ECS A780GM-A Ultra Black Series Motherboard ReviewWed, Mar 04, 2009 - 12:00 AM
Introduction and Specs
ECS is no stranger to Legit Reviews, so we will not spend a whole lot of time talking about them as far as an introduction is concerned. They are a company that has been around for quite some time, and has stayed competitive in the motherboard market by introducing mostly budget conscious boards. Their newer “Black Series” of motherboards sees ECS putting a little more into the design and marketing end. The series is attractive in its appearance, and as you will see, is very competitive in its performance.
The ECS A780GM-A Ultra motherboard that we are looking at today is a full-size ATX mainboard that is part of the “Black Series.” It sports the AMD 780G Chipset coupled with the SB750, which has proven to be a very competitive and great performing combination. The SB750 chipset by AMD supports Advanced Clock Calibration (ACC), a new feature which can allow for higher overclocks on Phenom and Phenom II processors due to some internal adjustments that AMD engineers have done that involves connecting unused pins on the Phenom CPU to the SB750 Southbridge in order to change the CPU’s internal timings. This will make it easier to reach some of the higher overclocks long desired by Phenom owners. The ECS A780GM-A uses the SB700 chipset, and the ECS A780GM-A Ultra uses the SB750, so if you want ACC be sure to get the ECS A780GM-A Ultra, which is what we are looking at here today.
Let’s look at the specs and see what the ECS board offers…