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ECS X58B-A Review


Closer Look:

ECS has provided a bundle with the X58B-A that is sufficient, allowing you the ability to utilize just about all of the onboard connectivity. Documentation is limited to the driver disc and the manual. Other items include SATA cables, the I/O shield, USB 2.0/1394a expansion bracket and one item not always seen with a bundle, an eSATA cable.



















The I/O shield is an improvement over the part used on the last ECS board I looked at with the outside painted black with each port clearly marked. Connectivity options include an eSATA cable to take advantage of the eSATA ports on the I/O panel. An included eSATA cable is something no other X58 based board I have looked at has included. THe X58B-A comes with five SATA cables that feature one 90 degree fitting on each cable, making wire management that much easier. The USB/1394a bracket adds additional connectivity and still leaves two onboard USB headers for use with the front panel connections.




While the bundle is slim, it works for what is needed.


  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look (Bundled Accessories)
  3. Closer Look (The Motherboard)
  4. Closer Look (The Bios)
  5. Closer Look (The Bios Continued)
  6. Closer Look (Drivers & Programs)
  7. Specifications & Features
  8. Testing: Setup & Overclocking
  9. Testing: Apophysis, WinRar)
  10. Testing: (Specview10, PCMark Vantage
  11. Testing: (SiSoft Sandra 2009)
  12. Testing: (ScienceMark 2.0, Cinebench 10,HDTune 2.55)
  13. Testing: Far Cry 2
  14. Testing: Crysis Warhead
  15. Testing: Bioshock
  16. Testing: Call of Duty World at War
  17. Testing: Dead Space
  18. Testing: Fallout 3
  19. Testing: Left 4 Dead
  20. Testing: 3DMark 06 Professional
  21. Testing: 3DMark Vantage
  22. Conclusion
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