(AMD 690G) mainboard review - Introduction
Bluetooth 29 Apr 2007
GA-MA69G-S3H is first AMD 690G with CrossFire and HDMI/HDCP support mainboard.
reviewed many AMD 690G boards. Most of them uses DVI output while some uses
HDMI. In fact, there are only 3 models out there that uses the HDMI interface
with HDCP + audio support.
This time round, we take a look at Gigabyte GA-MA69G-S3H. This board is based on
the AMD 690G+SB600 chipsets. What makes this board different from the rest is
that it uses a full ATX design. It comes with 1 PCIe x16 slot and 1 PCIe x 4
endless slot. Endless slot means that the the PCIe x4 slot can be used with any
full length PCIe card but runs at 4x speed. On board is also 3 x PCIex1 slots.
The board also uses Realtek ALC889A codec and TV-out connector. At the back of
the board it has connectors for HDMI, S/PDIF, D-SUB, 1394a, GbE LAN and 8 ch
The board supports ATI AVIVO for sharper and lower CPU utilisation when playing
back videos.With ATi surroudview function, the board can be connected to 2
displays using the onboard D-SUB+ HDMI port. 4 more displays can be connected
using two PCIe graphics card.
On top of all these, it supports TV-Out (cable for
optional), HDMI or DVI (through cable) with HDCP, 4 SATA 3.0Gb/s, 1 PATA, RAID
0, 1, 0+1, GbE, 1394, 10 USB, 8 ch HD audio. Virtual DUAL BIOS.
The BIOS also comes with many oc options.
Being a "S" series
board, it offers Speed, Safe and Smart allowing easy overclockability,
Easy Tune 5 & M.I.T. (Motherboard Intelligent Tweaker)
Overclocking - Wide range of frequency tuning for CPU/ MEMORY/ PCI Express/PCI
Overvoltage - Flexible voltage setting for CPU/ Memory/PCI-E/Chipset to enhance
R.G.B. (Robust Graphics Booster)
Enhance Graphic performance through simple BIOS setting
Excellent hardware design and unique software strengthen the stability and
reliability of your PC!
Virtual Dual BIOS
BIOS crash free protection with physical BIOS and Xpress BIOS Rescue
BIOS Settings Recovery
Recoverable safe and frequently used CMOS setting
Hard drive “Self Monitoring Analysis and Reporting Technology” support
C.O.M. (Corporate Online Manager)
System administration utility for local area network
Xpress Recovery 2
Quick system image backup and restore
PC Health Monitor
System health monitor via bios and EasyTune utility
Innovative proprietary software features makes BIOS and driver management a
Smart driver selection and download from Gigabyte’s website
Complete drivers installation on one simple click
@BIOS / Q-Flash
Automatic BIOS update via internet / BIOS built-in flash utility
Select boot device without entering bios setup
Chipset AMD 690G + SB600
GPU Clock 400MHz-- Over-clockable!!
Memory Dual-Ch 4 DIMM DDR2 800/667/533MHz
Graphic Slot 1* PCI-E x16 + 1* PCI-E x4 for Crossfire support
Display RGB, TV-Out (cable for optional), HDMI or DVI (through cable) with HDCP
PCI Slot 2
PCI-Ex1 Slot 3
Storage 4 SATA 3.0Gb/s, 1 PATA
RAID 0, 1, 0+1
LAN 1*GbE LAN
1394 3 (TI 1394a, 2 by cable)
USB 2.0 10 ports (6 by cable)
Audio 8-Ch HD audio
BIOS Virtual Dual BIOS
Form Factor ATX (305x203)
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