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.

We’ll be using our recently tested AMD Phenom II X6 1075T processor with 2x 1GB Corsair XMS3-1333 ram, 64GB Kingston V-Series SSD running Windows 7 Ultimate and an MSI N480GTX Lightning all powered by a Corsairs HX1000W PSU. For comparison, we’re running it up against the ASUS Crosshair IV Extreme motherboard we reviewed last week.

As you can see, outside of 3DMark Vantage and Cinebench R11.5, the ECS A890GXM-A2 manages to stay ahead of the competition at stock speeds and settings.

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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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