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ECS A970M-A Golden Closer Look:
The ECS Utility software suite is dubbed "Intelligent EZ Utility". It is a suite of simple but effective software designed to make adjusting everything from energy efficiency to overclocking hospitable in Windows.
First up is eSF Smart Fan. Split into five modes, eSF is a way to customize fan profiles according to preference and/or load and temperature conditions on the fly without entering the BIOS. EDLU is a semi-automated way to make sure your system is equipped with the latest or most preferred drivers. Once initiated, it searches for current drivers and lists them giving you a choice. Once you decide to install or replace a driver, eDLU will automatically download and install them for you. I have never been a huge fan of automatic driver install, however, I did try this program and it worked flawlessly.
EBLU is the name given to the ECS auto BIOS update in Windows. I also tried this utility and it worked flawlessly. I have never been a big proponent of updating the BIOS live from a website but having said that, it has become at least a bit more safe with the common dual BIOS and overwriting features of today. I still believe in the flash drive method, but if updating this way really racks your nerves, it's nice to have an easy solution like this at hand.
EOC is ECS's Windows overclock utility. It is not nearly as in-depth as BIOS overclocking, but for on-the-fly simple overclocking and voltage adjustment it works well. EOC gives you the option to load the program on startup alone or automatically enforce a saved OC profile. Included in eOC is a monitor tab that displays basic system temperatures, voltages, and fan speeds.
All in all, ECS' software suite is simple and to the point. I have tried all of the utilities above and they all seemed to apply settings accurately and show on the spot values when reporting voltages and temperatures. Up next is a look at the ECS A85F2-A Golden BIOS.