ECS AMD690GM-M2 V1.0A Motherboard Review :: ECS AMD690GM-M2 V1.0A Board

03-12-2007 · Category: Motherboards

By Benjamin Sun
ECS AMD690GM-M2 V1.0A Spec Sheet
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Part NumberAMD690GM-M2 V1.0A
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ChipsetAMD 690
North BridgeAMD 690G
SocketSocket AM2 (940)
Processor TypesAthlon 64, Athlon 64 FX, Athlon 64 X2 dual-core
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
SATA3.0 GB/s
RAID0, 1, 0+1
Expansion Slots
Form FactorATX
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ECS has decided on a mini-ATX board configuration for the AMD690GM-M2 V1.0A. The mini-ATX form factor is designed to fit into smaller cases while also being able to be used in a regular-sized ATX case. One of the consequences of using the smaller form factor is the decisions on what to cut, in the form of expansion, memory amounts, SATA controllers and more.

ECS AMD690GM-M2 V1.0A Motherboard Review Board


ECS AMD690GM-M2 V1.0A Motherboard Review CPU Socket

CPU Socket

ECS AMD690GM-M2 V1.0A Motherboard Review Memory sockets

Memory sockets

AMD's 690G chipset supports the Socket AM2 platform, meaning that every current Socket AM2 CPU including the 5200+, the 5000+, the 6000+ and the FX-62 is supported by the new chipset. HyperTransport speeds up to 2000MHz are supported. With the mini-ATX form factor, only two DIMM slots are on the board. There are two spots marked for more memory modules but they aren't installed on the board as it is. ECS states the board can take up to 16GB of memory, but there aren't any 8GB sticks of memory so the practical limit at the moment is 8GB if you buy 4GB sticks.

ECS AMD690GM-M2 V1.0A Motherboard Review SATA connectors

SATA connectors

ECS AMD690GM-M2 V1.0A Motherboard Review Expansion slots

Expansion slots

ECS AMD690GM-M2 V1.0A Motherboard Review PCI Express x16 lock

PCI Express x16 lock

Hard disk drives have almost completely moved to the SATA standard, which replaced the IDE standard. One of the interesting things about this board is the placement of the SATA connector's right under the PCI Express x16 video card slot. What this means is that at least two of the connections are blocked if a long video card like the 8800GTX is installed on the board. In fact three SATA ports are almost covered, making this board not an excellent choice to use a long two-slot video card. Other expansion on the board includes a PCI Express x1 slot and two PCI slots.

ECS AMD690GM-M2 V1.0A Motherboard Review Speakers


ECS AMD690GM-M2 V1.0A Motherboard Review Microphone


ECS AMD690GM-M2 V1.0A Motherboard Review Digital Out

Digital Out

Integrated audio is important to the user who wants to have high-quality audio without paying for an external sound card. Virtually every motherboard chipset on the market today supports High Definition Audio which is the replacement for AC'97 audio that has been the standard since 1997. The ECS board has a Realtek ALC883 HDA CODEC onboard. HDA compatible chips support Dolby Digital Live, 7.1 Surround Sound and multiple simultaneous audio streams.

ECS AMD690GM-M2 V1.0A Motherboard Review Rear IO

Rear IO

ECS AMD690GM-M2 V1.0A Motherboard Review RTL 8110S

RTL 8110S

The 690G chipset was the first AMD integrated video chipset to support the HDMI connection standard. HDMI is not supported by the ECS motherboard. The rear IO of the AMD690GM-M2 board contains a standard DVI-D connector, a D-sub connector, 4 USB 2.0 ports, a PS/2 Mouse, a PS/2 Keyboard port, 6 jacks for the onboard audio and a RJ-45 jack for the integrated Gigabit Ethernet port. There is a Realtek RTL8110S PHY chip for the Gigabit Ethernet.