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ECS A785GM-AD3 Motherboard Review


Power Management:

The Power Management page is where changes to the power managment operations are made. Here you can change the ACPI Suspend Type and choose which device can resume your system operations.


















PCI/PnP Setup / PC Health Status:

The PCI/PnP page is where you can make changes to the to devices that are installed on the PCI bus. There is only one option found here, which lets you allocate the IRQ or interrupt request line to the PCI VGA card. The PC Health Status is where you can monitor system voltages, temperatures and fan speeds. Here you can also set a shut-down temperature in case the CPU, Northbridge or System get too hot, as well change settings to the SMART Fan Controller.




Motherboard Intelligent BIOS II:

The last page of the BIOS is the M.I.B. II, which stands for Motherboard Intelligent BIOS II. This is where all of the overclocking options for the ECS A785GM-AD3 motherboard will be done. From here you can change settings such as the frequencies, multipliers and voltages. To overclock the CPU, the M.I.B II allows you to raise the CPU Frequency, change the multiplier, adjust the HT frequency and raise the voltages. Overclocking the memory can also be done, but it is done in a different screen called the Memory configuration menu, which is the first option in the M.I.B II screen. This menu allows you to change the DRAM Frequency, set the memory timings as well as make changes to the bank and channel interleaving. The M.I.B II also includes Advanced Clock Calibration, which can aid in unlocking some processor's extra cores that were disabled by AMD. The overclocking options on the ECS A785GM-AD3 is well set-up and even a novice would have no issue navigating their way around this menu.



Now that we have had a look at the BIOS of the ECS A785G-AD3, we can get to the benchmarks.

  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look: The Motherboard
  3. Closer Look: Drivers & Programs
  4. Closer Look: The BIOS
  5. Closer Look: The BIOS (Continued)
  6. Specifications & Features
  7. Testing: Setup & Overclocking
  8. Testing: Apophysis, WinRAR
  9. Testing: Office 2007, POV Ray 3.7, PcMark Vantage
  10. Testing: Sandra 2009 Professional
  11. Testing: ScienceMark, CineBench 10, HD Tune
  12. Testing: Far Cry 2
  13. Testing: Crysis Warhead
  14. Testing: Call of Duty: World at War
  15. Testing: Fallout 3
  16. Testing: Left 4 Dead
  17. Testing: 3DMark06 Professional
  18. Testing: 3DMark Vantage Professional
  19. Conclusion
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