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ASUS M2V - Motherboard Based on VIA K8T890 (Socket AM2) Chipset
Written by Gizmo   
Sunday, 23 September 2007 22:39
(Image from Digit-Life)

Digit-Life give us the low-down on this motherboard:

Models based on VIA chipsets have always occupied a small but permanent place among ASUS system boards. In other words even at times when for some reason boards based on VIA chipsets were scarce, those wishing to get one had a good chance of finding something suitable among ASUS models. In case of Socket AM2, though, there is no problem finding system boards based on VIA chipsets. One can find offers from ECS, Foxconn, MSI and ASRock available on the market. Besides, ASRock ALiveSATA2-GLAN is based on the same K8T890 chipset as the system board being examined in this article. Taking into consideration that the two companies are more than related, one may wonder why they would release models that are similar and are based on, well, unpopular chipsets under differend brand names. However, from the consumer's viewpoint any competition (even internal) is definitely for the good, because it broadens the choice. While lowering the price is most likely out of the question in this case, because it is already not very high for a discrete chipset with good functionality.

Read the full review at Digit-Life :

The board's design, in general, is good. The brand way of placing IDE slots on their side is indeed convenient. The 4 PCI slots are bound to please the owners of "old-style" expansion cards. It is also nice that most sockets on the board have rims, even the socket on the front audio panel. Supply connectors that ended up in the center of the board are not so good. Same goes for the CMOS reset jumper, which becomes hard to access as soon as one installs long boards into the PCI slots and connects drives to SATA connectors.

Chipset's heat emission is not high and doesn't depend much on the amount of load, because it doesn't have an integrated graphics core. Northbridge heat sink copes well with cooling the board. However, particulary mistrustful users that are used to cooling a chipset to the temperature of surrounding air can arrange indirect air flow over the heat sink by installing a suitable CPU cooler. The effect is expected to be quite significant, because the heat sink is located near the CPU socket and has tall fins that are oriented accordingly.

The three-channel impulse supply voltage stabilizer uses 3 field transistors per channel, 6 capacitors of 1500 microfarad each and 5 capacitors of 1000 microfarad each. All capacitors are brand name, made by Matsushita, Rubycon and Sanyo. The only minus is the choice of "open" coils in the voltage stabilizer. In certain modes under load they may "squeak", and such high-pitch noise is audible even in computers with noisy cooling systems.

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