AMD’s 690G/V Series Chipset Preview and Benchmarks

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AMD 690 Board Specifications

CPU Interface

  • Socket AM2 supporting AMD Sempron, AMD Athlon 64, AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual-Core and AMD Athlon 64 FX Processors
  • 1GHz HyperTransport interface speeds

PCI Express Interface

  • 1×16 graphics interface
  • Up to 4×1 PCI Express general purpose links

2D Acceleration Features

  • Highly optimized 128-bit engine, capable of processing multiple pixels per clock
  • Supports a maximum resolution of 2048×1536@32bpp
  • Game acceleration including support for Microsoft’s DirectDraw

3D Acceleration Features

  • Full DirectX 9.0 support
  • 3D Texture support including projective 3D textures
  • Anti-aliasing using multi-sampling algorithm with support for 2, 4, 6 samples
  • New generation rendering engine provides top 3D performance
  • Support for OpenGL format for Indirect Vertices in Vertex Walker

Motion Video Acceleration Features

  • Enhanced MPEG-2 hardware decode acceleration
  • MPEG-4 decode support
  • Hardware acceleration for WMV9 playback
  • Supports top quality DVD and time-shifted SDTV/HDTV television playback with low CPU usage

TV Out

  • Integrated TV encoder from ATI’s Xilleon products with on-chip DAC with integrated AVIVO engine
  • Supports Macrovision 7.1 copy protection standard (required by DVD players)
  • Supports the formats of YPbPr component output

Multiple Display Features

  • Dual independent displays including two digital outputs
  • Resolution, refresh rates and display data can be completely independent for the two display paths
  • Both display controllers support true 30 bits per pixel throughout the display pipe
  • Supports both interlaced and non-interlaced displays
  • Integrated HD audio for HDMI audio data


  • SurroundView feature allows support for up to three independent monitors for systems equipped with an additional ATI discrete graphics card.

Display Support

  • Supports a maximum resolution of 2048×1536@ 32bpp


  • Supports a TMDS interface enabling DVI or HDMI 1.2
  • 1650 Mbps/channel with 165 MHz pixel clock rate per link
  • HDCP 1.11 support on data stream with on-chip key storage
  • Supports HDMI audio together with Realtek’s driver providing single control for user on all audio adjustments
  • Supports HDMI audio enhancements, such as equalizer, 5.1 channel, surround sound effect, karaoke and head phone virtualization

Universal Connectivity

  • A-Link Xpress II i/f to AMD northbridges; providing high bandwidth for high speed peripherals
  • 10 USB 2.0 ports
  • SATA Gen 2 PHY support at 3.0Gb/second bandwidth
  • 4 ports SATA AHCI controller supports NCQ and slumber modes
  • ATA 133 controller support up to UDMA mode 6 with 2 drives (disk or optical)
  • HPET (high precision event timer) ACPI 3.0, and AHCI support for Windows Vista
  • UAA (Universal audio architecture) support for High Definition Audio and MODEM
  • PCI v2.3 (up to 6 slots)
  • LPC (Low Pin Count), SPI (New Flash Bus), and SM (System Management) bus management and arbitrations
  • “Legacy” PC compatible functions, RTC (Real Time Clock), interrupt controller and DMA controllers
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