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    For those of us not fortunate to be able to afford the bleeding edge and best of computer hardware, our biggest demand is probably value. We want good performance but we want it at an affordable price. At the heart of any new computer is the motherboard, and today we're looking at the ECS A 780GM-A Ultra Black Series motherboard, which promises a packed feature set and overclockability in a very affordable package.



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    Hello Jeremy,

    Thank you for this review! There are a few things I'd like to ask. I'm from Germany so please excuse my bad English.

    1. The heat sinks look like copper. But looks can deceive! Actually it is anodized aluminium. Not that it matters. What mattes more is how hot they become (Idle/load/oc). Do you have any tool to get a proper reading on the temperature?

    2. There are AMD based
    boards on the market (btw. Intel/Nv ones too) with really bad USB transfer speed. Is it possible for you to bench it with HD Tune or such?

    3. Power consumption. How efficient is this Board.

    4. How far can the ref. clock be risen with and without additional voltage?

    5. Is the advertised 1066MHz Memory setting really working stable?

    6. How fast is the integrated GPU and how far is it
    overclockable?

    That's it. I hope you have the time and desire to test further.

    Macros

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    Hi Macros, Welcome to Pure OC!

    I will get in touch with Jeremy and have him contact you .

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    Good catch Macro, the summary note has been revised. Apologies for the mix-up.

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    Hi Macros and Welcome to the forums!

    Unfortunately, I do not have any tools at my disposal to get take the temperature of the heatsinks. I wish I did, but I will see what I can do for you on that one.

    As for the rest of your questions, give me a little while as I just woke up, and I will try to get your answers for you.

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    Ok, here are my answers thus far (in Yellow).

    Quote Originally Posted by Macros View Post
    Hello Jeremy,

    Thank you for this review! There are a few things I'd like to ask. I'm from Germany so please excuse my bad English.

    1. The heat sinks look like copper. But looks can deceive! Actually it is anodized aluminium. Not that it matters. What mattes more is how hot they become (Idle/load/oc). Do you have any tool to get a proper reading on the temperature? Again, thanks for catching this one.

    2. There are AMD based
    boards on the market (btw. Intel/Nv ones too) with really bad USB transfer speed. Is it possible for you to bench it with HD Tune or such? Benchmark screenshot provided below using a Sandisk 2GB Thumbdrive.

    3. Power consumption. How efficient is this Board.
    I am currently working on this one.

    4. How far can the ref. clock be risen with and without additional voltage?
    The reference clock was able to go to 3.23 GHz without additional voltage, while remaining stable. I was able to push it a little farther (3.3GHZ), but it was not able to do anything without BSOD

    5. Is the advertised 1066MHz Memory setting really working stable?
    Unfortunately, I do not have any DDR2 1066 memory here. So this is not able to be tested at this time.

    6. How fast is the integrated GPU and how far is it
    overclockable? I ended up installing ATI Catalyst 9.1, and ATI Tool does not seem to be working with the new catalyst yet. I'm going to try installing Catalyst 8.12 and see if I can test the overclocking capabilites that way.

    That's it. I hope you have the time and desire to test further.

    Macros




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    Hi Jeremy.
    Thank you for searching answers to my questions.

    The Cruzer Micro is a really sluggish drive.
    http://www.slashgear.com/sandisk-cru...review-181682/

    That makes it impossible to make a conclusion on the real USB performance of this Board.
    What you need is a external HDD or a lightning fast Thumbdrive like the A-Data PD7 8GB.
    http://www.tweakpc.de/hardware/tests...ark=hdtu&lang=


    The ref. clock is what we would call the FSB 7 Years ago. (It's not. But oc works the same as if they where the same)
    HT ref. Clock x multiplier = CPU Core Speed (But I think you know this already and misread my post )
    The hight of the ref. clock is one oft the biggest indicators for a good
    overclockable board. In order to measure this you need a CPU with a free multiplier like the Athlon X2 5000+ BE or the Phenom II X3 720 BE. The Athlon will give you higher readings as the Phenom.

    Again thank you for the good work.
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    I am still searching for a way to properly test the effiency of the board. I do not have a kill-o-watt at my disposal for proper testing.

    Downgrading the ATI drivers did not seem to help. ATI Tool still is not allowing any adjustments to the GPU core clock. I'll see if I can figure anything else out tomorow. I will say, that since removing my graphics card and relying on the onboard graphics only, I would not recommend it for gaming purposes. But, I guess that's kindof a given for most on-board graphics.

    The processor that I am using at the moment is the AMD Athalon 64 X2 6000+ Black Edition (3.0Ghz). The highest HTT (ref. clock) that I was able to reach without upping the voltages was 217 with a x15 multiplier (stock HTT 200 and x15 multi.)

    Unfortunately, many of the components that I currently have available are a bit dated. Hoping to remedy this in the coming months.
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