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ECS Black Series A990FXM-A Review

nVidia_Freak    -   September 11, 2011
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Specifications:

CPU Socket AM3+
CPU Support AMD AM2/3/3+ Processors up to 140W TDP, 32nm FX
Northbridge Chipset AMD 990FX
Southbridge Chipset AMD SB950
Memory Support up to 128GB dual-channel DDR3 up to 2133(OC)/1866/1600/1333/1066 DDR3 SDRAM
Expansion Slots 3x PCIe x16 2.0, 2x PCIe x1, 1x PCI
Storage 6x SATA3 via SB950, 2x eSATA3 and 1x uATA via Marvell 9128
Audio Realtek ALC892 8CH HD Audio
Networking Dual Realtek RTL8111E Gigabit Ethernet
I/O Panel Connectivity 1x PS/2 KB/Mouse, 1x Bluetooth Transceiver, 8x USB2, 2x RJ45, 2x USB3, 2x eSATA3, 1x SPDIF, 5x Audio
BIOS AMI BIOS with 32Mb SPI ROM
Form Factor ATX (305mm x 244mm)

 

Features:

  • 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.
  • Clear CMOS Button: One of ECS 4"E" Design which is especially a great plus that brings users remarkable convenience while overclocking or tweaking system performance. ( 4"E" Design : Easy button; DebugLED; Clear CMOS; Right-Angled SATA Slots)
  • Mutli-language BIOS: Multi-language BIOS allows you to see and set up the BIOS with your native language. It helps Non-English users to solve the problem of setting up the BIOS and achieve extra system performance easily.
  • ECS GUI UEFI BIOS: ECS GUI UEFI BIOS is a convenient tool for tweaking BIOS in Graphical interface. Users can select functions in BIOS with mouse and keyboard. The user-friendly interface with ECS designed wallpaper radically brings users convenience and easy-to-use experience.
  • Supports 140W CPU: Mainbords support 140W CPU processors.
  • HT3.0: The highly scalable Hyper Transport 3.0 is capable to provide incredible bandwidth of the system bus up to 20.8GB/s which would dramatically elevate the efficiency of computing performance.
  • Support 32nm processors: New 32nm architecture enables support for 6 cores (or above) CPUs as well as the multi-chip packages that allow for integrated graphics on the CPU.
  • 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.
  • Dual Channel DDR3 2133 OC: Dual DDR3 2133 O.C. is able to raise processor and RAM clock up to 2133mHz through 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.
  • RAID 0, 1, 0+1, 5: Supports RAID 0(Striped disk array), RAID 1(Mirroring disk array), RAID 0+1(A mirror of stripes), RAID 5(Block Interleaved Distributed Parity). Provides users the performance and protection.
  • eSATA 6Gb/s: eSATA III with 6Gb/s data transfer rate can promise substantial performance gain to a new hard drive enclosure. The data transfer rate is double than previous SATA II(3Gb/s) and also supports external HDD hot plug and keyed connector end for fool-proof.
  • 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 with teaming: The dual Gigabit LAN with Teaming allows 2 single connections to act as 1 single connection for double bandwidth. In addition, it prevents network downtime by transferring the workload from a failed port to a working port and balances the network traffic load evenly between 2 CPU cores in order to improve performance.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • eSF(ECS Smart Fan Utility): ECS Smart Fan Utility provides smart and user friendly way to adjust fan speed depending on PCs system loading and temperature. It offers five modes to adjust fan speed within safe range without entering BIOS for smart, easy and silent environment.
  • eGS (Easy Green Saver): eGS (Easy Green Saver) is a simple and easy-to-use interface for efficient power saving solution. It is based on computer loading to automatically adjust CPU frequency to reduce power consumption. eGS benefits not only by saving personal pocket money but also save environment.
  • 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.
  • EZ Charger: EZ Charger technology provides 3 times current than general USB port in off mode for USB devices. It’s useful and excellent, especially for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices that need a large amount of current for faster recharging within less time.
  • 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.
  • AMD Vision Ready Build your PC with VISION Technology from AMD. Combine AMD processors and ATI Radeon TM graphics to see, share and create a more vibrant digital world.
  • EUP 2013: ECS Motherboards have been certified by EuP 2013 of European Union. Stand by mode and off mode not to exceed 0.50W consumption to save energy and maintain sustainable environment.
  • Bluetooth Technology: Supports Bluetooth v2.1+ EDR technology, which is easier to connect devices to improve the paring experience on Bluetooth and increasing the use and strength of security. Bluetooth v2.1+ EDR also provides faster data transfer and able to reach 3Mbps with reduced power consumption and improved security. It also offers you a better wireless life.

 

 


All information courtesy of ECS @ http://www.ecs.com.tw/ECSWebSite/Product/Product_Detail.aspx?DetailID=1265&CategoryID=1&DetailName=Feature&MenuID=115&LanID=9




  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look (The Motherboard)
  3. Closer Look: BIOS
  4. Closer Look: Drivers & Programs
  5. Specifications & Features
  6. Testing: Setup & Overclocking
  7. Testing: Apophysis, WinRAR, Geekbench 2.1, Bibble 5
  8. Testing: Office 2007, POV Ray, PCMark 7
  9. Testing: SiSoft Sandra 2011 SP3
  10. Testing: ScienceMark, Cinebench, HD Tune
  11. Testing: Alien vs. Predator
  12. Testing: Call of Duty: Modern Warefare 2
  13. Testing: Batman: Arkham Asylum
  14. Testing: 3DMark 11
  15. Conclusion
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