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Gigabyte adds two micro ATX and one ATX motherboard to its Socket AM2 lineup

Gigabyte has released three new motherboards based on AMD’s 690-series chipsets. The new motherboards include one AMD 690V and two 690G-based in micro ATX and ATX form factors: GA-MA69VM-S2, GA-MA69GM-S2H and GA-MA69G-S3H. The AMD 690-series powered motherboards support AMD Socket AM2 processors and DDR2-800 memory over four memory slots.

Gigabyte's micro ATX pair share similar feature sets. Both the GA-MA69VM-S2 and GA-MA690GM-S2 feature one PCIe x16, one PCIe x1 and two PCI slots for expansion, four SATA 3.0Gbps ports, one PATA, Gigabit Ethernet and 8-channel high definition audio. Differentiating the two micro ATX boards is the use of the AMD 690V in the GA-MA69VM-S2 and the 690G in the GA-MA69GM-S2H.

The AMD 690G-endowed GA-MA69GM-S2H also has an HDMI output with support for HDCP and an IEEE1394a port. AMD has also validated the GA-MA69GM-S2H for its AMD Validated Solution commercial platform as well.

The ATX-sized GA-MA69G-S3H is the first full-size AMD 690G-based motherboard. It sports one PCIe x16, three PCIe x1, one PCIe x4 and two PCI slots. Gigabyte equips the GA-MA69G-S3H with similar I/O options as the micro ATX pair including four SATA 3.0Gbps ports, one PATA, Gigabit Ethernet, high definition audio and IEEE1394.  Gigabyte claims the full-size ATX motherboard is CrossFire ready, however, the PCIe x4 slot isn’t open ended to fit a PCIe x16 graphics card.

Update 04/05/2007: The PCIe x4 slot is open ended for CrossFire.

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By yacoub on 4/4/2007 8:18:50 AM , Rating: 1
How much lifespan does socket AM2 have? I thought the next-gen AMD chips we hope to see in ~6 months time will be on a new socket.

RE: Lifespan?
By BladeVenom on 4/4/2007 10:26:59 AM , Rating: 3
AM3 processors should work with AM2 boards.

RE: Lifespan?
By lsman on 4/4/2007 10:37:21 AM , Rating: 2
AM2+ CPU should work with AM2 mobo and
AM2 CPU should work with AM2+ mobo etc...
(what AMD said... but you know the drill...)

AM2+ in 3Q

RE: Lifespan?
By PrezWeezy on 4/4/2007 2:16:49 PM , Rating: 2
Actually it says that AM2 CPUs will not work with AM2+ mobos.

RE: Lifespan?
By KristopherKubicki on 4/4/2007 6:08:39 PM , Rating: 2
They will still work, it's just that you wont have HT3.

RE: Lifespan?
By PrezWeezy on 4/4/2007 7:40:42 PM , Rating: 2
Additionally, recent roadmaps have confirmed that AM3, AMD's upcoming desktop CPU socket, will not be backwards compatible with AM2-package CPUs.

Am I reading that wrong or is that article outdated?

RE: Lifespan?
By chucky2 on 4/4/2007 11:43:36 PM , Rating: 2

Gary Key has posted in the AnandTech Motherboard forum that he confirmed with the chipset and CPU folks at AMD that the 690G chipset will support AM2+ CPU's.

What hasn't been confirmed is if the motherboards built around those chipsets will support future AM2+ CPU's.

One would have to think it'd be certain, given how crazy late 690G is, putting it so close to AM2+ release...but, stranger things have happened.

I still am waiting to see 690G motherboard manufacturers state officially the 690G based boards their releasing now will support the future Agena and Kuma CPU's. When that happens, then we'll KNOW. Right now, it's a good guess/gamble IMHO.


By Operandi on 4/3/07, Rating: 0
Is it just me???
By staypuff69 on 4/4/2007 4:46:10 AM , Rating: 2
errrrr.... how do you have a crossfire ready motherboard with only ONE STINKING PCIe x16 slot????

Way to shoot yourself in the vid card nads.....

I tell you what..... i have a high def audio board ... WITH A STINKING RCA OUTPUT..... k enough of a rant... I think you all see the lame aspect of this offering....

RE: Is it just me???
By retrospooty on 4/4/2007 12:03:05 PM , Rating: 2
Relax there buddy. There really isnt any advantage of x16 over x8 yet. Even the R600 and 8800GTX are not able to fill the 8x bandwidth in SLI. Maybe a few more generations of video cards will, but not yet.

RE: Is it just me???
By retrospooty on 4/4/2007 12:05:48 PM , Rating: 2
N/M that. Sorry. I thought it had 2 capable of 8x like most c/f boards. I see now it has only 1 slot. You are right, thats bass-ackwards.

By Regs on 4/3/2007 9:26:56 PM , Rating: 2
Exciting news.

RE: Wow
By Death on 4/3/07, Rating: 0
By chucky2 on 4/4/2007 2:16:22 AM , Rating: 2
Because so far, it looks like the best 690G board I've seen's almost I dare say perfect, except it doesn't appear to have optical out... :(


By yehuda on 4/4/2007 11:38:13 AM , Rating: 2
I can see TV-Out and SPDIF-IO headers on the 690G board. Does anyone know if the associated brackets come as part of the bundle?

DIMM arrangement
By Puddleglum1 on 4/4/2007 12:00:44 PM , Rating: 2
I question the arrangement of the DIMM slots. Appears to make it both more difficult to take them in and out, and more importantly it looks like the modules wouldn't dissipate heat very well. This may not really be an issue except for an over-clocking enthusiast, but I haven't seen Gigabyte design motherboards this way before.

Whatever, I should spend more time gaming and less time looking at the arrangement of colors on a board.

By DigitalFreak on 4/3/07, Rating: -1
By 265586888 on 4/3/2007 10:32:34 PM , Rating: 4
oh yeah, go to sleep, fanboy!

Do Intel GMA X3000 chipsets perform well better than GeForce 6150+nForce 430 and AMD/ATI 690G/V with that kind of crap device driver updated only a few times a year!?

Do Intel have that ability to utilize that "Unified Shaders" better to beat all of them in the near future using that speed of releasing new drivers?

Do Intel have a solution in multi-graphics motherboard away from the need of getting help from ATI/AMD CorssFire or possibly NVIDIA's SLi!?

Answer is clear enough: NO.

So go to sleep and shut up about your fanboy-style talk, will ya?

By rangerdavid on 4/3/07, Rating: -1
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