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ECS A890GXM-A 890GX Review

jlqrb    -   March 3, 2010
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Testing:

To test the performance of the ECS A890GXM-A, I will be running a testbed of benchmarks and games, whichwill show the real-life performance as well as gaming performance for the new 890GX chipset. Some of the programs used such as WinRAR, Office 2007, and Cinebench 2.0.  These are used to simulate tasks that computer users might use on a day to day basis, where the in game testing is designed to get accurate FPS averages for games. The benchmarks are more controlled and give a score in terms of performance that can be used to understand your systems performance. Running both types of tests will give us an accurate idea of the performance of the new chipset and how it will perform outside of our workstations. We also compare the test boards to others on the market so you can get a good idea of how its performance may or may not be better than similar products.

 

Testing Setup:

 

Comparison Boards:

 

Overclocking:

Unfortunately, when it came to overclocking there is nothing to report. I tried overclocking on two different BIOS versions and both yielded the same results of a instant system crash when the processor clock or multiplier was raised from the default level the motherboard has it set at. This is the second ECS board that would not overclock my AMD 955BE and it might be due to the high voltage requirement of the CPU, but I have overclocked it on many boards successfully, just not any ECS offerings, as of yet. The 890GX chipset is not fully registered by CPU-Z and is shows up as 785GX/SB750 in the Mainboard page.

 

 

 

Benchmarks:

  • Scientific & Data:
  1. Apophysis
  2. WinRAR
  3. Office 2007
  4. POV Ray 3.7
  5. PCMark Vantage Professional
  6. Sandra XII
  7. ScienceMark 2.02
  8. Cinebench 10
  9. HD Tune 2.55
  • Video:
  1. Far Cry 2
  2. Crysis Warhead
  3. Call of Duty: World at War
  4. Fallout 3 
  5. Left 4 Dead
  6. 3DMark 06 Professional
  7. 3DMark Vantage



  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look: The Motherboard
  3. Closer Look: Drivers & Programs
  4. Closer Look: The BIOS
  5. Closer Look: The BIOS (Continued)
  6. Specifications & Features
  7. Testing: Setup & Overclocking
  8. Testing: Apophysis, WinRAR
  9. Testing: Office 2007, POV Ray 3.7, PcMark Vantage
  10. Testing: Sandra 2009 Professional
  11. Testing: ScienceMark, CineBench 10, HD Tune
  12. Testing: Far Cry 2
  13. Testing: Crysis Warhead
  14. Testing: Call of Duty: World at War
  15. Testing: Fallout 3
  16. Testing: Left 4 Dead
  17. Testing: 3DMark06 Professional
  18. Testing: 3DMark Vantage Professional
  19. Conclusion
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