EPoX 9GF6100-M on NVIDIA GeForce EPoX 9GF6100-M на NVIDIA GeForce 6100



Motherboards on GeForce 6100 and 6150 chipsets were fast enough recognized by users, and are now widely presented on the shop counters. I will remind, that distinctions between these chipsets consist in more powerful graphics kernel (frequency of GeForce 6150 is equal 475 MHz + expanded functionality, against 425 MHz at 6100). Also developers have received freedom in choosing the southbridge: nForce 410 and nForce 430 which are interchangeable. Model 430 differs with greater expansion capabilities (support of Gigabit Ethernet + 4 Serial ATA II channels, against 2x Serial ATA II channels of 410). Accordingly on GeForce 6150+430 manufacturers released more powerful boards, for example, with Firewire support and richer package set. And for economy of resources, boards on 6100 and 6150 are issued on the same PCB design. Approximately in the same way acted EPoX Company which has released 9GF6100-M and 9GF6100-MJ models. Both models are based on GeForce 6100, but on the 9GF6100-MJ board nForce 430 southbridge is established. And GeForce 6150 chipset was ignored by EPoX experts. However, as our tests have shown, users of motherboards ob GeForce 6150 do not receive special advantages in 3D-applications: both chipsets work equally slowly in modern games.
So, today we will test a 9GF6100-M board on GeForce 6100 chipset manufactured by EPoX Company. It is characterized by basic expansion capabilities, a poor package set and rather powerful overclocking functions.

EPoX 9GF6100-M specification

EPoX 9GF6100-M

CPU

- AMD Athlon 64/Sempron with 200 Mhz bus frequency;
- Socket 939;

Chipset

- Northbridge NVIDIA GeForce 6100;
- Southbridge nForce 410;
- HyperTransport bus;

RAM

- Four 184-pin slots for DDR SDRAM DIMM;
- Maximum memory volume 4 Gb;
- Dual-channel memory access is possible;
- Supported memory types: PC2100/PC2700/PC3200;

Graphics

- One PCI Express x16 slot;
- Built-in GeForce 6100 graphics core;

Expansion capabilities

- Two 32-bit PCI Bus Master slots;
- One PCI Express x1 slot;
- Eight USB 2.0 ports (4 built-in + 4 additional);
- Built-in AC'97 v2.3 sound subsystem;
- 10/100 Ethernet network controller

Overclocking capabilities

- Changing HTT frequency from 200 to 450 Mhz with 1 Mhz step; multiplier factor changing;
- CPU, RAM and chipset voltage changing.

Drive subsystem

- 2 UltraDMA133/100/66/33 Bus Master IDE channels (support up to 4 ATAPI-devices & RAID 0, 1, 0+1 );
- Support of Serial ATA II protocol (2 channels - nForce 410, support of RAID);
- Support of LS-120 / ZIP / ATAPI CD-ROM;

BIOS

- 4 Mbit Flash ROM;
- Award Phoenix BIOS with support of Enhanced ACPI, DMI, Green, PnP Features and Trend Chip Away Virus;

Other

- One FDD port, one serial and one parallel port, ports for PS/2 mouse and keyboard;
- IrDA;
- STR (Suspend to RAM);

Power Management

- Wake-on by modem, mouse, keyboard, network, timer and USB;
- 24-pin ATX power connector (ATX-PW);
- Additional 4-pin power connector;

Monitoring

- CPU and system temperature monitoring, voltage monitoring, determination of 3 fansТ speed;
- Smart Fan function;
- POST screen monitoring (MagicHealth technology)

Size

- Micro-ATX form factor, 245 mm x 245 mm (9.63" x 9.63");

EPoX 9GF6100-M Package set

  • Motherboard;
  • SW and drivers CD;
  • User's guide in English;
  • ATA-133 cable, FDD cable;
  • One SerialATA cable + power adapter (one socket);
  • Case back panel gag.
    Very poor complete set - there is only the most necessary.

    Summary

    So, if we formulate conclusions the following picture turns out: EPoX 9GF6100-M board is an excellent budgetary product with low enough price, basic expansion capabilities and with no lacks. The only thing at what it is possible to carp - very poor package set, with the defective user's guide (non-readable CD-disk seems to be the flow of a concrete copy).
    As to overclocking the EPoX 9GF6100-M board has shown 10 times better results than other boards on GeForce 6100/6150 chipsets. In particular, stable HTT frequency was equal 300 MHz what is comparable to the boards on nForce4 UltraSLI chipsets! As a result, we can safely recommend it to computer enthusiasts, and also to the "advanced" users.

    The conclusion

    Advantages:

  • Good stability and productivity;
  • Expansion capabilities of GeForce 6100+nForce 410 chipset;
  • Firmware MagicHealth technology + SmartFan support;
  • Reasonable price.

    Defects:

  • Poor user's guide; package set lacks.

    Motherboard features:

  • Excellent overclocking results (HTT=300 MHz).


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