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CES 2010 Coverage

Bosco    -   January 6, 2010
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When thinking of high end motherboards, ECS (Elitegroup Computer Systems) is probably not one of the first names that come to mind. That may change in 2010 thanks in part to its 15u Gold Contact motherboards. The metal pins on CPU sockets and memory slots are typically coated with 5u Gold (0.000127mm) on standard motherboards in order to provide protection from rust. However, frequent plugging in and unplugging of components can cause the gold plating to scrape away, leading to an unstable signal transmission. Furthermore, even though the gold plating is supposed to prevent rust, certain environmental conditions can lead to depletion of the gold plated layer, eventually causing oxidation. In order to address these concerns, ECS decided to triple the amount of gold to 15u (0.000381mm) to provide more durability and reliability. For those enthusiasts that are constantly upgrading and/or swapping out parts, this could provide a longer lifespan for your motherboard.

 

 

 

 

 

There are four 15u Gold Contact motherboards available - two for Intel and two for AMD. The P55H-A Ultra (not pictured) supports Core i5 and i7 processors (LGA1156 socket) and 4x DDR3 2200 (up to 16GB). The G41T-M2 Gold supports Core 2 Quad, Core 2 Duo, Pentium Dual Core, Celeron Dual Core, and Celeron 400 series processors (LGA775 socket) and 2x DDR2 800 (up to 8GB). For the AMD side, the A785GM-M Ultra and A790GXM-AD3 Gold both support Phenom II processors (Socket AM3) and 4x DDR3 1600 (up to 16GB).

 

 

ECS also unveiled a few new boards in its Black Series.

 

 

Here are a few new H55 Mini-ITX motherboards from ECS.

 

 

 

ECS also manufactures graphics cards from the NVIDIA camp.

 

 

Lastly, we got to see the ECS Vase Nettop PC that had been unveiled over the summer at Computex 2009. It features an Intel Atom 230, NVIDIA ION graphics, 1GB of RAM and a Blu-ray drive. Containing Ethernet and HDMI ports on the bottom that get hidden via the included stand, a power button inside the top, and a wireless keyboard with built-in track pad, this would make the perfect HTPC. And with an elegant look of a Ming Vase, your wife, girlfriend or mother won't mind it in the living room.

 




  1. Introduction & Pre-CES
  2. CES Day 1 Part 1: ASUS
  3. CES Day 1 Part 2: ASUS (Continued)
  4. CES Day 1 Part 3: ASUS (Continued)
  5. CES Day 1 Part 4: ASUS (Continued)
  6. CES Day 1 Part 5: OCZ Technology
  7. CES Day 1 Part 6: OCZ Technology (Continued)
  8. CES Day 1 Part 7: Cooler Master
  9. CES Day 1 Part 8: MSI
  10. CES Day 1 Part 9: ATI, Diamond Multimedia
  11. CES Day 2 Part 1: Nokia
  12. CES Day 2 Part 2: In Win
  13. CES Day 2 Part 3: In Win (Continued)
  14. CES Day 2 Part 4: A-DATA
  15. CES Day 2 Part 5: viliv
  16. CES Day 2 Part 6: NVIDIA
  17. CES Day 2 Part 7: Antec
  18. CES Day 2 Part 8: SilverStone
  19. CES Day 2 Part 9: SilverStone (Continued)
  20. CES Day 2 Part 10: Super Talent
  21. CES Day 2 Part 11: CoolIT
  22. CES Day 3 Part 1: Thermaltake
  23. CES Day 3 Part 2: Thermaltake (Continued)
  24. CES Day 3 Part 3: PowerColor, Mushkin
  25. CES Day 3 Part 4: Razer
  26. CES Day 3 Part 5: Razer (Continued)
  27. CES Day 3 Part 6: CyberPower
  28. CES Day 3 Part 7: Homeplug & PC Gaming Alliance
  29. CES Day 3 Part 8: ECS
  30. CES Day 3 Part 9: Kingston
  31. CES Day 4 Part 1: Sony
  32. CES Day 4 Part 2: Samsung
  33. CES Day 4 Part 3: Samsung (Continued)
  34. CES Day 4 Part 4: Gigabyte
  35. CES Day 4 Part 4: Turtle Beach
  36. CES Day 4 Part 5: Peregrine
  37. CES Day 4 Part 6: Intel
  38. CES Day 4 Part 7: Intel (Continued)
  39. CES Extras: PC Charity Race, Xtreme Systems Party
  40. CES Extras: Booth Babes
  41. CES Extras: Booth Babes Part 2
  42. CES Extras: Booth Babes Part 3
  43. CES Extras: Booth Babes Part 4
  44. CES Extras: Booth Babes with Staff
  45. CES Final Thoughts
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