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Albatron Mini-ITX KI690-AM2 Reviewed - Benchmarks - Test System Setup and Memory Performance

VIA have some serious competition on the horizon with regard to their once dominant Mini-ITX products - meet AMD 690G!

| Socket AM2/AM2+ in Motherboards | Posted: Jul 11, 2007 4:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 9.0%      Manufacturer: Albatron

Mini-ITX AM2 Test System


Processor: AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+


Memory: 2x 1GB DDR-II-667 Corsair Value Select SO-DIMM


Hard Disk: 500GB Seagate 7200.9 (Supplied by Seagate Australia)


Graphics Card: Integrated ATI Radeon X1250 with 512MB UMA


Cooling: Stock AMD Athlon Cooler


Operating System: Microsoft Windows XP SP2


Drivers: ATI Driver, ATI Catalyst 7.5


754 Mini-ITX Test System


Processor: AMD Athlon 64 3500+


Memory: 1GB DDR-800 Corsair


Hard Disk: 500GB Seagate 7200.9 (Supplied by Seagate Australia)


Graphics Card: Integrated GeForce 6150 with 256MB UMA


Cooling: Stock AMD Athlon Cooler


Operating System: Microsoft Windows XP SP2


Drivers: Nvidia Platform Driver 9.53. Forceware 92.24


We are pitting our two Albatron Mini-ITX boards against each other - our original GeForce 6150 Socket 754 against the new AMD 690G AM2 based offering.


We will be running our usual suite of tests on the boards that we use for all our motherboard reviews. We aren't doing discrete graphics tests as there are no graphics card slots on the boards. We used the maximum amount of UMA memory for the graphics cards to give them as much of a chance in the gaming setups, but our gaming tests were only done at 1024x768 as these graphics cards are no where near powerful enough to do 1600x1200. 1024x768 is enough to see if these cards can play games at basic setups.


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Using the integrated graphics does suck a bit of memory bandwidth, especially with large amounts allocated to the graphics cards. Thankfully the AM2 system manages to keep above 5GB/s of transfer speeds here in our read tests. The 754 based system suffers quite a bit here as it only has a maximum bandwidth of around 4GB/s under ideal conditions. With the graphics card sucking most of this we get a dismal 2GB/s of bandwidth.


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