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

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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

Power Score: 3.7 | 12 Reviews


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Product Reviews (11)

m2a-vm hdmi problem with cannot enable cool'n'quiet in bios

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...
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By anonymous; - Sep 19, 2009

not banking on 3rd times a charm

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.

By phantasm; - Dec 8, 2008

Great for overclocking

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...
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By jekylltech - Mar 1, 2008

Nice board, but very finicky about memory.

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...
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By Dirk; - Feb 10, 2008

Great motherboard for the price

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.

By TSDagger - Dec 20, 2007

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