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Been running it for about two weeks now - pretty decent for an el cheapo motheboard (have it paired with an old Phenom II X4). I got it for $5 more than the price they currently have it, but I still consider it a good deal for a budget build.

ECS A970M-A Deluxe
 
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Such a good price but I don't have a need for it.
 
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Dayum. When combined with a used PhenomII it would be the ultimate budget system.
 
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Excellent deal as I did purchase one myself to possibly build a nice little system to mess with. I did have an issue with 1 of 2 ECS rebates I have dealt with in the past. Luckily it was only a $10 rebate I was shorted and not the $40.
 
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Yeah, I sent off my rebate last week - hopefully I'll have done all the minutia they insist on correctly and get my $30 (its in the form of an actual check too, not a "rebate card"). As far as the poor reviews on Newegg - it looks like two or three people posted multiple 1 star reviews. All I can say is that it fired up for me with no issues and I've been gaming on it heavily since. Pretty solid. I haven't OC'd the processor at all though.
 
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Wow, an ECS I'd actually consider buying... I was ready to diss it, but then I took a look, and those heatsinks seem reassuring.

However, that Anti-Dust Shield gimmick is beyond ridiculous. I actually thought for a second that it's a weak attempt at very basic EMI shielding via screening, but this is even worse.
 
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Ordered one. Had good luck with ECS, I have used several and only one board died mysteriously. 2 Black series boards are still working and in good shape.

Hopefully this one should serve well.
 
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Sold out!!!
 
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Its back in stock!!!
 
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Out of stock...
 
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WHY ONLY THE USA :(
 
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lol, somebody must have cancelled the order and another vulture snatched it!!
 
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Got the ECS 970M-A board today, newegg super saver shipping is fast too. I will try to install tonight and post some pics.
 
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got held up with work, will do the build tomorrow.
 
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Got my new board, build complete, so far good. Very fast and very stable board. Gigabyte FXA-UD3 was throwing errors with OCZ 1600 memory even at stock clocks, this board runs it perfectly.
Testing with PII X3 720 BE until I get a FX.
Will create a build log soon.

Seems like its back in stock.
 
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like somebody mentioned on egg, the board doesn't allow for cpu multiplier change for a Black Edition PII 720.
 
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like somebody mentioned on egg, the board doesn't allow for cpu multiplier change for a Black Edition PII 720.
That's odd. Changed the multiplier on my X4 980 BE to 19.5 and Windows 7 shows it at 3.9 Ghz while CPUZ shows it at 3.7 Ghz.
 
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I am using a similar board and a 955BE with my primary and only rig. I use it for gaming and it does the job. I am pretty sure that it will do an awesome job once I upgrade the GPU to something like the R9 270x. :) System specs on profile.

 
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That's odd. Changed the multiplier on my X4 980 BE to 19.5 and Windows 7 shows it at 3.9 Ghz while CPUZ shows it at 3.7 Ghz.
Thats the thing, it allows to change in bios but no effect. Let me change it and see what windows shows me.
 
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Its not a major problem - I can always leave the BIOS settings at stock/optimal and OC it via AMD Overdrive in Windows. Just tried it and it does work there. I was never intending to go off the deep end OCing anyway - a few hundred Mhz is enough. It is weird though when I right click on the My Computer icon Win 7 does show it at 3.9 Ghz after changing the setting in the BIOS (but not in Overdrive or CPU-Z).
 
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Its not a major problem - I can always leave the BIOS settings at stock/optimal and OC it via AMD Overdrive in Windows. Just tried it and it does work there. I was never intending to go off the deep end OCing anyway - a few hundred Mhz is enough. It is weird though when I right click on the My Computer icon Win 7 does show it at 3.9 Ghz after changing the setting in the BIOS (but not in Overdrive or CPU-Z).
I went back to earlier bios and there is no option to change the multiplier, so I guess they added the option without any testing and released it, morons!
 
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Overclock the NB and set it to 2600 MHz - 2800 MHz in BIOS. That is the thing that increases performance in a Phenom II system. The memory bandwidth is not that good at stock since the IMC is made backward compatible with DDR2 RAMs. Use AIDA 64 cache and memory benchmark and watch the memory scores increase as you increase the NB clock. You will need around 1.275V in the NB which if you research is nothing for a Phenom II IMC.
 
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Overclock the NB and set it to 2600 MHz - 2800 MHz in BIOS. That is the thing that increases performance in a Phenom II system. The memory bandwidth is not that good at stock since the IMC is made backward compatible with DDR2 RAMs. Use AIDA 64 cache and memory benchmark and watch the memory scores increase as you increase the NB clock. You will need around 1.275V in the NB which if you research is nothing for a Phenom II IMC.
I am hoping you really know what you are talking about!

We are talking about missing/broken OC options on a FREAKING ECS board, not trying to know how to OC it!
 
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I am hoping you really know what you are talking about!

We are talking about missing/broken OC options on a FREAKING ECS board, not trying to know how to OC it!
Yes I have followed it and that's why I have said to try increasing the NB clock since it increases a lot of memory bandwidth.
 
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I was able to OC my X4 980 with just a FSB adjustment in the BIOS. Set it to a conservative 211 to get a couple hundred more Mhz (3.9 Ghz) and perk up the memory and NB a bit.