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ECS A890GXM-A2 Motherboard Review

ajmatson    -   February 24, 2011
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Specifications:

CPU:
Socket AM3 socket for AMD Phenom™ II processors
Support 125W Phenom™ II X6 processors
High-performance HyperTransport 3.0 CPU Interface
Support transfer rate up to 5200 mega-transfers per second
Note: This board supports CPU up to 140W TDP only; you can refer to AMD website to check your CPU.
Chipset:
AMD® 890GX & AMD® SB850
North Bridge: AMD® 890GX
South Bridge: AMD® SB850
Graphics:
On Chip (AMD 890GX-based with ATI™ Radeon HD4290 graphics )
Integrated DirectX10.1 graphics processor
Share Memory: Maximum up to 512MB
AMD SidePort Memory : DDR3-1333 (64Mx16=128MB)
Memory:
Dual-channel DDR3 memory architecture
4 x 240-pin DDR3 DIMM socket support up to 32 GB
Support DDR3 up to 1800(OC)/1600(OC)/1333/1066 DDR3 SDRAM
*(Due to the DRAM maximum size is 4GB at present, the memory maximum size we have tested is 16GB)
*(Due to AMD CPU spec limitation, please refer to Memory QVL for more information)
Due to the operating system limitation, the actual memory size may be less than 4GB for the reservation for system usage under Windows 32-bit OS.
For Windows 64-bit OS with 64-bit CPU, there is no such limitation
Expansion Slots:
3 x PCI Express Gen 2.0 x16 slots
1 x PCI Express x1 slot
1 x PCI slot
 *The second PCIEx16 only support bandwidth x4
Storage:
Support by AMD® SB850
    • 5 x Serial ATA 6.0Gb/s devices
    • 1 x eSATA 3Gb/s port
    • RAID0, RAID1, RAID5, RAID 10 configuration
Audio:
Realtek ALC892 8-Ch High Definition audio CODEC
Compliant with HD audio specification
LAN:
Dual Realtek 8111DL 10/100/1000 Fast Ethernet Controller
Rear Panel I/O:
1 x D-sub(VGA)
1 x HDMI Port
1 x DVI Port
1 x Display port
2 x RJ45 LAN connectors
1 x Audio port (Line-in, Line-out, Mic-in)
1 x optical S/PDIF Out connector
1 x Clear_CMOS button
1 x eSATA 3Gb/s port
2 x USB 3.0 ports compatible to both USB 3.0/2.0 devices (blue)
4 x USB 2.0 Ports
Internal I/O Connectors & Headers:
1 x 24-pin ATX Power Supply connector
1 x 8-pin ATX 12V Power Connector
1 x 4-pin CPU_FAN connectors
1 x 3-pin PWR_FAN connector
1 x 3-pin SYS_FAN connector
1 x Power on button
1 x Reset button
1 x Speaker header
1 x Front panel switch/LED header
1 x Front panel audio header
1 x SPDIF out header
1 x Clear CMOS header
1 x Power on LED (Green light)
1 x Stand by LED (Red Light)
5 x Serial ATA 6Gb/s connectors
4 x USB 2.0 headers support additional 8 USB ports
1 x Chassis intrusion header
System BIOS:
AMI BIOS with 8Mb SPI Flash ROM
Supports Plug and Play, STR (S3) / STD (S4) , Hardware monitor, Multi Boot
Supports ACPI & DMI
Audio, LAN, can be disabled in BIOS
F11 hot key for boot up devices option
Support over-clocking
Support eJIFFY
Support Page Up clear CMOS Hotkey
Support ECS M.I.B III Utility
CPU voltage adjustable
Memory voltage adjustable
    • NB Chipset Voltage Adjustable
    • HT Voltage Adjustable
    • External Clock Adjustable
    • Multiple Frequency Adjustable
Form Factor:
ATX Size 305mm*244mm

 

Features:

  • M.I.B. III
    M.I.B. III brings the same convenience interface of overclocking as M.I.B. II, it also comes with advance range of frequency tuning for CPU/MEMORY/PCI-E bus speed to take the system performance to superior level. Icon please access the following address.
     
  • 4most Display
    Features complete onboard HDMI, DVI, D-Sub and Display port for more flexible, complete and convenient multi-media plug-in options for excellent visual performance.
     
  • 15μ Gold Contact
    ECS 15μ gold technique contains 15μ gold contact on CPU socket and Memory slot pins. It offers 3 times extra anti-oxidation, temperature resistant and scrape protection to ensure motherboards longest lifespan, better reliability and excellent contact.
     
  • Qooltech III
    An excellent and unique silent cooler with dual copper pipe to boost super heat dissipation by providing dual heat conduction, an efficient design to calm down system temperature.
     
  • ECS "Unlock" Technology
    ECS "Unlock ” technology provides stable unlocking of hidden cores within the AMD Phenom II and even Sempron 140 processors It offers instant benefit of additional CPU cores without additional cost for improved performance in multithreaded applications. Users can enable/turn-off this feature by BIOS at will for added flexibility to suit the application needs.
     
  • 10X Transfer Speed (Rapid 333)
    Support latest generation USB 3.0, SATA 3.0(6Gbps)and eSATA 3.0(6Gbps)high-speed interface technologies that meet the high-capacity and high-speed needs of multi-media publishing and PC gaming.
     
  • 6 Cores CPU Support
    Supports Intel® latest generation 6 cores 32nm processor with fast and intelligent multi-core technology that offer timely dynamic processing power and brings 3D to life for ultimate gaming experience.
     
  • AMD Phenom II
    With the state-of-the-art technology, AMD’s next generation processor, AMD Phenom II, enables the power of platform solutions for gaming, multitasking, and digital entertainment with outstanding performance and energy efficiency.
     
  • Socket AM3
    The latest socket AM3 supports AMD’s AM3 processors which have featured the integrated memory controller for DDR3 memory that provides much higher bandwidth to enhance the overall system performance.      
     
  • Supports 140W CPU
    Mainbords support 140W CPU processors
     
  • ATI CrossFire X
    The technology not only combines multi-GPU and motherboard power that soars into a new dimension of graphics capability, but also delivers the highest image quality and screen resolutions, even with the most demanding 3D titles.
     
  • ATI Hybrid Graphics Technology
    To provide better gaming performance than a single graphics card, the innovative design of ATIª Hybrid Graphics Technology is capable to bring additional performance increase up to 1.75X by enabling the power of both integrated graphics core and the add-on graphics card simultaneously.
     
  • Side Port Memory
    Delivering performance increase up to 15%, Side Port Memory provides exceptional acceleration for the onboard graphics core. With the innovative technology, unprecedented graphics performance is now available.
     
  • Dual DDR3 1800 OC
    Dual DDR3 1800 O.C. is able to raise processor and RAM clock up to 1800mHz throguh capable RAM in overclock mode. It assists system to obtain optimal performance to meet the O.C. enthusiast needs.
     
  • PCI EXPRESS 2.0
    The exceptionally increased interconnect bit rate from 2.5GT/s up to 5.0GT/s would effectively eliminates the bottle neck of the system performance and brings the most terrific computing experience from the present to the future.
     
  • SATA 6Gb/s
    Doubles the transfer speed of SATA 3G, running at speed up to 6.0Gb/s, and can connect with any other SATA 3.0Gb/s and 1.5Gb/s devices for backward compatibility.
     
  • RAID 0, 1, 5, 10
    Supports RAID 0(Striped disk array), RAID 1(Mirroring disk array), RAID 5(Block Interleaved Distributed Parity), RAID 10 (A Stripe of Mirrors). Provides users the performance and protection.
     
  • Content Protection for Blu-Ray
    Features Realtek ALC 892 HD Audio Codec with loss-less content protection technology that allows full-rate audio and quality performance for Blu-ray Discs.
     
  • 8 Channel High Definition Audio
    Integrated 8-channel HD Audio CODEC delivering advanced multi-channel audio and bringing you the experience of home theater-quality sound.
     
  • Dual Gigabit LAN
    The dual Gigabit LAN design allows a computer managing network traffic between two separate networks and ensures rapid data transfer from WAN to LAN without any latency.
     
  • USB 3.0
    The latest generation Super Speed USB 3.0 Card is able to transfer data 10 times faster than USB 2.0. An innovative power management system provide better energy saving and carry more power to recharge more USB rechargeable devices. USB 3.0 Card is compatible with USB 2.0 to add more convenience and excellent performance.
     
  • HDMI
    The interface supports existing high-definition video formats(720p, 1080i, and even 1080p), plus multi-channel digital audio on a single cable. Combination with HDCP, provides a secure audio/video interface that meets the security requirements of content providers and systems operators.
     
  • HDCP
    A specification developed by Intel Corporation to protect digital entertainment content across the DVI/HDMI interface. HDCP encrypts transmission of digital content between HDCP-compliant devices that it allows users to enjoy HD content through HDCP-compliant playback software.      
     
  • eSATA 3Gb/s
    The signal quality and the Max cable length is 2x longer than the conventional one. It also supports external HDD hot plug and keyed connector end for fool-proof.
     
  • eJIFFY
    ECS eJIFFY is a Linux based interface for a fast boot application which is compressed in a CD to install on the hard drive.Within 8 seconds after the computer boots up, eJIFFY is ready to provide users the total enjoyment for web browsing, photo reviewing and on-line chat. Instead of waiting for the regular OS to start up, eJIFFY serves a convenient center to have quick fun or a glance at the hot news in today’s fast pace world where nothing can be too quick.
     
  • eBLU - BIOS Live Update Utility
    ECS eBLU utility makes updating BIOS fast and easy. eBLU saves time and hassle of searching for BIOS online and avoid complicated flashing steps. With simple and easy steps it checks for new BIOS version on-line and safely guides the user to flash the system BIOS.      
     
  • eOC - Easy Over Clock Utility
    Easy Over Clock Utility is a easy and simply overclocking tools that provides user-friendly windows operation interface for novices and overclockers, with clicking on your mouse only you can get much higher performance of CPU quickly. It is available for download and updated online to get the latest version. Combine with ECS MIB III technology to challenge undiscovered extreme overclocking than ever before.      
     
  • eDLU - Drivers Live Update Utility
    ECS eDLU utility makes updating Drivers fast and easy. eDLU Saves time and hassle of searching for Drivers online and avoid complicated steps. With simple and easy steps it checks for new Drivers version on-line and let the user to update the Drivers.
     
  • Norton™ Internet Security
    Simple, Easy-to-Use Interface, delivers fast and comprehensive online threat protection, guarding your PC, network, without slowing you down. Giving you greater insight into downloaded applications, whether they can be trusted, and how they may impact your PC’s resources and performance Offering users a safer and more convenient environment than ever.ECS recommends the immediate installation of Norton Internet Security of your computer.
     
  • Certified For Windows® 7
    Windows® 7 platform introduces a number of manageability improvements that can reduce total cost of ownership by helping to increase automation, improve user productivity, and provide flexible administrative control to meet compliance requirements. It is more user-friendly and has been optimized to consume less system resources with Windows® 7 as well. Furthermore, the VT technology is enhanced to support real-time multimedia application including video playback and 3D games.      
     
  • EuP Certified
    ECS Motherboards have been certified by EuP. EuP certification verifies that ECS motherboards comply with European Union stander to decrease the environmental effects and promote sustainable environment. Save energy and keep healthy environment by choosing ECS motherboards.
     
  • ROHS
    Choose an environment-friendly, fully RoHS-compliant ECS product as the foundation for keeping harmful substances out of our ecosystem.


All Information courtsey of ECS @ http://www.ecsusa.com/ECSWebSite/Product/Product_Detail.aspx?DetailID=1152&CategoryID=1&DetailName=Feature&MenuID=19&LanID=9




  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look: The Motherboard
  3. Closer Look: Drivers & Programs
  4. Closer Look: Bios
  5. Specifications & Features
  6. Testing: Setup & Overclocking
  7. Testing: Apophysis, WinRar, Geekbench 2.1
  8. Testing: Office 2007, POV Ray, PCMark Vantage
  9. Testing: SiSoft Sandra 2010
  10. Testing: Sciencemark, Cinebench, HD Tune
  11. Testing: Far Cry 2
  12. Testing: Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2
  13. Testing: Batman Arkham Asylum
  14. Testing: 3DMark 06
  15. Testing: 3DMark Vantage
  16. Conclusion
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