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Foxconn A690GM2MA-8EKRS2H

The Foxconn A690GM2MA-8EKRS2H is compatible with AMD processors with the Socket AM2+ / AM3 socket.

It has 8 GB DDR2 maximum RAM and conforms to the Micro-ATX form factor standard.

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Foxconn A690GM2MA-8EKRS2H

help iconCPU SocketSocket AM2+ / AM3help iconGraphics Card InterfaceNot sure
help iconCPU Compatible MakeAMDhelp iconSLI Support1 graphics cards
help iconCPU Chipset760Ghelp iconCrossfire Support1 graphics cards
help iconRelease Date24 Dec 2004help iconOnboard GPUyes
help iconForm FactorMicro-ATXhelp iconPCI Slots
  • 1 x PCIe x1 v2.0
  • 1 x PCIe x16 v2.0
help iconMax RAM8 GB DDR2help iconSATA 1.00
help iconRAM Slots4 x DDR2help iconSATA 2.04
help iconMemory Channels2help iconSATA 3.00
help iconCompatible RAM Speeds
  • DDR2 533 MHz
  • DDR2 667 MHz
  • DDR2 800 MHz
help iconRAID Supportyes
help iconUSB 2.0 Internal Slots3help iconInternal I/O
  • CD/DVD drive connector
  • 1 x S/PDIF connector
  • 1 x IDE connector
help iconUSB 2.0 Rear4help iconBack Panel I/O
  • DVI connector"
  • 7.1 Surround Sound
  • Audio Input Output
  • PS/2 keyboard connector
  • PS/2 mouse connector

Foxconn A690GM2MA-8EKRS2H compatibility review

The Foxconn A690GM2MA-8EKRS2H uses the AMD Socket AM2+ / AM3 CPU socket. Any compatible AMD CPU will have the same socket entry. It uses the aging DDR2 memory type, with maximum speeds of up to 800 MHz, and 4 DDR2 slots allowing for a maximum total of 8 GB RAM. DDR2 memory is exceptionally out of date, and considering how cheap DDR3 RAM is, using a motherboard with only DDR2 compatibility in a modern system build would be a very bad idea.

Released on 24 Dec 2004, the Foxconn A690GM2MA-8EKRS2H is now over 15 years old, which means it is extremely out of date and is based on very aged technologies. This motherboard will be dwarfed in performance by its modern counterparts, and will likely have very little support from Foxconn.

The Micro-ATX Foxconn A690GM2MA-8EKRS2H should fit into all ATX cases, but its smaller size allows you to downsize your system build as a whole. Its size comes at the cost of features, so there are likely to be far fewer connections and expansion options available than in a larger motherboard.

The Foxconn A690GM2MA-8EKRS2H has 4 SATA 2.0 hard drive slots. These allow for data speeds of up to 3GB/s. SATA 2.0 is a very common standard, and despite the emergence of SATA 3.0 - whose potential is difficult to reach currently - SATA 2.0 remains a viable option.

The Foxconn A690GM2MA-8EKRS2H supports onboard graphics. This allows for integrated graphics when paired with a compatible CPU that supports them. Integrated graphics are a cheap alternative to using a graphics card, but should be avoided when frequently using modern applications or games that require intense graphical processing. There are 1 PCIe x16 slots on this motherboard. This means it is perfectly capable of accommodating the latest graphics cards, although it is important to try and use a graphics card with the same graphics card interface of Not sure, as anything below will not reach the motherboard's potential, and anything above will have its performance slashed to the bandwidth maximum of the Foxconn A690GM2MA-8EKRS2H's Not sure. The Foxconn A690GM2MA-8EKRS2H does not support multiple graphics cards via Nvidia SLI or AMD Crossfire.

The Foxconn A690GM2MA-8EKRS2H has 7 USB 2.0 slots but no USB 3.0 slots. While USB 3.0 slots are so far by no means necessary, and with a plethora of USB 2.0 peripherals to choose from, the USB functionality on this motherboard should be fine. If planning on building a new system, a motherboard with USB 3.0 is likely to have a longer life cycle, however.

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