ECS GF7100PVT-M ReviewMakaveli - February 25, 2008
Price: $64.99 USD
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For some users, having a top-of-the-line motherboard that supports SLi or Crossfire is just not necessary. And for others, a motherboard that has onboard graphics is more than enough for the games they play. For those people, Elite Computer Systems has come out with a new MicroATX motherboard that has the nVidia 7100 chipset with onboard video. The small size of MicroATX motherboards is perfect for users who have small cases or HTPC cases. But with a motherboard so small, there is probably a lack of features, compared to a full-sized ATX motherboard, right? Wrong. Not only does this ECS GF7100PVT-M have the nVidia 7100 chipset, it also has an onboard DVI output connector – something I’ve never seen on a motherboard. Is this inexpensive ECS GF7100PVT-M MicroATX motherboard a must-have? Join me as I thoroughly investigate.
The ECS GF7100PVT-M comes packaged in a small box with its features proudly displayed on either side. I’ve always liked how ECS includes a very descriptive breakdown of its motherboards on the back of the boxes.
The motherboard is packaged in the standard anti-static bag and has a cardboard piece holding it into place with most of the accessories laying on top. The ECS GF7100PVT-M comes with the rear I/O shield, a SATA cable, IDE cable, DVI-to-HDMI converter, an instruction manual, a driver CD, and a hardware installation guide.
Now let’s take a look at the ECS GF7100PVT-M MicroATX motherboard up close to see what’s on the board.