With the release of the Phenom processors, manufactures have been ramping up production of compatible chipsets to support the new CPU. Following suite, ECS released the A770M-A motherboard, which is their mainstream offering of the AMD 7 series chipset. Here is a quick feature list:
The ECS A770M-A is targeted at the budget market segment for under $70.00 plus shipping. However, ECS packs in a fair amount of important features for the price. The board supports the new Phenom processors. It also has 4 DIMM slots supporting up to 32GB of Dual Channel DDR2-800. On board is GbE, 8 Channel HD Audio (provided by the Realtek ALC883 codec), 4 SATA II (RAID0, 1,0+1), 1 PATA, 6 USB 2.0, 1 eSATA and supports an additional 4 more USB ports provided by front panel connections.
This board is based on the new AMD 770 + SB600 chipset combination. So let’s dig in and find out how it performs out of the box.