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ECS X58B-A Black Edition Motherboard Review
|Manufacturer:||Elitegroup Computer Systems (ECS)|
|Product:||ECS X58B-A Motherboard|
|Date:||Wed, Dec 31, 2008 - 12:00 AM|
|Written By:||Chris Morrell -|
Unfortunately since this is my first X58 review I haven't got a lot of data to compare against so this looks more like a Core i7 versus Core 2 Quad shootout. That being said, Core i7 stomps Core 2 whenever multi-threading is involved. Core i7's excessive amounts of bandwidth also give it the performance to beat Core 2 even when it's running at a slower frequency.
The ECS X58B-A was incredibly stable through all the testing, something to be expected from a major OEM manufacturer where stability is critical. Overclocking stability was also impressive with a 185MHz base clock achieved when I was expecting no overclock. Add in the inclusion of ICH10R, SLI and CrossFire support, and 6 DIMM slots and you've got a well equipped motherboard ready for the average consumer.
The X58B-A is definitely not a board for the extreme overclocker. But if you aren't looking into overclocking and just need 24/7 stability then this is definitely a viable option. Being an entry level motherboard, I find the pricing of the ECS X58B-A to be a few dollars too high and would prefer to see it around the $225 price range to compete with MSI's X58 Platinum. Perhaps after the holidays the prices will drop to more appropriate levels.
Legit Bottom Line: ECS launches another quality budget board with performance features.
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Page 1 - The ECS X58B-A Motherboard
Page 2 - ECS X58B-A Box and Board
Page 3 - ECS X58B-A BIOS Images
Page 4 - Test Setup
Page 5 - Mathmatic Tests
Page 6 - Image Tests
Page 7 - 3DMark Vantage
Page 8 - Throughput Tests
Page 9 - Overclocking
Page 10 - Conclusion