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ASUS A8N-VM CSM 939 NVIDIA GeForce 6150 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

  • NVIDIA GeForce 6150
  • Athlon 64 X2 / Athlon 64 FX / Athlon 64
  • DDR 400
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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  • Anthony B.
  • 12/22/2006 10:23:50 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsViable choice can work

Pros: For the price, there are no comparable boards, and this is a huge value in a world of $200 choices. Has everything you need for a useful, fast computer with excellent expandability and capability. Lets you cut expenses on peripherals, like using your DDR and buying reduced price Athlons. Cool n Quiet technology is awesome: remember to install it.

Cons: See other thoughts. Forget overclocking - essentially no BIOS for it.

Other Thoughts: I knew this model had problems before I ordered it, but also knew it could be a tremendous deal if problems could be overcome. It seemed to me (reading reviews around the net) that so many and different troubles were consistent with burning up of the 6150 chip caused by poor heatsink mounting, and indeed, mine was easily rocked back and forth, thus not making contact in a flat manner. So before ever installing or powering the board, I changed out the heatsink compound to Shin-etsu which is a stickier clay. This stopped inadvertent non-contact by holding the sink still. Then, I installed a gold Zalman nortbridge type heatsink I had sitting around onto the 430 chip, again with Shin-etsu. There are holes for that purpose, luckily. Updated the BIOS immediately, set the options, and carefully chose the versions of drivers needed. Athlon 3500 CG; 4 Patriot PC3200 XBL 2-2-2-5; 550W Enermax. Has performed 100 per cent for 4 months now, with -0- quirks, problems, or tweaking. Board Rev 1.10CG

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  • Gene L.
  • 12/19/2006 12:30:18 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsHear we go again.

Pros: 1. It works well when it works.
2. The MB has any features.

Cons: The original purchase lasted three months. After crashing, it was sent back to factory for repairs, the returned board lasted a month.

It exhibited the following problems:
1. It self boots or shuts off for no reason.
2. The keyboard and mouse ports go "on and off."
3. Partitions on a 300gb slave hard drive disappear after three hard boots.
4. 1gb Corsair brand memory modules do not work.
5. Partitions get corrupted through time.
6. The second IDE died.
7. The screen freezed twice a week.
8. The "blue screen of death" occured once a week.

I lived with the above problems for over a month. In the end, it died. After posting, the board stopped and rebooted.

It is very ironic that during boot, the Asus screen saids "compatibility, reliability, quality." . . . These Asus engineers and designers have a great sense of humor and love to joke with the users.

Other Thoughts: I hope that this board does not go back to factory over and over again. Four previous boards went back five times. On the sixth crash, I tossed them into the garbage can eventhough the three year warranty was still good. So much for Asus quality.

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  • John B.
  • 12/18/2006 8:17:30 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsdead DVI port

Pros: Everything except the DVI port works without any issues. It came with the latest bios.

Cons: Dead DVI port. Asus did not respond to my tech support email. My board has a DVI-I port instead of the DVI-D port that is shown here.

Other Thoughts: DVI-I has four extra analog pins in addition to the DVD-D pins. I tried using a DVI-D cable since that is when my LCD has, but it did not have any signal from power on through bootup. I tried it with both Windows 2000 Pro and Vista Home Premium beta. I have been using the D-Sub analog port with the Vista beta without any problems. I am planning on upgrading to a PCI-x card anyway so it is not a big deal.

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  • ken l.
  • 12/17/2006 9:57:58 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsfit my needs perfectly

Pros: i am not sure what people are talking about with all the doa and other problems .maybe i was lucky. i needed to replace the mother board in my wifes computer and after a week or two of researching this seemed to have enough possibilties for future upgrades and had a decent onboard video until i could upgrade mine and give her my ati 700 . i had no problems installing hardware or software and the system has been working fine.

Cons: none i could say onboard sound isn't very good and the onboard video could be better or maybe it should have two sli slots. but lets get real i bought this after reviewing the specs at a few different sights and knew what it had and was capable of. if you are trying to build a good system you don't use either of those for very long you buy the best video and sound cards you can afford

Other Thoughts: the system i put together with this board has an amd 3700+ ,2gigs of corsair value ram (4 512 chips),western dig sata 160 gig drive ,ati x700pro,standard cooling on all the chips and an antec 380 watt power supply. and no problems at all .oh the onboard sound really isn't to bad on this board i never bothered upgrading it.i have been upgrading/building computers for 13+ yrs now and this was one of my easiest builds

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  • Andrew S.
  • 12/16/2006 7:15:30 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsPretty nice

Pros: It has anything you could possibly want already on board. It is just as easy to get 64-bit drivers from ASUS as it is for their 32-bit counterparts.

Cons: None really. It's a little complicated installing all the drivers when going 64-bit. TV out and SPDIF out cards are pretty difficult to get a hold of.

Other Thoughts: After using a PCI graphics card for a year I attempted to upgrade to a PCI-e card, even from the same company. What was supposed to be a simple upgrade fried my board. ASUS thinks I had a bad PCI-e slot. But with their excellent customer service, even though I've had the board for well over a year they said they would replace it. I'll stick with ASUS forever now.

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  • Anonymous
  • 12/12/2006 8:36:54 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsASUS is the best mobo brand...period

Pros: All kinds of connectors come stock on this. DVI out is stock with this chipset, easy installation.

Cons: a little expencive for what I would call a budget board, but I had two Gigabxxx boards before, and both randomly died, I will never buy them again.

Other Thoughts: ASUS pwns, Newegg Rocks, got it hear a day early

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  • Anonymous
  • 12/7/2006 1:26:11 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsJesse

Pros: Has everything I need. No problem at all.

Cons: The layout is a little different than my MSI board, which I prefer over this ASUS board, but it's still the same thing.

Other Thoughts: Using it with a AMD 64-bit 4000+ San Diego 1mb L2. The board has all I need.

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  • Larry C.
  • 12/6/2006 8:56:34 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Absolutely no issues with this board.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: I used this board, along with a Socket 939 3200+ Venice CPU and a Cooler Master 430 Watt Power Supply to repair a lightning damaged Socket 754 Compaq unit. The A8N-VM CSM headers are perfectly compatible with the Front 1394, USB, Speaker and Card Reader wiring on this model. This combimation made a nice upgrade for the Compaq that turned it into a real computer.

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  • Jonathan C.
  • 12/6/2006 2:53:37 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Nice board and it has intergrated DVI and VGA which is cool and unusual. I using it for a file server with linux and works great.

Cons: Slight bug with the X-server on Fedora 5 but can be fixed with moderate experience. See other thoughts.

Other Thoughts: The video chipset causes a error in Fedora Core 5 (possibly others) that makes the mouse disappear when you log in. This can be corrected online if you search for mouse invisible fedora ASUS A8N-VM in google and you will find something. Here is the link I used

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5 out of 5 eggsGreat Workstation board

Pros: Has everything you need in a board, Raid, SATA, IDE, DVI, VGA. If you are a network engineer and need a solid board then get this case. Home use is also goo to go.

Cons: None.

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