ECS A790GXM-AD3 Reviewd3bruts1d , ajmatson -
With the latest CPU socket from AMD supporting DDR3 memory we are seeing boards that support them. We recently reviewed a 790GX based offering from MSI and today we are going to take a look at another board based on the same chipset, with DDR3 support. The ECS A790GGM-AD3 is the next of kin to the ECS A790GXM-A that we reviewed here at the end of last year. The main difference between the two is the move from DDR2 memory to DDR3 memory and the newer CPU socket which is not backwards compatible between AM2+ and AM3, like the A790GXM-A was. This newer board supports memory speeds up to 1333MHz and runs off the 790GX Northbridge and the SB750 Southbridge. This motherboard is part of ECS's "Black Series" line of mainboards aimed at gamers and enthusiasts wanting high end hardware at a nice price. We have seen some promise in the "Black Series", so I am eager to see what the A790GXM-AD3 has in store with the new memory refresh.
The ECS A790GXM-AD3, like its DDR2 kin, comes packaged in the standard "Black Series" black and green packaging. On the front of the box is the dragon mascot with the model number surrounded by tribal designs. There are some logos for the features that the motherboard supports. Flipping the box over there is a small picture of the board so you can get an idea of the layout prior to purchasing it. There are also some highlights on the main features the A790GXM-AD3 has, as well as logos for supported hardware.
Opening the packaging lead you to the board and the accessories included with the ECS A790GXM-AD3. Included with the mainboard is the user manual, quick install guide, driver CD, IDE cable, six SATA cables, and an I/O shield.
Now that we have the hardware out of the box we, can look closer at the board itself.