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ECS A770M-A Review


Closer Look:

The A770M-A is an entry level AMD 7 series (770/790X/790FX) ATX size motherboard for the Spider platform (when paired with a Phenom CPU and ATI 3800 series graphics card). Upon first glance, the layout of the board looks promising. It has support for the Quad Core Phenom CPU as well as Dual and Single Core AM2 CPUs, so current AM2 users have an easy upgrade path to the Spider platform that should not break the bank all at once. The rear of the board is standard fare with no obstructions on the back.









We’ll start the tour of the A770M-A with the backplane connectors. There are PS/2 connectors for legacy keyboard and mouse, followed by a serial port (ECS keepin’ it old school). Next is an E-SATA port and six USB 2.0 ports. A Gigabit LAN port and 8.1 HD Audio round out the back. Moving to the expansion slots, there are two PCI-E x1 slots, one PCI-E x16 slot and three PCI slots. Tucked in at the lower left hand corner are the additional audio connections for the front panel, CD in, and S/PDIF.



Moving to the lower right hand side, there are two additional USB 2.0 connectors, and next to those are the front panel power/reset/activity LED connections.



Starting up the right side, there are four SATA ports that sit next to the AMD SB600 Southbridge, which is under a passively cooled heatsink with the ECS logo. Above that are the CMOS battery, CLR CMOS jumper, AMI BIOS, and one ATA133 IDE connector.



  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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