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ECS A785GM-M Motherboard Review

Price: $101.99


Today we are keeping up our look into the AMD 785G chipset, which brings us a powerful integrated graphics platform at an affordable price. The 785G chipset includes the Radeon HD 4200 integrated graphics in a small, yet powerful, design. The A785GM-M motherboard from ECS is an mATX form factor motherboard using the 785G Northbridge and the SB710 Southbridge, which is perfectly designed for that Home Theater PC you have been dreaming of. The ECS A785GM-M is part of ECS's "Black Series" motherboard line, which is aimed toward gamers and enthusiasts who want to push as much out of there system as possible. The 785G chipset that the ECS A785GM-M motherboard uses also supports AM3 processors, including the blistering fast Phenom II series, and DDR3 memory so that you can get the most bang for your buck when choosing your parts for the next big build. Like the past Black Series boards from ECS that packed a huge amount of features into their products, they have followed suit here with the A785GM-M by adding some great features that not only help with making building your system easier but also with every day use as well.  The new eJiffy feature is included with the ECS A785GM-M, as well as solid capacitors to ensure your investment is around for a long time. Without further ado, let's tear into the packaging and see what this board has to offer.

Closer Look:

The ECS A785GM-M motherboard comes packaged in a "Black Series" theme with several of the supporting hardware logos and supporting features. On the reverse side of the box, there is a break down of some of the features that stand out on the board including the eJiffy and durability features. There is also a picture of the board so you can see exactly what it looks like prior to purchase.  On the bottom of the rear panel is the breakdown of the specifications for the board including the chipset and hardware it supports.











Opening the box lets you see what is included with the ECS A785GM-M motherboard. There are four SATA cables which have the 90-degree connectors on one of the ends, an IDE cable, the I/O shield, the manuals and setup guides, the driver CD and the eJiffy quick boot installation CD.





Now that we have the board out, let's take more look at the detail of it close up.

  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: BioShock
  15. Testing: Call of Duty: World at War
  16. Testing: Dead Space
  17. Testing: Fallout 3
  18. Testing: Left 4 Dead
  19. Testing: 3DMark06 Professional
  20. Testing: 3DMark Vantage Professional
  21. Conclusion
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