Biostar's motherboards have passed through the PCSTATS
test labs with good results this year, so we were anticipating some nice
overclocking results from this mini board. Now, DFI lanparty performance is
certainly out of the TA690G AM2's league, but with an AMD Athlon64 X2 5000+ processor and a 2GB set of Corsair Twin2X2048-6400C3 memory, we're giving it the
best opportunity to succeed. Before overclocking started, the memory was set to
run in DDR2-533 MHz mode.
Usually the processor multiplier would have been turned
down too, but the Biostar TA690G AM2 does not support clock multiplier
adjustments. Oh well. Increasing the motherboard clock speed in 5 MHz
increments, from a starting point of 200 MHz, the overclocking began.
Unfortunately the Biostar TA690G AM2 motherboard didn't
get very far, it maxed out on us with a top speed of 223 MHz. This is more
likely due to the processor reaching its maximum speed than the motherboard
maxing out however. To be fair, the TA690G AM2 motherboard isn't exactly built
to be a massive overclocking platform either.
Inside the Biostar
For an integrated entry level motherboard
Biostar sure does offer a.... lot.... of memory timings to choose from. If you
like to tweak you're going to have a lot of fun here. Biostar could have done a
better job at organizing things though, the memory section is kind of messy.
The CPU voltage can be increased 0.787V above
stock while memory voltage goes to 2.65V, HT voltage to 1.35V and NB/SB voltage
to 1.35V. The Biostar TA690G AM2 motherboard clock speed can be adjusted between
200-600 MHz in 1 MHz increments, but it's a shame it'll never reach those upper
limits due to the fact that the TA690G AM2 motherboard does not support CPU
clock multiplier adjustments.
Prelude to Benchmarks
The details of how the Biostar TA690G AM2 motherboard test
system was configured for benchmarking; the specific hardware, software drivers,
operating system and benchmark versions is indicated below. In the second column
are the general specs for the reference platforms this AMD 690G based
motherboard is to be compared against. Please take a moment to look over PCSTATS
test system configurations before moving on to the individual benchmark results
on the next page.
|PCSTATS Test System Configurations|