ECS P45T-A Reviewajmatson - August 5, 2008
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So, how well did the ECS P45T-A do? When run at stock settings, it performed quite well. In almost every test, it was faster than the P43+-based motherboard, and a little behind the X48-based board. However, it did match the X48 a few times. The P45T-A offers some great features like CrossFireX support, an onboard eSATA port, and onboard Power and Reset buttons. This board brings a lot to the table for not a lot of money. If you want to get the latest chipset with great features for very little dough, I would check into the ECS P45T-A. As long as you are not overclocking it, this board is the best bang for your buck.
On the flip side, I did go into this review with high hopes considering the other Black Series boards I have tested, but I was left with a sour taste when it came to the overclocking side of the review. This board just did not like any increase I threw at it. I only achieved a 34MHz boost, which is the lowest overclock I have ever gotten. I attribute this to the weak overclocking options in the BIOS, because even raising the vCore to 1.47v could not get me any higher. Another thing you might want to look out for is the IDE port placement, which is at the bottom of the board. This might pose some severe problems for those of you who use IDE-based optical drives with large cases. I was surprised to see that the PCI Express x16 ports are limited to x8 electrically when two cards are placed in a CrossFireX configuration, but considering the bandwidth that PCI-E 2.0 brings to the table, this should not be an issue.
- Inexpensive compared to other P45 boards
- Onboard eSATA port
- CrossFireX support
- Supports newer 45nm processors
- Enough ports for any need
- Ran fast and stable at stock settings
- Poor placement of the IDE port
- Very little overclocking headroom
- BIOS is too limited for any decent system tweaking
- Heatsinks not enough when overclocking