Appendix IV. AM2 Motherboards – A Complete List of
Table of Contents
- Overview of Recent Chipsets for the AMD Platform
- AMD 480 Series Chipset Motherboards
- AMD 580 Series Chipset Motherboards
- AMD 690 Series Chipset Motherboards
- AMD 7-Series Chipset Motherboards
- AMD 8-Series Chipset Motherboards
- NVIDIA nForce3 Chipset Motherboards
- NVIDIA nForce4 for AMD Chipset Motherboards
- NVIDIA nForce 500 Series for AMD Chipset Motherboards
- NVIDIA nForce 600a Series Chipset Motherboards
- NVIDIA nForce 700a Series Chipset Motherboards
- NVIDIA nForce 800a Series Chipset Motherboards
- NVIDIA GeForce 6-Series GPU and nForce4 Series MCP Motherboards
- NVIDIA GeForce 7-Series GPU and nForce 6-Series MCP Motherboards
- NVIDIA GeForce 8-Series mGPU Motherboards
- SiS Chipset Motherboards
- ULi Chipset Motherboards
- VIA Chipset Motherboards
For those who are interested in building a Socket AM2 system, I collected a list of chipsets and motherboards, ATX or microATX, supporting the AMD Athlon 64 processor family (Socket AM2). This part begins with a preliminary section: a brief overview of chipsets for the AMD platform. Then a list of motherboards follows. Motherboards are classified by chipset and then form factor. Each motherboard is hyperlinked to the manufacture's website. A brief description of specifications is included. To make the description concise and readable, I assume the following specifications are standard for today's desktop motherboards:
- HyperTransport 2.0 1000MHz (or 2000MT/s), 32-bit wide
- 4 DIMMs and 4GB maximum memory
- 1 x VGA and 1 x DVI/HDMI for a microATX board
- 1 x PCI Express x16 (x16 electrically), 1 x PCI Express x1, 2 x PCI
- 1 x PATA, 4 x SATA at 3.0Gbps
- RAID 0/1/01 or 10/5, NCQ, Hot-Plug
- 8 x USB 2.0 (or more)
- 1 x PCI Express Gb LAN
- 7.1 Ch. HD Audio
- 1 x coaxial S/PDIF out and/or 1 x optical S/PDIF out
- 2 x IEEE 1394
A name in italic letters like Winchester is a codename. In motherboard lists, I used various abbreviations:
- Active/Passive means that the cooling method of northbridge/southbridge is active/passive (i.e. heatsink with fan/heatsink only), etc.
- PCIe x16/PCIe x1/PCI: 2@(16,4)/1/3 means that there are two PCI Express x16 slots, each of which can run at the maximum speed of x16, x8 respectively (but may not run at that speed concurrently), one PCI Express x 1 slot, and 3 PCI slots, and one of the PCI slots cannot be used when a two-slot video card is installed, etc.
- PATA/SATA/eSATA: 1/4/2 means that the number of PATA controllers is 1 (so 2 PATA devices), the number of SATA ports is 4 and the number of external SATA ports is 2, etc.
- RAID implies NCQ and Hot-Plug for AMD and NVIDIA chipsets (since nForce4). So I won't write them for brevity. SiS, Uli, VIA southbridges are different. I did not mention RAID capability of additional storage controllers.
- No S/PDIF means no onboard S/PDIF header. No S/PDIF (need an optional bracket) means that there is an onboard S/PDIF header, but a bracket is not included in the retail package.
- CG: 400MHz means that the maximum clock generator (CG) frequency available in BIOS is 400MHz, etc. The default value is 200MHz. The CPU frequency and the effective DRAM frequency are calculated by the following formulas:
- CPU frequency = (CG frequency) x (CPU multiplier)
- DRAM frequency = (CPU frequency) / Ceiling [(CPU multiplier) / (CG-DRAM ratio)] x 2
- CPU: 1.725V means that the maximum CPU voltage available in BIOS is 1.725V, etc. The default CPU voltage is around 1.3V, depending on each CPU core.
- DRAM: 2.1V means that the maximum DRAM voltage available in BIOS is 2.1V, etc. The default voltage by the JEDEC DDR2 DRAM specification is 1.8V.
- Max CG: 300MHz (VR-Zone) means that the maximum stable clock generator frequency reported in VR-Zone is 300MHz, etc.
- CG: — means that CG is not changeable, etc.
- CG: ? means that it is unconfirmed whether CG is changeable or not, etc.
You can also view a list of motherboards in the Excel worksheet format: