3DNews Vendor Reference English Resource -
All you need to know about your products!
Biostar And ECS CPU Boundedness Foxconn 9800GTX
About Us | Advertise  
Digital-Daily.com
Digital-Daily

Motherboard
CPU & Memory
Video
Mobile
Cooling
Editorial
Digital
Links

Google
Web
www.digital-daily.com
www.3dnews.ru








Digital-Daily : Motherboard Reviews : abit_i_n73hd_and_msi_p6ngm

abit I-N73HD and MSI P6NGM (NVIDIA GeForce 71хх)

abit I-N73HD and MSI P6NGM (NVIDIA GeForce 71хх)
Author: Aleksandr Mitrofanov
Date: 15.05.2008

abit I-N73HD
MSI P6NGM
Chipset NVIDIA GeForce 7100 NVIDIA GeForce 7150
CPU LGA775 Pentium 4 FSB 1333/1066/800/533 MHz
Celeron FSB 800/533 MHz
Dual-Core Pentium4
Core 2 Duo (+ Yorkfield, Wolfdale)
HyperThreading
LGA775 Pentium 4 FSB 1333/1066/800/533 MHz
Celeron FSB 800/533 MHz
Dual-Core Pentium4
Core 2 Duo (+ Yorkfield, Wolfdale)
HyperThreading
Memory DDR2 533/667/800 DDR2 533/667/800
HDD 1x UltraDMA/100
4x SerialATA II (RAID)
1x UltraDMA/100
4x SerialATA II (RAID)
Extras 2 IEEE-1394a
Audio - HDA
10 USB 2.0
Gigabit Ethernet
2 IEEE-1394a
Audio - HDA
10 USB 2.0
Gigabit Ethernet
Price: ~$77(Price.ru) n/a

The release of the AMD 780G chipset has substantially changed the shares distribution on the market of integrated motherboards. The superb functionality and high performance in 3D applications almost leaves no chances for competitors in the sector of products priced at ~$80. Therefore, today's tests of motherboards based on the NVIDIA GeForce 71xx series chipsets, to some extent, will be interesting only to those users who are after the Intel platform rather than speed at 3D applications. In particular, we'll be reviewing abit I-N73HD (GeForce 7100) and MSI P6NGM (GeForce 7150).

Of special mention is the MSI board because the PCB of P6NGM was used by the company's engineers to develop a whole line of motherboards: P6NGM-L based on the nForce 7050 + nForce 610i combination, and P6NGM-FD (at that, there is still no precise info: either GeForce 7050 + nForce 630i, or GeForce 7100 + nForce 630i), and P6NGM-FIH GeForce 7150 + nForce 630i. We note that the P6NGM-FIH version is different from P6NGM in the lack of a Firewire controller.

Once again, let's recall the specifications of NVIDIA GeForce 7ххх series chipsets.

NVIDIA GeForce 7150
NVIDIA nForce 630i
NVIDIA GeForce 7100
NVIDIA nForce 630i
NVIDIA GeForce 7050
NVIDIA nForce 630i
NVIDIA GeForce 7050
NVIDIA nForce 610i
Supported processors Core
Pentium D
Pentium 4
Celeron D
Socket LGA775
System bus (max. official FSB) 1333 MHz 1066 MHz
Supported memory DDR2800 DDR2800 DDR2667 DDR2667
Support for DirectX 9.0 with shaders 3.0 Yes
Integrated support for HDMI Yes Yes No No
Support for HDCP Yes Yes Yes No
Support for DVI Yes Yes Yes No
Graphics core speed 630 MHz 600 MHz 500 MHz 500 MHz
Support for PCI Express 1x16
2x1
Sound High-Definition Audio
Q-ty of SATA II/PATA links 4/1
Support for RAID 0,1,0+1,5 0,1,0+1,5 0,1,0+1,5 0,1
Support for NVIDIA MediaShield Yes
Support for Ethernet 10/100/1000 10/100/1000 10/100/1000 10/100
USB ports 10 10 10 8

Specifications


abit I-N73HD MSI P6NGM
CPU - Intel Pentium 4 (Prescott (2M)/Gallatin/CedarMill) with the bus speeds 1066/800/533 MHz
- Dual-core Intel Pentium D / EE (Smithfield/Presler) with the bus speeds 800/1066 MHz
- Intel Celeron with the bus speeds 533/800 MHz
- Support for Intel Core 2 Duo (+ Yorkfield, Wolfdale)
- Socket LGA775
- Support for HyperThreading processors
Chipset - NVIDIA GeForce 7100 + nForce 630i - NVIDIA GeForce 7150 + nForce 630i
System memory - Two 240-pin slots for DDR2 SDRAM DIMM
- Maximum memory capacity 4 GB
- Supported memory DDR2 533/667/800
- Onboard power indicator
- Two 240-pin slots for DDR2 SDRAM DIMM
- Maximum memory capacity 4 GB
- Supported memory DDR2 533/667/800
Graphics - Integrated graphic core GeForce 7100
- One PCI Express x16 slot
- Integrated graphic core GeForce 7150
- One PCI Express x16 slot
Expansion options - Two 32-bit PCI Bus Master slots
- One PCI Express x1 slot
- Ten USB 2.0 ports (4 integrated + 6 additional)
- Two IEEE1394 ports (Firewire; 1 integrated + 1 additional)
- Integrated High Definition Audio 7.1
- Gigabit Ethernet LAN controller
Overclocking options - FSB adjustable within 100 to 625 MHz in 1 MHz increments; multiplier adjustable;
- Adjustable voltages on the CPU, memory, north bridge, and the FSB
- FSB adjustable within 100 to 625 MHz in 1 MHz increments; multiplier adjustable
- Adjustable voltages memory
Disk subsystem - 1 link for UltraDMA100/66/33 Bus Master IDE (nForce 630i; with support for up to 2 ATAPI devices)
- Support for SerialATA II (4 links - nForce 630i; support for RAID 0,1,0+1,5
- Support for LS-120 / ZIP / ATAPI CD-ROM
BIOS - 4 Mbit Flash ROM
- Award BIOS Phoenix with support for Enhanced ACPI, DMI, Green, PnP Features and Trend Chip Away Virus
- 4 Mbit Flash ROM
- AMI BIOS with support for Enhanced ACPI, DMI, Green, PnP Features
Misc - Ports for PS/2 mouse and keyboard
- STR (Suspend to RAM)
- SPDIF Out
- Onboard power indicator
- One serial port, ports for PS/2 mouse and keyboard
- STR (Suspend to RAM)
- SPDIF Out
Power management - Wake-up on modem, mouse, keyboard, LAN, timer, and USB
- Main 24-pin ATX power connector
- Additional 8-pin power connector
- Wake-up on modem, mouse, keyboard, LAN, timer, and USB
- Main 24-pin ATX power connector
- Additional 4-pin power connector
Monitoring - Monitoring the temperature of the CPU, system, PWM, voltages, rotational speeds of the four fans
- FanEQ
- Monitoring the temperature of the CPU, system, voltages, rotational speeds of the two fans
- Smart Fan
Dimensions - micro-ATX form factor, 244x244 mm (9.63" x 9.63") - micro-ATX form factor, 245x220 mm (9.63" x 8.64")

Retail boxes

Package bundle

  • motherboard;
  • User's Manual in English;
  • 1x software & drivers CD;
  • one ATA133 cable + FDD cable;
  • 1x SerialATA cable + a power supply adapter (1 connector);
  • a cap for the rear panel of the housing;
  • a sticker with the jumpers layout diagram.
  • motherboard;
  • User's Manual in English;
  • CD with the software and drivers for Windows XP + the same for MS Vista;
  • one ATA133 cable;
  • 1x SerialATA cable + a power supply adapter (1 connector);
  • a cap for the rear panel of the housing.

The package bundles of both the motherboards is almost identical


The differences are in that the abit board has a FDD cable, as well as a sticker with the layout of connectors and jumpers. On the MSI board, there are two CDs instead of one: one for Windows XP, the other one for Vista.

On the whole, we found nothing to complain about the package bundles of the boards since they fully meet the level of value products.

Content:

  • Page 1 - Specifications, package bundle
  • Page 2 - Layout and Features; Expansion options
  • Page 3 - BIOS, monitoring, overclocking tools
  • Page 4 - Performance and conclusions




  • Top Stories:
    MoBo:


    ECS X58B-A (Intel X58)
    ASUS Rampage II Extreme (Intel X58)
    MSI DKA790GX and ECS A780GM-A Ultra
    MSI P7NGM (NVIDIA GeForce 9300)
    Intel X58 and ASUS P6T Deluxe
    MSI P45 Neo2 (Intel P45)
    Foxconn A7GMX-K (AMD 780G)
    VGA Card:


    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 295 – a new leader in 3D graphics!
    ECS HYDRA GeForce 9800GTX+. Water-cooled and SLI "all-in-one"
    Radeon HD 4830 CrossFire - better than Radeon HD 4870!
    XFX GeForce GTX 260 Black Edition in the SLI mode
    Leadtek WinFast PX9500 GT DDR2 – better than GeForce 9500GT DDR-3
    Palit Radeon HD 4870 Sonic: exclusive, with unusual features
    Palit HD 4850 Sonic: almost Radeon HD 4870, priced as HD 4850
    CPU & Memory:

    GSkill high-capacity memory modules
    CPU Intel Core i7-920 (Bloomfield)
    DDR3 memory: late 2008
    CPU AMD Phenom X3 8750 (Toliman)
    AMD Phenom X4 9850 – a top-end CPU at affordable price
    CPU Intel Atom 230 (Diamondville)
    Chaintech Apogee GT DDR3 1600


      Management by AK
      Design VisualPharm.com

    Copyright © 2002-2014 3DNews.Ru All Rights Reserved.
    contact - info@digital-daily.com
    Digital-Daily - English-language version of the popular Russian web-project 3DNews