ECS EliteGroup GeForce 6100PM-M2 V2.0 Motherboard Review

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Good board in a pinch

The motherboard I chose to replace an old junker is the GeForce 6100PM-M2. Yeah, it has an Nvidia chipset. And while Nvidia may not make the best chipset on earth, they make one of the cheapest when you are on a budget. And since it supports my Athlon 64 X2, along with 16GB of DDR2 RAM, I am more than happy to give it a shot.

The funny thing about how expensive technology is, is that as soon as you buy something that costs $300, it’s automatically obsolete and is worth roughly 1/3 of the original price. Actually, it was pretty much obsolete the moment you bought it. The world of the PC DIYer is a fantastic world, but the price bracket sucks the biggest set of hairy boys possible. That’s why when I had to replace my motherboard on my tight budget, I went for one that wouldn’t break the bank. Because let’s face it. There are going to be a couple dozen introduced next week that will render your new i7 compatible board as ancient technology. I think I’ll stick with my Athlon Dual Core until the price range comes down.

So here are the specs on the board itself:

ECS Geforce6100PM-M2 V2.0 motherboard features the NVIDIA Geforce6100/nForce430 integrated chipset, which combine multiple graphics solutions and deliver the outstanding graphics performance. It supports the latest AMD socket AM2+ processors and dual-channel DDR2 memory up to DDR2 800. Geforce6100PM-M2 motherboard is the optimum choice for AMD platform.

Features

Certified For Windows Vista
The latest generation Microsoft O.S., delivers better personal productivity and digital entertainment on your PC through its improved reliability, security, and performance.
Dual core
Outperforms single-core processors on most multithreaded applications while running at lower clock speeds and consuming less power.
HT 2000
AMD64 technology provides simultaneous support for 32-bit and 64-bit computing with 2000MT/s system bus HyperTransport technology.
Dual Channel DDR2 800
Doubles the bandwidth of your system memory up to 12.8GB/s and pumps up the system performance.
Serial-ATA II
Doubles the transfer speed of SATA, running at speed up to 3.0Gb/s, and fully compatible with the soon-to-be-released SATA HDD, CD-ROM and other cutting-edge devices with NCQ function support.
10/100 LAN
Provides 10/100 Mbps solution to your network or broadhand connection without having to buy an extra LAN card.
USB 2.0
The latest connectivity standard which delivers transfer speeds up to 480Mb/s for easy connectivity and ultra-fast data transfers.
6 Channel High Definition Audio
Integrated 6-channel HD Audio CODEC delivering advanced multi-channel audio and bringing you the experience of home theater-quality sound.
Graphics Embedded
Graphics Embedded
NVRAID
Uniquely allows users to assign an extra disk to any RAID volume so that should a disk failure occur NVIDIA RAID will automatically remote the failed disk and replace it with the spare.
MediaShield
Protects and secures your digital media assets with RAID 5,SATA 3Gb/s,and PATA drives.Suite of features include the MediaShield user interface, flexible RAID configurations (RAID5,0,1,0+1),NVIDIA Disk Alert System, decicated spare disk protection, fast media transfers.
PCI EXPRCESS x16
Delivers up to a 4x increase in graphics and 2x I/O bandwidth for smooth multimedia performance
ROHS
Choose an environment-friendly, fully RoHS-compliant ECS product as the foundation for keeping harmful substances out of our ecosystem.

 

Specifications

CPU
  • AMD Phenom processor (Socket AM2+)
  • AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core / Athlon 64 / Sempron processor
  • High-performance Hyper Transport CPU interface
  • Support transfer rate of 2000/1600/1200/800/400 mega-transfers per second
  • Note: This board supports CPU up to 95W TDP only
Chipset
  • NVIDIA GeForce 6100/nForce 430
  • NVIDIA MCP61P Single Chipset
Graphics
  • Share Memory: Maximum up to 256MB
  • On Chip (NVIDIA GeForce 6100/P-based, 2D/3D graphic engine)
  • Integrated DirectX 9 graphics processor
Memory
  • 2 x 240-pin DDR2 DIMM socket support up to 16 GB (4GB realistic)
  • Dual-channel DDR2 memory architecture
  • Support DDR2 800/667/533/400 DDR2 SDRAM
Expansion Slot
  • 1 x PCI Express x16 slot
  • 1 x PCI Express x1 slot
  • 2 x PCI slots
Storage
  • Support by NVIDIA GeForce 6100P
  • 2x Ultra DMA133/100/66 devices
  • 4x Serial ATAII 3.0Gb/s devices
  • RAID0, RAID1, RAID0+1, RAID5 configuration
Audio
  • Realtek ALC662 6-channel audio
  • Compliant with HD audio specification
LAN
  • Broadcom AC13 10/100 LAN
Rear Panel I/O
  • 1 x PS/2 keyboard and PS/2 mouse connectors
  • 1 x Serial port (COM 1)
  • 1 x VGA port
  • 1 x RJ45 LAN connector
  • 4 x USB ports
  • 1 x Parallel port (LPT1) (optional)
  • 1 x Audio port (line-in, line-out, mic in)
Internal I/O Connectors and Headers
  • 1 x 24-pin ATX Power Supply connector
  • 1 x 4-pin ATX 12V connector
  • 1 x FDD connector
  • 1 x IDE connector
  • 4 x Serial ATA connectors
  • 1 x Speaker header
  • 1 x SPDIF out header
  • 1 x IrDA for SIR header (optional)
  • 3 x USB 2.0 headers support additional 6 USB ports
  • 1 x Front panel switch/LED header
  • 1 x Front panel audio header
  • 1 x CD in header
  • CPUFAN/SYSFAN connectors
System Bios
  • Award BIOS with 8MB Flash ROM
  • Supports Plug and Play, STR/STD, Hardware monitor, Multi Boot, DMI
  • Supports ACPI revision 1.0 specification
Form Factor
  • Micro-ATX Size, 244mm*214mm
  • 64 Bit – Allows platform to access more memory and larger files. Large memory intensive programs can see dramatic performance increases.
  • PCI Express X16 – Delivers greater bandwith over the traditional AGP 8X interface and supporting the latest high-performance graphics cards.
  • USB 2.0 High-Speed – USB 2.0 is the latest connectivity standard which delivers transfer speed up to 480Mb/s for easy connectivity and ultra-fast data transfers.
  • Serial ATA – Serial ATA is a revolutionary replacement of ATA technology that provides superior performance. With up to 150MB/s or 300MB/s data transfer rate, Serial ATA is faster than Parallel ATA, while providing 100% software compatibility.
  • Audio Integrated – Onboard high-quality audio CODEC supports uncompromising audio quality, bringing a more vivid sound experience and great audio without having to buy advance sound cards.
  • Ethernet - Provides onboard Ethernet solution to your network or broadband connection without having to buy an extra LAN card.
  • Video Integrated - Provides 128MB of onboard video RAM, with Pixel Shader 3.0 support as well as top graphics options for today’s high-detail gaming enviornments.

31 Comments

  1. Albert

    August 10, 2011 at 6:53 am

    Hi guys, just want to ask because when I try to install Windows 7 Ultimate using IDE HDD, it failed. Any suggestions?

    • rasqual

      December 5, 2011 at 4:20 pm

      It works OK so long as you have the BIOS set to boot from the HD (I'm not talking about the boot sequence).

      It'd not as easy, I'm finding, to get it to boot with RAID enabled. :-/

  2. Will

    June 20, 2011 at 8:20 pm

    I personally didn't like this motherboard combined with a CPU over 60 watts. The caps didn't seem very stable. Otherwise it would have been an alright motherboard

  3. Don Haynes

    June 20, 2011 at 8:20 pm

    Hey, no problem. I try to write me reviews so those with no previous experience will get something out of it.

  4. joseph

    June 20, 2011 at 8:19 pm

    was very helpful..As i am new to new builds.. thanks for info on geforce6100 sm-m2 mobo..

  5. alan

    June 20, 2011 at 8:19 pm

    Any Athlon64-based motherboard can support a 64-bit OS because the memory controller is on the CPU, not the motherboard chipset. Intel motherboards needs 965 or better chipset.

  6. jlvp

    June 20, 2011 at 8:19 pm

    i have a question though it seem silly to you still i need to know,,i have thgis very motherboard and my question is, does it support the vista 64 bit os? the sooner i get an answer the sooner i will install my windows 64 bit so i eagerly await your reply.

  7. Argenteam

    June 20, 2011 at 8:19 pm

    I have this motherboard paired with a Sempron LE-1200@2800 mhz + Supertalent DDR2 800@932 mhz. That's a 33 of overclock. Everything works perfect, very stable and fast. I was wondering if a new Bios can make run a Phenom II

  8. Don Haynes

    June 20, 2011 at 8:19 pm

    That's strange. And everything still runs okay when it's on? OS, everything?

  9. Don Haynes

    June 20, 2011 at 8:16 pm

    Argenteam, according to specs for this mobo, it is capable of running the original Phenoms. As for the new breed that are just coming out, there is no telling unless you are willing to try it.

  10. NADER

    June 20, 2011 at 8:16 pm

    IF I TURN OFF SYSTEM POWER FAN& CPU FAN IS RUNS (MODEL:ECS EliteGroup GeForce 6100PM-M2 V2.0 Motherboard)

  11. ken

    June 20, 2011 at 8:16 pm

    great review man! i learned a lot. tnx!=)

  12. Harold

    June 20, 2011 at 8:16 pm

    My installation disk cracked and is useless. Am unable to get a replacement from ECS. There download drivers don't do the job. Coud someone please email me a copy of the original installation disk for the GEFORCE6100PM-M2 motherboard? Thanks, Harold

    • jonathan

      October 28, 2011 at 6:10 am

      hey… my friend may i know were you gonna download the driver of this GEFORCE6100PM-M2 motherboard? Thanks, jonathan

  13. jlvp

    June 20, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    looking to now upgrade the processor to a 6000+ at 2 gb of ram i seem to have enough ram but the processor i am using now is really incapable ( 4200+ )when rendering an d previewing while i am editing, also need to upgrade the sound card, ect.

    • John Kenneth Gurrea

      October 2, 2011 at 11:14 pm

      your processor isn't the prob, you need to upgrade your videocard, most video editing sofware using GPU not CPU to preview your work,

  14. Ria

    June 20, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    why am i having trouble installing OS in my GEFORCE6100PM-M2 i just bought it today XD and im really get annoid

  15. malcolm

    June 20, 2011 at 8:14 pm

    harold did u manage to get a copy of the installation disk for the mother board let me know malcolm

  16. Greg

    June 20, 2011 at 8:14 pm

    good review! i think i will buy this board :)

  17. Makitene

    June 20, 2011 at 8:14 pm

    This seems an allright board if you are poor like me, i wanna pair it up with an Athlon II X2 250. Thanks a lot for the review!

  18. Mark

    June 20, 2011 at 8:14 pm

    Is it ok to put an Inno3D 9400GT 1gb ddr3 128bit hdmi video card here? It is PCI Express..!

  19. Prime

    June 20, 2011 at 8:13 pm

    Please send me a copy of the original disk for the installation for GEFORCE6100PM-M2 motherboard..Thanks a lot, Prime

  20. Yoga

    June 20, 2011 at 8:13 pm

    how to download all driver GEFORCE6100PM-M2 board motherboard driver, from lan, display adaptor, chipset,ect

  21. manroop singh

    June 20, 2011 at 8:12 pm

    hey coud u tell me please how to permanently disable on board chipset nvidia.

  22. John

    June 20, 2011 at 8:12 pm

    we hate this mother board.We cant get this drivers after format can u give correct download link.

  23. D3vil99

    June 20, 2011 at 8:12 pm

    Will my AMD Athlon 64 X2 4800+ work with this board, mine has the 512kb cache. And will my Inno3D Geforce GTS250 1gb work, it needs a PCI-E 2.0 x16 slot to work at its full potential.

  24. Negeren

    June 20, 2011 at 8:12 pm

    I run this motherboard with a AM3 Athlon II X3 435 and a ATI 5770 without any problems at all. Just remember that the motherboard only supports a TDP of max 95w.

    I'm able to play BC2 (in 1920×1080), COD:BO and Metro 2033 without any problems with this setup. Talk about longevity!

  25. Che

    June 20, 2011 at 8:12 pm

    I have this mobo, V7.0, and I don't know how to overclock CPU on it. Help me please!

  26. Lars

    June 20, 2011 at 8:11 pm

    There is a way to increase the core voltage, ive located it in the bios,
    It isn't placed where you would normaly look for it and the bandwith is only 0.05 but still….it's possible
    It stands under CPU Feature and then you click on NPT Vid Control, the core voltage of my processor runs on 1.325 the max. i can set it is 1.375

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