ECS AMD690GM-M2 MotherboardFormer staff writer - July 30, 2007
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Installation of the motherboard is no different than any other motherboard. The case that I chose to use for this project is the Apevia X-QPack 2. It is a micro case that accommodates the micro-ATX board very well. Since the X-QPack has a removable motherboard tray, all that was needed to do was screw on the motherboard, plug in the processor, add the RAM and attach the heatsink. I had chosen to use the Arctic Cooling Freezer 64 Pro, but after attaching it, there was not enough room under the stabilization rail in the case for it to fit. For visual purposes, the picture shown is with the AC Freezer 64 Pro, but the CPU cooler was changed back to stock which had no clearance issues with the case.
The ECS 690GM utilizes Phoenix-Award BIOS. Most features are standard as on many other motherboards, but since this is an integrated motherboard, there are a few differences. As we look at the BIOS screens, I will comment on a few items that I felt stood out from the others.
Logo Screen, Standard and Advanced CMOS Functions:
The boot up logo screen is green and has an image of the rubix cube in the lower right corner while showing that this is an AMD 690 chipset.
The standard CMOS and advanced BIOS features are a mirror image of all modern motherboards BIOS features. One particular difference is the order in which the options are layed out.
Advanced Chipset Features:
Advanced chipset features offer some options for changing your RAM, LDT/PCI and IGX configuration.
The options to setting your RAM timings are very basic. The board does allow you to change how the memory clock will be set, but you will not have the option to set timings for CAS, tRAS, etc.
The LDT/PCI function will allow you to set the bus controls to auto, 8 or 16 bit upstream and downstream and has the same option for setting your Hyper Transport. (HT)
Since the ECS 690G has integrated video and will support multiple displays, there are some options to help you determine how you would like the output to perform, by controlling the functions for displays, as well as what standard of video you will use.