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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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AMD AVIVO for High Definition Content

Despite an interesting name, ATI's AVIVO (I suppose that should be 'AMD' now..) does not stand for anything specific. It is a collection of different video technologies that share a common name, like Centrino or ViiV for example. First and foremost, AMD's AVIVO includes a hardware accelerator for MPEG-2/DVD Microsoft Windows Media HD video standards (WMV HD) and H.264 standards.

VIVO is built into the Biostar TA690G AM2's Radeon Xpress 1250 videocard and helps to enable such features as Home Theatre PCs (HTPC) or Personal Video Recorders (PVR) with the appropriate 3rd-party software applications. AVIVO can automatically adjust gamma and colour correction, and that should enhance picture quality too.

High Fidelity Colour allows for 10-bits per colour channel, which translated basically means a more vibrant picture. There is also a high quality 12-bit analog-to-digital converter to reduce picture noise as well.

To test AVIVO's HD accelerating capabilities, we played a HD video through Windows Media Player 10 (the movie can be downloaded from Microsoft's WMV HD Content Showcase). The Discoverers (IMAX) video is available in both 720P and 1080P formats, and CPU utilization was monitored during playback through Task Manager to give a general indication of system load.

When running the 720P version of the Discoverers video, CPU usage jumps between 20-26% which is pretty good. Remember we're using the onboard Radeon Xpress 1250 videocard here. Lots of resources for background tasks and applications still though.

Interestingly enough when running the 1080P version of the video, CPU usage goes down. Here CPU usage hovered between 16-22% which is very good! Up next, overclocking the Biostar TA690G AM2 motherboard!

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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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