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ECS A970M-A Deluxe Motherboard Review

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Testing for the products in this review will consist of putting the components through the OCC benchmarks suite, which uses both synthetic and real world applications to score their relative and finite performance. The gaming benchmarks will consist of both actual gameplay and synthetic testing as well to determine if a product offers a performance advantage over another. A fresh installation of Windows 7 was used for testing purposes as well as the latest non-beta drivers for the XFX HD R7970 Black edition. For the testing, all turbo, low power states, and any CPU throttling features have been disabled so as not to have any effect on the performance or the possibility of skewing the results.


Testing Setup:


Comparison Motherboards:



Overclocking with the ECS A970M-A is a simple affair. I would mention that without a few features of it's more expensive 990FX chipset boards, overclocking did require more voltage than it otherwise might. The impressive overclock of 4789MHz did also create quite a bit of heat requiring a heartier cooling solution than you will be able to find in the 35-40$ range. While the A970M-A achieved a very good OC, heavy 24/7 overclockers will probably opt for the added features of the 990FX chipset.





Maximum Overclock:

All motherboard and CPU combinations have been tested for stability at the frequencies listed. Benchmarks will be run at stock speed and the listed overclocks to determine the performance of each at both speeds.




Scientific & Data:

  1. PCMark 7
  2. HD Tune 5.0
  3. AIDA64 2.50
  4. Sandra 2012 SP6
  5. x264
  6. HandBrake 9.8
  7. ATTO 2.47


  1. DiRT 3
  2. Battlefield 3
  3. 3DMark 11


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