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ECS AMD690GM-M2 Motherboard

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Closer Look:

When looking at the motherboard I immediately thought about possibly building a “Shuttle” type system.





Being an AM2 motherboard, you will need a 940 pin AMD AM2 CPU to insert into the socket. There are also two DIMM slots, which will support up to 16 GBs of DDR2 memory, one IDE port, a FDD port and it also supports 24 pin PSU’s.



You can also connect up to four 3.0GB/s SATA drives that are able to work in RAID as 0, 1, and 0+1. You will notice that the AMD chipset is covered by a heatsink which is not actively cooled. Three additional USB 2.0 connectors are available and the CMOS jumper is located right by the panel connectors. Another added feature is a connector for an additional serial port, which is something I haven’t seen in quite a while.



If you choose to use your own video card, the motherboard has one PCI-E x16 slot, one PCI-E x1 and two PCI expansion slots.


The I/O panel comes equipped with PS/2 hookups, a DVI and D-Sub output for the onboard Video, four USB 2.0 connectors, Gigabit Lan or 10/100 for networking and onboard 8-channel HD Audio.


Accessories included are one SATA cable, one IDE cable, one serial port, quick install manual, Driver CD and BIOS Guide.



  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look (The Board)
  3. Installation & Closer Look (The Bios)
  4. Closer Look (The Bios Continued)
  5. Configuration
  6. Specifications & Features
  7. Testing (Apopysis and WinRar)
  8. Testing (Specview)
  9. Testing ( PC Mark05 Professional)
  10. Testing ( Sandra X1 Professional)
  11. Testing ( ScienceMark, Cinebench, HD Tune)
  12. Testing (Far Cry)
  13. Testing (F.E.A.R.)
  14. Testing ( Call of Duty II)
  15. Testing ( Quake 4)
  16. Testing (NFS Most Wanted)
  17. Extras
  18. Conclusion
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