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ECS A890GXM-A2(2.0) AM3+ AMD 890GX HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

  • AMD 890GX
  • FX / Phenom II / Athlon II / Sempron 100 Series
  • DDR3 1866(OC) / 1800(OC) / 1600(OC) / 1333 / 1066
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Learn more about the ECS (EliteGroup) A890GXM-A2(2.0)

Model

Brand
ECS
Model
A890GXM-A2(2.0)

Supported CPU

CPU Socket Type
AM3+
CPU Type
FX / Phenom II / Athlon II / Sempron 100 Series
FSB
2600MHz Hyper Transport (5200 MT/s)

Chipsets

Chipset
AMD 890GX
South Bridge
AMD SB850

Memory

Number of Memory Slots
4×240pin
Memory Standard
DDR3 1866(OC) / 1800(OC) / 1600(OC) / 1333 / 1066
Maximum Memory Supported
32GB
Channel Supported
Dual Channel

Expansion Slots

PCI Express 2.0 x16
3
PCI Express x1
1
PCI Slots
1

Storage Devices

SATA 6Gb/s
5 x SATA 6Gb/s
SATA RAID
0/1/5/10

Onboard Video

Onboard Video Chipset
ATI Radeon HD 4290

Onboard Audio

Audio Chipset
Realtek ALC892
Audio Channels
8 Channels

Onboard LAN

LAN Chipset
Realtek 8111DL
Second LAN Chipset
Realtek 8111DL
Max LAN Speed
Dual 10/100/1000Mbps

Rear Panel Ports

Video Ports
D-Sub + DVI
HDMI
1 x HDMI
DisplayPort
1 x DisplayPort
USB 1.1/2.0
4 x USB 2.0
USB 3.0
2 x USB 3.0
eSATA
1 x eSATA 3Gb/s
S/PDIF Out
1 x Optical
Audio Ports
5 Ports

Internal I/O Connectors

Onboard USB
8 x USB 2.0
Other Connectors
1 x 24-pin ATX Power Supply connector
1 x 8-pin ATX 12V Power Connector
1 x 4-pin power connector for VGA card
1 x 4pin CPU_FAN connectors
1 x 3-pin PWR_FAN connector
1 x Power on button
1 x Reset button
1 x Speaker header
1 x Front panel audio header
1 x SPDIF out header
1 x Chassis intrusion header

Physical Spec

Form Factor
ATX
Dimensions
12.0" x 9.6"
Power Pin
24 Pin

Features

Features
15u Gold Contact - 3 Times Extra Protection

Support HD Video Playback

ATI CrossFireX Technology Ready

Support for ATI Hybrid Graphics Technology

Applied Solid Capacitor

Speedy Storage Interface - SATA 6G

Motherboard Intelligent BIOS III (M.I.B III)

Quick Info

Warranty

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


Customer Reviews of the ECS (EliteGroup) A890GXM-A2(2.0)

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  • Zach H.
  • 2/28/2013 7:39:06 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsProblems with the onboard audio..

Pros: Great board, replaced my old broken one and brought my PC back to life so that's good... Has a cool POST... Power and reset buttons on the mobo itself as well as a cmos clear button on the back which could be nice if needed.

Cons: I bounced around between 3 and 4 eggs because this motherboard gave me hell when I installed my second graphics card... The onboard audio was trying to force me into using HDMI audio instead of sending it through the speaker port to my surround sound. After about a week of working on it I decided to just buy a small 10 audio card and slip it in under my second gcard (luckily it fit). Now I use this audio instead of any from the board...

Other Thoughts: If you don't have the same problems as me it would be q great board...

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  • Brandon D.
  • 2/2/2013 11:00:49 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsECS Motherboard

Pros: I like that it has Integrated video chipset. I very much like the reset and power light up buttons on the board, very helpful. Another feature of this board was the bios reset button on the back of the board with the ports. It's been very helpful to fix mistakes when and if the board won't boot.

Cons: So far, the only thing I noticed that might be situation to me, is that the NIC might not be strong enough for what I'm using it for. But a card can be bought to fix this. Another thing that really irritates me is the so-called 'Easy' bios. I'm new to overclocking so I had to do some research. Once I did, I went into the Bios to see what I can do. There were no BUS or CPU multipliers, I wasn't able to change the frequency of anything but the memory and the reference clock speed. Being that there are little to no tutorials on overclocking this board in particular, I'm kind of at a loss. I bought an Unlocked AMD processor for a reason. Any help with my problem would be appreciated.

Other Thoughts: Overall, good board for what I need for.

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  • Nicholas P.
  • 12/31/2012 11:27:05 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

2 out of 5 eggsNot Enough Info

Pros: Great look! Nice features.

Cons: Not informed that you need to flash your BIOS in order to use an AM3+ CPU for this motherboard. I wouldn't have bought this product if I had known that I would have to buy another CPU just to flash it. Not happy.

Other Thoughts: I wanted to give this product a good score but with insufficient info on the product, satisfactory was not given.

Manufacturer Response:

If you are still need of a BIOS flash, please contact and we can work with you in resolving this issue.

When contacting us, you can refer to case #ECD13010410011

I or any of my team members here at technical support will be able to help you.
Our hours are Mon-Fri 9am-6pm PST.

Thank you,
Andy
Phone# 1-510-771-0284
Email: andy_K@ecsusa.com

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  • Scott B.
  • 12/29/2012 11:51:44 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Board

Pros: Easy BIOS to work with, installed 8-Core AMD and 16Gb of RAM without any problems. Two NIC's is a plus. 32GB of RAM is another plus.

Cons: SATA connectors off the edge of the board are more difficult to work with than if the came straight up off the board. My case has 3.5" drive cage sitting so close that it is difficult to make the connections.

Other Thoughts: This is a great board for a great price that works with the latest AMD FX 8-Core processors and has dual NIC's and can handle 32GB of RAM. I love this board.

Manufacturer Response:

Thank you for your feedback. It is appreciated. We need your feedback in order to improve the quality of our products and service.

*** Please take a few minutes to review our products. We want to hear from you! ***

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this or any ECS products, please contact us. We are here to help.

I or any of my team members here at technical support will be able to help you.
Our hours are Mon-Fri 9am-6pm PST.

Thank you,
Andy
Phone# 1-510-771-0284
Email: andy_K@ecsusa.com

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  • Tristan R.
  • 11/26/2012 7:47:54 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsIf it works

Pros: It is a solid board when it works.

Cons: I used several different CPUs and other things to try and get this motherboard to work and most were failures. I used a new FX CPU first and that failed so I tried an Athlon II and that didn't work either. I have had other of these boards work but not this one particular one. I can't seem to find what is wrong with it.

Manufacturer Response:

We are sorry to hear about the issues you are having with your current motherboard. Please do contact us so we can find out details to your exact issue and work with you to find the cause. Besides CPU and motherboard, memory and power supply could cause issues.

When contacting us, you can refer to case #ECD12112710012

I or any of my team members here at technical support will be able to help you.
Our hours are Mon-Fri 9am-6pm PST.

Thank you,
Andy
Phone# 1-510-771-0284
Email: andy_K@ecsusa.com

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  • Austin H.
  • 11/13/2012 9:02:58 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Mobo!

Pros: Great mobo for what I needed it for.
I'm using it for my server. I'm running ESXi on it, runs like a champ.
I've noticed the speed difference with SATA III on it. The two nics are great bonus for what I'm using it for.
Best part is I don't need to waste money/power on a video card (I have it set on only 32 MB of video ram, so not really wasting any there either)

Cons: None so far, much better than my old board that used to hang ESX almost daily....

Other Thoughts: BIOS is still old school....
Would be nice if it was a pretty UEFI screen, but I'm never going to be getting into that much any ways.

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  • Anonymous
  • 10/18/2012 10:10:39 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsVery nice!

Pros: Lot's of smart features, runs pretty cool (heat sinks) Looks great! Works fine out of the box.

Cons: People with more than 4 cores might have some trouble, until they update their BIOS.

Other Thoughts: Love the layout and look!

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  • Randy M.
  • 10/10/2012 10:32:25 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsVery Disappointing

Pros: dual NIC / onboard video / onboard power & reset switches

Cons: Purchased five of these to use with AMD FX-8150 8-core processors. One board actually runs with the intended CPU, all others fail to post. Got one more working by switching to a four-core processor. The remaining three all post to code DD, then hang up. Cannot get to BIOS to flash them, so I'm stuck.

Other Thoughts: I liked the feature set so much, I thought I might be switching to ECS (this is my first experience with the brand). Now I'm beginning to think I should be avoiding it, and sticking with MSI, Foxconn and Gigabyte which have been trouble-free.

Manufacturer Response:

We are sorry to hear about the issue you are experiencing. Based on your previous case you were able to update the BIOS to the latest. This BIOS does currently support the FX-8150, so the issue may be related to something else, such as memory, especially with the DD post code.

Please go ahead and update your case as would would like to find out how your situation has progressed and we would like to find out more specifics about your current configuration.

You can also contact us by phone. When contacting us, you can refer to case #12100610001

I or any of my team members here at technical support will be able to help you.
Our hours are Mon-Fri 9am-6pm PST.

Thank you,
Andy
Phone# 1-510-771-0284
Email: andy_K@ecsusa.com

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  • Vladimir K.
  • 9/24/2012 8:16:30 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggs

Pros: my cousin said it was good

Cons: i have to buy a phenom and flash that so it can support my 8 core 8150

Manufacturer Response:

If you haven't already, please do contact us. We can provide you free service to ensure your motherboard BIOS is up to date and working correctly. We do not expect you to have to purchase another CPU.

We do apologize for the issues you are having and any inconvenience it may have caused you. When our motherboards ship from the factory it has the latest BIOS at that time. Once the motherboard is with our vendors, we unfortunately cannot control when a customer will receive a motherboard. So unfortunately, a motherboard that was up to date may no longer be up to date.

When contacting us, you can refer to case #ECD12092610003

I or any of my team members here at technical support will be able to help you.
Our hours are Mon-Fri 9am-6pm PST.

Thank you,
Andy
Phone# 1-510-771-0284
Email: andy_K@ecsusa.com

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  • Jeffrey R.
  • 9/23/2012 1:03:30 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsBeware of AM3+ BIOS issue

Pros: I specifically purchased this board for the following features: 32GB memory, 5 SATA 6 GB/s, HDMI output.

The board is very well documented, with easy to read markings. The manual is easy to read.

Once operational, this has performed as expected.

Cons: I purchased this board along with an AMD FX-4170, socket AM3+. Once assembled, I turned the power on, but nothing happened. After some research, I determined that the pre-installed BIOS did not support the AM3+ CPU.

I reached out to ECS support for assistance, but did not hear back. Unwilling to wait, I purchased an AMD Phenom II X3 B73, socket AM3, which allowed me to flash the BIOS. I then was able to swap out the CPU for my FX-4170.

Other Thoughts: Out of the box, this build was a nightmare. My previous system tanked unexpectedly and I rushed to purchase new equipment. Ultimately, I blame myself, as the AM3+ BIOS issue was all-to-easy to diagnose and some research would have saved me a lot of frustration.

I'm happy to have this working now but ambivalent about my purchase. I would not buy this motherboard again nor would I recommend it to friends.

I gave three eggs, as I was able to get this working and because it seems like a decent board so far, but I cannot deny I was originally inclined to give only one or two eggs because of the added and unnecessary frustration.

Presently, I am still waiting to hear back from ECS support.

Manufacturer Response:

We are happy to hear that you were able to get your system running, though we do apologize for the original issue and any inconvenience it may have caused you. When our motherboards ship from the factory it has the latest BIOS at that time. Once the motherboard is with our vendors, we unfortunately cannot control when a customer will receive a motherboard. So unfortunately, a motherboard that was up to date may no longer be up to date.

You can contact us at the phone number or email below, so we can look into your previous case or if you have any further questions, issues or concerns.

When contacting us, you can refer to case #ECD12092610005

I or any of my team members here at technical support will be able to help you.
Our hours are Mon-Fri 9am-6pm PST.

Thank you,
Andy
Phone# 1-510-771-0284
Email: andy_K@ecsusa.com

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