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ECS AMD690GM-M2 AMD 690G Motherboard Review

ECS AMD690GM-M2 AMD 690G Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: Like you, there is nothing we like better than a super affordable platform that gives you almost everything under the sun!! With the acquisition of ATi, the 690G chipset came to life as one of the finest chipsets for a home theatre platform thus far.
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External Mfg. Website: ECS May 28 2007   Max Page  
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ECS AMD690GM-M2 Motherboard Highlights


The ECS AMD690GM-M2 has one PCI Express x16 slot for videocards, one PCI Express x1 slot for high bandwidth devices and two PCI slots. At the bottom under the PCI slots we find the audio jacks, COM port and a couple yellow USB headers.


Four 3.0GB/s SATA channels enable RAID 0/1/10 if you need it. The ECS AMD690GM-M2 relies on totally passive chipset heatsinks, which are of course totally silent. The AMD690GM-M2 is not the easiest motherboard to work on so don't put that User's Manual away just yet.


The 24 pin ATX, single IDE and single Floppy connectors are positioned to the right of the DDR2 DIMM slots on the ECS AMD690GM-M2 motherboard. There are only two DDR2 DIMM slots on the ECS motherboard so install all the memory you think you'll need right from the beginning!


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.


The PCI Express x16 videocard lock is quite difficult to use with the ECS AMD690GM-M2. Even though the Northbridge chipset has a medium sized heatsink on it, you'll be happy to know that the AMD chipsets do not generate much heat. It's a nice change from the little inferno Intel and nVIDIA chipsets.

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Contents of Article: ECS AMD690GM-M2
 Pg 1.  ECS AMD690GM-M2 AMD 690G Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  AMD 690G / ATI RS690 Chipset
 Pg 3.  — ECS AMD690GM-M2 Motherboard Highlights
 Pg 4.  AMD AVIVO for High Definition Content
 Pg 5.  Overclocking the AMD 690G
 Pg 6.  Motherboard Benchmarks: SYSmark 2007 Preview, SiSoft Sandra XIb
 Pg 7.  Motherboard Benchmarks: PCMark05, 3DMark06
 Pg 8.  Motherboard Benchmarks: Doom 3, FEAR
 Pg 9.  A Low Cost Solution with Teeth?

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