Computex 2007: ECS

Computex 2007: ECS

Motherboards


Even though the name of the 965PLT-A suggests that the board carries the Intel P965 chipset, it uses the 946GZ instead. The chipset has the new Intel GMA 3000 graphics chip inside and according to ECS it performs just like the P965.
  • Supports Intel C2D Processors
  • Intel 946GZ + ICH7
  • Integrated Intel GMA3000 Graphics
  • 2x DDR2 667
  • 4x SATA-II
  • 10/100 Fast Ethernet
  • 6 channel HD Audio

On the G31T-M you find the Intel G31 chipset which comes with integrated VGA which supports Vista and DirectX 10.
  • Supports Intel C2D Processors
  • Intel G31 + ICH7
  • Integrated Intel GMA3100 Graphics
  • 2x DDR2 800
  • 4x SATA-II
  • 10/100 Fast Ethernet
  • 6 channel HD Audio
  • VGA Output

The G33T-HM which comes with the faster G33 chipset and a few extra features like Gigabit Ethernet.
  • Supports Intel C2D Processors
  • Intel G33 + ICH9
  • Integrated Intel GMA3100 Graphics
  • 4x DDR2 800
  • 6x SATA-II
  • Gigabit Ethernet
  • 8 channel HD Audio
  • VGA Output

ECS G33T-M2 is the lowest cost version of the G33T Series which consists of several motherboards all with the Intel G33 chipset, we decided to show you the most interesting two.
  • Supports Intel C2D Processors
  • Intel G33 + ICH9
  • Integrated Intel GMA3100 Graphics
  • 2x DDR2 800
  • 4x SATA-II
  • Gigabit Ethernet
  • 8 channel HD Audio
  • VGA Output

The G33T-M3 is very similar to the G33T-M2, only a few minor features differ.
  • Supports Intel C2D Processors
  • Intel G33 + ICH9
  • Integrated Intel GMA3100 Graphics
  • 4x DDR2 800
  • 6x SATA-II
  • Gigabit Ethernet
  • 8 channel HD Audio
  • VGA Output

ECS is one of the few companies who show a working demo of an RD790 motherboard, which uses the new upcoming chipset from AMD.
  • Supports AMD Athlon64, FX, X2, Sempron processors
  • AMD RD790 + SB600
  • 4x DDR2 800
  • 6x SATA-II
  • Dual Gigabit Ethernet
  • 8 channel HD Audio

The ECS MCP73T-M offers NVIDIA's GeForce 7050 offers integrated graphics for Socket 775 at a small cost.
  • Supports Intel C2D Processors
  • NVIDIA GeForce 7050 + 630i
  • Integrated GeForce 7050 Graphics
  • 4x DDR2 667
  • 4x SATA-II
  • Gigabit Ethernet
  • 6 channel HD Audio
  • DVI-D Output

Another Intel CPU motherboard using NVIDIA chipset is the NF650iSLIT-A.
  • Supports Intel C2D Processors
  • 4x DDR2 800
  • 4x SATA-II
  • Gigabit Ethernet
  • 8 channel HD Audio

The ECS PN2 SLI2+ is an SLI capable motherboard for Intel LGA775 with a 3rd PCI-E x8 slot
  • Supports Intel C2D Processors
  • 4x DDR2 800
  • 4x SATA-II
  • Dual Gigabit Ethernet
  • 8 channel HD Audio
  • 2x PCI-E x16, 1x PCI-E x8, 2x PCI-E x1, 2x PCI

The Q33 motherboard from ECS is called Q33T-M and comes with Vista certified integrated graphics.
  • Supports Intel C2D Processors
  • Intel Q33 + ICH9
  • Integrated Intel GMA3100 Graphics
  • 4x DDR2 800
  • 6x SATA-II
  • Gigabit Ethernet
  • 8 channel HD Audio
  • DVI-D output

ECS focuses on the vPro support of the Q35T-M emphasizing that it is a great solution for large installations of office PCs. VPro is Intel's remote management technology that helps you greatly in the daily IT admin workflow.
  • Supports Intel C2D Processors
  • Support Intel vPro
  • Intel Q35 + ICH9DO
  • Integrated Intel GMA3100 Graphics
  • 4x DDR2 800
  • 6x SATA-II
  • Gigabit Ethernet
  • 8 channel HD Audio
  • DVI-D output

ECS also had a running demo of EFI, which is the successor of the current BIOS standard. It offers much more storage and allows for more complex applications in the BIOS. The Demo was showing how a recovery tool integrated in the BIOS could be used for system maintenance. While we will not see many motherboards with EFI until 2008, ECS is showing their customers that they do see the trend to EFI and have engineering resources allocated for its development.

VGA Cards

ECS has entered the video card business last year and is doing quite well as they say.


The have a full lineup of GeForce 8800 cards, which are following the NVIDIA standard reference design.


The N8600GTS-256MX HDMI is clocked at 675 MHz / 2000 MHz and comes with 256 MB of GDDR3 memory. Like all the following cards, ECS makes sure the HDMI feature stands out.


With clocks of 600 MHz / 1600 MHz the N8600GT-256MX HDMI is a bit more affordable than the GTS. It comes with 256 MB GDDR3 memory too.


The lowest cost solution offering HDMI support is the N8500GT-256MX HDMI which is clocked at 600 MHz / 1000 MHz with 256 MB DDR2 memory.

Cases

ECS is showing two prototype cases that were submitted to an Intel contest and did quite well. But look for yourself.





Unfortunately both cases will not make it to the market like that, but hopes are that partners of ECS might pick up one or the other idea to incorporate them into their products. I must say I was very impressed by all the little attention to detail that went into those two cases and would have taken one with me on the spot.