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ECS A790GXM-AD3 Review

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To test the performance of the ECS A790GXM-AD3 motherboard it will be placed through a series of benchmarks designed to stress the scientific and video aspects of the board and the system as a whole. To gauge where that performance stands, the A790GXM-AD3 will be compared to other boards using the same and similar chipsets. One will be and AM3 board and the other an AM2+ board using the same hardware with the exception of the RAM. All hardware will be run at their stock speeds, timings, and voltages to negate any variables from interfering with the scores.


Testing Setup AM2+ Motherboard:


Testing Setup AM3 Motherboard:

  • Processor(s): AMD Phenom II X3 720
  • Motherboard: ECS A790GXM-A, MSI 790GX-G65
  • Memory: Mushkin HP3-12800 2 x 2 GB 9-9-9-24
  • Video Card : NVIDIA GTX 260 (216)
  • Power Supply: Mushkin 800w Modular Power Supply
  • Hard Drive: 1 x Seagate 7200.11 750GB SATA w/32MB Cache
  • Optical Drive: Lite-On 8x DVD+/-RW
  • OS: Windows Vista Ultimate Edition


Comparison Motherboard:



Overclocked settings:

  • Processor: AMD Phenom II X3 720 @ 3.587GHz (205x17.5) 1.55v
  • System Memory: Mushkin HP3-12800 @ 1366MHz (9-9-9-24)

Overclocking the ECS A790GXM-AD3 is quite easy, since you have the option to use the BIOS or the AMD overclocking utility. I tried both and obtained the same results on both times. However, I chose to finally use the BIOS since you can have total control over the voltages a bit better. I first started with the multiplier since this processor is unlocked. I was only able to push the Phenom II X3 720 to 17.5x on the ECS A790GXM-AD3 before the system became unstable. I was however, able to raise the bus speed by 5MHz, which gave me a total overclock of 787MHz or about 26%, which is a bit low for what I have gotten with this processor. With this board, I had to push the voltage all the way to 1.5v to keep it stable. So for the overclocked runs, it will be 3.587GHz at 1.55v.







  • Scientific & Data:
  1. Apophysis
  2. WinRAR
  3. SpecviewPerf 10
  4. PCMark Vantage Professional
  5. Sandra XII
  6. ScienceMark 2.02
  7. Cinebench 10
  8. HD Tune 2.55
  • Video:
  1. Far Cry 2
  2. Crysis - Warhead
  3. Bioshock
  4. Call of Duty World At War
  5. Dead Space 
  6. Fallout 3 
  7. Left For Dead
  8. 3DMark 06 Professional
  9. 3DMark Vantage

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