ASUS M2A-VM Motherboard - AMD 690 Chipset Review :: Test Setup and Software

02-28-2007 · Category: Motherboards

By Benjamin Sun

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

I was in a bit of a quandary to show integrated graphics performance. On the one hand the graphics chipset is supposed to be the best available on the market. On the other hand, performance in games like Oblivion is in the single digits, meaning that testing with our video card platform benchmarks would have been in the single digits in every benchmark. After some thought, I decided to test the integrated graphics with the standard AMD platform to show performance across the breadth of our regular benchmarks. FEAR is a recent enough game to give a sense of performance with DirectX 9.0 Pixel Shader 2.0. Doom 3 is still a relevant OpenGL benchmark. Also of note, I tested performance against the NVIDIA 6150 platform with identical components except for the motherboard. There is no exact analogue to the AMD 5000+ CPU on the Intel side and comparing apples to apples is impossible.


Test System

  • AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+ CPU
  • 2GB Crucial Ballistix DDR2 667MHz memory
  • 2 74GB Western Digital Raptor SATA HDDs 10000 RPM
  • XFX 7900GT running Forceware 91.47 drivers for system tests 520MHz core/720MHz memory
  • RADEON 1250 Running with 256MB UMA 400MHz core
  • ASUS 16x DVD-ROM
  • Ultra X-Finity 600W PSU
  • Windows XP with SP2
  • DirectX 9.0c

Test Software

  • FEAR Patch 1.08 Performance Timedemo 1024x768 no AA no AF max settings Soft Shadows disabled
  • Doom 3 Patch 3, Timedemo Demo1, 1024x768 no AA no AF, HQ settings
  • Aquamark 3 Benchmark 1024x768, no AA 4x AF Default Run
  • 3DMark06 1280x1024, Default run
  • 3DMark05 1024x768 Default run
  • Sysmark 2004 Patch 2
  • PCMark05
  • PCMark04 Memory test
  • Sisoft Sandra 2005 SR2 Memory Test
  • SuperPi 1 Million digits calculated