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ECS A770M-A Review


Closer Look:

The BIOS is where the tweaker lives. The ECS A770M-A uses an American Megatrends, Inc. (AMI) BIOS where you can adjust performance and tune settings for optimal performance whether running stock clocks or overclocked. The A770M-A BIOS has eight different BIOS screens you can navigate to adjust settings.




Standard CMOS Setup:

Starting with the Standard CMOS Setup screen, this is the place to adjust your system date and time and IDE channels. When your system powers on, this is where it gets the info for the system time and IDE channels that flash when booting.



Advanced Setup:

In the Advanced setup you get a chance to configure CPU virtualization (for running multiple simultaneous Virtual Machines in full isolation), Cool & Quiet, and your boot order.



Advanced Chipset Setup:

Advanced Chipset is where the HyperTransport and Memory configurations reside. Starting with HT you can set the CPU to NB Link, HT3 Power State, and spread spectrum. Moving into the Memory config shows where the memory timings are hiding. The ECS BIOS is very basic, but gives you control over the most useful timings.








Integrated Peripherals:

Integrated Peripherals allows you to configure the IDE/SATA/Audio/RAID/LAN and USB functions on the motherboard.



  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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