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Asus A8N-VM CSM GeForce 6150 Motherboard Review

Asus A8N-VM CSM GeForce 6150 Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: The board will support up to 4GB of dual channel PC3200 DDR400 RAM. Onboard features include IEEE 1394a, a 5.1 channel HDA (Azalia)/AC97 audio controller, Gigabit LAN and of course analog and DVI-D Geforce 6-series onboard video.
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External Mfg. Website: Asus Dec 11 2005   Max Page  
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MicroATX Motherboard Features

The User's manual that accompanies the Asus A8N-VM CSM motherboard is quite detailed and should be able to guide users if there is confusion. Despite being a budget motherboard, Asus includes a copy of Norton Internet Security 2005 which should help keep users safe from online hazards. Asus equips the A8N-VM CSM motherboard with KZG brand capacitors.

At first glance, the Asus A8N-VM CSM looked like it could challenge the Gigabyte GA-K8N51PVMT-9 as the perfect Athlon64/HTPC motherboard, but unfortunately the A8N-VM CSM does not include a TV/Component output bracket. According to the user's manual, one can be purchased separately, although finding a place that sells something so specific seems a pretty difficult task for end users. System integrators are a different story, and we would expect whitebox PCs built on this Asus motherboard to feature a TV/Component Output bracket.

Considering how hard the computer industry is pushing digital home entertainment, Asus should definitely include the TV-Output bracket in the retail box. There aren't too many quirks with a Micro-ATX motherboard as simple as this, but we did note that the nForce4 430 Southbridge does not come with a heatsink though there are two mounting holes around the chipset for a passive cooler.

Don't miss the expert tips on how to install the front panel LEDs easier, and a tip on selecting the right drivers. Next up we look at the Geforce 6100 architecture.

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Contents of Article: Asus A8N-VM CSM
 Pg 1.  Asus A8N-VM CSM GeForce 6150 Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  — MicroATX Motherboard Features
 Pg 3.  The GeForce 6100 Series Architecture
 Pg 4.  nVIDIA PureVideo
 Pg 5.  Overclocking and BIOS Options
 Pg 6.  Benchmarks: SYSMark2004
 Pg 7.  Benchmarks: Winstone 2004, Winbench 99
 Pg 8.  Benchmarks: SiSoft Sandra, Super Pi
 Pg 9.  Benchmarks: PCMark04
 Pg 10.  Benchmarks: PCMark05
 Pg 11.  Benchmarks: 3DMark2001, 3DMark05
 Pg 12.  Benchmarks: Comanche 4, X2: The Threat
 Pg 13.  Benchmarks: UT2003
 Pg 14.  Benchmarks: UT2004
 Pg 15.  Benchmarks: Doom 3 and Conclusion

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