AMD's 690 chipset - ASUS M2A-VM motherboard review
25 March 2012
Conclusion: We have several different aspects of this review to deal with from a conclusions point of view, but let's start at the beginning, with our analysis of AMD's 690 chipset. There can be little doubt that, overall, the 690G chipset brings some new highs to the table with regard to low-end systems, with the fastest on-board graphics core seen yet, together with a very complete feature set.
Summary: It was obvious the moment we started to examine the M2A-VM HDMI that Asus was looking to create an all-in-one solution. It looks like they succeeded. The number of features and connectivity options are vast. High definition video playback is good, and power consumption low. There are just enough adjustments available in the BIOS to satisfy the majority of users.
Pros: Impressive set of features, Variety of video and audio outputs, Good high definition playback, Low power consumption, Can undervolt to 0.800V, Low price tag
Cons: HDMI card requires use of the PCI-E 16x slot, Small southbridge heatsink, Some minor BIOS restrictions
Summary: It is always important to have in mind the audience a given product is targeted to. ASUS M2A-VM and AMD690G are clearly targeted to digital home PCs, where gaming isn’t the most important factor. For this PC class, video quality, connectivity options and size are more relevant.
This motherboard has on its side the support for two video monitors, which is great.
Excerpt: Recently AMD launched its first new chipset using property from the recent acquisition of ATI, the AMD 690 series. It comes in two flavors: the 690G that features integrated HDMI and DVI output and the 690V that does not. My first review of this chipset was on the MSI K9AGM2 motherboard and today I am following up with an Asus model that was sent along a few days later.
Summary: ASUS' first board using the new AMD RS690G chipset looks very promising. It comes in the small MicroATX form factor and is all passively cooled. This makes the board an ideal candidate for a quiet Media PC system. The integrated VGA with DVI/Analog output means you don't need to buy an additional video card. While the Radeon X1250 can certainly not play the latest games, it still has enough performance for video decoding.
Pros: HDMI 1.3 with audio, MicroATX, Basic overclocking possible, Quiet, only passive cooling, Gigabit Ethernet, CPU Undervolting down to 0.8V
Cons: HDMI card takes up PCI-E x16 slot, A bit slower compared to high-end boards, Not many overclocking options, No memory timings in BIOS, Maximum memory voltage is 2.1V
Excerpt: Некоторое время назад появилось желание сменить домашнюю машину на что-то посовременнее и побыстрее. В качестве замены была выбрана материнская плата ASUS M2A-VM на достаточно новом чипсете AMD690G – собственно, это определило выбор – хотелось попробовать новый чипсет от AMD, с современным интегрированным видеоядром и одновременно малогреющимся. Как оказалось, купить можно только ASUS M2A-VM (или вариант с HDMI), других вариантов не предлагалось.