ASUS M2A-VM Review 7

ASUS M2A-VM Review

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I would like to thank AMD for supplying us with the tested motherboard.

AMD/ATI recently launched their first new chipset, called the AMD 690 which is based on the RS690G/V. ASUS being one of the biggest motherboard manufacturers in the world was one of the premier partners to develop a board for this new platform. The M2A-VM is a value oriented MicroATX motherboard that supports all the new features like integrated Radeon X1250 graphics and VGA/DVI/HDMI output. HDMI is implemented via an addon card that goes into the PCI-E x16 slot and is sold only with the ASUS M2A-VM HDMI, we did not receive the HDMI card, so the tested board is the ASUS M2A-VM.

For more information about the chipset, read our AMD 690 Preview.


ProcessorAll AMD Athlon64 AM2 processors, including Athlon FX Series
HT Speed1000 MHz
ChipsetAMD RS690G + AMD SB600
Memory4x 240 Pin DDR2, Dual Channel DDR533/667/800, up to 8 GB
Slots1x PCI-E x16
1x PCI-E x1
2x PCI
HDD Connectivity1x ATA-133
Networking1x 10/100/1000 Mbps - Realtek RTL8111B via PCI-E
Ports12x USB 2.0 (4 on Back Panel)
Audio7.1+2 Realtek ALC883 HD Audio
Form FactorMicroATX 244 x 244mm


CPU Support
  • AMD® Socket AM2 Athlon64 / Athlon64 FX / Athlon64 X2 / Sempron
  • AMD Cool 'n' Quiet™ Technology
  • AMD64 architecture enables simultaneous 32-bit and 64-bit computing
  • AMD Live!™ Ready
  • AMD 690G
  • ATI SB600
Front Side Bus
  • 2000 / 1600 MT/s
  • Dual channel memory architecture
  • 4 x 240-pin DIMM, support max. 8GB DDR2 800/667/533 ECC and Non-ECC,un-buffered memory
  • Integrated ATI Radeon X1250-based graphics
  • Maximum shared memory of 256 MB
  • Supports DVI-D with max. resolution 2560x1600 (@ 60Hz)
  • (It may not display 1080p smoothly when playing HD DVD and Blu-ray Disc due to current version player limit)
  • Supports RGB with max. resolution 2048 x 1536 (@85Hz)
  • Dual VGA output support:
  • RGB & DVI
  • Note: DVI-D can not be converted to output RGB Signal to CRT.
Expansion Slots
  • 1 x PCI Express x16
  • 1 x PCI Express x1
  • 2 x PCI
  • 1 x UltraDMA 133/100
  • 4 x Serial ATA 3Gb/s supporting RAID 0, RAID 1,RAID10
  • PCIe Gb LAN
  • Audio ALC883 High Definition Audio 6-channel CODEC
  • Supports Jack-Sensing, Enumeration, and Jack-Retasking
  • Supports S/PDIF out interface
Overclocking Features
  • SFS (Stepless Frequency Selection) from 200MHz to 400MHz at 1MHz increment
  • Adjustable CPU Voltage at 0.0125V increment
  • ASUS C.P.R.(CPU Parameter Recall)
  • 10 USB2.0/1.1 ports
Special Features
  • ASUS MyLogo2
  • ASUS CrashFreeBIOS3
  • ASUS EZ Flash2
  • ASUS Q-Fan
  • ASUS O.C Profile
  • ASUS Music Alarm
Back Panel
  • I/O Ports 1 x Parallel
  • 1 x PS/2 Mouse
  • 1 x PS/2 Keyboard
  • 1 x DVI
  • 1 x VGA
  • 1 x RJ45
  • 4 x USB 2.0/1.1
  • 6-channel Audio I/O
Internal I/O Connectors
  • 3 x USB 2.0 connector supports additional 6 USB 2.0 ports
  • High Definition Front panel audio connector
  • COM port connector
  • CD audio-in connector
  • 1 x S/PDIF output connector
  • CPU / Chassis/ Power Fan connectors
  • Chassis Intrusion connector
  • 24-pin EATX power connector
  • 4-pin ATX 12V Power connector
  • 8Mb Flash ROM, Award BIOS, PnP, DMI2.0, WfM2.0, SMBIOS 2.3
  • WfM 2.0, DMI 2.0, WOL by PME, WOR by PXE, WOR by PME
  • CD Drivers
  • ASUS PC Probe II
  • ASUS LiveUpdate Utility
  • Anti -virus software(OEM version)
  • User' s manual
  • 1 x Serial ATA cable
  • 1 x SATA power cable
  • 1 x UltraDMA 133/100/66 cable
  • 1 x FDD cable
  • 1 x I/O Shield
Form Factor
  • uATX Form Factor, 9.6" x 9.0" (24.5cm x 22.9cm)
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