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ECS A780GM-A Review

ajmatson    -   April 1, 2008
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Conclusion:

So where do we stand with the ECS A780GM-A motherboard? It would be a wise investment for a workstation or a computer for everyday use. In the science benchmarks, even though it was not the best, the scores were not bad, especially in rendering. It is simple to use and has all the features that an average user would need, and best of all, it's fairly inexpensive.

For a gamer or enthusiast however, this board will leave you wanting more. It is slightly slower than similar boards, which in a battle situation could mean the difference between life and death. There is only one PCI-e slot, so using two dedicated graphics cards is not possible.  In addition, the Hybrid Crossfire, while a great idea, will only pair with low end graphics cards, which defeats the purpose of paring cards for maximum gain. On the overclocking side, the options are very limited. I could not get the board to post by raising the clock speeds even by 5MHz and there is no option to change the multiplier in the BIOS. I had to use AMD Overdrive to get the overclocked speeds by upping the multiplier only to boot the machine. It would have been nice to have an option to overclock the IGP clock speeds for better performance.

So if you are in need of a decent board for a workstation or general home use at a great price, I would consider the ECS A780GM-A.  But if you are a gamer or enthusiast like myself, I would look for something with better options that allow you to push further.

 

Pros:

  • Inexpensive.
  • CrossfireX capable, with nice gains using the Crossfire combination.
  • Integrated graphics, so no need for PCI-e card for non-gaming related applications.
  • DirectX 10.1 and Shader Model 4.1 with IGP.
  • Plenty of ports and connections.

  

Cons:

  • No DVI port.
  • Poor gaming performance with Integrated Graphics.
  • One PCI-e X16 slot sticks you with Hybrid crossfire only.
  • Not good for overclocking.
  • BIOS limited.



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