ECS A780GM-A Reviewajmatson - April 1, 2008
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Lately there has been a boom in the processor and motherboard fields, with companies turning out more products tailored for different people's needs. More motherboard chipsets are being processed now than ever before. For the Phenom processor, there are several platforms that you can choose based on your needs. One of those platforms is the 780G chipset. The 780G chipset brings us a lot of refreshed and interesting technologies, including embedded DX10 graphics via the HD3200 chip and Hybrid CrossfireX Technology. Hybrid CrossfireX is a new technology, which works in Windows Vista only, that combines the embedded graphics of the motherboard and either an HD2400 or HD3400 graphics card in the PCI-e X16 slot in a CrossfireX mode, increasing your computing power for games and applications.
One board that has these features at an affordable price is the ECS A780GM-A "Black Series" motherboard. The A780GM-A takes all of the new technologies of today and makes them available in an inexpensive platform that caters to gamers and enthusiasts alike. The A780GM-A has a 780G Northbridge and a SB700 Southbridge and accepts the new Phenom Quad Core AMD processors for a powerful system. How powerful you ask? Well that is what I am here to find out. I will be taking a good look at this board and testing it to see if it stands up to its claim of being made for gamers. So without further ado, let's take a better look at the ECS A780GM-A "Black Series" Motherboard.
The ECS A780GM-A comes packaged in a standard ECS style box, but not in the standard white and green colors. Instead, to go along with the "Black Series" theme, the box is black with a dragon and tribal pattern. Across the bottom are highlights of the features available on the A780GM-A. Flipping over to the back reveals a picture of what the board looks like, as well as a more in depth list of specifications and features. The sides just have the logo and model number on them.
Opening the box gives you two layers; the top layer holds the accessories and manuals and the bottom layer has the board itself. Included with the ECS A780GM-A "Black Series" motherboard are two SATA cables, one IDE cable, an I/O shield plate, software CD, quick start guide, manual, and an ECS "Black Series" case badge.
Now that we have seen the accessories let's take a closer look at the motherboard itself.