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Foxconn A690GM2MA-RS2H – motherboard – micro ATX – Socket AM2 – AMD 690G
This board is more likely to be suitable for a work computer. The northbridge heatsink’s fins are oriented perpendicular to the processor socket, so the CPU fan cannot help with cooling it. Conclusions We were pleased with the board from the technical standpoint and with the way it was equipped. The trump card for a computer based entertainment system is its ability to do other things, whether that be stream audio from internet radio, act as an MP3 workstation or allow you to surfing the internet for videos of your favorite shows to play back on the television.
The thee-channel CPU supply impulse voltage stabilizer uses 3 field transistors per channel, 5 OST capacitors of microfarad and 4 Rubycon capacitors of microfarad each. The highest value for the inexpensive boards is most often in the range of MHz, while in this case we cannot lower the multiplier or at least raise the bus voltage. Using standard desktop components is less costly than nano-ITX platforms with all laptop-grade gear.
For some unknown reason, such coils are a commonplace for CPU stabilizers, while the other components get toy-looking coils that often squeak in high load modes. The latter is especially vexing, because overclocking of inexpensive motherboards is usually restricted by the board’s inability to operate at a higher HT clock rate. In order to evaluate the overclocked system’s stability, we load Windows XP and run performance tests built into WinRAR Tools menu – Benchmark and hardware test for 10 minutes.
We have made the effort of listening to this motherboard in various modes using a passive CPU cooler and registered no foreign sounds in the supply system. We don’t even have to take into account that boards based on integrated chipsets are rarely equipped with graphics cards with bulky cooling systems.
Non-standard settings were not tested for operability.
Foxconn AGM2MA-8KRS2H – a Motherboard Based on AMD G (Socket AM2) Chipset
Overclocking In order to evaluate the overclocking capabilities of the board and its BIOS, we overclock our testbed CPU to the highest frequency possible that also allows for stable operation.
IDE, Floppy and the main ATX power connector are placed on the right hand side of the memory slots which makes keeping cables away from the other peripherals easy. Therefore, such motherboards are more likely to attract system foxcoonn and ordinary users that need inexpensive systems.
Besides competition between the various computer manufacturers, a close eye must be kept on video game consoles too. Applying this test procedure, we are able to effectively use all of the test board’s supported abilities, including increasing processor core voltage, and if necessary, correcting multipliers and adjusting system and peripheral bus frequencies. The set of brand utilities includes Tiger One, a utility for monitoring system parameters.
More importantly, there is no need to try to raise the clock rate above the foxconnn MHzsince the bandwidth of this bus, which is used as a data channel between the CPU and the chipset, is plentiful. Thankfully, the chipset is still efficient enough and its functionality totally fits with the modern requirements.
Foxconn PRODUCT : Motherboard : Details
This platform features integrated video, and has done wonders to wrestle marketshare away from nVIDIA core logic. Such design fully satisfies the cooling requirements for this chipset.
CPU multiplier and core voltage adjustment as well as HT bus multiplier options are all missing.
However, among the consumers of motherboards with integrated graphics there are not so many overclocking fans. Office PCs rarely if ever need strong 3D gaming performance unless someone’s slacking off naturallyso this arrangement lets consumers skimp on buying a pricy videocard, and as needs change or your budget materializes an appropriately powerfup PCI Express x16 videocard can be installed.
BioShock Infinite and Metro: It has an ability to signal an alarm when parameter values fall out of the predefined ranges. Video 3Digests Video cards: In contrast to the rest of companies, Foxconn has chosen to use this chipset exclusively for making microATX boards without the support for HDMI, this chipset’s key feature, even in the higher-end versions.
The board successfully reverted to default settings in cases of excessive overclocking, foxconn problems there. Southbridge is equipped with a low-profile compact heatsink. In particular, even the basic memory timings were not available.