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ECS A785GM-M Motherboard Review



Going into the ECS A785GM-M review, I have been very anxious to see how it performs. ECS has been producing some stable boards with the Black series and with the features that the A785GM-M offers it intrigues me greatly. To test the ECS A785GM-M motherboard, I will be running a series of tests designed to stress the motherboard using scientific and video benchmarks. This will give us a score based on the aspects of the tests which will be compared to the scores of several other motherboards around its class, to see how it stands out among the competition. Included in the comparisons are two other 785G based motherboard and a 790GX based board to see how it stands. To keep any outside interference with the scores, all of the hardware will be run at the same speeds, timings, and latencies unless otherwise noted.


DDR3 Testing Setup:


Comparison Boards:


Overclocked settings:

  • Processor: Phenom II X4 965 @ 3.735GHz 1.5v
  • System Memory: OCZ Spec Ops 2x2GB @ 1660MHz 7-7-7-20

Since the AMD Phenom II X4 965 is a Black Edition processor with the unlocked multiplier, I started off the overclocking by pushing up the multiplier as I normally do. On the ECS A785GM-M, the furthest that it would go before it started to lock up on my was at 18x. Anything after that, even by a half multiplier, would not boot even after I upped the CPU voltage to 1.55v for testing purposes. With my wall of 18x on the multiplier, I started to push up the reference clock slightly until again I could no longer boot and run a benchmark stably. I was able to boot into the system at 215MHz but it was not stable at all until I backed off to 208MHz then I could successfully run the benchmarks without any locking up or blue screens. With this, I ran the overclocked tests at 3.735GHz which is 208 x 18 at 1.5 volts.







  • Scientific & Data:
  1. Apophysis
  2. WinRAR
  3. Excel 2007
  4. PCMark Vantage Professional
  5. Sandra XII
  6. ScienceMark 2.02
  7. Cinebench 10
  8. HD Tune 2.55
  • Video:
  1. Far Cry 2
  2. Crysis Warhead
  3. BioShock
  4. Call of Duty: World at War
  5. Dead Space 
  6. Fallout 3 
  7. Left 4 Dead
  8. 3DMark 06 Professional
  9. 3DMark Vantage

  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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