Monday, May 23rd 2011

ECS Black Series A990FXM-A Motherboard Pictured

A picture of ECS' top of the line socket AM3+ motherboard also made it to the web. Called the ECS Black Series A990FXM-A, the board expands a little on the chipset's features. Its component layout is similar to most AM3+ motherboards we've seen, with the AMD 990FX northbridge being located south of the CPU VRM area, sharing heat with it over a common heatsink. The CPU socket is wired to four DDR3 DIMM slots supporting dual-channel DDR3-1866 standard, and DDR3-2133 MHz by overclocking.

Expansion slots include three PCI-Express 2.0 x16 (x16/NC/x16 or x16/x8/x8), supporting NVIDIA 3-way SLI and AMD CrossFireX. Other expansion slots include two PCI-E x1 and a PCI. Storage connectivity includes six internal SATA 6 Gb/s from the southbridge, and a third-party SATA/IDE controller that gives out an internal IDE connector and two eSATA 3 Gb/s ports. Other connectivity features include 8+2 channel HD audio, dual gigabit Ethernet, four USB 3.0 ports (two by header), and Bluetooth. There are some overclocker-friendly features, such as onboard power/reset, rear-panel CMOS clear, onboard PC speaker, diagnostic LED display, and long 8-pin EPS connector for accessibility. Like most other boards, the ECS A990FXM-A is expected to be out in mid-June.

Source: DonanimHaber
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13 Comments on ECS Black Series A990FXM-A Motherboard Pictured

#2
micropage7
looks pretty classic. and ECS looks serious to challenge the market
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#3
jalex3
lol better rear io than the ud7.
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#4
ArchStupid
I never understand why motherboard retailers put a PCI-E 2.0 x16 slot as the first one.

If someone will actually decides to put three dual slot cards in there, all of the slots will be taken. At least they have two PCI-E 2.0 controllers.
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#5
Athlonite
very nice lookin mobo BUT i wouldn't exactly call it black as it's more gray than black

I'd also like to know why they cram all the PCIe/pci slots so close together like that surely an extra couple of inch's of PCB isn't going to make it cost that much more
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#6
btarunr
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That is a fartsy monochrome image with patches of colour.
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#7
jalex3
just noticed the really high 8pin power, thats abit odd :wtf:
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#8
robal
Nice VRM radiator. A bit like Asus Sabertooth.

I think it's an useful thing to have large NB/SB/VRM heatsinks.
I've got watercooling, but without mobo block. That means mobo has to keep cool without much airflow.
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#9
inferKNOX
So far, excl ASUS, it's looking like ECS > Gigabyte > MSI.
I wonder if I could find this in my region...:wtf:

EDIT:
Isn't that 2 x USB 3.0 headers for the front panel, meaning there's 4 x F/Panel USB3 + 2 x I/O USB3 = 6?
Nevermind, I see that it's IDE. :wtf: That strikes this board off my list.
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#10
_JP_
Did MSI get this board by putting an ASUS Sabertooth and a Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD7 on the LHC?
Because I see design similarities with both boards. Oh, and that tall EPS plus is not something new from ECS.
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#11
alejandrocorsal
ECS A990FXM-A Motherboard

I can not find any place to buy the ECS A990FXM-A motherboard .I live in Newark NJ- USA, Could someone help me? thanks :)
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#12
ericlecarde
Yea, when is thing going up for sale? Looks like ill be buying the sabertooth, too late in the game ECS ;)
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#13
Athlonite
by: _JP_
Did MSI get this board by putting an ASUS Sabertooth and a Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD7 on the LHC?
Because I see design similarities with both boards. Oh, and that tall EPS plus is not something new from ECS.
lets just say that when it comes to mobo design there isn't a whole lotta new whys to do the same old thing
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