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AMD's 690G Chipset Arrives - ECS AMD690GM-M2 Motherboard - BIOS and Overclocking

The ECS AMD690GM-M2 motherboard is on the test bed using AMD's brand new 690G chipset for Socket AM2 processors.

By: | Socket AM2/AM2+ in Motherboards | Posted: Feb 12, 2007 5:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 8.0%Manufacturer: ECS

BIOS and Overclocking



Being a budget board we weren't expecting much, lucky, because that was pretty much what we got. The board uses Award 6 BIOS setup, the typical blue menu screen was our greeting. To find the only overclocking options you have to open the Frequency/Voltage Control menu.



Opening this menu the options are pretty dismal but what do you expect for a board not intended for overclockers? The only frequency option is the CPU clock; you can go from 200MHz to 400MHz in 1MHz increments.


For voltages there are only a couple of options. First is the NPT VID which controls the CPU, you can go as low at 1.0v or as high at 1.35v in 0.025v increments, considering the CPU runs nearly 1.35v by default, you get little in the way of CPU voltage. The other voltage option is the DIMM voltage adjustments where you can go from +0.05v to +0.15v in 0.05v increments, very little indeed.


Overclocking on this board was simply nonexistent, it just doesn't do it. This could be by design or by the early nature of the BIOS that was shipped. There are no HyperTransport dividers, no PCI Express locks, any attempt to go above default resulted in system resets or BSOD's when loading XP. To this end all our tests are done at stock speeds.


Moving on!

AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+, 2.0 GHz


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