ASUS M2A-VM Motherboard - AMD 690 Chipset Review :: Layout of the ASUS M2A-VM board

02-28-2007 · Category: Motherboards

By Benjamin Sun
ASUS M2A-VM Spec Sheet
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Part NumberM2A-VM
ManufacturerASUS
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DownloadsBIOS
Drivers
Manuals
ChipsetAMD 690
North BridgeAMD 690G
SocketSocket AM2 (940)
Processor TypesAthlon 64X2, Athlon 64FX, Athlon 64, Sempron
Number of CPUs1
Front Side Bus2000/1600 MT/s
Memory TypeDDR2
Memory ChannelsDual
Maximum Memory8GB
External GraphicsPCI Express x16
IGPATI Radeon 1200
South BridgeATI SB600
Audio8-channel
IDE133/100/66/33
SCSINone
SATA3.0 GB/s
RAID0, 1, 0+1
LAN10/100/1000
FirewireNone
USBUSB 2.0
Expansion Slots
BIOSAWARD
Form FactorATX
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ASUS M2A-VM Motherboard - AMD 690 Chipset Review 24-pin  power

24-pin power

ASUS M2A-VM Motherboard - AMD 690 Chipset Review 4-pin power

4-pin power


The power connectors on the board are in the correct positions, with the 4-pin power connector on the top of the board near the edge and the 24-pin ATX connection on the bottom of the board next to the IDE connection. The positioning of the memory slots is directly under the CPU cooler, but a PCI Express x16 card would block the memory insertion/removal if the slot is open. An overly long card like the 8800GTX might block all four DIMM slots, but the normal 7900GT we use for testing blocks a single slot.


ASUS M2A-VM Motherboard - AMD 690 Chipset Review CPU area

CPU area

ASUS M2A-VM Motherboard - AMD 690 Chipset Review Capacitors

Capacitors

ASUS M2A-VM Motherboard - AMD 690 Chipset Review Southbridge

Southbridge

ASUS M2A-VM Motherboard - AMD 690 Chipset Review Northbridge

Northbridge


The CPU area is clear of obstacles, allowing for after market cooling solutions like the Zalman AMD cooler without any difficulty. The capacitors are aligned on the top of the CPU cooling area leaving the other sides of the bracket clear. ASUS decided to cool the North and South bridges with passive heatsinks. The system was 100% stable with no heat errors.


ASUS M2A-VM Motherboard - AMD 690 Chipset Review PCI Express x16 lock

PCI Express x16 lock

ASUS M2A-VM Motherboard - AMD 690 Chipset Review Expansion

Expansion

ASUS M2A-VM Motherboard - AMD 690 Chipset Review FP IO

FP IO

ASUS M2A-VM Motherboard - AMD 690 Chipset Review USB headers

USB headers

ASUS M2A-VM Motherboard - AMD 690 Chipset Review Power LED

Power LED

ASUS M2A-VM Motherboard - AMD 690 Chipset Review Fan headers

Fan headers

ASUS M2A-VM Motherboard - AMD 690 Chipset Review Rear IO

Rear IO


The rest of the layout of the board is as to be expected from a mini-ATX board. There is limited expandability due to the size of the board but there is a single PCI Express x1 slot, two PCI slots and the PCI Express x16 slot if you need to install additional devices like a RAID controller or an add-on graphics card like the 8800GTX or X1950XTX. Three USB headers bring the total the board supports to 10. The rear I/O consists of PS/2 Mouse, Keyboard, Parallel, 4 USB 2.0 ports, a RJ45 jack for the onboard Gigabit Ethernet, and three audio jacks for the onboard sound.