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ECS A790GXM-AD3 Review

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The ECS A790GXM-AD3 brings new technology to those who are on a tight budget but do not want to be left in the dust when it comes to their hardware. Competitively priced however, there are some shortfalls that will not fully give you an edge. In the video benchmarks, the scores were close, but sometimes the ECS board was slower than the MSI board with the same chipset. The scientific benchmarks were almost dead on, however. While the price is still to be determined, ECS has always competitively priced their motherboards, just as they did with the AM2+ version of the 790GX chipset, so this motherboard should be really tempting to those needing to save some money. There were a couple of things I really liked about this board. First was the inclusion of an eSATA port, since I use several external storage devices with that type of connection, so it makes it easier not having to install a SATA to eSATA cable. Also, when it comes to overclocking, having a clear CMOS switch on the rear I/O panel makes life ten times easier. If I had a bad overclock, all I needed to do was reach up and press the button instead of having to remove the side panel of the case and reach in through hardware and wires to clear it. Little designs like this, is what will make the ECS A790GXM-AD3 a good choice when deciding on a board for your next system.



  • Competitively priced
  • Rear clear CMOS button
  • Inclusion of an eSATA port



  • No Firewire header or port (personal preference)
  • A bit slower in some of the benchmarks


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