ECS is getting back in the saddle not only with new motherboards but also a move into the world of all-in-one computers to go against the likes of Zotac and even ASUS. Let's check out the newest motherboard options in the ECS Black Series line up first.
We already showed the new ECS P67H2-A in our quick Sandy Bridge post from Computex
but it's worth another look here. Obviously using the new Intel 6-series chipsets (can you say the P67?) this motherboard will support the next-generation of Intel processors due in Q1 of 2011; though we will probably get initial performance information later in the fall. ECS added support for four SATA 6G connections, four USB 3.0 ports and dual Gigabit Ethernet connections.
The ECS P55H-AK is another addition to the Black Series of boards that includes support for the current Lynnfield and Clarkdale processors while adding the same four channels of SATA 6G and four channels of USB 3.0. This could be the first motherboard available offering four each of these next-gen connectivity options.
This little guy is one of ECS's creations to directly compete in the market that Zotac has previously dominated - mini-ITX offerings. The H55H-I will support the Core i5 and i3 processors with Intel HD graphics, includes 10 USB 2.0 ports, HDMI, DVI and VGA outputs, 7.1 channel audio and more. What's even better? ECS says this board will run for well under $100 compared to the $140 or so for the Zotac options.
Another seemingly direct response to Zotac is the new Net Box series; this image shows the i.MX51 model that uses a Freescale-based design with Linux operating system though ECS will have Atom-based options soon as well.
Soon you will see ECS enter the all-in-one computer market with the G10 line that features a 21.5-in optical multi-touch screen with a 1080p resolution as well as a full desktop system. The specs on this model (G10-Touch) include the new Core i7-875K unlocked processor, H57 motherboard, 3.5-in HDD support, slim DVD/BD drive and a discrete single slot graphics cards (9800 GT).
ECS had another model on display that used a glasses-less 3D panel (G10-3D) that worked pretty well but required a very exact sitting and viewing position to get the right effect.
The benefit of these G10 designs is that they use standard desktop components and can be upgraded by the end user. Here you can see the single slot graphics card plugged into the display and when the back casing is removed you could upgrade the motherboard, hard drive, CPU, memory and just about anything else.