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MSI K9AGM2-FIH AMD 690G Motherboard Review

MSI K9AGM2-FIH AMD 690G Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: The integrated ATi Radeon X1250 videocard is good for desktop 2D applications, but if gaming is in your cards you will need to install a standalone PCI Express x16 videocard...
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External Mfg. Website: MSI Computer May 11 2007   Colin Sun  
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AMD 690G / ATI RS690 Chipset

The AMD 690G is built on TSMC's 80nm manufacturing process. Even though AMD has its own fabrication plants, AMD stuck with ATi's old manufacturing partners for making these motherboard chipsets.

The AMD 690G (previously known as the ATI RS690) is designed with Microsoft Windows Vista in mind, specifically for Vista's AeroGlass feature. The chipset supports all of AMD's 32-bit and 64-bit Socket AM2 processors.

It's the integrated video capabilities that really make the AMD 690G chipset special.

The onboard Radeon Xpress 1250 videocard is fully DirectX 9.0 compatible (thus compatible with Vista AeroGlass) and is based on the Radeon X700 architecture, albeit with four rendering pipelines. That gives AMD a 3D performance advantage over comparable integrated nVIDIA graphics cards like the GeForce 6100 series, but not necessarily against the new Geforce 7050. The integrated videocard supports one TV output DAC for TV output, and HDCP natively (something the GeForce 6100 series doesn't) through DVI and HDMI. Inclusion of the port is up to manufacturer's discretion, and for whatever reason MSI opted for an Analog monitor jack without a secondary TV-output.

Within the AMD 690G, the Radeon Xpress 1250 videocard supports dual monitors (one digital and one analog display). If you want to run dual monitors, one will have to be analog and the second digital, DVI to analog converters do not work with the Radeon Xpress 1250, so you cannot connect two analog monitors onto the onboard videocard. Again, this is dependant on the manufacturer's implementation; the MSI K9AGM2-FIH has only one monitor jack so it will not support dual monitors in this way.

Should you want to use a stand alone videocard the AMD 690G supports a PCI Express x16 slot, however when a stand alone videocard is used, the onboard is disabled.

The Radeon Xpress 1250 videocard shares up to 512MB of installed system memory.

The AMD 690G supports up to four PCI Express x1 slots along with six PCI bus mastering slots, although it's up to the motherboard manufacturer to implement things.

The AMD SB600 Southbridge supports four Serial ATA II ports and a single Ultra/133 IDE controller. Also integrated is are ten USB 2.0 ports, a Gigabit MAC and a 7.1 channel High Definition audio controller.

On paper AMD's 690G chipset is a real challenger to nVIDIA's old GeForce 6100-series and the new Geforce 7050 chipset, but whether it truly is faster and a good alternative is something we'll find out shortly. First, a closer look at the MSI K9AGM2-FIH AMD motherboard highlights.

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Contents of Article: MSI Computer K9AGM2-FIH
 Pg 1.  MSI K9AGM2-FIH AMD 690G Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  — AMD 690G / ATI RS690 Chipset
 Pg 3.  MSI K9AGM2-FIH Motherboard Highlights
 Pg 4.  AMD AVIVO for High Definition Content
 Pg 5.  Overclocking Options and BIOS Breakdown
 Pg 6.  Benchmarks: SYSmark 2007 Preview
 Pg 7.  Motherboard Benchmarks: PCMark05, 3DMark06
 Pg 8.  Motherboard Benchmarks: Doom 3, FEAR
 Pg 9.  AMD's Answer to HDMI Integration

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