The difference is so minor though, I doubt it'll show much in our real-world testing...

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