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Biostar TA690G AM2 AMD 690G Motherboard Review

Biostar TA690G AM2 AMD 690G Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: PCSTATS has been waiting patiently for the AMD 690G (the renamed ATI RS690) to hit the pavement since we first saw it at CES 2007.
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External Mfg. Website: BIOSTAR Apr 23 2007   Max Page  
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Biostar TA690G AM2 Motherboard Highlights


The Biostar TA690G AM2 has one PCI Express x16 slot for videocards, one PCI Express x1 slot for high bandwidth devices and two PCI slots. The boards' COM and Parallel printer ports are implemented as headers, but the brackets are not included in the box.



Four 3.0GB/s SATA channels enable RAID 0/1/10. The Biostar TA690G AM2 motherboard has four fan headers, and relies on totally passive chipset heatsinks which are of course totally silent. In a nod towards user friendliness, the TA690G AM2 has hard power and reset buttons in the bottom corner.


The 24 pin ATX, single IDE and single Floppy connectors are positioned to the right of the DDR2 DIMM slots on the Biostar TA690G AM2 motherboard. Insert the DDR2 memory in alternating slots (same colour) to enable dual channel memory support. The board has only one IDE channel.


The AMD 690G chipset is located right next to the socket AM2 AMD processor socket, and there is a good deal of space for larger after market cooling solutions. The memory slots are up close against the CPU socket, so room on this side is a bit tight. A 4-pin PWM fan header is positioned near to the CPU socket for the CPU heatsink and fan, it is backwards compatible with 3-pin fan plugs.

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Contents of Article: BIOSTAR TA690G AM2
 Pg 1.  Biostar TA690G AM2 AMD 690G Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  AMD 690G / ATI RS690 Chipset
 Pg 3.  — Biostar TA690G AM2 Motherboard Highlights
 Pg 4.  AMD AVIVO for High Definition Content
 Pg 5.  Overclocking the AMD 690G and Athlon64 5000+
 Pg 6.  Motherboard Benchmarks: SYSMark2004
 Pg 7.  Motherboard Benchmarks: PC Worldbench (Graphics)
 Pg 8.  Motherboard Benchmarks: PC Worldbench (Office)
 Pg 9.  Motherboard Benchmarks: PC Worldbench (Data Crunching)
 Pg 10.  Benchmarks: SiSoft Sandra, Super Pi, PCMark05
 Pg 11.  Motherboard Benchmarks: 3DMark05, 3DMark06
 Pg 12.  Motherboard Benchmarks: FarCry, Doom 3
 Pg 13.  Motherboard Benchmarks: Quake 4 / Conclusions

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