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ECS AMD690GM-M2 AMD 690G Motherboard Review
ECS AMD690GM-M2 AMD 690G Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
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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A Low Cost Solution with Teeth?

If you're looking to build a new workstation type PC, now is an excellent time to be shopping. Both nVIDIA with its GeForce 7050PV and AMD with its 690G have released well rounded integrated chipsets that offer plenty of power for most everyday tasks.

With a retail price of $71 CDN ($65 USD, £32 GBP), you really can't go wrong with the ECS AMD690GM-M2 motherboard. Based around the AMD 690G chipset, the motherboard is compatible with all Socket AM2 processors and with the recent price drops, you can potentially build a dual core workstation or multimedia machine for less than $500 CDN!

At first glance the little purple ECS AMD690GM-M2 motherboard is probably more aimed towards the workstation market with both DVI and analog monitor support. If you choose to hook up the motherboard to your TV though that can be done by picking up a DVI-to-HDMI converter. The converter dongle is available at most major computer stores and would extend the AMD690GM-M2's multimedia capabilities.

The motherboard itself isn't as user friendly as some of the other ECS boards we've tested in the past but the user's manual is well written so that should be able to guide you should you run into problems. It's great to see how low CPU utilization has gone when running HD content. With older generation hardware, seeing CPU utilization rates above 60% was quite common, now even when running 1080P content CPU usage hovers just below 20%.

In terms of performance, the ECS AMD690GM-M2 is able to do everything nVIDIA GeForce 6150/7050PV can do. It's fast when it comes to workstation and data crunching although the AMD 690G chipset seems to have slightly less memory bandwidth available. That didn't seem to affect 3D results although if you're a gamer, you'll want to install a PCI Express x16 graphics card no matter what integrated chipset you choose. Once that's done though the AMD690GM-M2 performs very quickly indeed.

ECS has put together a pretty versatile yet inexpensive motherboard in its AMD690GM-M2. If you need to build something that's super low cost yet needs to maintain a high level of performance the ECS AMD690GM-M2 certainly delivers across the board.

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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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