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ECS A890GXM-A2 Motherboard Review

ajmatson    -   February 24, 2011
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Conclusion:

I must say I was pleasantly surprised by not only the stock performance, but the overclocked performance as well. This board has definitely shown the true power of ECS and its Black Series motherboards. When compared head to head, the ECS board was able to hold its own and even come out on top numerous times. When overclocking, even with the inability to change the CPU multiplier, I was surprised by how much of an overclock I was actually able to achieve. Being able to break the 4GHz barrier shows the improvements and design research that went into the making of this board. There were several features that I really liked about the A890GXM-A2. First, I am a sucker for dual Ethernet ports. The ability to have multiple connections shows that ECS cares not only about the gamers and enthusiasts, but for use in the working world as well. In addition to the LAN ports, ECS has included both USB 3.0 SuperSpeed as well as SATA 6.0Gb/s ports, so you are not held back by slower peripherials. Pair those with the onboard power, reset and magnificient Clear CMOS button on the rear panel and you have an ambidextrous board to die for.

ECS has really done its homework and inproved on an already great chipset. The A890GXM-A2 board delivers the performance and features that enthusiasts and gamers desire. The solid build and amazing performance are exactly what is needed to push your next system or upgrade to the next level. If you have been uneasy about taking a plunge on an ECS mainboard, I encourage you to consider this one in your next buy. You will be as amazed as I was when testing it and will not regret your decision.

 

Pros:

  • Great performance
  • Decent overclocking headroom
  • USB 3.0 SuperSpeed ports
  • SATA III 6.0Gb/s ports
  • Onboard switches
  • Multiple video ports including HDMI and Display Port
  • Solid build design

 

Cons:

  • Not able to overclock using CPU multiplier
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