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ECS A890GXM-A AM3 Motherboard Review

Subject: Motherboards
Manufacturer: Elitegroup

Introduction and Features

ECS puts 890GX chipset to work in A890GXM-A board

Courtesy of ECS

ECS continues to bring more aggressively priced motherboards to market in both Intel and AMD flavors. Their newest AM3 lineup includes six motherboards sporting the AMD 890GX chipset. We have the A890GXM-A (v1.0) on our test bench to evaluate some of the performance advantages available with this platform as well as the addition of native SATA 6GB/s support via the SB850.


Here's a quick overview of the 890GX architecture that includes support for 14 USB 2.0 devices, HD audio, and triple CrossfireX graphics cards (x16 or 8x8 or 8x8x4). Add DDR3-1333 and native SATA 3.0 support and you have a pretty impressive chipset that should give us a nice performance boost over the 785G and 790GX chipsets.


Courtesy of ECS

The ECS A890GXM-A also features Hybrid CrossfireX technology, 7.1 high definition audio and playback, eSATA, and five SATA 6GB/s ports. It also supports triple CrossfireX graphics configurations and multiple video output options including VGA, DVI, and HDMI on board courtesy of the 890GX chipset.





M.I.B. III brings the same convenience interface of overclocking as M.I.B. II, it also comes with advance range of frequency tuning for CPU/MEMORY/PCI-E bus speed to take the system performance to superior level. Icon please access the following address.  

4most Display

Features complete onboard HDMI, DVI, D-Sub and Display port for more flexible, complete and convenient multi-media plug-in options for excellent visual performance.  

Qooltech III

An excellent and unique silent cooler with dual copper pipe to boost super heat dissipation by providing dual heat conduction, an efficient design to calm down system temperature.  

AMD Phenom II

With the state-of-the-art technology, AMD’s next generation processor, AMD Phenom II, enables the power of platform solutions for gaming, multitasking, and digital entertainment with outstanding performance and energy efficiency  

Socket AM3

The latest socket AM3 supports AMD’s AM3 processors which have featured the integrated memory controller for DDR3 memory that provides much higher bandwidth to enhance the overall system performance.  


The highly scalable Hyper Transport 3.0 is capable to provide incredible bandwidth of the system bus up to 20.8GB/s which would dramatically elevate the efficiency of computing performance.  

ATI CrossFireX

The technology not only combines multi-GPU and motherboard power that soars into a new dimension of graphics capability, but also delivers the highest image quality and screen resolutions, even with the most demanding 3D titles.  

ATI Hybrid Graphics Technology

To provide better gaming performance than a single graphics card, the innovative design of ATIª Hybrid Graphics Technology is capable to bring additional performance increase up to 1.75X by enabling the power of both integrated graphics core and the add-on graphics card simultaneously.  

Dual DDR3 1800 OC

Dual DDR3 1800 O.C. is able to raise processor and RAM clock up to 1800mHz throguh capable RAM in overclock mode. It assists system to obtain optimal performance to meet the O.C. enthusiast needs.  


The exceptionally increased interconnect bit rate from 2.5GT/s up to 5.0GT/s would effectively eliminates the bottle neck of the system performance and brings the most terrific computing experience from the present to the future.  

SATA 6Gb/s

Doubles the transfer speed of SATA 3G, running at speed up to 6.0Gb/s, and can connect with any other SATA 3.0Gb/s and 1.5Gb/s devices for backward compatibility.  

RAID 0, 1, 5, 10

Supports RAID 0(Striped disk array), RAID 1(Mirroring disk array), RAID 5(Block Interleaved Distributed Parity), RAID 10 (A Stripe of Mirrors). Provides users the performance and protection.  

Content Protection for Blu-Ray

Features Realtek ALC 892 HD Audio Codec with loss-less content protection technology that allows full-rate audio and quality performance for Blu-ray Discs.  

8 Channel High Definition Audio

Integrated 8-channel HD Audio CODEC delivering advanced multi-channel audio and bringing you the experience of home theater-quality sound.  

Dual Gigabit LAN

The dual Gigabit LAN design allows a computer managing network traffic between two separate networks and ensures rapid data transfer from WAN to LAN without any latency.  


A specification developed by Intel Corporation to protect digital entertainment content across the DVI/HDMI interface. HDCP encrypts transmission of digital content between HDCP-compliant devices that it allows users to enjoy HD content through HDCP-compliant playback software.



The signal quality and the Max cable length is 2x longer than the conventional one. It also supports external HDD hot plug and keyed connector end for fool-proof.  


ECS eJIFFY is a Linux based interface for a fast boot application which is compressed in a CD to install on the hard drive.Within 8 seconds after the computer boots up, eJIFFY is ready to provide users the total enjoyment for web browsing, photo reviewing and on-line chat. Instead of waiting for the regular OS to start up, eJIFFY serves a convenient center to have quick fun or a glance at the hot news in today’s fast pace world where nothing can be too quick.  

eBLU - BIOS Live Update Utility

ECS eBLU utility makes updating BIOS fast and easy. eBLU saves time and hassle of searching for BIOS online and avoid complicated flashing steps. With simple and easy steps it checks for new BIOS version on-line and safely guides the user to flash the system BIOS.  

eDLU - Drivers Live Update Utility

ECS eDLU utility makes updating Drivers fast and easy. eDLU Saves time and hassle of searching for Drivers online and avoid complicated steps. With simple and easy steps it checks for new Drivers version on-line and let the user to update the Drivers.  

AMD Vision Ready

Build your PC with VISION Technology from AMD. Combine AMD processors and ATI Radeon TM graphics to see, share and create a more vibrant digital world.  

EuP Certified

ECS Motherboards have been certified by EuP. EuP certification verifies that ECS motherboards comply with European Union stander to decrease the environmental effects and promote sustainable environment. Save energy and keep healthy environment by choosing ECS motherboards.  


Choose an environment-friendly, fully RoHS-compliant ECS product as the foundation for keeping harmful substances out of our ecosystem. 

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