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


Ethernet Performance

NTTCP was used to test peak ethernet throughput and CPU utilization. The NVIDIA ethernet offloading engine was enabled for both boards. The host system was an Intel D975XBX with integrated Intel gigabit ethernet.

In the case of the Foxconn 590 SLI board, only Port 1 was used. As noted in our review of that board, the second port somehow suffers from slightly lower performance compared to the first port. We're not sure why, and it could very well just be a driver issue that has since been rectified.

Because the Ethernet on the 6150 is more basic, it doesn't suffer the same CPU hit as on the 590 SLI. Besides that, everything performs as expected.

Data Transfer Bus Performance

USB 2.0's maximum throughput appears to be 37.6 MB/s or so, while FireWire can hit upwards of 42.1 MB/s (just make sure you have the right drivers installed). CPU usage was normal - about 2-4% for USB 2.0 and 0-1% for FireWire (with a +/- 2% margin of error).

Likewise, the identical SATA ports all perform 'as expected'. The NF-M2 doesn't feature any extra SATA ports, so there's not much to see here.

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