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    Plays HD DVD and Blu-ray Discs with HDMI Support

    • The first integrated VGA MB supports Playback of HD DVD and Blu-ray Discs with HDCP compliant
    • Support Dual-VGA output and ?SurroundView
    • Support AMD Socket AM2 CPU
    • AMD 690G Chipset
    • Integrated ATI Radeon X1250-based graphics
    • DDR2 800
    • 4*SATA 300MB/s RAID 0,RAID 1, RAID10
    • 2*1394a ports
    • Bundled HDMI/AV/S/SPDIF module

    Supports AMD Socket AM2 Athlon 64 X2 / Athlon 64 FX / Athlon 64 / Sempron

    The motherboard supports AMD socket AM2 single-core Athlon 64/ Sempron and dual-core Athlon 64 X2/ Athlon 64 FX processors with 2MB / 1MB / 512KB L2 cache, which is based on 64-bit architecture. It features 2000 / 1600 MT/s ?HyperTransport Bus, dual-channel un-buffered DDR2 800 memory support and AMD Cool 'n' Quiet! Technology.

    Dual-Core CPU

    Enjoy the extraordinary CPU power from the latest dual-core CPU. The advanced processing technology contains two physical CPU cores with individually dedicated L2 cache to satisfy the rising demand for more powerful processing capability.

    64-bit CPU support

    64-bit computing, the next generation technology to replace the current 32-bit architecture, delivers advanced system performance, faster memory access and increased productivity. This motherboard provides excellent compatibility and flexibility by supporting either 64-bit or 32-bit architecture.

    AMD 690G

    The AMD 690G Northbridge is the latest AMD chipset designed to support 800/1000MHz HT(?HyperTransport) interface speeds, Microsoft® DirectX 9.0, Pixel Shader V2.0 and dual VGA outputs including DVI/HDMI interface. It features the integrated ATI Radeon X1250-based graphics

    HDMI™ Interface

    HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) is the first and only industry-supported, uncompressed, all digital audio and video interface via a single cable and is HDCP compliant allowing playback of HD DVD, Blu-ray Disc and other protected content.

    DVI Interface

    DVI (Digital Visual Interface) provides high visual quality of digital display devices such as LCD monitor. The interface of this motherboard supports dual VGA output both DVI-D and RGB and is HDCP compliant allowing playback of HD DVD, Blu-ray Disc.

    YPbPr TV-out

    The motherboard supports superior YPbPr TV-out functionality with a higher resolution to 1080i and 720p format, delivering high image quality.


    Provide four independent monitors display with additional ATI VGA card for multi-tasking.

    Dual-Channel DDR2 800

    DDR2 800 memory provides great performance for 3D graphics and other memory demanding applications on next generation memory technology.

    PCI Express Architecture

    PCI Express is the latest I/O interconnect technology that will replace the existing PCI. With a bus bandwidth 2 times higher than that of AGP 8X interface, PCI Express x8 bus performs much better in applications such as 3D gaming.

    Serial ATA 3Gb/s

    This motherboard supports next-generation SATA hard drives based on the new SATA 3Gb/s storage specification. The onboard SB600 southbridge allows RAID 0, RAID 1,RAID 10 configurations for four SATA connectors.

    IEEE 1394a interface

    IEEE 1394a interface provides high speed digital interface for audio/video appliances such as digital television, digital video camcorders, storage peripherals & other PC portable devices.

    Gigabit LAN

    The on-board LAN controller is a highly integrated GbLAN controller. It is enhanced with an ACPI management function to provide efficient power management for advanced operating systems.

    High Definition Audio

    Enjoy high-quality sound system on your PC! The onboard 6-channel HD audio (High Definition Audio, previously codenamed Azalia) CODEC enables high-quality 192KHz/24-bit audio output, jack-sensing feature, retasking functions technology that automatically detects and identifies what types of peripherals are plugged into the audio I/O jacks and notifies users of inappropriate connection, meaning there will be no more confusion of Line-in, Line-out and Mic jacks.

    ASUS Q-Fan

    ASUS Q-Fan technology intelligently adjusts CPU fan speeds according to system loading to ensure quiet, cool and efficient operation.

    Max. 10 USB 2.0 ports

    USB 2.0 is the latest connectivity standard for next generation components and peripherals. Backwards compatible with current USB 1.1 peripherals, USB 2.0 delivers transfer speeds up to 40 times faster at 480Mb/s, for easy connectivity and ultra-fast data transfers.

    ASUS CrashFree BIOS3

    The ASUS ?CrashFree BIOS 3 allows users to restore corrupted BIOS data from a USB flash disk containing the BIOS file. This utility saves users the cost and hassle of buying a replacement BIOS chip.

    ASUS EZ Flash2

    EZ Flash 2 is a user-friendly BIOS update utility. Simply launch this tool and update BIOS from a USB flash disk before entering the OS. You can update your BIOS only in a few clicks without preparing an additional floppy diskette or using an OS-based flash utility.

    ASUS O.C. Profile

    The motherboard features the ASUS O.C. Profile that allows users to conveniently store or load multiple BIOS settings. The BIOS settings can be stored in the CMOS or a separate file, giving users freedom to share and distribute their favorite overclocking settings.

    ASUS Music Alarm

    Wake up to the music of your choice instead of the irritating sound of an alarm clock. The ASUS Music Alarm gives you a personal wake-up call with your favorite CD music when system is off.

    C.P.R.(CPU Parameter Recall)

    When the system hangs due to overclocking failure, there is no need to open the case to clear CMOS data. Just simply restart the system, the BIOS would show the previous setting and then users can amend the CPU setting again.


    The ASUS Q-Connector allows you to connect or disconnect chassis front panel cables in one easy step with one complete module. This unique adapter eliminates the trouble of plugging in one cable at a time, making connection quick and accurate.


    Turn your favorite photos into 256-color boot logos to personalize your system.


    The motherboard and its packaging comply with the European Union's Restriction on the use of Hazardous Substances (RoHS). This is in line with the ASUS vision of creating environment-friendly and recyclable products and packaging to safeguard consumers' health while minimizing the impact on the environment.

    Form Factor

    • microATX

    Supported CPUs

    • AMD Socket AM2 Athlon 64 X2 / Athlon 64 FX / Athlon 64 / Sempron

    Back Panel

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    • PS/2 Mouse
    • PS/2 Keyboard
    • Parallel port
    • DVI-D
    • VGA
    • IEEE 1394a 6-pin Firewire
    • Gigabit LAN RJ-45
    • 2x2 USB 2.0 ports
    • Stereo line-in/surround speaker minijack plug
    • Stereo line-out/front speaker minijack plug
    • Stereo microphone/center+subwoofer minijack plug

    Extension Card

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    • HDMI
    • S-Video
    • Composite video
    • Coaxial S/P-DIF
    • Note: extension card occupies PCI-e x16 slot

    Internal I/O

    • 1x PCI-Express x1
    • 1x PCI-Express x16
    • 2x PCI
    • 1x UltraDMA 133/100 Parallel-ATA
    • 4x Serial ATA 3Gb/s supporting RAID 0, RAID 1,RAID10
    • 1x IEEE 1394a Firewire connector
    • 3x USB 2.0 connector supports additional 6 USB 2.0 ports
    • High Definition Front panel audio connector
    • COM port connector
    • CD audio-in connector


    • Onboard 690G GFX / ATI Express x1250 | HD DVD and Blu-ray Discs with HDMI Support




    • Excellent board with great features for MP. Onboard GFX are fast enough for most media files and SD TV


    Very good board but currently has issues if running Windows XP with the catalyst drivers (Vista is working fine). It has been found that from version 7.3 onwards, MediaPortal's interface will freeze. This is due to a feature in MediaPortal which enables reflections of coverart and images (NOTE this is a problem with the drivers and not MediaPortal). Version 7.2 Catalyst drivers ignore this feature and MediaPortal will work as expected. If you require the later versions for new features implemented within the drivers, then modified skin files will be required. These modified skins can be downloaded from the forum. ATI is currently working on the issue as of 20 Feb 2008.

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