|ASUS M2A-VM Spec Sheet
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|North Bridge||AMD 690G|
|Socket||Socket AM2 (940)|
|Processor Types||Athlon 64X2, Athlon 64FX, Athlon 64, Sempron|
|Number of CPUs||1|
|Front Side Bus||2000/1600 MT/s|
|External Graphics||PCI Express x16|
|IGP||ATI Radeon 1200|
|South Bridge||ATI SB600|
|RAID||0, 1, 0+1|
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.
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.
PCI Express x16 lock
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.