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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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Overclocking the AMD 690G and Athlon64 5000+

Overclocking Results:
Stock Max. OC
Motherboard Speed: 200 MHz

223 MHz

If you're new to Overclocking and not sure what to do, check out these two excellent Guides for some pointers:
Overclocking the CPU and Memory
Overclocking the Videocard

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 BIOS:

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
Test System Reference System
Processor: AMD Athlon64 X2 5000+
Clock Speed: 14 x 200 MHz = 2.8 GHz
Motherboard: Biostar TA690G AM2 (AMD 690G)

ASRock AM2V890-VSTA (VIA K8T890)
ECS KA3 MVP Extreme (CF3200)
Asus M2R32-MVP (CF3200)
Albatron KM51PV-AM2 (GF6150)

K9N SLI Platinum (NF 570 SLI)
Epox MF570 SLI (NF 570 SLI)
Asus M2N32 WS Professional (NF 590 SLI)

Videocard: MSI NX7800GTX-VT2D256E
Memory: Corsair Twin2X2048-6400C3
Hard Drive: 74GB Western Digital Raptor WD740
CDROM: AOpen Combo 52x
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling TurboCool 510 SLI
Heatsink: AMD Athlon64 FX-62 Reference
Software Setup:

Microsoft WindowsXP SP2
VIA 4in1 5.09a
nVIDIA Forceware 91.27

Microsoft WindowsXP SP2
nVIDIA Forceware 9.35
nVIDIA Forceware 91.27


SYSMark 2004
PC Worldbench 5.0
Super Pi
SiSoft Sandra 2005
Doom 3

Quake 4

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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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