Written by Michael Larabel in Motherboards on 15 May 2006. Page 1 of 10. Add A Comment

The last time we had an ECS Elitegroup product in our facilities was when sampling the ECS PF5 Extreme back in February of this year. This i945P + ICH7R solution had performed fairly well, with a set of well-rounded features. The motherboard we have our hands on this time around from ECS Elitegroup is the C19-A SLI. The ECS C19-A SLI boasts official support for Scalable Link Interface (SLI) thanks to the NVIDIA C19XE + MCP51 combination, as well as formally supporting most of the features that the Chipset offers. Among the added benefits are Gigabit LAN and Realtek ALC883 8-channel audio. At Phoronix, we have put the ECS Elitegroup C19-A SLI through its rigorous paces, and today we have up our findings from this long investigation.


· LGA775 socket for Intel Pentium 4 / Pentium D processor
· FSB 1066/800 MHz
· Support Hyper-Threading Technology

· North Bridge: NVIDIA C19XE
· South Bridge: NVIDIA MCP51

· Dual-channel DDR2 memory architecture
· 4 x 240-pin DDR2 DIMM socket support up to 16GB
· Support DDR2 533/667 DDR SDRAM

· Supported by NVIDIA MCP51
-- 4 x Ultra DMA133/100/66 devices
-- 4 x Serial ATA devices
· RAID0, RAID1, RAID0+1, RAID5 configuration

· Realtek ALC883 8-channel audio CODEC

· Marvell 88E1115 Gigabit LAN controller

Form Factor
· ATX Size -- 305mm x 244mm


Since we last looked at an ECS Elitegroup product in the form of the PF5 Extreme, the design folks at ECS have certainly taken some strides to create a vibrant package for the C19-A SLI. On the exterior is a sword wielding mythical warrior, and listed all over the packaging are the features and specifications -- ranging from using the nForce4 SLI XE Chipset to supporting a 1066MHz FSB CPU. Inside of the container was the C19-A SLI ATX motherboard itself, user manual, Windows driver CD, NVIDIA SLI insert, IDE ribbon cable, FDD ribbon cable, SLI bridge, SLI bracket, I/O bracket, one SATA power cable, and one SATA data cable. For being a budget-oriented motherboard, the included accessories should be sufficient for most basic setups.

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