Albatron KI690-AM2 Mini-ITX Board
Albatron has released more details on their first Mini-ITX Mainboard based on AMD’s powerful AM2 socket technology. The KI690-AM2 employs the ATI RS690 and SB600 chipsets and boasts full multimedia connectivity and audio facilities. This board also comes with the HDTV composite, DSub and DVI connectors. You can attach all of your multimedia devices using up to two IEEE 1394 ports or using up to eight USB 2.0 ports. This board is fully equipped for rich, high quality audio featuring 7.1 HD Audio Effects (8 channels). The KI690-AM2 is stocked with 4 SATA II connectors with RAID 0, 1 & 0+1. It also has one IDE connector supporting ATA hard disks and CD drives.
Albatron Technology has recently unveiled the first Mini-ITX Mainboard based
on AMD’s powerful AM2 socket technology. This small wonder-board goes all out
with all of the latest technologies matching AM2 power with versatility and
flexibility, making it a top choice as the most powerful Mini-ITX board on the
Superior AM2 Socket Technology with Dual Channel DDR II
It’s no secret that AMD CPUs enjoy a unique advantage of having on-chip
integrated memory controllers, significantly boosting CPU-to-Memory access. AM2
socket technology is AMD’s latest socket supporting DDR II, improving on its
predecessor 754 socket design supporting the standard DDR technology. In short,
AM2 has doubled memory bandwidth.
But it doesn’t end there. In addition to DDR II, the KI690-AM2 raises the bar
with Dual Channel memory technology, again doubling the memory bandwidth. Along
with the two SO-DIMM slots capable of holding a whopping 2 GBs, you’ve just
packed in a lot of memory power into a very small board.
The AM2 socket supports a full range of AMD CPUs including the Athlon™ 64 FX,
Athlon 64 X2, Athlon 64 and Sempron™.
Small Form Factor for Tight Fits
The KI690-AM2 is a Mini-ITX board no larger than your outstretched hand. More
precisely, it is only 17x17cm and is perfect for small compartments such as for
Car PCs, Industrial PCs, POS systems, DIY systems or for a small inconspicuous
living room HTPCs (Home Theatre PC).
ATI Radeon Graphics, Gaming and Video
The KI690-AM2 employs the ATI RS690 and SB600 chipsets boasting the most
powerful integrated graphics engine on the market according to industry pundits.
This means that you can get great small-board gaming performance. The graphics
engine is also perfect for the imminent release of Windows® Vista, the first
operating system to take advantage of graphics subsystems.
Full Multimedia with HDMI, SPDIF and 8 Channel Audio
The KI690-AM2 also boasts full multimedia connectivity and audio facilities. You
can surf and download like mad with Gigabit LAN and hook up directly to High
Definition devices with the HDMI connector. This board also comes with the HDTV
composite, DSub and DVI connectors. You needn’t worry about connectivity. You
can attach all of your multimedia devices using up to two IEEE 1394 ports or
using up to eight USB 2.0 ports. This board is fully equipped for rich, high
quality audio featuring 7.1 HD Audio Effects (8 channels). In addition, the
KI690-AM2 supports audio devices requiring SPDIF connectors.
The KI690-AM2 is stocked with 4 SATA II connectors with RAID 0, 1 & 0+1 ensuring
speedy 3 Gbit/s disk performance for downloading, uploading, gaming etc. It also
has one IDE connector supporting ATA hard disks and CD drives.
KI690-AM2 Fully equipped for Windows Vista and HTPC
The KI690-AM2 is built around AM2 performance and is a perfect fit for HTPC and
Windows Vista, featuring full featured audio and graphics facilities. This board
is now at the top of the heap of Mini-ITX options and Albatron, is again, out to
showcase its expertise in small form factor boards.