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ECS May Enter the High-end Motherboard Market


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Way back in tha day ECS wasn't bad. Today however, they have the worst reputation of all motherboard makers. There is only one reason they are not bankrupt. Their low prices dupe some ill-informed people into buying their products.


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Just because we're sitting tight with our ASUS/Gigabyte/MSI/DFI boards doesn't imply there isn't room for more in the market. This is something like people cribbing about Fiat planning to make an entry into the sports-car segment, meaningless.


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I had a KA3 MVP. It was my least favorite board that I ever owned. Hated that thing. Contrary to what some have said, the fan was put there because they opted not to use heatsinks. The component quality was fine. Thre major reason I hated it? BIOS=fail. They are the worst BIOS coders I've ever seen. There were BIOS updates that actually REMOVED previously working BIOS options. Command Rate and CAS latency are tops on that list. ANd there were bugs galore. On the few BIOSes that had CAS adjustment, it didn't set CAS to what you wanted. It set it 1 higher than whatever you picked. AKA: CAS4 in bios = CAS5 actual.

I'll never buy another ECS again, unless I get confirmation that they quit using primates as their BIOS coders.


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I have used ECS boards alot, use them when i build computers for others and for myself, heck I had an ECS Nforce3A, was a damn good board at that. I also had numorus K7 boards with VIA chipsets and some of those are legendary.

Like the KVTA line of boards, those where beasts for the bugject OC'r and many are going strong today. Heck id take an ECS for a baseline system anyday. These problems with them are most likly because you tried to push it hard or user error, ive owned over 20 boards of theres and never once did i get a problem, but ive seen chaintech, MSI, ASUS, and Gigabyte boards fry on me, but never once an ECS.
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IMO - ASUS is the only true 1337 high-end motherboard manufacturer - hell, they even go the extra distance to include pointless bells and whistles just so they can charge $100 more than their competition . . . and people still buy them like hot cakes! Even if I wasn't ASUS loyal, that right there would say something to me, if people are willing to pay that much extra for a high-end board.

One day, I swear I'm going to prove my "an ASUS motherboard is truly bulletproof" theory, and post the vid online . . . I just don't currently own a gun, and am too lazy to get the permits and all . . .

Anyhow, I used an ECS years ago, and wasn't much impressed . . . it wasn't too shoddy, TBH, but it had problems that mimicked other failing components every now and then. Perhaps it was just bad circuitry/PCB architecture, not sure . . . but it was thrown in the trash and replaced with an Abit.

Hell... ASUS isn't 1337 in low end. Low end segment.... don't want to talk about it.