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ECS Launches A790GXM-A Black Series AMD 790GX Motherboard

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Elitegroup Computer Systems (ECS), the world’s leading motherboard, barebone system, and notebook manufacturer, is pleased to deliver innovations to high-performance PC systems with the release of the A790GXM-A motherboard. Presenting a highly-scalable Socket AM2+ supporting AMD Phenomx4, Phenomx3, Athlon x2, Athlon 64 and Sempron CPUs as well as AMD's new AM2+ Energy Efficient microprocessors, massive 16 GB dual-channel DDR2 1066 memory support, integrated ATI Radeon HD 3300 graphics engine, ATI Hybrid Graphics technology and ATI CrossFire X support, and 8-channel HD audio and expansive connectivity,the A790GXM-A motherboard is an ideal platform to run the graphics-driven applications to deliver the ultimate computing experience.

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They should've added some native DDR3 or guaranteed 45nm Phenom support.
 
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I am not quite sure if i would call it the world’s leading motherboard, barebone system, and notebook manufacturer though,my exerience with ecs is cheap and chearful,not high end.
 
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I don't think any AMD cpus support DDR3, maybe the phenoms do but I dont think they do
The 45nm Phenoms will support DDR3, however I am still a bit curious about the new Phenoms right now because since they don't have much L2 cache they need all the memory bandwidth they can get. 1066 DDR2 is definitely not enough for them.
 

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They should've added some native DDR3 or guaranteed 45nm Phenom support.
45nm Phenom support is technically possible on any AM2, AM2+ board. It's only an issue with the manufacturer, no manufacturer has 'guaranteed' it yet.
 
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45nm Phenom and the 790GX should finally solve the problems of the phenom

ddr3 isnt supported by any amd cpus maybe the 45nm phenoms will but there is no boards yet

i thought ddr3 was meant for the new AM3 socket
 

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They are. So far, AM3 socket is supposed to have the same 940 pin layout with connections to DDR3 DIMM slots or DDR2 slots or both. Since it's a function of the IMC, we've to wait and see if there are "DDR3 only" processors or "DDR3 and DDR2 supportive" processors. Again, for your current AM2/AM2+ chip to run on a AM3 socket motherboard, it must have DDR2 DIMM slots since AM2/AM2+ chips lack DDR3 IMCs.
 
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Well HP does use them and they are huge. ECS is really starting to become a good manufacturer now.
 
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Leveraging the power of the integrated ATI Radeon HD 3300 graphics engine, ECS A790GXM-A delivers not only the supreme graphics performance but also the ultimate quality of image clarity and colors. The most important of all, the A790GXM-A motherboard supports Side Port memory delivering extra performance increase up to 10%-15%. With the innovative design providing exceptional acceleration for the graphics engine, unprecedented graphics performance without any add-on graphics card is now possible and available.
I checked the website

http://www.ecs.com.tw/ECSWebSite/Pr...1&DetailName=Specification&MenuID=123&LanID=0

and it seems like this board actually has 128MB of SidePort memory. It's nice to see motherboard manufacturers finally spend the extra money to utilize this feature.
 

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They should've added some native DDR3 or guaranteed 45nm Phenom support.
Its all about the IMC on AMD CPus, without onboard MC there is no Ram support, with intel moving to Nehalem, seems the MC on board is going to the by way, along with the traditional FSB.
 

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I love how every Company's press release begins with the exact same statement.
It gives me epileptic fits each time I see every Joe, Larry and Moe call himself Elvis and I helplessly publish whatever is part of that. The Black Series from ECS does look promising though.
 

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the last black series board was based on 780G and didn't even have chipset voltage control...i'll stick with biostar or MSI for now
 

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actually the 45nm phenom and the SB750 (or whatever it will be when the 45nm parts come out) should solve the majority of the phenoms lacking computer power when compared with similar Intel chips.
 

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I'll consider an ECS board when their current BIOS team falls on swords, and is replaced by competent coders.