ECS A785GM-AD3 Motherboard Reviewjlqrb - February 1, 2010
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Installing the drivers that come with the ECS 785GM-AD3 is about as easy as it gets. The drivers come on a disc that once in the drive, auto-loads and does a self-check of your system to find what components and operating system are being used. Once the self-check has recognized your hardware and software, an ECS Black Series install window will pop-up. Once the install program is running there are a few options that you can choose from which come in the form of three tabs at the top and a sub menu at the bottom of the window. The three tabs are drivers, utilities and information. The sub menu for the drivers tab gives you a few options such as auto-run setup or manual install, the utilites tab has a list of programs that you can install such as e-JIFFY and Abobe reader. The Information tab has no other use than to give basic info about the chipset, sound and LAN on the board.
When using the auto setup feature, the first window you will see gives you the option to select either chipset or devices to install from a menu on the left. The driver tab includes all of the ATI Catalyst drivers needed to properly make your chipset and integrated graphics work. The device tab has a sub-menu that lets you choose to install LAN and sound drivers for the board. It is nice that ECS does not just lump the sound and LAN drivers into the chipset drivers, as many people use add-on cards for both of these devices in place of the on-board ones. Once you have made your selection, you will need to hit 'next' and that is about it. The drivers for the most part are auto-installed and only stop at the ATI Catalyst and audio drivers to for you to make a few selections before resuming installation. Once all drivers are installed, you are prompted to shut down the system and after that selection is made, you are done.
eJiffy is a streamlined version of a Linux operation system that ECS has included on the drivers disc. The operating system can be used to for simple computing and can quickly access the Internet or even look at photos. The real benefit to eJiffy though, is the quick boot time and ECS states that you can be up in running in eJiffy in as little as ten seconds from the time you start your system. eJiffy is found under the utilities tab on the drivers disc and is easily installed. During the installation you will be need to select your language and keyboard type, but other than that, the rest of the install is automatic. To be able to run eJiffy though, you must first enable it in the advanced setup portion of the motherboards BIOS. Once that is done, the next time you start your system you load into an eJiffy screen, which gives the option to load either Windows or eJiffy. Once loaded you can see that it is very simple and all of the tools that can be used are found on a menu at the bottom of the screen. I have to say that the program did load very fast and is definitely a nice feature for users who need to get Internet access quickly.
Now that we have the motherboard set up and have the drivers installed, we can start to get to testing and see how the ECS A785GM-AD3 stacks up against the competition.