Foxconn A690G M2MA-8KRS2H review

Price when reviewed

We’ve nothing against budget boards, and at £27 the snappily named A690GM2MA-8KRS2H is this month’s cheapest. It’s a small board built to the microATX form factor and, while it’s not lavishly featured, its specification is appropriate for its size and price.

Foxconn A690G M2MA-8KRS2H review

For example, the Foxconn’s single PCI Express 16x slot looks mean next to heavyweights such as the three-slotted Striker II board, but then you wouldn’t buy a board like this as a multi-GPU platform. And while it has only four SATA channels, microATX boards are intended for compact cases that won’t take dozens of drives.

The conservative feature set keeps power consumption low at just 97W. This, along with its size and integrated graphics, might tempt you to choose it for a media-centre PC or a budget desktop system. It isn’t ideally suited to either role, though. The X1250 GPU does support TV output, but there’s no socket for it on the backplate – just an unconnected header on the board. What’s more, it uses AMD’s old Avivo video system instead of the more recent Unified Video Decoder. This makes video playback more CPU intensive than it would be with a more recent GPU, such as the HD 3200 found in the Gigabyte GA-MA78GM-S2H.

If, on the other hand, you’re building a desktop system, be warned that the 690G chipset doesn’t officially support the Phenom. So we can’t recommend the A690GM2MA-8KRS2H for a cheap quad-core workstation.

As this isn’t an enthusiast’s board, it’s no great shock that BIOS options are limited as well, with no option to change the CPU multiplier. What you’re left with is a cheap, unexciting way to run an undistinguished Athlon or Sempron system.


Motherboard form factorMicro ATX
Motherboard integrated graphicsyes


Processor/platform brand (manufacturer)AMD
Processor socketAM2
Motherboard form factorMicro ATX
Memory typeDDR2
Multi-GPU supportno


Motherboard chipsetAMD 690G
Number of Ethernet adapters1
Wired adapter speed1,000Mbits/sec
Graphics chipsetATi Radeon X1250
Audio chipsetRealtek ALC883

Onboard Connectors

CPU power connector type4-pin
Main power connectorATX 24-pin
Memory sockets total4
Internal SATA connectors4
Internal PATA connectors1
Internal floppy connectors1
Conventional PCI slots total2
PCI-E x16 slots total1
PCI-E x8 slots total0
PCI-E x4 slots total0
PCI-E x1 slots total1

Rear ports

PS/2 connectors2
USB ports (downstream)4
FireWire ports0
eSATA ports0
Optical S/PDIF audio output ports0
Electrical S/PDIF audio ports0
3.5mm audio jacks6
Parallel ports1
9-pin serial ports0
Extra port backplane bracket ports0


SATA cables supplied1
Molex to SATA adaters supplied2
IDE cables supplied1
Floppy cables supplied1

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