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ECS X58B-A Review

ccokeman    -   June 26, 2009
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Specifications:

 

CPU

LGA1366 socket for latest Intel new Core i7 high-end desktop processors

QPI 4.80GT/s to 6.40GT/s
6 Phase Power Design with VRD 11.1 Compliant
CHIPSET
Intel® X58 & ICH10R
North Bridge: Intel® X58
South Bridge: Intel® ICH10R
MEMORY
Triple-channel DDR3 memory architecture
6 x 240-pin DDR3 DIMM socket support up to 24GB
Support DDR3 OC1600/1333/1066/800 DDR3 SDRAM
Supports Intel® Extreme Memory Profile (XMP)
EXPANSION SLOT            

              2 x PCI Express Gen 2.0 x16 slots

              1 x PCI Express x4 slot
              2 x PCI Express x1 slots
              1 x PCI slot
STORAGE
Support by Intel® ICH10R
 6 x Serial ATAII devices
 supports RAID0, 1, 5, 0+1
 Support by JMicron® JMB362
 2 x eSATAII 3.0Gb/s devices
 AUDIO
Realtek ALC 888S-VC supports 8-channel HD audio
IEEE 1394a
Support by VIA VT6308P
 up to 2 IEEE 1394a ports

(1 on the back panel, 1 via the IEEE 1394a brackets connected to the internal IEEE 1394a headers)

Heat Pipe
1 x ECS QoolTechII Heat Pipe
Dual Giga LAN  
Dual Realtek 8111C PCIe GigaLAN Controllers
REAR PANEL I/O

     1 x PS/2 keyboard & PS/2 mouse connectors

     6 x USB ports
     1 x Clear_CMOS button
     2 x e-SATA ports
     1 x IEEE 1394 port
     2 x RJ45 LAN connectors

     1 x Audio port (1Line in, 4x Line out, 1 Optical SPDIF Out)

INTERNAL I/O CONNECTORS & HEADERS

1 x 24-pin ATX Power Supply Connector & 8-pin 12V Connector
                6 x Serial ATA 3Gb/s connectors
                3 x USB 2.0 headers support additional 6 USB ports
                1 x Clear CMOS header
                1 x Front panel header
                1 x Front panel audio header
                1 x 1394a header
                1 x CD in header
                1 x 7S-LED Display
                1 x Buzzer
                4 x FAN Connectors (CPU_FAN/SYS_FAN/NB_FAN/PWR_FAN)
                1 x SPDIF out header
                1 x 4-pin power connector for VGA card
                1X Power on LED (Green light)
                1 x PWR button/ 1 x RST button
                1X Stand by LED (Red Light)
                1 x COM header
SYSTEM BIOS

     AMI BIOS with 16Mb SPI ROM

     Supports Plug and Play 1.0A, APM 1.2, Multi Boot, DMI

     Supports ACPI revision 1.0 specification
     ECS M.I.B Support Over-Clocking:

    CPU Voltage : Adjustable CPU voltage from 0.5V to1.6V

    NB (IOH )Voltage: Adjustable NB (IOH) voltage from 0.011V to 0.693V

    CPU VTT Voltage: Adjustable CPU VTT voltage from 0.013V to 0.481V

    SB(ICH10R) Voltage: Adjustable SB (ICH10R) voltage from 0.05V to 0.15V

    VDIMM : DRAM voltage control from 0.015V to 0.945V

    Support PCI-E over-clocking function

    Support CPU over-clocking function: Adjustable CPU Clock Multiplier

FORM FACTOR
ATX Size, 305mm*244mm

 

Features:

  • Corei7 Processor: The latest four-core processor is built on Intel® 45nm micro architecture with 8MB L3 Cache CPU and TDP rating of 130W.It also uses the brand new QPI (Quick Path Interconnect) runs up to 6.4 GT/S enabling significant performance boost over the FSB technology.
  •  LGA 1366 Socket:  LGA 1366 CPU-socket interface is designed to accept Intel® CoreTM i7 processors and will supersede LGA775 in the high-end and performance desktop segments. It contains nearly 600 extra pins for QPI links which offer faster data transfer and three 64-bit DDR3 memory channels will provide the best gaming experience.
  • eSATA: The signal quality and the Max cable length is 2x longer than the conventional one. It also supports external HDD hot plug and keyed connector end for fool-proof.
  • 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.
  • SATAII 3.0Gb/s: Doubles the transfer speed of SATA, running at speed up to 3.0Gb/s, and fully compatible with the soon-to-be-released SATA HDD, CD-ROM and other cutting-edge devices with NCQ function support.
  • Dual Gigabit LAN: The dual Gigabit LAN design allows a computer managing network traffic between two separate networks and ensures rapid data transfer from WAN to LAN without any latency.
  • IEEE 1394:  IEEE 1394 interface supports transfer rates up to 400Mb/s to provide high speed digital interface for audio / video appliances such as digital television, digital video camcorders, storage peripherals and other PC portable devices.
  • USB 2.0: The latest connectivity standard which delivers transfer speeds up to 480Mb/s for easy connectivity and ultra-fast data transfers.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Qooltech™ II: The unique silent cooler adopts a copper tube with a special design providing an excellent heat transfer capacity and efficiently reduced the temperature of computer system.
  •  M.I.B: Motherboard Intelligent BIOS, integrated all the overclocking functions into one page. It provides the most intelligent and convenient way to adjust the clock/ voltage settings of CPU and memory. Users can easily get the extra performance with this innovative utility
  • Over-Clocking: Maximizes your system performance by selecting from these overclocking options:
    (1) Flexible voltage adjustments
    (2) Adjustable ratio and Freq
  • Certified For Windows Vista: The latest generation Microsoft O.S., delivers better personal productivity and digital entertainment on your PC through its improved reliability, security, and performance.
  • 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.

 

 

All information courtesy of ECS@ http://www.ecs.com.tw/ECSWebSite/Products/ProductsDetail.aspx?detailid=947&CategoryID=1&DetailName=Feature&MenuID=139&LanID=0




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