Come five months since AMD officially launched its 690G motherboard chipset, a revised version of this chipset has just hit town.
The chipset itself is untouched, rather there are optimizations and features added via the BIOS and at the software level.
The most notable change is in the playback of Blu-ray and HD DVD content from the IGP; though AMD's Universal Video Decodor isn't resident on the 690G, smoother 1080p playback is made possible through "driver streamlining", forcing the CPU to do most of the work.
Much of the force behind this punch comes courtesy of AMD's claim that the 690G is now capable of smooth HD DVD and Blu-ray playback at 1080p. But you won't find AMD's Universal Video Decoder in the 690G. Instead, AMD says it's been able to smooth high definition video playback through "driver streamlining." Playback is largely handled by the CPU, and to watch HD content in all its 1080p glory, a dual-core Athlon X2 processor is required. Each HD format has different processor speed requirements, as well, and we've outlined those requirements below.