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ECS A780GM-A AMD 780G Motherboard Review

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Introduction and Specifications

ECS A780GM-A Motherboard Review

 


The ECS A780GM-A Black Series motherboard features the recently released AMD 780G and SB700 chipset combination. The 780G chipset brings a new feature set to the platform, including DX10 graphics (supplied by the on-board HD3200 IGP), support For the Phenom Quad Core AMD processors and ATI Hybrid Graphics Technology. “ATI Hybrid Graphics allows both an AMD 780 Chipset graphics processor and a discrete graphics processor to communicate and work co-operatively yet independent of each other on an AMD-based system to help provide better performance, productivity and power efficiency. Additionally, in systems operating under Windows Vista, ATI Hybrid Graphics can provide the ability for an integrated graphics processor and a discrete graphics processor to work simultaneously for high performance or dynamically for additional power savings.” For additional information on the 780G chipset see PCPer’s very own 780G editorial here.

Specifications (from ECS.com)

  CPU
  AMD Phenom™ processor (Socket AM2+)
  AMD 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® 780G & AMD® SB700
  North Bridge: AMD® 780G
  South Bridge: AMD® SB700
  GRAPHICS
  On Chip (AMD 780G-based with ATI™ Radeon HD3200 graphics)
  Integrated DirectX10 graphics processor
  Max Dynamic Hyper Memory: 1920MB
  MEMORY
  Dual-channel DDR2 800 memory architecture
  4 x 240-pin DDR2 DIMM socket support up to 32GB
  Support DDR2 1066/800/667/533/400 DDR2 SDRAM
  EXPANSION SLOT
  1 x PCI Express x16 slot
  2 x PCI Express x1 slots
  3 x PCI slots
  STORAGE
  Support by AMD SB700
   2 x Ultra DMA133/100/66 devices
   5 x Serial ATA 3.0Gb/s devices
   RAID0, RAID1, RAID10 configuration
  AUDIO
  Compliant with HD specification
  IDT 92HD206 8-channel audio CODEC
  LAN
  ATHEROS L1 Gigabit Fast Ethernet NIC
  REAR PANEL I/O
  1 x PS/2 keyboard & PS/2 mouse connectors
  1 x External SATA port
  6 x USB ports
  1 x Gigabit Ethernet Port
  1 x Audio port (Line-in, Line-out, Mic-in)
  1 x VGA port
  1 x HDMI Port
  INTERNAL I/O CONNECTORS & HEADERS
  1 x FDD connector
  5 x Serial ATA connectors
  1 x 24-pin ATX Power Supply connector
  1 x 4-pin ATX 12V connector
  CPUFAN/PWRFAN/SYSFAN connectors
  1 x IDE connector
  1 x Speaker header
  1 x Front panel switch/LED header
  1 x Front panel audio header
  1 x SPDIF out header
  CD in header
  3 x USB 2.0 headers support additional 6 USB ports
  1 x COM1 header
  SYSTEM BIOS
  AMI BIOS with 8Mb SPI ROM
  Supports Plug and Play, STR/STD, Hardware monitor, Multi Boot, DMI,HDCP
  Supports ACPI revision 3.0 specification
  FORM FACTOR
  ATX Form Factor, 305*220mm
 


Unlike most of the 780G boards that are M-ATX form factor, the ECS A780GM-A Black Series motherboard is a full size ATX board. ECS engineers probably figured with an overabundance of M-ATX 780G boards already on the market, some users would prefer the additional flexibility that a larger number of expansion ports would provide.

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