ECS A770M-A Socket AM2+ Motherboard Review

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The Test System

The test system was running Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit with all available Microsoft updates current up too time of testing.  NVIDIA Forceware 169.25 drivers were used on the EVGA GeForce 8800 GTS 640MB graphics card. The included mainboard drivers on the ECS CD kept giving me a, “Vista 64 not supported” error so current chipset drivers were downloaded from the AMD website without further incident.

ECS A770M-A Motherboard Review Installation

The board employed for comparison purposes, is an older GIGABYTE 570 SLI Nvidia based Socket AM2 chipset. This will provide an overall impression, on how this new mainstream chipset from AMD, stacks up against the well established NVIDIA offerings.

 

Intel Test Platform

Component

Brand/Model

Live Pricing

Processor

AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+ Brisbane 2.6GHz

Motherboard

ECS A770M-A
GIGABYTE GA-M57SLI-S4

Memory

CORSAIR XMS2 2GB DDR2800 PC26400 Dual Channel Kit

Video Card

EVGA 640-P2-N829-A3 GeForce 8800GTS 640MB

Hard Drive

250GB DIAMONDMAX 10 SATA HD 16MB 7200RPM

Power Supply

Thermaltake W0116RU 750W Power Supply

Operating System

Windows Vista Ultimate 64bit

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