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ECS A790GXM-A Review

Price: $128.00


With the wealth of motherboards that are available for your choice of processor where do you begin to start when deciding? Even if you narrow it down to a specific chipset you have not finished there because different manufactures add and take out options based on what they anticipate their consumers will use. Today we are going to be taking a look at the ECS A790GXM-A motherboard which is based off of the AMD 790GX chipset. This chipset consists of the AMD 790GX Northbridge and the AMD SB750 Southbridge and supports features like 140w processors, CrossFireX, and has integrated video onboard via the HD 3300 GPU with Sideport memory. So what does all of this offer to you? Well let's get inside the board and take a look at what she can do.


Closer Look:

If you have seen the boxes that ECS has made for their Black Series line of motherboards then this will look very familiar to you. The front of the package has the Black Series logo and mascot and is surrounded by several product logos and specific features that are on the A790GXM-A board. The back has a picture of the board so you get a sense of the layout before purchase and has more specifications pointing out the highlights of the motherboard.






Once you get the box open you can get a look at the bundle included with the motherboard. In addition to the board itself there is the manual, Driver CD, quick install guide, I/O shield plate, IDE cable, and four SATA cables. ECS keeps the costs down by eliminating a lot of the bulk included with their motherboards that most people do not use anyway.




Now we have the board out of the box how about we take a closer look at it.

  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: Specview 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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