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ECS HDC-I Review


Closer Look:

The board itself is pretty sleek; ECS opted for a black and dark-grey theme. The chipset heatsink takes up about a fifth of the board and is topped with an ultra-quiet 40mm fan. To the left of it, you'll find the Mini PCI-Express slot. Though this is intended for the included Wi-Fi card, this is a completely standard slot and can accommodate any card. To the right are the two DDR3 DIMM slots. Overall, the board maintains a very standard layout with connectors placed close to the edges and in logical locations.  















The I/O panel of the HDC-I is extremely well equipped. The VGA, DVI, and HDMI connections are all provided by the integrated HD 6310 graphics. In the audio department you'll find standard 5.1 analog connections along with a Toslink S/PDIF output. There are six USB 2.0 ports; four standard black ports and two red ports with extra power for USB charging. In addition, there are two more blue USB 3.0 ports, which of course are backwards compatible to 2.0. Aside from the standard gigabit Ethernet, ECS also provides a single eSATA 6.0Gb/s port. The blue dongle-looking item is the integrated Bluetooth receiver; despite appearances, it is not removable.


The HDC-I has the full compliment of standard internal connections. On the far left is the standard front panel HD Audio header. Right next to it is the front panel connections header, which strangely has its labels on the other side of the heatsink. Next to that are the two USB 2.0 headers, followed by four SATA 3.0 connectors. Along the bottom you'll find a PCI-Express 2.0 x16 slot, and although it does not support the full x16 bandwidth, it is capable of running full-size graphics cards.


Once we take the heatsink off we can get a closer look at the Fusion APU and Hudson-M1 FCH. The APU contains both the Zacate CPU and the HD 6310 GPU; an amazing piece of engineering considering its small die size and 40nm process. The dual-core processor is clocked at 1.6GHz with an L2 cache of 512KB per core. Out of the box, the core voltage ranges from 1.25V to 1.35V with a maximum TDP of 18 watts. The integrated HD 6310 GPU supports DirectX 11 and has a core clock speed of 500MHz. The southbridge chip is the AMD Hudson-M1 FCH (Fusion Controller Hub). The FCH supports up to six SATA 3.0 interfaces with AHCI 1.2 support and 4-channel HD Audio.




With the hardware out of the way, let's check out the BIOS.

  1. Introduction and Closer Look
  2. Closer Look: The Motherboard
  3. Closer Look:BIOS
  4. Specifications & Features
  5. Setup & Overclocking
  6. Testing: Apophysis, WinRar, Geekbench, Bibble 5
  7. Testing: Office 2007, POV Ray, PCMark Vantage
  8. Testing: SiSoft Sandra 2011
  9. Testing: Sciencemark, Cinebench, HD Tune
  10. Testing: Far Cry 2
  11. Testing: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
  12. Testing: Batman: Arkham Asylum
  13. Testing: 3DMark 06
  14. Testing: 3DMark Vantage
  15. Extras: Power Consumption & Temperatures
  16. Conclusion
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