This test also assesses the board’s ability to automatically revert to correct frequencies in the case of system hang-ups, excessive overclocking, etc. Two sockets are yellow and the other two are black. The practical goal of our test is to find out if the CPU’s high overclocking potential is hindered by the board and to evaluate the board’s behavior in non-standard BIOS modes. Chipset cooling, similarly to all AMD G series boards, is passive. Chipset heat sinks have been warming up to the same temperature, which is an evidence of more than decent safety margin. Please refer specification pages for full details.

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According to AMD and the majority of other microchip producers, except Intel the TDP is always equal to heat generated by a microchip of worst quality possible in a series under maximum load. It is funny that a user can install a heat sink on this chip and observe that it too becomes significantly hot to touch. By itself M2A-VM appears to be a good foundation for a work computer, which allows connecting two displays using its own ports, and 4 displays using an outboard graphics card.

Sandy Bridge Trying out the new method.

Overclocking and Test Setup : ASUS M2A-VM HDMI (AMD G) –

Does that mean that such a chipset must remain cold to touch? Meanwhile, our CPU has been reaching MHz and more with standard voltage on boards with no settings for increasing it. Vice versa, if initially chip’s own heat emission is small then even in adverse conditions such as hot weather, long periods of operation under heavy load, additional heating from other nearby components mv chip’s temperature will rise insignificantly and stabilize at a new level still far from the critical value.


The set of brand utilities includes: Chipset cooling, similarly to all Chpiset G series boards, is passive. In order for this “trick” with using higher temperature difference to work, in addition to having a thermal resistant chip, it is very important for its thermal power TDP to be minimal. In certain modes under load they may “squeak”, and such high-pitch noise is audible even in computers with noisy cooling systems.

Controller supports both 3- and 4-pin fans.

As an introduction let us digress from the subject and clarify a common misconception when TDP value is linked to “tactile” measurement of heat sink’s temperature. A good example of that are graphics card PCIe-AGP bridges with heat generation of a couple of watts that often don’t have any heat sinks and become burning-hot to touch.

ASUS M2A-VM – motherboard – micro ATX – Socket AM2 – AMD 690G Series

Rear panel connectors, notice the two video outputs. On the audio section, this motherboard has eight channels provided by the chipset together with a Realtek ALC codec. Brand and product names mentioned are trademarks of their respective companies.

The choice of settings isn’t rich, but it contains the necessities for successful overclocking including ability to raise the CPU and memory voltage.

Overclocking In order to evaluate the overclocking capabilities of the board and its Chipsey, we overclock our testbed CPU to the highest frequency possible that also allows for stable operation.

In order to evaluate the j2a system’s stability, we load Windows XP and run performance tests chipsdt into WinRAR Tools menu – Benchmark and hardware test for 10 minutes. To use dual channel feature you need to install the memory modules on modules with the same color. It also has Gigabit Ethernet, controlled by the chipset together with a Realtek RTLB chip, which is in charge of making the interface with the Physical layer.


ASUS M2A-VM Motherboard Review

Hcipset model at the manufacturer’s web-site. The advanced processing technology contains two physical CPU cores with individually dedicated L2 cache to satisfy the rising demand for more powerful processing capability.

What’s happened to the promised 9 W? With the highest speed up to MHz, DDR2 memory provides great performance for 3D graphics and other memory demanding applications. Please check with your supplier for exact offers.

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It is more likely to generate less and with some luck even significantly less heat. If it doesn’t exceed W we need not worry about additional cooling and let the heat sinks do their job! All capacitors are brand name, made by Matsushita and Rubycon. The only limitation is that only a monitor with a digital-in port can be connected through the on-board DVI since no analog component DVI-I is provided in this particular port.

All other boards, even those that have ports of both types on their rear panels, only allow using one at a time of course in addition to an analog-out stream, which is available in any case.

On the other hand, AMD G has two independent video controllers inside, providing two video outputs on-board. This is simply great. The ability to save BIOS settings in 2 profiles is also a nice feature. BioShock Infinite and Metro: