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ECS GF8200A Review

ajmatson    -   August 19, 2008
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Specifications:

 

CPU
-AMD Phenom™ processor (Socket AM2+)
-AMD Athlon™ 64 X2 Dual Core/ Athlon™ 64 / Sempron processor
-High-performance HyperTransport 3.0 CPU Interface
-Support transfer rate up to 5200 mega-transfers per second
-Note: This board supports CPU up to 95W TDP only; you can refer to AMD website to check your CPU.
Chipset
-NVIDIA GeForce8200 Series
-NVIDIA MCP78S Single Chipset
Graphics
-On Chip ( NVIDIA GeForce8200 based with 2D/3D graphic engine)
-Integrated DirectX10 graphics processor
-Share Memory: Maximum up to 512MB
Memory
-Dual-channel DDR2 1066 memory architecture
-4 x 240-pin DDR2 DIMM socket support up to 32GB*
-Support DDR2 1066/800/667/533/400 DDR2 SDRAM *
-*(Due to the DRAM maximum size is 2GB at present, the memory maximum size we have tested is 8GB)
-*(Due to AMD CPU spec limitation, please refer to Memory QVL for more information)
Expansion Slots
-1 x PCI Express x16 Gen2.0 slot (Support Hybrid SLI)
-3 x PCI slots
-2 x PCI Express X 1 Gen1.1 slot
Storage Interfaces
-Support by NVIDIA GeForce8200
      2 x Ultra DMA133/100/66 devices
      5 x Serial ATA 3.0Gb/s devices
      1 x eSATA
-RAID0, RAID1, RAID0+1, RAID5 configuration
Audio
-IDT 92HD206 (Co-lay 92HD202)
-Compliant with 8CH HD audio specification
LAN
-Realtek RTL8111B Gigabit Fast Ethernet Controller (Co-lay RTL8101E)
Rear Panel I/O
-1 x PS/2 keyboard & PS/2 mouse connectors
-1 x Audio port (Line-in, Line-out, Mic-in)
-1 x VGA port
-1 x Ethernet Port
-1 x External SATA port
-6 x USB ports
-1 x HDMI Port
Internal Connectors and Headers
-1 x 24-pin ATX Power Supply connector
-1 x 4-pin ATX 12V connector
-1 x Front panel audio header
-1 x Front panel switch/LED header
-1 x IR header
-3 x USB headers
-1 x SPDIF out header
-1 x IDE connector
-1 x Speaker header
-1 x 3pin SYS_FAN connectors
-1 x 4pin CPU_FAN connectors
-1 x FDD connector
-5 x Serial ATA connectors
-1 x COM1 header
-1 x Clear CMOS header
-1 x CD in header
-1 x 3-pin PWR_FAN connector
-1 x 3-pin NB_FAN connector
-1 x onboard power button
-1 x onboard reset button
System BIOS
-AMI BIOS with 8Mb SPI ROM
-Supports Plug and Play, STR/STD, Hardware monitor, Multi Boot, DMI
-Supports ACPI revision 3.0 specification
Form Factor
-ATX Size, 305mm*220mm

 

 

Features:

  • Dual core
    Outperforms single-core processors on most multithreaded applications while running at lower clock speeds and consuming less power.

  • 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.

  • Serial-ATA II
    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.

  • 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.

  • DDR2 1066
    Expands memory bandwidth up to 8.5GB/s.

  • Gigabit LAN
    Delivers transfer speed ten times faster than conventional 10/ 100 Ethernet connections, supporting a high transfer rate up to Gigabit/s. Gigabit LAN is the networking standards for the future and is ideal for handing large amount of data such as video, audio, and voice.

  • ATA133
    Supports Ultra DMA 33/66/100/133 IDE devices, data transfer rate up to 133MB/s

  • Ultra I/O Rear Panel
    One eSATA port provides almost over 2 times transferring speed than USB 2.0 high-speed port. 6 USB 2.0 high-speed ports on rear panel makes users more convenient to connect more PC peripherals.

  • NVIDIA PureVideo
    NVIDIA PureVideo technology delivers 20% better HD video quality along with best-in-class 3D performance. Smoothly playback all H.264, VC-1, and MPEG-2 video with minimal CPU usage so the PC is free to do other work.

  • USB 2.0
    USB2.0 is the latest connectivity standard which delivers transfer speeds up to 480Mb/s for easy connectivity and ultra-fast data transfers.

  • HDMI
    The interface supports existing high-definition video formats(720p, 1080i, and even 1080p), plus multi-channel digital audio on a single cable. Combination with HDCP, provides a secure audio/video interface that meets the security requirements of content providers and systems operators.

  • HDCP
    A specification developed by Intel Corporation to protect digital entertainment content across the DVI/HDMI interface. HDCP encrypts transmission of digital content between HDCP-compliant devices that it allows users to enjoy HD content through HDCP-compliant playback software.

  • 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.

  • Over-Clocking
    Maximizes your system performance by selecting overclocking options.

  • ROHS
    ROHS Compliant.

  • 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.

 




  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look (The Motherboard)
  3. Closer Look (The BIOS)
  4. Closer Look (The BIOS continued)
  5. Closer Look (Drivers & Programs)
  6. Specifications & Features
  7. Testing: Setup & Overclocking
  8. Testing: Apophysis, WinRAR
  9. Testing: SPECviewperf 10, PCMark Vantage
  10. Testing: Sandra XII Professional
  11. Testing: ScienceMark, CineBench 10, HD Tune
  12. Testing: Crysis
  13. Testing: Knights of the Sea
  14. Testing: BioShock
  15. Testing: Call of Duty 4
  16. Testing: World in Conflict
  17. Testing: Call of Juarez
  18. Testing: Company of Heroes: Opposing Fronts
  19. Testing: 3DMark06 Professional
  20. Conclusion
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