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Biostar TForce TA690GAM2 mATX AM2 DDR2 AMD 690G 1PCI-E16 2PCI SATA2 RAID Gbe HDMI VGA Motherboard

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   SKU:  
23754
   Shipping Weight:   5 lbs
   Part #: TA690GAM2

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CPU
  • Socket AM2, Micro ATX

     
  • Supports AMD Athlon ™ 64 X2/64/FX/Sempron ™ Processors

     
  • Support AMD HyperTransport up to 2G

     
  • Supports AMD Cool'nQuiet Technology

     
  • OS Support:Win2000 / WinXP / WinXP 64 / Vista / Vista 64
  • CHIPSET
  • AMD R690G + SB600
     
  • MEMORY
  • Maximum 4GB
     
  • 4 x DDR2 SDRAM DIMMs
     
  • Dual Channel DDR2 400/533/667/800 MHz
     
  • EXPANSION SLOT
  • 2 x PCI

     
  • 1 x PCI-E x 1

     
  • 1 x PCI-E x 16
  • I/O
  • 1 x PS/2 Mouse, 1x PS/2 Keyboard Port

     
  • 1 x VGA Port

     
  • 1 x TV-OUT Port

     
  • 1xDVI-D port 9(support digital singal output only)

     
  • 1 x HDMI Port

     
  • 10 x USB 2.0 (4 x Rear USB 2.0 , 6 x Front USB 2.0 )

     
  • 6 x Audio Ports

     
  • 1 x RJ-45 LAN Jack

     
  • 1 x Floppy Connector

     
  • 1 x IDE Connector

     
  • 4 x SATA2 Connectors

     
  • 1 x S/PDIF Out Connector

     
  • 1 x System Fan Connector

     
  • 1 x CPU Fan Connector

     
  • 1 x CD-in Header

     
  • 1 x Printer Port Header

     
  • 1 x Front Audio Header
  • INTEGRATED AUDIO
  • Realtek ALC888 8+2-Channel HD CODEC
  • INTEGRATED VIDEO
  • ATI Radeon™ X1250 Graphics On Board Graphic Max. Memory Share 512 MB
  • LAN
  • Realtek 8111B(PCI-E) Integrated 10/100/1000 Transceiver.
  • SATA / RAID
  • RAID 0,1,10
  • HARDWARE MONITOR FUNCTION
  • CPU Fan Speed

     
  • CPU Voltage

     
  • DIMM Voltage

     
  • CPU Temperature
  • Accessories
  • 1 x User Manual

     
  • 1 x HDD Cable

     
  • 1 x FDD Cable

     
  • 1 x SATA Cable

     
  • 1 x Real I/O Panel for Micro ATX Case

     
  • 1 x Fully Setup Driver
  • SIZE
  • Micro ATX Form Factor: 24.3cm (W) x 24.4cm (L)
     
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    Chuang Jung_Y
    09/01/07
    Experience: 14 Days
     Verified Owner
    Pros
    -overclock BE-2350 to 3ghz
    -can run to 2860mhz htt
    -and run my ran pretty stable in xp at 1ghz patroit ddr2.
    -energy efficient.
    -good o/c features lots of volt,memory,htt to change.
    Cons
    -strange bsod with pci-e in vista 64x.
    -memory not available for pci bus 0xC0000000 - 0xFEBFFFFF in vista 64x.
    -Needs higher voltage to be stable in vista 64x than windows xp.
    -Doesn't support 4gb of ram + pci-e video card like 8800gts 640mb gets blank screen system hang ups in vista 64x.
    -No ati/amd biostar support for the 4gb memory conficit for vista 64x.
    -no bios option outlined in the microsot link for pci resource configuration with 64bit + 4gb for vista64x. I have 64bit cpu and 64bit operating system but motherboard bios don't support 64bit + pci-e resource conflict.
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/929605/en-us
    http://channel9.msdn.com/ShowPost.aspx?PostID=281789#281789
    Summary
    Doesn't work with vista 64x + 4gb + 8800 gts 640mb pci-e gets blank screen system freeze. Also in Vista 64x there is a bosd that happens even at stock settings. Also needs insanely high voltage to keep it stable in vista64x compare to windows xp. ATI/amd and biostar don't seem to support their own product might have to take my business with intel next upgrade.

    Still not have gotten to run in vista 64x. Even if I boost my volts or run at stock I get blank screen system hang ups which leaves my system in a unresponsive state. Also I notice to be getting a very stragne resource bsod screen that happens even at very stable maybe the pci resouce conflict happening with pci-e and bios which doesn't seem to support 64bit 4gb support of ram.

    Pet4
    08/13/07
    Experience: 2 Months
     Verified Owner
    Pros
    Overclocking features for both CPU and integrated GPU, HDMI, DVI and VGA connectors on-board, PCI-E realtek LAN, fan speed control with latest BIOS.
    Cons
    uATX limits expansion (Only 2 PCI slot, 1 PCI-E x1 slot)
    Only 4 SATA ports
    Summary
    Great Board. I was a bit disapointed at first, because there was no way to control the CPU fan speed in the BIOS, but that has been taken care of in the latest BIOS. My Athlon X2 4600 is now working at 2.75Mhz stable. You can even overclock the integrated GPU. The integrated Gb LAN is PCI-E based, so you can get much better performance than on a board with PCI based LAN. I purchased this board 2 1/2 months ago, and I don't have any regrets.


    Shahid
    06/05/07
    Experience: 20 Days
     Verified Owner
    Pros
    Fast, cheap, highly overclockable for mATX, good integrated video, good layout
    Cons
    integrated gfx cause system instability with certain drivers
    Summary
    had one hell of a time fixing a crashing problem with this board. turned out, when using integrated video, catalyst 7.2 must be used. i also didn't install control center to ensure stability. other than that, great board, great price.

    isaac391
    06/02/07
    Experience: 10 Days
     Verified Owner
    Pros
    Price, Onboard Video x1250, VGA, DVI and HDMI Output, 690, overclocking option for beginners.
    Cons
    none
    Summary
    I purchased this board to make myself a new gaming or HTCP computer, I haven't descided on which one to use it for yet. I might even purchase another one just to build 2 of these computers. I'm plannind on putting in a AMD Athlon X2 5600+ or maybe a 6000+ processor. Also Purchased with Corsair 2x1GB PC5400 Ram kit.

    Lance W
    05/23/07
    Experience: 1 Weeks
     Verified Owner
    Pros
    Overclocks well
    HDMI, DVI, S-Video, 8 channel HD audio
    Great layout
    Cons
    Problematic drivers (ATI)
    Northbridge heatsink gets very hot
    Fan control... sucks
    Summary
    Took a X2 3600+ Brisbane up to 2.5Ghz without a hiccup (though I had to increase the memory setting from 400Mhz (1:1) up to 533Mhz for some reason to get it to POST past 235HT). Layout is excellent, it's got several different outputs including HDMI so it's perfect for a HTPC.

    The shipping BIOS was really out of date and had a lot of features missing. I highly recommend a BIOS update which you can get here: http://www.biostar.cn/driver2005/BIOS/07BIOS/R69AM427.rar
    The updated BIOS enables C&Q and fan control, though Biostar's Smartfan and it's desktop fan control utility is extremely limited and inconvenient. For all intents and purposes it has no fan control at present, though I expect it will be improved in the near future.

    For some reason the Biostar USA and Taiwan site do not have BIOSs or drivers for this board. I had problems with ATI's 7.x Catalyst drivers, so I had to use the ones on the CD to get everything working properly. Aside from that there isn't much to complain about this board except for the Northbridge heatsink that gets quite hot, though this did not cause me any problems during testing.

    Overall it's overclockability and feature set really makes up for it's shortcomings. It's a little finnicky but if you want a potent AM2 overclocker in a tiny package, look no further.

    Edit: After trying the Biostar TF7025-M2, I can no longer recommend this board. Almost everything I didn't like about this board is improved on or non-existant on the TF7025-M2.

    This review was modfied by poster @ 07-08-07 01:51 AM

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