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ECS A790GXM-A Black Series

Michael Larabel

Published on 12 October 2008
Written by Michael Larabel
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Earlier this year we had looked at the ECS A780GM-A Black Series motherboard that was powered by AMD's 780G Chipset with SB700 Southbridge. This motherboard worked well with Linux and had received our approval, but since then AMD has introduced their 790GX Chipset with Radeon HD 3300 graphics and SB750 Southbridge. Elitegroup Computer Systems has introduced a new motherboard that relies upon these newest chips. The ECS A790GXM-A Black Series is this newest product and today we are looking at this motherboard at Phoronix.

Features:

Processor
- AMD Phenom processor (Socket AM2+) / AMD Athlon 64 FX / Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core / Athlon 64 / Sempron processor
- High-performance HyperTransport 3.0 CPU Interface
- Support transfer rate up to 5200 mega-transfers per second

Chipset
- AMD 790GX & AMD SB750
- North Bridge: AMD 790GX
- South Bridge: AMD SB750

Graphics
- On Chip (AMD 790GX-based with ATI Radeon HD3300 graphics)
- Integrated DirectX 10 graphics processor
- AMD SidePort Memory: DDR2-800 (64Mx16=128MB)

Memory
- Dual-channel DDR2 memory architecture
- 4 x 240-pin DDR2 DIMM socket support up to 32GB
- Support DDR2 1066/800/667/533/400 DDR2 SDRAM

Expansion Slots
- 2 x PCI Express x16 slots
- 2 x PCI Express x1 slots
- 2 x PCI slots

Storage
- Support by AMD SB750
- 6 x Serial ATAII 3.0Gb/s devices
- RAID0, RAID1, RAID5, RAID 10 configuration

Audio
- Realtek ALC 888S supports 8-channel HD audio
- Compliant with HD audio specification

LAN
- 2 x Realtek RTL 8111C Gigabit Fast Ethernet NIC

System BIOS
- AMI BIOS with 8Mb SPI Flash ROM
- Supports Plug and Play, STR/STD, Hardware monitor, Multi Boot, DMI,HDCP
- Supports ACPI revision 3.0 specification
- Support over-clocking
- ECS M.I.B. utility

Form Factor
- ATX Size, 305mm x 244mm

Contents:

ECS didn't include many accessories with the A780GM-A Black, nor did they with the A790GXM-A. Included with this motherboard were just the ribbon IDE cable, four Serial ATA data cables (with 90 degree rotated heads), metal I/O plate, quick installation guide, support CD, and the user's guide.

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