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EPOX EP-AT690G Pro Integrated graphics mainboard (AMD 690G) Review Intro 1/5
Bluetooth 11 Jan 2007

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Introduction

It has been a long wait for the 690G based boards to appear. Today, we are fortunate to be able to preview the EPoX's 690G solution.

As you know, AMD 690G chipset was formerly known as ATi RS690 and was slated to be available by December 2006. It could be due to the acquisition that it was delayed until late February 2007.

The north bridge uses the AMD 690G and it is paired up with the ATi SB600 south bridge. It comes with an integrated Radeon X700-based DirectX 9.0 compliant 2D/3D graphics processor clock at 400MHz, Maximum DAC frequency of 400 MHz Resolution up to 2560x1600 (Under condition), refresh rate up to 85MHz. It can support multiple Display configuration: CRT+ DVI-D on rear panel , Frame buffer option from 32MB to 256MB. The chipset also supports ATiís innovative AVIVO display architecture which gives you excellent display quality.

The mainboard also comes with 1 VGA, 1 DVI and 1 PCIex16 for graphics. It also supports HDA, 10 USB 2.0, 1 IDE channel, 4 SATAII with RAID, GbE. The BIOS also has lots of options for the tweakers.

Other features includes Keyboard Power ON, Wake-On-LAN by PME, EZ-Button for convenient power-on, Thermal Stick (Cable for option), Ghost BIOS for BIOS recovery and CPU Over Heat protect. The Boot up screen will also give you a summary of the temperature and voltages of the various components of the mainboard.

 

EP-AT690G Pro Specifications

CPU Socket:
Support Socket-AM2 (940 pin) based AMD Athlon-X2/Athlon-64/Sempron processors
Support 2.0GTs 16X16 wide Hyper Transport bus
Support VMM (Virtualization-Machine-Monitoring)

System Memory:
Four 240-pin DDR2 SDRAM DIMM sockets
Support 1.8v DDR2-533/667/800 DIMMs with dual channel architecture
Support single-sided or double-sided, unbuffered, non-ECC DIMMs with 256/512Mb/1Gb technologies
Support up to 16 GB system memory
Support Asynchronous clocking mode between FSB and DIMM

Chipset:
AMD 690G + SB600 Chipset with ATi Radeon X1250
(colayout 690V with ATI Radeon X1200 for AT690VI Pro without DVI-D support)
Integrated Radeon X700-based DirectX 9.0 compliant 2D/3D graphics processor , Maximum DAC frequency of 400 MHz Resolution up to 2560x1600 (Under condition), refresh rate up to 85MHz.
Multiple Display configuration: CRT+ DVI-D on rear panel , Frame buffer option from 32MB to 256MB.
Incorporate ATiís innovative AVIVO display architecture by AMD 690G only.

Expansion Slots:
Three PCI connectors compliant with PCI v2.3
Two PCI Express (x1) connectors compliant with PCI Express 1.0a
One PCI Express (x16) connector compliant with PCI Express 1.0a

USB:
Ten USB connectors compliant with USB2.0 from embedded USB controller (4 connectors at rear panel).

P-ATA IDE:
One IDE ports (up to 2 IDE devices) with UDMA-33, ATA-66/100/133 support from embedded IDE controller.

S-ATA II RAID:
Four S-ATA II ports from SB600 with RAID 0 , 1, 0+1 and up to 3.0 Gbps bandwidth

LAN:
Gigabit Ethernet from onboard RTL8111B Gigabit Ethernet Controller for AT690G Pro
10/100 Ethernet from onboard RTL8101E 10/100 Ethernet Controller for AT690VI Pro

Audio:
Selectable 2 or 6CH audio Realtek ALC883 Azalia HAD Audio Codec
Support CD-In
Support Jack detection for fool-proof audio device installation

I/O:
Onboard EPoX EP1308 LPC I/O controller
Legacy peripheral interface for PS/2 keyboard & mouse, FDD, COM, IrDA (v1.0 compliant), Ö
Support Hardware Monitoring function such as fan speed monitoring and CPU temperature sensing.
Intelligent fan speed control for CPU-fan (PWM) for quiet operation

BIOS:
4Mb Flash EEPROM with Award Plug & Play BIOS
Support EZ Boot for fast bootable device selection
Support Magic Health for system hardware status report during system boot-up

Special Features:
Support KBPO (Keyboard Power ON) function
Support Wake-On-LAN by PME
Onboard EZ-Button for convenient power-on
Support Thermal Stick (Cable for option)
Support Ghost BIOS for BIOS recovery
Support CPU Over Heat protect

PowerBIOS for excellent over clocking features:
Support Asynchronous FSB/DIMM timing mode
Support BIOS adjustable CPU clock and voltage, DIMM frequency and voltage settings.

Powerful utilities for Windows:
Thunder Probe diagnostic utility for system hardware monitoring
Thunder Flash BIOS update utility for Ghost BIOS function
Magic Screen for personal bootup screen design

Form Factor:
305mm x >225mm x 40mm, ATX Size

Supported O/S:
Windows 2000/Windows XP/Windows Vista
 

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