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ECS A790GXM-A Review

ajmatson    -   November 16, 2008
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Testing:

To put the ECS A790GXM-A to the test I will be running a series of scientific and video benchmarks which will push this motherboard to its limits. I will then compare the board against two other 790GX boards, the Foxconn A7DA-S and the MSI DKA 790GX Platinum to see how it stands up among boards from other manufactures based on the same chipset. To keep any variables from interfering with the scores and comparisons all of the boards will be run with the same hardware setup and everything will be set at their stock speeds, timings, and voltages unless noted in the overclocking section.

 

Test Setup: 

 

Comparison Motherboards:

 

 

Overclocking:

Overclocked settings:

Overclocking the ECS board is quite easy using the Motherboard Inteligent BIOS on the ECS A790GXM-A. All of the options you need to change are right there in front of you. The thing is that when overclocking this board you might have a problem with a processor that does not have an unlocked multiplier. No matter what I did and how much I pushed the boards voltages and tweaked the settings it would not boot and remain stable over 200MHz. Pushing the multiplier on the Phenom X4 9850 to 16x gave me a 700MHz overclock but that was it. I could not get anything else out of this one so that is where the overclocked tests will be run at 3.2GHz (200x16).

 

 

 

 

  

Benchmarks:

  • Scientific & Data:
  1. Apophysis
  2. WinRAR
  3. SPECviewperf 10
  4. PCMark Vantage Professional
  5. SiSoft Sandra XII
  6. ScienceMark 2.02 Final
  7. CineBench 10
  8. HD Tune 2.55
  • Video:
  1. Crysis
  2. Knights of the Sea
  3. BioShock
  4. Call of Duty 4
  5. World in Conflict
  6. Call of Juarez
  7. Company of Heroes: Opposing Fronts
  8. 3DMark 06 Professional



  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look (The Motherboard)
  3. Closer Look (The BIOS)
  4. Closer Look (The BIOS continued)
  5. Closer Look (Drivers & Programs)
  6. Specifications & Features
  7. Testing: Setup & Overclocking
  8. Testing: Apophysis & WinRAR
  9. Testing: Specview 10 & PcMark Vantage
  10. Testing: Sandra XII Professional
  11. Testing: Sciencemark, CineBench 10, & HD Tune
  12. Testing: Crysis
  13. Testing: Knights of the Sea
  14. Testing: BioShock
  15. Testing: Call of Duty 4
  16. Testing: World In Conflict
  17. Testing: Call of Juarez
  18. Testing: Company of Heroes Opposing Fronts
  19. Testing: 3DMark06 Professional
  20. Conclusion
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