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Overall rating 9/10

The MSI K8NGM2-FID brings out the capabilities of NVIDIA's GeForce 6150 GPU chipset with a decent set of video outputs that should please users looking to base their HTPC upon. Its business-like features also make the board very attractive as a productivity platform, so keep on reading.

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Product Specification

Processor Support and Chipset Type
  • Processor Support:
    • Supports Socket 939 AMD Sempron CPU
    • Supports Socket 939 AMD Athlon 64 / Athlon 64 FX / Athlon 64 X2 CPU
    • Supports AMD Cool 'n' Quiet Technology
  • Chipset Type:
    • NVIDIA GeForce 6150 GPU
      • Bi-directional 1GHz (2000MT/s) HyperTransport interface to processor
      • PCI Express x16 graphics
      • Supports two PCI Express x1 lanes
    • NVIDIA nForce 430 MCP
      • Supports up to five PCI v2.3 slots
      • Supports up to eight USB 2.0 ports
      • Dual controller SATA 3.0Gpbs architecture
      • Dual-channel Ultra ATA-133 IDE controller
      • IEEE 802.3 NVIDIA MAC for 1000BASE-T
  • Dual channel memory architecture integrated into processor
  • Four 184-pin DDR DIMM sockets
  • Supports 2.5v DDR SDRAM DIMM modules
  • Supports up to 4GB using PC1600 (DDR200), PC2100 (DDR266), PC2700 (DDR333) and PC3200 (DDR400) unbuffered DDR SDRAM DIMM
  • NVIDIA nForce 430 MCP
    • 4 x Ultra ATA 33/66/100/133 (data transfer rate up to 133MB/sec.)
    • 4 x Serial ATA 3.0Gbps interface
    • NVIDIA MediaShield Technology
    • Supports RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 0+1, RAID 5
  • Azalia High Definition Audio
  • Realtek ALC880 HD Audio CODEC
Networking NVIDIA Gigabit LAN co-supported by Vitesse SimpliPHY VSC8201RX PHY chip (Transceiver)
FireWire (IEEE 1394)
  • VIA FireIIM VT6307 FireWire controller
  • 2 x 1394a ports @ 400 Mbps speed
Rear I/O
  • 4 x USB 2.0 ports
  • 1 x IEEE 1394a ports
  • 1 x RJ45 LAN port
  • 6-Channel Audio I/O ports
  • 1 x parallel port (SPP/EPP/ECP)
  • 1 x mini-DIN-6 PS/2 mouse port
  • 1 x mini-DIN-6 PS/2 keyboard port
  • 1 x VGA port (onboard graphics)
  • 1 x DVI-D port (onboard graphics)
Internal Connectors
  • 1 x Floppy connector
  • 2 x Ultra ATA IDE connectors
  • 4 x SATA connectors
  • 4 x USB 2.0 ports
  • 1 x IEEE 1394a ports
  • 1 x Component and S-Video bracket
  • 1 x CD-IN
Expansion Slots
  • 1 x PCIe x16 slot, PCI Express Bus specification v1.0a compliant
  • 1 x PCIe x1 slot, PCI Express Bus specification v1.0a compliant
  • 2 x 32-bit PCI slots, PCI 2.3 compliant
Other Features MSI LiveUpdate 3
Form Factor Micro-ATX Form Factor, 24.4cm x 24.4cm

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