ECS A770M-A ReviewFormer staff writer -
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The ECS A770M-A is squarely targeted for the entry level, as indicated in the opening page. With first revision boards there are always some bugs to work out and the A770M-A is no different. The BIOS is void of any useful tweaking options, so overclocking was frustrating, to say the least. Hopefully, later revisions will include CPU multiplier settings, better voltage control and the ability to tweak the memory settings. ECS also needs to revisit the cooling solution on the chipset, either via heatpipes, or active cooling to achieve better stability. On the plus side, the AMD 770 does have some potential as the benchmarks have shown with the refinements to the chipset over the 6 series. When the board was running, it was a dream, save for the occasional shutdowns due to what seemed to be an overheating chipset.
The layout of the board is very user friendly with plenty of space available for aftermarket cooling, be it air or H2O. The components are placed well for maintenance, and even though we didn't touch on it in this review (be on the lookout for another guest appearance), the on-board HD Audio is very good.
The A770M-A almost reminds me of when the ABIT NF7-S was released back in the day. Tons of potential, but the first revisions needed some tweaking to get it to uber-status. The ECS has potential, with the right updates, to be a sleeper hit of 2008.
- Good Layout
- AMD 770 Chipset Has Good Potential
- HD Audio
- 32 GB RAM Capacity
- Limited BIOS Options
- Passive Cooling Needs to be Revisited