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ECS A55F-A Review

By on September 27, 2011
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Budget board with budget performance.

Good: Has PCIe x16 slot; 4x DIMM slots; Decently fast; Good spaced SATA ports
Bad: No SATA III and USB 3.0 support
Price: AED 280
* The price is the Suggested Retail Price at the time of review. Please call a retailer to confirm the latest price for this product.

So now with the obvious out of the way, let’s look at the technical specifications of the ECS A55F-A below:

CPU º Socket FM1 for AMD A series/ E Series/Althon Quard-core/Althon Dual-core/Sempron Dual-core processors
º Note: This board supports CPU up to 100W TDP; you can refer toAMD website to check your CPU.
CHIPSET º AMD A55 FCH
MEMORY º Dual-channel DDR3 memory architecture
º 4 x 240-pin DDR3 DIMM socket support up to 64GB per one DIMM support 16GB
º Support DDR3 up to 1333/1600/1866/2133(OC)/2400(OC)/2600(OC)
º *Duo to limitation of AMD chipset spec, it supports up to 1866 MHz for motherboards with a single DIMM per channel
º * 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 1 x PCI Express x16 slot
º 1 x PCI Express x4 slot (Runs at x16 slot)
º 2 x PCI Express x1 slots
º 3 x PCI slots
STORAGE º Support by AMD A55
• 5 x Serial ATA 3.0Gb/s devices
• RAID0, RAID1, RAID10 configuration
AUDIO º Realtek ALC892 8-Ch High Definition audio CODEC
º Compliant with 8CH HD audio specification
REAR PANEL I/O º 6 x USB 2.0 ports
º 1 x PS/2 keyboard & PS/2 mouse connectors
º 1 x D-sub(VGA)
º 1 x DVI Port
º 1 x HDMI Port
º 1 x RJ45 LAN connector
º 1 x Audio port (1x Line in, 4x Line out, 1x Optical SPDIF Out)
º 1 x Clear_CMOS button
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 24-pin ATX Power Supply connector
º 1 x 4-pin CPU_FAN connector
º 1 x 3-pin SYS_FAN connector
º 1 x 3-pin PWR_FAN connector
º 3 x USB 2.0 headers support additional 6 USB ports
º 5 x Serial ATA 3Gb/s connectors
º 1 x COM header
º 1 x LPT header
º 1 x Front panel audio header
º 1 x Front panel header
º 1 x Speaker header
º 1 x SPDIF out header
SYSTEM BIOS º AMI BIOS with 32Mb SPI ROM
º Support Milti-language BIOS Utility
º Support ECS M.I.B III Utility
º Support eBLU
º Support eDLU
º Support eSF
º Support eGS
º Support EZ Charger
º Support eOC
FORM FACTOR º ATX Size, 305mm*220mm
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