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AMD is releasing today a new chipset with integrated graphics, AMD 890GX, and ECS has announced three socket AM3 motherboard models based on it. We are going to take a look on A890GXM-A, which belongs to ECS' Black Series, featuring three PCI Express x16 slots and SATA-600 ports (but not USB 3.0 ports).
Meet the brand new ECS A890GXM-A: This mainboard offers three slots for graphic cards. It supports CrossFire X and Hybrid Crossfire. The integrated ATi Radeon HD 4290 graphics core supports DirectX 10.1 and ECS inludes four display outputs: VGA, DVI, HDMI and Display-Port. AMD's 890GX chipset is the first to include SATA III 6 Gbps and ECS adds two Gigabit-LAN controllers with teaming.
This is the second ECS board that would not overclock my AMD 955BE and it might be due to the high voltage requirement of the CPU, but I have overclocked it on many boards successfully, just not any ECS offerings, as of yet. The 890GX chipset is not fully registered by CPU-Z and is shows up as 785GX/SB750 in the Mainboard page.
AMD's new 890GX chipset is merely out for what, two weeks ? This will be the third AMD 890 based motherboard review. This time around from the good folks at ECS. The AMD 890GX based motherboard chipsets proof their strength and by all means is really fun to work and play around with. When you plant the two chips from AMD on a mainboard from ECS, they'll try to do some more stuff.
We've got the ECS A890GXM-A, a full sized ATX board based on AMD's new 890GX chipset. Featuring a sharp color scheme we've seen in other ECS Black Series boards, it certainly has the looks and the new brains, but has it got the brawn?
ECS A890GXM-A is a very utilitarian, but also somewhat original motherboard. It may lack some advanced overclocking features, but it has no memory modules compatibility issues. If you're not going to overclock RAM, you should definitely consider this model.
At $105, it might seem interesting to grab it, however this special price is temporary. It will soon be back at is original price of $120. For a mere $10 more, one can grab a mATX MSI 890GXM-G65, which features USB 3.0, has the ability to unlock deactivated cores in AM3 processors, and promises a much better HT link reference clock generator.
Being a socket AM3 based motherboard, the ECS A890GXM-A2 will support pretty much any processor released by AMD in the last 2 years, including the latest X6 processors. The specialty here is that it has the ability to unlock some of the hidden cores on some of the Phenom II and Sempron 140 processors through the BIOS itself.
Hardwareoverclock.com has posted another review. Last week we have taken a look at the new ECS Elitegroup A890GXM-A2 motherboard. The latest ECS Black Series A890GXM-A2 is based on the AMD 890GX chipset with 140W Phenom II processor (Socket AM3) support. The A890GXM-A2 has integrated with ATI™ Radeon HD 4290 graphics IGP, which includes AMD CrossFire ,Hybrid Crossfire technology and DirectX 10.1 capabilities.
"ECS' latest high-end AMD board belongs to their the Black Series. Based on the current high-end chipset from AMD, the 890GX. It differs from the 890FX in it's integrated graphic part and a smaller manufacturing process (45nm instead of 55nm). This board supports all recent technological innovations such as CrossFire, Hybrid CrossFire High Definition Audio 7.1 and SATA3/USB3."
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