ECS KA3MVP Extreme Motherboard – ECS Tries Enthusiast

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The Board: A Closer Look

When it comes to high-end, uber-overclocking, record-breaking motherboard manufacturers, you usually do not think about the ECS.  ECS has been a huge OEM for many years, and has never really produced anything that would be considered top-dog as far as performance goes.  They did have the K7S5A that may bring back alot of memories (good and bad) for those that have been in the overclocking scene for awhile.  I went through a few of those boards myself!  Today, we have the ECS KA3MVP Extreme motherboard to look at.  ECS touts this board, as the name suggests, as an MVP board and they say it is extreme.  Well, let’s take a look at the board and see if it is all that!




  Socket AM2 with AMD Athlon 64 FX/ Athlon 64/ Athlon 64 X2 Dual-Core/ Sempron processor
  Support for 64-bit extended operating systems
  Support transfer rate of 2000/1600/1200/800/400 mega-transfers per second.
  Highly overclockable and robust Hypertransport interface
  ATI CrossFire Xpress 3200
  North Bridge: ATI RD580
  South Bridge: ATI SB600
  Dual-channel DDR2 memory architecture
  4 x 240-pin DDR2 DIMM socket support up to 32GB
  Support DDR2 800/667/533/400 DDR2 SDRAM
  2 x PCI Express x16 slots
  1 x PCI Express x1 slot
  2 x PCI slots
  Supported by SB600
  2 x Ultra DMA133/100/66/33 device
  4 x Serial ATA2 devices
  RAID0, RAID1, RAID10 configuration
  Supported by JMB363
  2 x Ultra DMA133/100/66 devices
  2 x Serial ATA2 devices
  RAID0, RAID1& RAID 0+1 configuration
  Support NCQ&eSATA & Hot plug&Port Multiplier
  Realtek ALC883 8-channel audio CODEC
IEEE 1394a
  VIA VT6308P support 2 x IEEE1394a ports
  Agere E1310I Gigabit LAN controller
  Realtek 8100C 10/100 Mbps Fast Ethernet controller
  1 x PS/2 keyboard & PS/2 mouse connectors
  4 x USB ports
  2 x RJ45 LAN connectors
  1 x Serial port (COM1)
  1 x Audio port (Line-in,4x Line-out, Mic_in)
  2 x Digital SPDIF (Optical & Coaxial) out
  1 x 24-pin ATX Power Supply connector
  1 x 4-pin ATX 12V connector
  1 x Auxiliary 4-pin +12V connector
  2 x IDE connectors
  1 x FDD connector
  6 x Serial ATA connectors
  1 x Speaker header
  1 x IrDA for SIR header
  2 x 1394a headers
  3 x USB 2.0 headers support additional 6 USB ports
  1 x Front panel switch/LED header
  1 x Front panel audio header
  CD in header
  1 x 26-pin LPT header
  CPU / Chassis FAN headers
  1x CPUFAN/1x SYSFAN/3x CASFAN connectors
  Award BIOS with 4Mb Flash ROM
  Supports Plug and Play 1.0A, APM 1.2, Multi Boot, DMI
  Supports ACPI revision 1.0 specification
  ATX Size 305mm*244mm
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