Excerpt: At the end of February '07, AMD released their first new chipset since the AMD/ATI merger. The goal with the new 690G/V series was to bring improved integrated graphics to the market, with better performance and broader compatibility. Initial impressions were generally positive; with an integrated Radeon XPress 1250, support for two monitors and options for DVI or HDMI outputs, the 690 series did bring something different to the table.
Pros: Competitive overall Performance, Power Consumption, Integrated AVIVO
Cons: One Ethernet Port, Frame Buffer limited to 256 where we've seen 1GB with other 690Gs., SPDIF audio and some graphics functions require a riser card.
Conclusion: In our Sapphire Pure Innovation HDMI review, we mentioned about the versatility of the AMD 690G chipset, on how its features can be configured for the home theater generation or purely for business. ASUS is one of the manufacturers we know that would make use of this and develop specific products to cater to the different sectors. However, is it worth the trouble of pushing out two product lines for a mainstream chipset such as the AMD 690G?