ECS PN1 SLI2 Extreme Motherboard Review

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ECS, Core 2 Duo, and Extreme. Do they all fit together?

ecs pn1 sli2 review

ECS has done their best in the recent past to try and compete with the big dogs in the enthusiast market.   Their efforts have not gone unnoticed, and boards like the
KA3 Extreme that we reviewed here at LR did very well, and was even given our value award.  They have been able to produce some very nice boards, with great looks and features and that include pretty nice bundles as well.  Today we are going to look at another of their offerings in the “Extreme” series.  This one is called the PN1 SLI2 Extreme, and is an Nvidia chipset board that is designed for the Intel S775 platform.  WIll this board have what it takes to be an Extreme board in the market?  Let’s find out!

Take a look at the specs:

CPU
  • Socket 775 Intel Core 2 Extreme, Core 2 Duo, Pentium D,
    Pentium 4 Processors
  • High Performance Hyperthreading CPU Interface
  • Supports Up to 1066/800/533MHz FSB
Chipsets
  • North Bridge: NVIDIA nForce 590 SLI Crush19
  • South Bridge: NVIDIA MCP55
Memory
  • Dual-Channel DDR2 Memory
  • 4 x 240-pin DDR2 SDRAM DIMM up to 16GB Memory
  • Non-ECC, Unbuffered DDR2 DIMMs
Expansion Slots
  • 2 x PCI Express x16 Slots (SLI Mode: 2 x16)
  • 2 x PCI Express x1 Slots
  • 1 x PCI Express x4 Slot
  • 2 x PCI Slots
Storage
  • Supported by NVIDIA MCP55 Southbridge
  • 1 x Ultra DMA 133/100/66/33 connector
  • 6 x SATAII 3.0Gb/s devices
  • RAID0, RAID1, RAID1+0, RAID5, JBOD Configurations
IEEE 1394b
  • TI IEEE 1394b Controller
  • Supports 2 x IEEE 1394b Ports up to 800Mb/s
Audio
  • Realtek 8 Channel Audio CODEC
  • High Definition Audio CODEC Compliant
Dual LAN
  • 2 x Marvell GIGA-LAN PHY
Rear Panel I/O
  • 2 x PS/2 Keyboard and Mouse Ports
  • 4 x USB Ports
  • 2 x RJ45 LAN Ports
  • 1 x 1394a Port
  • 1 x 1394b Port
  • 1 x SPDIF Out Port
  • Audio Jacks: Line-in, Microphone, and 8 Channels Line-out
BIOS Features
  • Award BIOS with 4MB Flash ROM
  • Supports Plug and Play 1.0A, APM 1.2, Multi Boot, DMI
  • Supports ACPI Revision 2.0 Specification
Internal I/O
  • 1 x 24-pin ATX Power Supply Connector
  • 1 x 8-pin 12V Connector
  • 1 x Auxiliary 4-pin + 12V Onboard Graphics Card Power
    Connector
  • 1 x Floppy Connector – Supports 360K ~ 2.88M Bytes, 3 Mode
    FDDs
  • 1 x Serial Header
  • 1 x J1C1 Header
  • 1 x IDE Connector
  • 6 x Serial ATA Connectors
  • 3 x USB 2.0 Headers with an additional 6 USB Ports
  • 1 x 1394b Header
  • 1 x Front Panel Switch/LED Header
  • 1 x Front Panel Audio Header
  • 1 x MCP55 Fan, 1 x C19 Fan, 1 x CPU Fan, 2 x System Fan
    Connectors
Form Factor
  • Full ATX
  • 305mm x 244mm Dimensions

Let’s get a closer look at the layout of the board.

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