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Gigabyte GA-MA69G-S3H AMD 690G Motherboard Review
Gigabyte GA-MA69G-S3H AMD 690G Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
The Gigabyte GA-MA69G-S3H motherboard PCSTATS is testing today is built around two of AMD's best mainstream chipsets, the AMD 690G Northbridge and SB600 Southbridge.
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Overclocking Options and BIOS Breakdown

Overclocking Results:
stock max. oc
motherboard speed: 200 mhz

284 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

The AMD 690G for the most part has turned out to be a pretty good overclocker. With the Gigabyte GA-MA69G-S3H motherboard equipped with an AMD Athlon64 X2 5000+ and a 2GB set of Corsair DOMINATOR Twin2X2048-8888C4DF memory, we're giving the motherboard its best opportunity to reach the stars.

Before the overclocking began, the CPU clock multiplier was first set to 8x and the memory to run at DDR2-667 MHz mode this way neither will hold the motherboard back. Starting at 200 MHz the motherboard clock speed was slowly increased in 5 MHz increments.

The Gigabyte GA-MA69G-S3H handled the overclocking pretty well and the motherboard didn't hit a blip till 265 MHz. The NB/SB voltage had to be increased 0.1V above stock to stabilize things. At 278 MHz the motherboard chipset started to act up again and this time around the voltage had to be increased to 0.2V above stock.

The maximum speed the Gigabyte GA-MA69G-S3H would run at was 284 MHz, anything higher and stability could not be guaranteed. I'm not sure what the issue was but the Northbridge heatsink was quite hot so perhaps the motherboard chipset is overheating.

Quick Look at the BIOS:

To access the the Advanced Chipset options, you must first press CTRL + F1, that will unhide the section. Once inside you can adjust the DRAM memory speed and memory timings and for an integrated motherboard Gigabyte has quite a few options memory options for the GA-MA69G-S3H which is a surprise considering it's an integrated motherboard. In any case you'll have a lot of fun tweaking for weeks I'm sure.

Gigabyte gives the GA-MA69G-S3H rather basic overclocking options. You can control the CPU clock multiplier, adjust the motherboard frequency from 200-500 in 1 MHz increments, raise the Northbridge and Southbridge voltages 0.2V above stock and memory to 0.6V above stock. CPU voltage goes as high as 1.55V.

Last but not least you have the NTSC/PAL setting options. Choose the appropriate setting for where ever you are in the world. :)

Prelude to Benchmarks

With the AMD 690G being Microsoft Windows Vista ready, PCSTATS will be testing the Gigabyte GA-MA69G-S3H motherboard in Windows Vista Ultimate 32 bit. Consequently there are slightly less benchmarks than we would normally have for a WindowsXP based test system because benchmark compatibility with Vista is still finding its feet.

The details of how the Gigabyte GA-MA69G-S3H 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 #1 reference system #2 reference system #3
processor: amd Athlon64 X2 5000+ (AM2) AMD Athlon64 X2 5000+ (AM2) Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 AMD Athlon64 FX-60 (Socket 939)
Clock Speed: 13 x 200 MHz = 2.6 GHz 13 x 200 MHz = 2.6 GHz 9 x 266 MHz = 2.4 GHz 13 x 200 MHz = 2.6 GHz
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-MA69G-S3H (AMD 690G)

Biostar TF7050-M2 (GF 7050PV)
ASRock ALiveNF7G-HDready (GF 7050PV)
Albatron KM51PV-AM2 (GF6150)
ECS AMD690GM-M2 (AMD 690G)

ECS G33T-M2 (Intel G33 Expresss)

Asus A8N-VM (GF 6150)
Videocard: MSI NX8800GTS-T2D320E-HD-OC

2x 1024MB Corsair Twin2X2048-6400C4

2x 1024MB Corsair Twin2X2048-8888C4DF

2x 1024MB Patriot PDC2G4000ELK
Hard Drive: 74GB Western Digital Raptor WD740
CDROM: AOpen Combo 52x
PowerSupply: PC Power & Cooling TurboCool 510 SLI
Heatsink: AMD Athlon64 FX-62 Reference Intel Reference AMD Athlon64 FX-62 Reference
Software Setup:

Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate
nVIDIA Forceware 15.00
ATi Catalyst 7.4
nVIDIA Forceware 158.18


SYSMark 2007 Preview
SiSoft Sandra XIb
Doom 3


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Contents of Article: Gigabyte GA-MA69G-S3H
 Pg 1.  Gigabyte GA-MA69G-S3H AMD 690G Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  High Definition Content over HDMI
 Pg 3.  Gigabyte GA-MA69G-S3H Motherboard Highlights
 Pg 4.  AMD 690G / ATI RS690 Chipset
 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.  HD Content Playback and Max Motherboard Overclocking Chart
 Pg 10.  AMD's Answer to HDMI Integration

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