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ECS AMD690GM-M2 Motherboard

Former staff writer    -   July 30, 2007
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Conclusion:

When I first started running my benchmarks, I was not overly impressed with the performance of the ECS AMD690GM-M2, but after benchmarking the other two boards, I began to realize I was over-speculating. The ECS board is an entry level motherboard and stood up well with the two more expensive boards. It doesn’t have all the bells and whistles that the other two boards have either (HDMI OUT, Crossfire). Except for some of the video benchmarks, most of all the other benchmarks were in a margin of error and should not be considered as a factor.

Like most enthusiasts, I look for sheer performance out of a motherboard, processor, video card etc, but I often had to remind myself what I was testing and the reasons why I was testing the board. Those reasons would be to build an inexpensive second computer, or an HTPC system without draining my pocket. Although I was only able to achieve a 15 MHz overclock, I felt it was a plus since it did satisfy that need to overclock. The fact that the board has onboard graphics is both a plus and a minus. The plus is that there is no need to go out and buy a separate video card, with the minus being that you sacrifice memory, since the onboard graphics does require at minimum, 128 MB.

As I mentioned earlier, while going through the configuration, ECS has put a quick boot program in their drivers. This is shown as an icon in your startup. Honestly, I have never seen a computer shut down and reboot so quickly. Total time from shut down to reboot was 40 seconds. Amazing.

ECS has produced a good all around (entry level) motherboard. Being both inexpensive and having the ability to run multiple adapters, it should satisfy the need for a reliable second computer or HTPC, or maybe give it to the wife or kids - they won’t know the difference and you could claim your monster computer back again.

 

Pros:

  • Inexpensive
  • Onboard graphics
  • The motherboard is purple (women like that)
  • DVI-out
  • 16 GB RAM Capacity

 

Cons:

  • Due to onboard graphics, it utilizes system memory
  • No HDMI-out
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