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Chaintech S1689 Motherboard Review
Chaintech S1689 Review Published on September 6th, 2005

In the past Chaintech had been providing products for mostly low/mid-end users. Recently however they have been providing some decent quality AMD S939 based motherboards. These boards have been surprising many users lately with their quality and very affordable prices. The latest addition to the S939 market is the S1689. This new motherboard is built around ULi's M1689 chipset.

While ULi isn't the biggest or most popular chipset manufacturer around; they are turning heads and showing great potential with their new technological developments. (Like the new M1695 which has both AGP and PCI-e slots!)

It seems that Chaintech hasn't excluded any features on this new and very affordable motherboard. It is actually equipped with everything you need for a fast, stable, reliable computer. Though it doesn't have PCI-e slot it does offer an AGP 8X slot. Our recent survey shows that most users are still using AGP based systems; so plenty of life remains for the AGP market with ATI just releasing the mid level X800GT and their current flagship X850 lineup. If you are on a budget for a new board but you already own a high-end AGP card, then this board might be just what you are looking for.

Form Factor: ATX (305mm x 200mm)
CPU: Supports Socket-939 Athlon 64 / Athlon 64 FX and Dual-Core (X2) / Sempron with the new v6.0 BIOS and above. Processor interface via 2000MT/s HyperTransport bus.
Chipset: ULi M1689
Main Memory: Four 184-pin DDR DIMM up to 4GB Supports Dual Channel DDR266/333/400 memory.
Expansion Slots: X4/X8 AGP Slot and Five 32bit PCI Slots (v2.2 compliant)
Audio: Realtek ALC850 with 8 Channels
SATA: Supports 2 Serial ATA devices for the highest data transfer rates (1.5Gbps burst) with RAID 0 & RAID 1 solution.
UltraDMA IDE Ports: Supports 2 UltraDMA-66/100/133 IDE ports
FDD: One FDD connector supports up to 2.88MB
USB 2.0: Supports total 8 USB2.0 ports with High-Speed Devices at 480 Mb/s Transfer Rates
System monitoring: Two Temperature and Fan Sensors for CPU and System

Rear panel I/O ports:
PS/2 Mouse and Keyboard port
25-pin D-Sub female Parallel port
Two 9-pin D-Sub male Serial ports
Four USB ports and one RJ45 connector
Audio I/O jacks (Line-in, Line-out and Mic-in)

Internal I/O connectors:
Two 3x1 pin fan connectors
Two 5x2 pin USB connectors for additional 4 USB ports
3x1 pin wake on LAN connector with housing
2x1 pin wake on Modem connector with housing
Two 4x1 pin CD-in connectors
5x2 pin Front Audio connector
9x2 pin Front Panel connector
10x2 pin Front Panel connector
8x2 pin Game/Midi Port connector
20 pin ATX Power connector
4 pin ATX 12V Power connector

The Package:
Chaintech's package is pretty basic. It comes with a FD cable, 1 IDE cable, 1 SATA cable + SATA power supply cable, a user's manual and 2 CDs. One CD is drivers and the other is the Value Pack 2005 which includes Pro Magic, Image It, Dpu, and Norton Antivirus 2005. ProMagic provides solutions when the system was damaged or corrupted. Pro Magic offers speedy system repair. Image It provides the ability to create a system recovery disk so there is no need to worry even if the hard drive is damaged. DPU offers file recovery. With this utility even if files are hacked, deleted or corrupted the system can still recover them.

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