ASUS M2A-VM Motherboard - AMD 690 Chipset Review :: AMD 690 Board Specifications

02-28-2007 · Category: Motherboards

By Benjamin Sun

CPU Interface

Socket AM2 supporting AMD Sempron, AMD Athlon 64, AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual-Core and AMD Athlon 64 FX Processors
1GHz HyperTransport interface speeds

PCI Express Interface

1x16 graphics interface
Up to 4x1 PCI Express general purpose links

2D Acceleration Features

Highly optimized 128-bit engine, capable of processing multiple pixels per clock
Supports a maximum resolution of 2048x1536@32bpp
Game acceleration including support for Microsoft's DirectDraw

3D Acceleration Features

Full DirectX 9.0 support
3D Texture support including projective 3D textures
Anti-aliasing using multi-sampling algorithm with support for 2, 4, 6 samples
New generation rendering engine provides top 3D performance
Support for OpenGL format for Indirect Vertices in Vertex Walker

Motion Video Acceleration Features

Enhanced MPEG-2 hardware decode acceleration
MPEG-4 decode support
Hardware acceleration for WMV9 playback
Supports top quality DVD and time-shifted SDTV/HDTV television playback with low CPU usage

TV Out

Integrated TV encoder from ATI's Xilleon products with on-chip DAC with integrated AVIVO engine
Supports Macrovision 7.1 copy protection standard (required by DVD players)
Supports the formats of YPbPr component output

Multiple Display Features

Dual independent displays including two digital outputs
Resolution, refresh rates and display data can be completely independent for the two display paths
Both display controllers support true 30 bits per pixel throughout the display pipe
Supports both interlaced and non-interlaced displays
Integrated HD audio for HDMI audio data


SurroundView feature allows support for up to three independent monitors for systems equipped with an additional ATI discrete graphics card.

Display Support

Supports a maximum resolution of 2048x1536@ 32bpp


Supports a TMDS interface enabling DVI or HDMI 1.2
1650 Mbps/channel with 165 MHz pixel clock rate per link
HDCP 1.11 support on data stream with on-chip key storage
Supports HDMI audio together with Realtek's driver providing single control for user on all audio adjustments
Supports HDMI audio enhancements, such as equalizer, 5.1 channel, surround sound effect, karaoke and head phone virtualization

Universal Connectivity

A-Link Xpress II i/f to AMD northbridges; providing high bandwidth for high speed peripherals
10 USB 2.0 ports
SATA Gen 2 PHY support at 3.0Gb/second bandwidth
4 ports SATA AHCI controller supports NCQ and slumber modes
ATA 133 controller support up to UDMA mode 6 with 2 drives (disk or optical)
HPET (high precision event timer) ACPI 3.0, and AHCI support for Windows Vista
UAA (Universal audio architecture) support for High Definition Audio and MODEM
PCI v2.3 (up to 6 slots)
LPC (Low Pin Count), SPI (New Flash Bus), and SM (System Management) bus management and arbitrations
"Legacy" PC compatible functions, RTC (Real Time Clock), interrupt controller and DMA controllers

Launch boards

ASUS: M2M-VM HDMI, V2-M2A690G, V3-M2A690G, P1-M2A690G, P2-M2A690G
MSI: MS7327
Foxconn: A690GM2MA, A690GM2MA-RS2H
Gigabyte: GA-MA69GM-S2, GA-MA69G-S3, Barebone, GA-MA69VM-S2
Biostar: R68CA-M2T, TA-690G-AM2
Shuttle: ST23T, XPC ST22G5, XPC ST23T
PC Partner: RS690MKM-AB1S, RS690CMKM-A94L
Sapphire: PI-AM2RS690MHD, PE-AM2RS690M
Albatron: KI-690-AM2
Epox: AT690VI Pro, AT690G Pro, AT690G-M, AT690V-M
Jetway: M2A692-GHG, M2A692-GDG, M2A692-VP

As you can see by the list of launch boards, the AMD 690 chipset will have a variety of boards from every Tier-1 motherboard manufacturer, with many manufacturers having multiple boards. The list is broken down into the AMD 690G chipset which includes support for HDMI and uses the Radeon 1250, and the 690V which does not have HDMI and uses the Radeon 1200.