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Item#: N82E16813135337

ECS A970M-A DELUXE v1.0 AM3+ AMD 970 + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

  • AMD 970
  • FX / Phenom II / Athlon II / Sempron 100 Series
  • DDR3 2133+(OC)/1866
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Learn more about the ECS (EliteGroup) A970M-A DELUXE v1.0

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


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  • Johnathan W.
  • 9/12/2014 6:26:39 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Product

Pros: Never Failed so far had for 1 year.

Cons: None so far.

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  • Alan F.
  • 8/10/2014 4:53:34 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: worked out of the box as advertised.

Cons: if you pay more for a gigabyte or asus you will get a little better board if you need it.

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  • P.A. R.
  • 6/29/2014 10:13:37 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsECS A970M-A Deluxe V1.0

Pros: Worked at first attempt with FX-8320 processor when I checked with no HD or DVD connected.

Cons: The CPU socket lever was faulty and would not hold the CPU tight. The CPU ran hot (with stock HSF) at 56 degree C and when I tried to remove it to reinstall, it pulled the CPU as well. Then I find the BIOS settings cannot be saved and the system fan speed would not show up on the BIOS. Then the MB would not enter bios when I changed to UEFI bios. A CMOS reset made the system hang on the BIO ID page with no response to Del or F2 etc (It was frustrating as I am a Prof. of ECE with 35 years of exp.). All this makes me wonder if I ended up getting a returned MB with prior problems.

Manufacturer Response:

We are sorry to hear about the issues you are experiencing with your motherboard. If you haven't already, please contact us. We would like to find out more about your system configuration and help find any possible solutions.

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# 1-510-456-9836
Email: andy_K@ecsusa.com

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  • arthur m.
  • 6/7/2014 8:35:19 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggsUse Gigabyte drivers.

Pros: Good layout for large cases.
Looks nice.
Bios is good once you get it set up right.

Cons: Remove dust shield from memory will touch vga card if it bent even a little.This could case you to short out your vga card.
First pcie slot is 16x and second is 4x.
ECS AMD chipset driver has not been updated, I used the Gigabyte and wow what a difference!
Wish it had just 1 PATA.
Need to turn off soft boot to speed up boot times.

Other Thoughts: Good board, I would buy another if I needed an AM3+ motherboard after what I have learned.

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  • Cyril A.
  • 5/26/2014 8:35:51 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsWhat not to like?

Pros: Price ($20 after rebate), all the bells and whistles!

Cons: None, really...

Other Thoughts: Just got my $30 rebate, all is good!
I paired this motherboard with a 1100T, fired up right away, no issues whatsoever.

Thank you ECS!

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  • Alan W.
  • 5/5/2014 9:00:44 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: perefect..

Cons: none

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  • Noam K.
  • 4/19/2014 9:07:38 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat for the price

Pros: -All the slots that I needed for my build.
-Cheap
-Real gold parts
-I use it in my gaming rig and have had no problems so far.

Cons: Anti dust shield was slightly dented when arrived.

Other Thoughts: When building a computer, especially on a budget, a motherboard does not make that much of a difference. It is not necessary to get an expensive one, this one works perfectly with my gaming rig.

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  • Pat K.
  • 4/16/2014 5:58:39 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNot sure what all the hate is about

Pros: Price, price and price. This board had virtually all the features I was looking for, including CrossFire support, for pennies compared with the competition. I also like the steps taken to make sure this board will last like the solid caps.

Cons: Not much here, my only gripe would be the somewhat hokey dust shields they include. While they do look pretty cool, I ended up removing the shield above the expansion slots since it would droop down and contact my GPU. Also, the EZ BIOS is a bit lame, but it only takes one click and you get access to the "advanced" BIOS which has all the controls I would expect.

Other Thoughts: There have been a fair number of negative reviews about this board, so I was hesitant with my purchase. I ended up getting it for less than the price of a few beers at ball game so I figured it was worth a try. Boy am I glad I did, it's been a perfect board for my most recent build and the price really can't be beat.

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  • Jung-woo S.
  • 4/13/2014 11:30:44 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood

Pros: A good motherboard with lots of features. 4 memory slots. Lots of USB ports.

Cons: Bios setup somewhat tricky. Sensitive to memory module timing setup (If not autodetected, you will have a long hard time to figure out the correct numbers) Realtek NIC setup might be tricky since Windows cannot find it automatically.

Other Thoughts: Very good for building up a multi-core server with 32Gb+ memory. I am running Phenom II X6 and the CPU actually does nothing. No onboard video but can put two PCI-E Video cards at the same time --- Good for having more than two monitors at the same time.

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  • Anonymous
  • 4/1/2014 4:26:12 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs5 Ghz Overclock with ECS A970M-A and FX 4130

Pros: Very Stable, Cool running and Overclock friendly board with less money spent. Board's VRM runs amazingly cool. Max temp under load is about 60C. I believe this board has 6+1 Phase design VRM where as other cheap ones has 3+1 or 4+1.

Cons: The bios is bit finicky, some patience is needed.

Multiplier clocking does not work with Phenom II Black edition CPUs, it works only with FX CPUs.

Board unnecessarily Over volts both CPU and memory, default voltage applied by the board is 1.47v on the CPU (FX 4130) (spec volts is 1.35v non-turbo and 1.4v on turbo, yeah I turned off turbo) and 1.58 on the memory (spec volts is 1.5).

NB gets bit hot.

PCI-E 16X slots are too close

May be Picky on Ram.

Other Thoughts: Recently this board went on sale, after rebate $18 including taxes and free shipping. Installed the board with a spare Phenom II 720BE and it booted right away but had some stability issues. Later found that board is picky about RAM, it didn't like the spare OCZ DDR3 1600 Ram I had. Changed to Corsair XMS 1600 and no issues.

Just for fun wanted to see how far the board can OC, so bought a OEM FX-4130 ($40 from my local store). With big tower cooling and decent PSU I was able to clock the CPU to 5 Ghz with 1.72v. That is massive for a cheap board. For daily use the chip runs at 4.6 Ghz. Games runs flawless with a Sapphire 7870 2GB video card.

Nice to have: Front USB 3.0 headers. BTW the USB 3.0 transfer speed is very good.

Overall very underrated board.

I love this board, wicked fast.

The Machine:
ECS A970M-A Deluxe
FX 4130 @ 4.6 Ghz
4GB Corsair XMS Ram
Sapphire 7870 2GB Video card
CoolerMaster 500W PSU

5 Ghz overclock -

http://valid.x86.fr/nv507l

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