ECS A890GXM-A 890GX Reviewjlqrb - March 3, 2010
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The included drivers disk that comes with the ECS A890GXM-A motherboard comes with a host of options from installation of the drivers to included software such as eJiffy. The first screen, when inserting the disk, is the mainboard setup utility. From here, you have three options to choose from, the first is Drivers, the second is Utilities, and the third is Information. The Drivers tab will let you either do an auto install of the drivers needed for the motherboard or just can also choose Browse CD to manually search the disk for the drivers you need. The Utilities tab will let you install Adobe Reader, eBLU and eJiffy. eJiffy is a simple version of Linux that you can access in place of Windows and eBLU is BIOS live update utility. The last option, Information, simply gives you info about the chipset, sound, and LAN devices.
The installation of the drivers is extremely easy and as long as you did not choose to manually install the drivers, ECS will do most of the work for you. All you need to do is make a simple selection of which drivers are needed and, for the most part, the rest is taken card of. While installing, little rectangular boxes pop up, letting you know which driver is being installed. After all the installation process is finished, you will need to restart your system. Once rebooted, everything is set-up and ready for use.
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 motherboard's 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 programs did load very fast and is definitely a nice feature for users who need to get Internet access quickly.
With the drivers all installed, we're almost ready to get to the benchmarking, but first let's take a good look at the BIOS used by the ECS 890GXM-A.