CES 2007 – Day Three Show Coverage From Las VegasThu, Jan 11, 2007 - 12:00 AM
ECS Predicts Slow Year, But Ramping Up VGA
When it comes to computer hardware ECS Elitegroup only had two motherboards on display, with one being for Intel and the other AMD. ECS believes that 2007 will be a slow year for motherboards and they plan on putting much of their efforts into their mainstream product series, so be prepared! The PN2 SLI2+ that is was on display is designed off the reference NVIDIA 680i SLI motherboard, so performance should be on par with what reviews are already online. On the AMD side the KN3 SLI2 platform took center light thanks to the NVIDIA nForce 590 SLI chipset powering that AMD AM2 platform. We also got a chance to talk to ECS about the PN1 SLI2 Extreme motherboard we reviewed just a couple weeks ago and found out that less than one thousand pieces were shipped into the United States and that no more are expected to be made. As expected the nForce 590 SLI motherboards came out too late and the nForce 680i SLI series has taken the thunder away from the nForce 5 series.
Other than the couple motherboards on display, ECS had Company of Heroes up an running on some of their own video cards. With the motherboard market slowing down it seems that ECS will have the time to ramp up their VGA line some more, which is good news for all. The above picture shows the $225 ECS N7950GT-512MX GeForce 7950GT up and running CoH with Vista. The ECS GeForce 7900 series graphics cards in the booth were doing just fine and we wouldn’t be shocked if ECS doesn’t has some GeForce 8 series to offer in the coming months.