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ECS NFORCE4M-A (V3.0) AM2 NVIDIA nForce4 4X ATX AMD Motherboard

  • NVIDIA nForce4 4X
  • Athlon 64 X2 / Athlon 64 FX / Athlon 64
  • DDR2 800
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A full featured motherboard with plenty of power, the ECS nForce4M-A is great motherboard for anyone needing to replace or upgrade their system. Equipped with an AMD socket AM2, suitable for Athlon 64 processors, including the X2 and FX series, the nForce4M-A is more than capable of handling anything you may want to run. Using the Nvidia nForce 4 4X chipset the nForce4M-A can potentially add up to an astounding 32GB of DDR2 memory to give you powerful support for memory intensive applications.

It also includes a 10/100 Ethernet port, 5.1 channel onboard sound, and 4 SATA ports. Thanks to those 4 ports, you can add multiple hard drives to the system; it supports RAID 0, 1, 0+1, and JBOD. The nForce4M-A has multiple expansion slots to use including one x16, and two x1 PCIe slots, plus an additional three PCI slots. The ECS nForce4M-A is a great foundation on which to build your super system!

  • newegg AMD Socket AM2 This motherboard supports AMD's Socket AM2-based CPUs, including the Athlon 64 X2, Athlon 64 FX and Athlon 64 series. With a 2000MHz system bus using Hyper Transport Technology and support for dual-channel DDR2 RAM, AM2 motherboards form the basis for phenomenal system performance
  • newegg Dual-Channel DDR2 800 DDR2 next generation memory technology replaces current DDR memory and provides a walloping performance boost. With support for up to 800MHz DDR2 memory, the ECS nForce4M-A delivers fantastic performance in extreme 3D graphics environments and in memory intensive applications.
  • newegg Serial ATA with RAID The revolutionary Serial ATA interface provides scalable performance for storage devices. SATA technology enables easy-to-install, high-performance and low-power hard drives. Four SATA ports support RAID 0, 1, 0+1, 5 and JBOD array for better performance, enhanced data security, and flexible capacity upgrades.
  • newegg PCI Express x16 Graphics Interface The latest PCI Express x16 graphics interface delivers over 3.5 times the bandwidth of AGP 8X to support the latest high-performance graphics cards.

Learn more about the ECS (EliteGroup) NFORCE4M-A (V3.0)

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 2 years


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  • Anonymous
  • 10/17/2007 5:56:01 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsDoes what I Needs.

Pros: I chose this board because it was very inexpsensive (but not bottom-of-the-barrel), but it's stable, fast, and overclockable. I am running an Athlon64 X2 4000+ @ 2.793 Ghz. with a slight V-bump (from 1.25v to 1.275v) and stock cooling, soon to change. My RAM is oc'ed to 910 Mhz for who-knows-why (A-DATA 1G set in dual mode, the cheap stuff.) @ stock voltage, 1.8v, the ONLY VOLTAGE THIS BOARD WILL RUN DDR2 STICKS AT, PERIOD, see cons. Anyway, I use this MB with a single IDE hard drive and CD-ROM (Call me Fred... Flintstone.), so I have no experience with RAID or SATA. Sorry. Really no problems now that XP is installed and settled in! Nforce 4 is solid. ATI X1650 512M vid card and an old Audigy ES sound card. Apiva PS, 520w. Board is well-made and purdy. Smells good.

Cons: No voltage control for the DIMM slots. Dangit! I was dumb and purchased 2.0v RAM and no way was that gonna fly, errors galore due to undervolting a 1G PQI Turbo stick by .02v. Shoulda used the RAM compatability tool...duhhhrrrrr...

Other Thoughts: Work is hard. That's why they call it work.

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  • Kerry S.
  • 10/16/2007 7:53:44 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsECS NFORCE4M-A (V3.0) AM2 NVIDIA nForce4 4X

Pros: Inexpensive board upfront. Well featured (read the cons before deciding to buy!!)

Cons: Design issues; 1)Fan on the system chip sticks up too high and blocks both PCIe 1x slots. To install an Avermedia PCIe 1x HDTV tuner card (awesome TV card), had to find/buy a low profile fan and do some fabricating to get it mounted. Wasted 3 hours and $xx
2) The pin outs for the front panel USB, audio and 1394 are on the extreme left rear of the board; the exact opposite corner from typical front panel location. Means that no existing cable set will reach the pin-outs. Had to spend $xx more to source materials and fabricate a cable set.

Major disappointments in that it means no use-case testing was done by OEM.

Other Thoughts: Basically it costs more to implement this board than it cost originally to buy. And then after 5 months or very light usage it died. Next board won't be one of these!!!

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  • Edward H.
  • 10/7/2007 2:09:56 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggsBang 4 Buck

Pros: The price vs. performance of this thing is really hard to beat. You get 4 DIMM slots, 4 SATA slots, 3 PCI slots, and a decent stable nforce4 chipset. Someone mentioned the SATA is actually 1.5GB, that isn't correct, at least not on my version. If you have that problem, make sure the 1.5GB limiting jumper that some HD manufacturers install on their drives has been removed (Seagate is one). I built my system with this board, a lower end AMD X2 3800+, 1GB of Kingston value ram @ 667Mhz, an ECS 8600GT, and a 500GB Seagate SATA 3.0GB drive for under 3 hundred dollars. Sweet. No complaints, it's a huge upgrade from a 2.4 P4, 1GB PC2100 (266Mhz), and an ATI 1600 Radeon.

Cons: None, really, except maybe it will break? Let's hope not. BIOS is full featured as I could as for a board of this type, and it looks to be quite overclockable, if that's your thing. Full form factor is always a plus with me. It seems that bigger is usually better with motherboard, so I typically will stay away from Micro ATX. Fit just fine in my Coolermaster mid-tower.

Other Thoughts: Possibly a weak link when it comes to a serious gamers rig is the lack of PATA support (I don't care about that), and older nforce 4 chipset. But, then, if you're a serious gamer, you shouldn't be looking at this board, and you already knew that. I play GTR2, GT Legends, Bioshock, Company of Heroes II, and it runs all of those games just fine. And in a year, I'll go get an X2 6000+ for 50 bucks, and have a new computer all over again : )

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  • Curt A.
  • 10/5/2007 10:08:43 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs2 of Them

Pros: My favorite board in my network (Gigabyte, MSI, Abit). I have 2 of them, both running X2 (6000 and 4800), 2-4 gigs ram (aData or Corsair). Easy to setup, runs reliably.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: This is my workhorse for everday use, Im always on this machine and it sings.

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  • Jyotirmoy D.
  • 10/3/2007 11:13:38 AM
  • Tech Level: Low
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsSeems good for now

Pros: First off, this is the first time I have built my own system. The installation was a breeze, in spite of my being a novice. The board seems to take everything that I have thrown at it. Hoping that it lasts well.

Cons: The only drawback was that my power LED is a tri-color LED with three leads, while the mobo supports only two-lead LEDs. It's a minor thing.

Other Thoughts: 2GB DDR2 6400 + Athlon 64 X2 (Windsor) + Antec NeoHE (500W) + 300GB PATA + Sapphire Radeon x1650

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  • Anonymous
  • 9/20/2007 5:08:52 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSweet

Pros: Works fine, I can run Linux, cheap, great amount of memory. It's definently worth it unless you're an extreme gamer.

Cons: None for me.

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  • Anonymous
  • 9/18/2007 9:43:02 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsGood

Pros: It is a great board for the price and supports sata 32gb ram and AM2

Cons: temp meter doesn't work after bios update

Other Thoughts: good overall board

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  • Anonymous
  • 9/18/2007 9:27:12 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: NewEgg Rocks! (as usual)-
System was put together by my 16 year old gamer. No problems at all and works great on all games including World of Warcraft.

Cons: Probably won't quite keep up with the $2500 gaming systems, but it was only $500!

Other Thoughts: ECS NFORCE4M-A (V3.0) Motherboard + AMD Athlon 64 X2 5200+ Windsor 2.6GHz Socket AM2 Processor + XFX PVT84JUDD3 GeForce 8600GT 256MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 SLI Supported Video Card + Patriot Extreme Performance 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit + Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD2500KS 250GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive

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  • Shannon G.
  • 9/17/2007 9:38:50 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsa question really...

Pros: previous computer ran an old elite group motherboard- ran solid for seven years- so i went with another one....

Cons: the bios is out-of-date & needs to be updated- got the new bios- yje big question is 'where are the jumpers for the bios?' i see where it's labeled.. but no jumpers- is it a setting in the bios i have to change? any help would be welcomed...

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  • Mr. J.
  • 9/6/2007 12:16:04 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Choice

Pros: Perfect price, has everything I needed...AM2, PCIE, 4 memory slots, SATA. Plugged all the components in, and it just worked. No question as to whether or not its going to fail, very stable.

Cons: No SataII, and I am hearing it doesnt support DDR2-800 well, but I've yet to confirm that.

Other Thoughts: I bought a Biostar Mobo off here, and it failed within 2 hours. While it did have more features, I'll take stability over features.

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