ECS GF9300T-A ReviewRA1D -
Price: $100 - 110
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ECS (Elitegroup Computer Systems) has been in the motherboard game since 1987 and currently ranks as one of the largest manufacturers in the industry. They specialize in affordable boards that appeal to the mainstream consumer with low prices and wide availability. Today, I'll be taking a look at their newest creation, the GF9300T-A. This motherboard sports NVIDIA's new GeForce 9300 chipset, a 1333MHz front side bus, PCIe 2.0 x16 compatibility, Hybrid SLI, HDMI, and DDR2-800 memory support. The integrated graphics provides Blu-ray video and 1080p support, which makes it ideal for HTPC purposes. Read on as I show you everything the GF9300T-A has to offer and find out if this motherboard could be the foundation of your next build.
The packaging reveals ECS' attempt at enthusiast appeal with their new Black Series. The new design is definitely a step in the right direction by providing consumers more attractive packaging and an updated color scheme. Every feature is clearly displayed on the box and gives you a good idea of what the board has to offer.
ECS includes a simple bundle to get you up and running. The user manual is easy to read and the quick install guide may come in handy for new system builders. Four SATA data cables come with the bundle, but I would definitely like to see a couple more included to match the six SATA ports found on the board. The bundle also inlcudes a rear I/O plate and a floppy disk drive cable.