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
quote: Additionally, recent roadmaps have confirmed that AM3, AMD's upcoming desktop CPU socket, will not be backwards compatible with AM2-package CPUs.