Asus M2A-VM provides BIOS-level undervolting

All about them.

Moderators: NeilBlanchard, Ralf Hutter, sthayashi, Lawrence Lee

Post Reply
line
*Lifetime Patron*
Posts: 338
Joined: Wed Sep 28, 2005 10:07 pm
Location: Israel

Asus M2A-VM provides BIOS-level undervolting

Post by line » Wed Feb 14, 2007 2:15 pm

AMD 690G (formerly ATI RS690) is due by the end of this month. It is positioned to replace NVIDIA GeForce 61x0 as the chipset of choice for Integrated Graphics systems on the AMD platform.

AMD claims their GPU is twice as fast as GeForce 6150 (link), though preliminary benchmarks are not as enthusiastic (link). Nevertheless, 690G should run cooler than GeForce 6150. It also implements AVIVO to compete with the PureVideo video enhancement capabilities of GeForce 6150.

Expect an extensive micro ATX roundup at AnandTech around the launch date with cross-chipset benchmarks.

One 690G-based board will be Asus M2A-VM. Its technical specifications were revealed two weeks ago at XtremeSystems (link). A higher-end variant called M2A-VM HDMI (images) adds a FireWire port and an expansion card with HDMI and HDTV outputs. It's still unknown whether a Digital Home variant is also in the works. Features I'd like to see: eSATA, WiFi, Remote Control, Analog Devices audio codec, SPDIF in & out.

Today Asus uploaded the M2A-VM user's manual (link). One section that caught my attention:
  • Image
In essense it means one can undervolt the CPU at BIOS level in a reliable manner without depending on software. In theory this should work together with Cool'n'Quiet. This as far as I know is a "first" for Asus. Cheers :)

tempeteduson
Posts: 189
Joined: Sat Jun 05, 2004 12:56 pm
Location: Houston, Texas
Contact:

Post by tempeteduson » Wed Feb 14, 2007 3:51 pm

This is great news! Good catch, too. So... any way this thread could be merged with this one? Not just because I started that one. :wink:
License to Silence!
[size=75]Antec SLK3700AMB | ASUS M2R32-MVP (AMD 580X) | AMD Athlon 64 X2 3600+ (Brisbane) | 2x1GB Corsair XMS DDR2-667 | ATI RADEON X1950 XT w/ AC Accelero S1 | Creative X-Fi XtremeGamer | 320GB WD Caviar SE 16 (WD3200AAKS) | Samsung 16X DVD+/-RW, Lite-On DVD-ROM | abit AirPace PCI-E Wi-Fi[/size]

autoboy
Posts: 1008
Joined: Fri Dec 10, 2004 8:10 pm
Location: San Jose, California

Post by autoboy » Wed Feb 14, 2007 5:28 pm

In theory this should work together with Cool'n'Quiet
This is rarely the case. Cool and Quiet usually resets the voltage set in the bios. Still, this is great for those who like bios undervolting.

line
*Lifetime Patron*
Posts: 338
Joined: Wed Sep 28, 2005 10:07 pm
Location: Israel

Post by line » Mon Feb 26, 2007 5:56 pm

I see. For some reason I'd thought otherwise. Thanks for the correction.

SleepyBum
Posts: 53
Joined: Sat Feb 24, 2007 6:48 pm
Location: Los Angeles, CA

Post by SleepyBum » Wed Feb 28, 2007 7:51 am

There's a review of this board here.

Looks like performance is about same as the M2NPV-NM for most non-graphic benchmarks. For graphics it does out outperform, but most new games are still pretty much unplayable.

Also seems only to have a little power savings over the nVidia 6150 from one of the reviews comparing the MSI version.

Big round up of AMD 690 reviews over at DailyTech.

Post Reply