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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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AMD AVIVO for High Definition Content

Despite an interesting name, AMDs AVIVO 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 ECS AMD690GM-M2'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.

Interestingly, when we run the 1080P version of the Discoverers video, CPU usage is lower, at or between 15-20%. That allows the system to run background tasks without any issues. Next up, overclocking tests and a round of benchmarks.

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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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