Asus M2A-VM Desktop Motherboard - AMD Chipset - Socket AM2 PGA-940

1 x Processor Support - 8 GB - 4 x Memory Slots - Floppy Controller, Serial ATA/300, Ultra ATA/133 ATA-7 - On-board Video Chipset - ATI Radeon X1250 - 5.1 Audio Channels - Gigabit Ethernet - MPN: M2AVM
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Description
The M2A-VM Desktop Board 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.
Quick Glance
System Board Style Micro ATX (mATX)
Supported Processor Athlon 64 X2, Athlon 64 FX, Sempron
Interface Connection Parallel Port Yes, Audio Line In Yes, Audio Line Out Yes, Microphone Port Yes, VGA Yes, DVI Yes, Network (RJ-45) Yes
Number of Memory Slots 4
Processor Socket Socket AM2 PGA-940
System Chipset AMD 690G
Memory Technology DDR2 SDRAM
Number of PCI-Express x16 Slots 1
Expert Reviews
Asus M2A-VM
3.5 Star Review  testseek.com - Oct 27, 2008

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User Reviews
m2a-vm hdmi problem with cannot enable cool'n'quiet in bios
4 Star Review     

Strengths: excellent board for the price with great feature-set for a HTPC.

Weakness: RAM voltage stucks/defaults at 1.8v if left at AUTO.

I'm using 4 sticks of Patriot 1GB in dual-channel setup. Cool'n'Quiet was working when I was running XP, but not enable-able when Vista was installed. While playing around with various voltages for over-clocking that I pumped the RAM voltage to 1.9 and, vola, C'n'Q is there again. (also ok at 2.0 and 2.1) But the down side is: it seems that I need to install PC-Probe-2 for it to run properly (more testing needed). This C'n'Q prob. has frustrated me for months until now, hope this little info could help others - or maybe I'm the only one!

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not banking on 3rd times a charm
1 Star Review   By phantasm on Mwave.com - Dec 8, 2008   

Strengths: Fits perfect in cube cases

Weakness: not working

1st board worked until windows was installed then had a hard time posting or the video would just go off. 2nd board worked for 1 day and then would not post. Latest BIOS semas to make things worse.

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Great for overclocking
4 Star Review   By member jekylltech - Mar 1, 2008   

Strengths: This runs the 5000+ Black Edition processor with water cooling at a stable overclock of 3.3Ghz. The ability to run multiple monitors (with ATI cards only I believe) is a plus for multimedia applications.

Weakness: This board is mATX and only has 2 PCI slots (instead of 3) which makes its utility as a storage server less then ideal, but this is a give

Overview The motherboard installed without incident and I had no problems at all with anything. This runs the 5000+ Black Edition processor with water cooling at a stable overclock of 3.3Ghz. The ability to run multiple monitors (with ATI cards only I believe) is a plus for multimedia applications. Good The onboard video is quite good, which allows this machine to be used primarely as a gaming computer with the added PCIe-16x slot then later on to be used as a server or multimedia box with the necessity to add any additional hardware (with the exception of a RAID card). The machine is very stable and works perfectly The Bad This board is mATX and only has 2 PCI slots (instead of 3) which makes its utility as a storage server less then ideal, but this is a given. The mothboard has no significant flaws to speak of and I highly recommend it.

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Nice board, but very finicky about memory.
4 Star Review   By Dirk on Mwave.com - Feb 10, 2008   

Strengths: great ati onboard graphics, good pricepoint, dvi, and asus reliability and feature richness.

Weakness: Very finicky about memory. Using Crucial ddr2 667, board took 3-4 tries to boot. After researching, I found that increasing memory voltage from 1.8 to 2.0 fixed this. (1.9 did not fix it.)

After increasing memory voltage, this board has started flawlessly every time. 2D Graphics are good, board seems plenty fast with athlon 64x2 4800. With bios AMD cool-n-quiet enabled, this is the quietest pc I have (using antec nsk 1300). I'm running Mandriva 2008 64bit linux on this, and it seems to work very well. Early on it seemed like USB flash drive data tranfers were occassionaly very slow. Updated to 1603 bios (very easy to do from a flash drive) and it seems to have been corrected. The ATI graphics are not as well supported in linux as Nvidia for 3D graphics, but it can be made to work. I only use the 2D and that looks great. Would probably get the M2N-VM vs. M2A-VM for linux if I were to do it again.

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Great motherboard for the price
5 Star Review   By member TSDagger - Dec 20, 2007   

Strengths: Small, but great features. one of only a few MicroATX boards I have seen with 8 gigs of memory available

Weakness: only 1 IDE port and no firewire.

Installing this board was easy, instruction manual was very clear. No troubles with stability as is typical with ASUS. The limit on 1 IDE port is understandable since SATA is the new standard and there are 4 of these. Also has DVI and VGA ports for video, though I plan on expanding shortly, still works great. Supports digital audio on the front panel. I just wish it had Firewire.

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Excellent motherboard
4 Star Review   By member spsciontc - Nov 28, 2007   

Strengths: Stable, great features, value

This is a great motherboard with rock solid stability. Plenty of USB connections. Good on-board video, capable of HD playback. Also has pci express slot to add a video card if you like. Great performance and the chipset is very cool and uses very little power. Highly recommended.

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Pretty good, Inexpensive Board
4 Star Review   By member DMum - Aug 29, 2007   

Strengths: Decent Built in graphics Gigabit LAN

Weakness: Only one IDE connector

This is the 2nd of these boards I have installed and it installed without a hitch. 2GB pqi Dual channel DDR2 runs great. The BIOS was easily upgraded in Windows, although I did need to manually download the newest BIOS manually. I have had a few times that it does not recognize the boot drive (IDE) and I need to reboot until it does. (I am not sure it is the board.) It has always eventually booted into Windows on the 2nd or 3rd try. The biggest negative is the single IDE connector. If neither the HD or the DVD are SATA, you will hurt the performance of the HD being on the same IDE connector as the DVD drive.

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BIOS chip loses its mind
1 Star Review   By Spokey on Mwave.com - Aug 26, 2007   

Strengths: Everything, until it loses the BIOS.

Weakness: BIOS lost after about 6 restarts on 2 different boards. First board with XP64, and the second with XP32. I didn't take any chances on the second board and immediately updated the BIOS upon arrival.

Built a goodly number of systems and support a fleet of laptops for my work, and this is the first time I have encountered such a faulty BIOS chip. AMD and Asus really dropped the ball on this one. I am returning it for a refund since I have obtained a board locally that appears to work without BIOS issues.

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Excellent MOBO
4 Star Review   By member icery - Jul 28, 2007   

Strengths: DVI interface. 4 USB prots or more. 4 RAM slots. Onboard graphic card is good.

Weakness: The rear I/O panel is too thin. Only one IDE.

For the price, it is an excellent board. I am using windows XP, amd X2 4600+ and 4G RAM. The system runs very well. So far, no driver problem. I'd like to try this AMD 690G chipset again. It should provide a good support to AMD CPUs.

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ASUS M2A-VM Motherboard
4 Star Review   By member tiolu - Jun 17, 2007   

Strengths: 4 DDR2 RAM slots, On-board DVI, gigabit LAN, high definition sound,overclocking bios utilities, ASUS reliability, ATI Radeon X1250 graphics, 4 SATA ports w/ RAID 0 and 1, ASUS Q-Fan

Weakness: Would not recommend dual channel, only one IDE channel

We considered a lot of other motherboards before finally choosing this one. One of the main reasons why we chose the ASUS M2A-VM is because it supports Socket AM2 Dual-Core. Another one of the reasons why we selected this motherboard was because it has ATI Radeon X1250 graphics that can go up to 256MB graphics ram, taking 128 from your ram. A big feature on this motherboard is the support for 8GB DDR2 ram. Each slot can take up to 2GB which will really come in handy if you are an intensive gamer, operator of multi-user environment, or use virtualization programs, such as VMware and Parallels This motherboard is a great buy for the future too because it has drivers for Microsoft’s new Operating System, Windows Vista.

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Product Details
Description
The M2A-VM Desktop Board 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.
Quick Glance
System Board Style Micro ATX (mATX)
Supported Processor Athlon 64 X2, Athlon 64 FX, Sempron
Interface Connection Parallel Port Yes, Audio Line In Yes, Audio Line Out Yes, Microphone Port Yes, VGA Yes, DVI Yes, Network (RJ-45) Yes
Number of Memory Slots 4
Processor Socket Socket AM2 PGA-940
System Chipset AMD 690G
Memory Technology DDR2 SDRAM
Number of PCI-Express x16 Slots 1
Summary
Product Title Asus M2A-VM Desktop Motherboard - AMD Chipset - Socket AM2 PGA-940
Manufacturer Asus
Lowest Price $309.50 from Memory4Less.com
Power Score 3.7 | 12 Reviews
CPU + Northbridge Support
Maximum Number of Processors: 1
Bus Speed: 1000 MHz
Memory Support
Max System Memory: 8 GB
Connectors
Number of IDE Headers: 1
Number of Fan Connectors: 3
Number of Serial ATA Headers / Ports: 4
Number of PCI-Express x1 Slots: 1
Number of PCI Slots: 2
On-Board Headers: Onboard Audio Header Yes, Onboard S/PDIF Header Yes
Additional Features
Video Bus: PCI Express x16
Network Interfaces Included: Ethernet (10 Mbps), Ethernet (10/100 Mbps), Ethernet (10/100/1000 Mbps) Yes
Supported Audio Channels: 5.1 Channels
Controller Type: Floppy Controller, Serial ATA/300, Ultra ATA/133 (ATA-7)
On Board Video Chipset: ATI Radeon X1250
Audio Codec: Realtek ALC883
Physical Specifications
Width: 9.60 in
Depth: 9 in
Warranty
Warranty Information: 3 Year Limited
More Info
URL: Manufacturer Link
Additional Specifications
Floppy Controller: Yes
Onboard S/PDIF Header: Yes
Total Number of Onboard USB Ports: 3
Dimensions: 9.60" Width x 9" Depth
Onboard LEDs Header: Yes
Microphone Port: Yes
SATA Controller: Yes
Onboard Audio Header: Yes
Product Model: M2A-VM
Parallel Port: Yes
Brand Name: Asus
Slots: 1 x PCI Express x16, 1 x PCI Express x1, 2 x PCI
Total Number of PCI Express Slots: 2
Number of DVI Output: 1
Network (RJ-45): Yes
Onboard Video: On-board Video Chipset
Graphics Controller Memory: 1 GB
Number of USB 2.0 Ports: 4
IDE Controller: Yes
Internal Interfaces: 3 x USB Header
Processor Technology: HyperTransport Technology
Number of Total Expansion Slots: 4
Total Number of USB Ports: 4
Audio Line In: Yes
Frequency Band: Support CD:DriversASUS PC Probe IIASUS LiveUpdate UtilityAnti -virus software(OEM version)BIOS:8Mb Flash ROMAward BIOSPnPDMI2.0WfM2.0SMBIOS 2.3Special Features:ASUS MyLogo2ASUS CrashFreeBIOS3ASUS EZ Flash2ASUS Q-FanASUS O.C ProfileASUS Music AlarmOverclocking Features:SFS (Stepless Frequency Selection) from 200MHz to 400MHz at 1MHz incrementAdjustable CPU Voltage at 0.0125V incrementASUS C.P.R.(CPU Parameter Recall)
Audio Line Out: Yes
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Expert Reviews
Asus M2A-VM
3.5 Star Review  testseek.com - Oct 27, 2008

Testseek.com has collected 9 expert reviews for Asus M2A-VM and the average expert rating is 69 of 100. The average score reflects the expert community’s view on this product. Click below and use Testseek.com to see all ratings, product awards and conclusions.

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User Reviews
m2a-vm hdmi problem with cannot enable cool'n'quiet in bios
4 Star Review     

Strengths: excellent board for the price with great feature-set for a HTPC.

Weakness: RAM voltage stucks/defaults at 1.8v if left at AUTO.

I'm using 4 sticks of Patriot 1GB in dual-channel setup. Cool'n'Quiet was working when I was running XP, but not enable-able when Vista was installed. While playing around with various voltages for over-clocking that I pumped the RAM voltage to 1.9 and, vola, C'n'Q is there again. (also ok at 2.0 and 2.1) But the down side is: it seems that I need to install PC-Probe-2 for it to run properly (more testing needed). This C'n'Q prob. has frustrated me for months until now, hope this little info could help others - or maybe I'm the only one!

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not banking on 3rd times a charm
1 Star Review   By phantasm on Mwave.com - Dec 8, 2008   

Strengths: Fits perfect in cube cases

Weakness: not working

1st board worked until windows was installed then had a hard time posting or the video would just go off. 2nd board worked for 1 day and then would not post. Latest BIOS semas to make things worse.

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Great for overclocking
4 Star Review   By member jekylltech - Mar 1, 2008   

Strengths: This runs the 5000+ Black Edition processor with water cooling at a stable overclock of 3.3Ghz. The ability to run multiple monitors (with ATI cards only I believe) is a plus for multimedia applications.

Weakness: This board is mATX and only has 2 PCI slots (instead of 3) which makes its utility as a storage server less then ideal, but this is a give

Overview The motherboard installed without incident and I had no problems at all with anything. This runs the 5000+ Black Edition processor with water cooling at a stable overclock of 3.3Ghz. The ability to run multiple monitors (with ATI cards only I believe) is a plus for multimedia applications. Good The onboard video is quite good, which allows this machine to be used primarely as a gaming computer with the added PCIe-16x slot then later on to be used as a server or multimedia box with the necessity to add any additional hardware (with the exception of a RAID card). The machine is very stable and works perfectly The Bad This board is mATX and only has 2 PCI slots (instead of 3) which makes its utility as a storage server less then ideal, but this is a given. The mothboard has no significant flaws to speak of and I highly recommend it.

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Nice board, but very finicky about memory.
4 Star Review   By Dirk on Mwave.com - Feb 10, 2008   

Strengths: great ati onboard graphics, good pricepoint, dvi, and asus reliability and feature richness.

Weakness: Very finicky about memory. Using Crucial ddr2 667, board took 3-4 tries to boot. After researching, I found that increasing memory voltage from 1.8 to 2.0 fixed this. (1.9 did not fix it.)

After increasing memory voltage, this board has started flawlessly every time. 2D Graphics are good, board seems plenty fast with athlon 64x2 4800. With bios AMD cool-n-quiet enabled, this is the quietest pc I have (using antec nsk 1300). I'm running Mandriva 2008 64bit linux on this, and it seems to work very well. Early on it seemed like USB flash drive data tranfers were occassionaly very slow. Updated to 1603 bios (very easy to do from a flash drive) and it seems to have been corrected. The ATI graphics are not as well supported in linux as Nvidia for 3D graphics, but it can be made to work. I only use the 2D and that looks great. Would probably get the M2N-VM vs. M2A-VM for linux if I were to do it again.

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Great motherboard for the price
5 Star Review   By member TSDagger - Dec 20, 2007   

Strengths: Small, but great features. one of only a few MicroATX boards I have seen with 8 gigs of memory available

Weakness: only 1 IDE port and no firewire.

Installing this board was easy, instruction manual was very clear. No troubles with stability as is typical with ASUS. The limit on 1 IDE port is understandable since SATA is the new standard and there are 4 of these. Also has DVI and VGA ports for video, though I plan on expanding shortly, still works great. Supports digital audio on the front panel. I just wish it had Firewire.

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Excellent motherboard
4 Star Review   By member spsciontc - Nov 28, 2007   

Strengths: Stable, great features, value

This is a great motherboard with rock solid stability. Plenty of USB connections. Good on-board video, capable of HD playback. Also has pci express slot to add a video card if you like. Great performance and the chipset is very cool and uses very little power. Highly recommended.

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Pretty good, Inexpensive Board
4 Star Review   By member DMum - Aug 29, 2007   

Strengths: Decent Built in graphics Gigabit LAN

Weakness: Only one IDE connector

This is the 2nd of these boards I have installed and it installed without a hitch. 2GB pqi Dual channel DDR2 runs great. The BIOS was easily upgraded in Windows, although I did need to manually download the newest BIOS manually. I have had a few times that it does not recognize the boot drive (IDE) and I need to reboot until it does. (I am not sure it is the board.) It has always eventually booted into Windows on the 2nd or 3rd try. The biggest negative is the single IDE connector. If neither the HD or the DVD are SATA, you will hurt the performance of the HD being on the same IDE connector as the DVD drive.

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BIOS chip loses its mind
1 Star Review   By Spokey on Mwave.com - Aug 26, 2007   

Strengths: Everything, until it loses the BIOS.

Weakness: BIOS lost after about 6 restarts on 2 different boards. First board with XP64, and the second with XP32. I didn't take any chances on the second board and immediately updated the BIOS upon arrival.

Built a goodly number of systems and support a fleet of laptops for my work, and this is the first time I have encountered such a faulty BIOS chip. AMD and Asus really dropped the ball on this one. I am returning it for a refund since I have obtained a board locally that appears to work without BIOS issues.

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Excellent MOBO
4 Star Review   By member icery - Jul 28, 2007   

Strengths: DVI interface. 4 USB prots or more. 4 RAM slots. Onboard graphic card is good.

Weakness: The rear I/O panel is too thin. Only one IDE.

For the price, it is an excellent board. I am using windows XP, amd X2 4600+ and 4G RAM. The system runs very well. So far, no driver problem. I'd like to try this AMD 690G chipset again. It should provide a good support to AMD CPUs.

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ASUS M2A-VM Motherboard
4 Star Review   By member tiolu - Jun 17, 2007   

Strengths: 4 DDR2 RAM slots, On-board DVI, gigabit LAN, high definition sound,overclocking bios utilities, ASUS reliability, ATI Radeon X1250 graphics, 4 SATA ports w/ RAID 0 and 1, ASUS Q-Fan

Weakness: Would not recommend dual channel, only one IDE channel

We considered a lot of other motherboards before finally choosing this one. One of the main reasons why we chose the ASUS M2A-VM is because it supports Socket AM2 Dual-Core. Another one of the reasons why we selected this motherboard was because it has ATI Radeon X1250 graphics that can go up to 256MB graphics ram, taking 128 from your ram. A big feature on this motherboard is the support for 8GB DDR2 ram. Each slot can take up to 2GB which will really come in handy if you are an intensive gamer, operator of multi-user environment, or use virtualization programs, such as VMware and Parallels This motherboard is a great buy for the future too because it has drivers for Microsoft’s new Operating System, Windows Vista.

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Nice motherboard, but has some bugs
4 Star Review   By member serguzest - May 27, 2007   

Strengths: Cheap On-board DVI, sound, network. Voltage control and some overclocking options

Weakness: Cool'n Quiet doesn't work properly (as of 06/01 bios).

I made a lot of research on 690g motherboards and finally decided on this one. You can adjust cpu, memory, northbridge voltages (including undervolting the CPU to 0.8V). You can also adjust CPU FSB (200 to 400) and memory speeds (DDR400 to DDR800). No memory timing adjustments are possible. The only thing that bugs me about this board is that Cool'n Quiet does not work properly. Multiplier can be changed properly, however, voltage stays the same (as the bios-set value). I tried AMD's own drivers, crystalCPUID and RMClock, all with the same results. You need to use Asus probe or Asus Cool'n quiet utility to get the correct voltage, since CPU-Z reports incorrect voltages. One of my favorite applications speedfan also does not work, however q-fan works quite well. It's very stable so far, I've seen no blue screens at all when running XP.

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