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ECS P35T-A Motherboard

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The P35T-A is a full size ATX motherboard that features the Intel P-35 Express chipset. Among other things in this view, you will note the purple color of the motherboard PCB. Something to distinguish this ECS product from many of the other motherboards on the market. While most of the P35 motherboards on the market feature some type of heatpipe cooling for the chipsets and power management circuit, this board does not.





Looking at the I/O section of the board you can see that it includes connectivity for standard PS/2 ports, E-SATA, six USB ports, one Gigabit LAN port, as well as something I have not seen on a motherboard I/O panel in a while, a serial com port. The onboard 8.1 sound solution is by Realtek and is touted as a High Definition product. This board features plenty of room for your expansion card needs with two 16x PCI-E slots (the orange one runs at 16x while the blue slot runs at 4x), one 1x PCI-E slot and three standard PCI slots.



Power is supplied to this board via three different connectors on the board. While this is becoming pretty much standard practice, the difference on this board is that instead of an 8-pin 12v auxiliary power connector, it uses a 4-pin Molex connector for the auxiliary 12v needs. Does this mean the board does not have the capability to provide the power needs of a quad core CPU? The available connections are the 24-pin ATX, 4-pin auxilliary 12v, and a 4-pin Molex located next to the top PCI-E slot.



All three of the motherboard's hot spots are covered with passive cooling solutions. The power regulation and P35 chipset are covered with aluminum heatsinks that are a little smallish in size, which brings up the question of how effective they are. The ICH9DH southbridge is covered by just an aluminum plate to dissipate any heat generated by the chip.


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