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

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

Test System Setup


Processor: AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+ AM2


Memory: 2x 1GB DDR2-1066 Corsair (Supplied by Corsair)


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


Graphics Card: Integrated Graphics and ATI Radeon X1300XT


Cooling: Gigabyte K8 Neon (Supplied by Gigabyte)


Operating System: Microsoft Windows XP SP2


Drivers: ATI SB600 Driver 2.506.1540.28, ATI Catalyst 7.1,


ForceWare 93.71 and DX9c


Our test systems this time are setup to test the boards using integrated graphics.


For comparison we used an MSI K9NGM2 which is based on the GeForce 6150 integrated graphics core. We tested both systems out using the same size frame buffer of 256MB which is the largest the GeForce 6150 supports. We then also pushed the AMD 690G to 512MB frame buffer which is the highest this chip supports.


We also used an ATI X1300XT for external graphics to see what type of performance impact there is when using the onboard graphics.


Let's move on and check out the performance numbers now!


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When the integrated graphics are turned on, the hit on the memory performance is pretty severe; however there is little performance impact between using the 512MB and the 256MB frame buffers.


With the integrated graphics turned off you can see there is no difference between the two boards thanks to the integrated memory controller being on the AMD CPU itself - the chipsets have nothing to do with this part.

AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+, 2.0 GHz


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