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ECS A890GXM-A 890GX Review

Price: $120 to $150


The Black Series of motherboards from ECS is a line of products that are designed to break this already well established company into the enthusiast market. This series of motherboards comes with features such as all solid capacitors and heatpipe cooling solutions for the excessively hot areas of the motherboard. These features are standard for the high-end market and are used on almost all expensive boards, regardless of which company produces it. So, to take their design beyond what others offer, ECS has introduced "15μ of gold contacts to the motherboards. This gold plating is found on the CPU and memory areas, making them more durable to corrosion and wear. This use of "15μ gold contacts has been used on a few other boards released from ECS and it has now found its way onto their newest board, based on AMD's 890GX chipset. The 890GX is the latest from the engineers over at AMD and it comes paired with the SB850 Southbridge. The use of this new chipset finally gives AMD users support for SATA 6Gb/s and USB 3.0. One of these technologies will enhance your system speed and the other will transfer data at much higher rates making for a more enjoyable computing experience. This offering from ECS looks to have a lot of potential.  When paired with the new 890GX/SB850 chipset it could be a board well suited for the high-end market.

Closer Look:

The ECS A890GXM-A comes in a black box with an image of a dragon standing next to a women that is wielding an axe. The dragon on the front of the packing is as familiar to the Black Series as the name is, and all the products from this Series that I have reviewed have came with a dragon on the front. Other than the images, you also get a list of supported processors, technology support, and some included programs. Below these are three of the features that ECS wanted to stand out. The first is Dual Gigabit LAN with Teaming, the second is the "15μ gold contacts, and the third is eJIFFY. The back of the packaging has more details about the features listed on the front, as well as a list of support and specifications. The back panel also has an image of the motherboard, with it being rotated so most of it is visible including the rear I/O panel.










With the box open, you find the manual, drivers disk, and installation guide sitting on top of a cardboard insert. Below this you will find the motherboard wrapped in an antistatic bag and the rest of the accessories, which are four SATA cables and the rear I/O shield.




With the board out of the box, we can start to get a closer look at what the new AMD 890GX/SB750 chipset is really about.

  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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