ECS A890GXM-A2 review

By on November 25, 2010
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High-end performance, mid-range pricing.

Good: Great price, loads of overclocking potential, onboard graphics adapter
Bad: MIB III overclocking interface is overwhelmingly confusing
Price: AED 600
* The price is the Suggested Retail Price at the time of review. Please call a retailer to confirm the latest price for this product.

CPU º Socket AM3 socket for AMD Phenom™ II processors
º Support 125W Phenom™ II X6 processors
º High-performance HyperTransport 3.0 CPU Interface
º Support transfer rate up to 5200 mega-transfers per second
º Note: This board supports CPU up to 140W TDP only; you can refer to AMD website to check your CPU.
º North Bridge: AMD® 890GX
º South Bridge: AMD® SB850
GRAPHICS º On Chip (AMD 890GX-based with ATI™ Radeon HD4290 graphics )
º Integrated DirectX10.1 graphics processor
º Share Memory: Maximum up to 512MB
º AMD SidePort Memory : DDR3-1333 (64Mx16=128MB)
MEMORY º Dual-channel DDR3 memory architecture
º 4 x 240-pin DDR3 DIMM socket support up to 32 GB
º Support DDR3 up to 1800(OC)/1600(OC)/1333/1066 DDR3 SDRAM
º *(Due to the DRAM maximum size is 4GB at present, the memory maximum size we have tested is 16GB)
*(Due to AMD CPU spec limitation, please refer to Memory QVL for more information)
Due to the operating system limitation, the actual memory size may be less than 4GB for the reservation for system usage under Windows® 32-bit OS.
For Windows® 64-bit OS with 64-bit CPU, there is no such limitation
EXPANSION SLOT º 3 x PCI Express Gen 2.0 x16 slots
º 1 x PCI Express x1 slot
º 1 x PCI slot
º *The second PCIEX16 only support bandwidth x4
STORAGE º Support by AMD® SB850
• 5 x Serial ATAIII 6.0Gb/s devices
• 1 x eSATA
• RAID0, RAID1, RAID5, RAID 10 configuration
AUDIO º Realtek ALC892 8-Ch High Definition audio CODEC
º Compliant with HD audio specification
LAN º Dual Realtek 8111DL 10/100/1000 Fast Ethernet Controller
REAR PANEL I/O º 1 x D-sub(VGA)
º 1 x HDMI Port
º 1 x DVI Port
º 1 x Display port
º 2 x RJ45 LAN connectors
º 1 x Audio port (Line-in, Line-out, Mic-in)
º 1 x optical S/PDIF Out connector
º 1 x Clear_CMOS button
º 1 x eSATA
º 2 x USB 3.0 ports compatible to both USB 3.0 / 2.0 devices
º 4 x USB 2.0 Ports
INTERNAL I/O CONNECTORS & HEADERS º 1 x 24-pin ATX Power Supply connector
º 1 x 8-pin ATX 12V Power Connector
º 1 x 4pin CPU_FAN connectors
º 1 x 3-pin PWR_FAN connector
º 1 x 3-pin SYS_FAN connector
º 1 x Power on button
º 1 x Reset button
º 1 x Speaker header
º 1 x Front panel switch/LED header
º 1 x Front panel audio header
º 1 x SPDIF out header
º 1 x Clear CMOS header
º 1X Power on LED (Green light)
º 1X Stand by LED (Red Light)
º 5 x Serial ATAIII 6Gb/s connectors
º 4 x USB 2.0 headers support additional 8 USB ports
º 1 x Chassis intrusion header
º Supports Plug and Play, STR (S3) / STD (S4) , Hardware monitor, Multi Boot
º Supports ACPI & DMI
º Audio, LAN, can be disabled in BIOS
º F11 hot key for boot up devices option
º Support over-clocking
º Support eJIFFY
º Support Page Up clear CMOS Hotkey
º Support ECS M.I.B III Utility
º CPU voltage adjustable
º Memory voltage adjustable
• NB Chipset Voltage Adjustable
• HT Voltage Adjustable
• External Clock Adjustable
• Multiple Frequency Adjustable
FORM FACTOR º ATX Size 305mm*244mm

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From auditing to editing, I now test and analyze the latest gadgets and games instead of the latest financial statements. Both jobs are equally intense and rewarding. When I'm not burning up hardware in the name of science, you'll find me nuking in DOTA 2 or engineering in TF2.

  • Swzaske

    Some review you have here talking about the boards ability to unlock cores and you don’t even have a CPU to test it with. Also, you say the board is ready for SLI or Crossfire. What are you smoking? Yeah, some review you have there..

    • Taimoor Hafeez

      Yes, we didn’t have an AMD CPU which has hidden cores to test that feature because this is not a feature usually touted by motherboard manufacturers. It would be unreasonable for us to have all sorts of CPUs to check some unusual feature that a motherboard has.

      As for CrossFire, yes, that was my mistake. This is what happens when you’re reviewing too many motherboards at once.

  • Arman

    For this motherboard I like the usb 3.0 and SATA 3G support because it’s supports fast data transfer.

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