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AOpen, ECS, Foxconn SiS760GX Motherboard Reviews

Subject: Motherboards
Manufacturer: SiS
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Introduction and Specs

For the gamer and serious computer user, when it came time to pick an AMD platform they have reached for the Socket 939. While that socket platform is great at providing better performance, AMD's Socket 754 is a more logical choice for a budget platform since the CPUs and motherboards are a bit cheaper.





Today we are looking at three such mainboards using the SiS760GX from ECS, Foxconn, and AOpen. While these boards have no real 'enthusiast' features to speak of, they are very affordable and have some nice features like the micro ATX form-factor and onboard SiS Mirage 2 video.


For you hardcore gamers, modders, and power users, I encourage you to continue reading as I think the board size and the performance will give you some interesting ideas for a new budget system.


SiS760GX Primer


For those of you unfamiliar with the SiS760GX chipset, it is an AMD chipset supporting:



  • HyperTransport bus up to 1600MT/s

  • SiS Mirage2 integrated graphics (DirectX 8.1 compliant, 32/64/128MB shared memory)

  • AGP 8x

  • dual ATA133 IDE channels

  • dual SATA 1.0 in RAID 0, 1, JBOD

  • AC'97 v2.3

  • 10/100 MB LAN

There's nothing here too radical in this feature line-up with the exception of the Mirage 2 graphics, and the dual ATA133 channels. While the integrated graphics will not turn heads amoung the enthusiasts, it is an interesting cost-cutting feature for general and casual users, and businesses. We will evaluate the performance of this feature later in this article.



While VIA, NVIDIA, and Intel have all gone the route with a single channel, SiS holds onto the dual-channel to help support many customers with older legacy drives (like yours truly). For anyone looking to keep using their old drives and reduce upgrade costs, this is a very welcome feature.


 


Specifications



















































 


AOpen
s760GXm-S

ECS
760GX-M
Foxconn
760GXK8MB-ERS

Memory


DDR 333MHz, 400MHz


Memory Slots


DDR - 2 slots


Memory Capacity


DDR - 2GB


Drive Connectivity


4x IDE
2x SATA RAID (RAID 0,1, JBOD)


Video


SiS Mirage 2 Graphics


Audio


Realtek ALC655 (AC'97)

Realtek ALC658 (AC'97) Realtek ALC655(AC'97)

Analog Audio Connectivity


Speaker-out, Line-in, Microphone
(Jack Sensing)


Digital Audio Connectivity


None


Network


Realtek RTL8100C
(10/100MB)

Realtek RTL8100C
(10/100MB)
Realtek
RTL820128L (10/100MB)

USB 2.0


- 4x on rear I/O
- 4x spare on two onboard headers

- 4x on rear I/O
- 4x spare on two onboard headers
- 4x on rear I/O
- 4x spare on two onboard headers
- includes 2-port USB bracket

Firewire IEEE1394

None None

- 1x IEEE1394a on rear I/O
- 1x IEEE1394 onboard header

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