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ECS A770M-A Review

Price: $69.99


We have been hearing about AM2+ for a while now and there have been many vendors releasing specs on their version, but there aren't many options out there to actually purchase one. ECS released the A770M-A motherboard, which is a mainstream part of the AMD 7 series chipsets for the Spider platform. The wait is finally over and AM2+ is here. Was it worth the wait?

The ECS A770M-A is targeted at the entry level mainstream user with a price point to match. The AM2+ is AMD’s stopgap between AM2 with DDR2 support, and full blown AM3, which will move to DDR3 support sometime in 2008.


Closer Look:

The ECS A770M-A packaging proudly states the 20th anniversary of ECS, along with the features of the new AM2+ chipset on the front. Flipping it over to the back, you get the breakdown of the new technologies implemented with the chipset such as HT 3.0, PCI-E 2.0, and support for the Phenom line of processors.




Opening the box reveals the sparse accessory package along with the manuals and install CD. Getting the partition out of the way, you get the first look of AM2+ goodness wrapped in the anti-static bag.



  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look (The Motherboard)
  3. Closer Look (The Motherboard continued)
  4. Installation
  5. Closer Look (The Bios)
  6. Closer Look (The Bios Continued)
  7. Configuration
  8. Specifications & Features
  9. Testing (Setup, Overclocking)
  10. Testing (Apophysis, WinRar)
  11. Testing (SpecView)
  12. Testing (PcMark05 Professional)
  13. Testing (Sisoft Sandra XII Professional)
  14. Testing (ScienceMark, Cinebench, HdTune)
  15. Testing (F.E.A.R.)
  16. Testing (BioShock)
  17. Testing (Call of Duty 4)
  18. Testing (Quake 4)
  19. Testing (Need For Speed Most Wanted)
  20. Testing (3Dmark 06)
  21. Testing (Crysis)
  22. Conclusion
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