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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

Model

Brand
ECS
Model
A970M-A DELUXE v1.0

Supported CPU

CPU Socket Type
AM3+
CPU Type
FX-Series and Phenom II

Chipsets

Chipset
AMD 970 + SB950

Memory

Number of Memory Slots
4×240pin
Memory Standard
DDR3 2133+(OC)/1866/1600/1333
Maximum Memory Supported
32GB
Channel Supported
Dual Channel

Expansion Slots

PCI Express 2.0 x16
2
PCI Express x1
2
PCI Slots
2

Storage Devices

SATA 6Gb/s
5 x SATA 6Gb/s

Onboard Video

Onboard Video Chipset
None

Onboard Audio

Audio Chipset
Realtek ALC892
Audio Channels
8 Channels

Onboard LAN

LAN Chipset
Realtek 8111E
Max LAN Speed
10/100/1000Mbps

Rear Panel Ports

PS/2
1 x PS/2 keyboard/mouse port
USB 1.1/2.0
8 x USB 2.0
USB 3.0
2 x USB 3.0 Ports (optional)
eSATA
1 x eSATA 6Gb/s
S/PDIF Out
1 x Optical
Audio Ports
5 Ports

Internal I/O Connectors

Onboard USB
6 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 12V Power connector
1 x 4-pin CPU_FAN connector with smart fan
1 x 3-pin PWR_FAN connector
1 x 3-pin SYS_FAN connector
1 x Speaker header
1 x Front panel audio header
1 x SPDIF out header
1 x Clear CMOS header
1 x Serial port header (COM)
5 x Serial ATA 6Gb/s connectors
1 x Case Open header

Physical Spec

Form Factor
ATX
Dimensions
12.00" x 8.66"
Power Pin
24 Pin

Features

Features
ECS exclusive Anti-Dust Shield

Up to 140W Thermal Design Power support

Applied 100% Solid capacitor design to maximize component reliability

Supports ECS Nonstop Technology to enhance long-term Stability

Introduced ECS Hyper Alloy Choke to offer 150% higher stability than other products

ESD Protection prevent computers from electrostatic discharge damage to enhance its durability and lifespan

ECS EZ charger provide fast way to charge your smart devices, even if the PC is off

Supports EZ BIOS for tweaking BIOS in Graphical interface within a multi language environment

ECS MIB X - A friendly interface for overclocking, expecially for gamer

Microsoft Windows 8 Certification

Supports THX technology to deliver cinema-quality picture and sound to home environments

Quick Info

Warranty

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


Customer Reviews of the ECS (EliteGroup) A970M-A DELUXE v1.0

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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 -

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  • Shannon U.
  • 4/1/2014 4:22:00 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsCant complain, everything works

Pros: Cheap and i mean cheap, i got this board for $14.99 after mail in rebate, everything works, plugged an AMD FX-6350 in and some DDR3 1800 ram with a cheap graphics card and pushed the power button and BAM everything works and works well, how can people complain about a MB that cost $20 or less let alone complain about overclocking it, if it works at OEM settings you got your moneys worth. If you expected more, spend more, that's the simple math of life!

Note: this board does have overclock ability but nothing great

Cons: The ADS shield is a gimmick and one fell off after the board heated up (they are attached with double sided tape) and made with pop can aluminum, I took it off and it works just fine.

Other Thoughts: for $15 bucks i should have bought 2, you cant get a lot these days for $15 let alone a motherboard with these features

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  • Kevin K.
  • 3/30/2014 10:27:38 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat board

Pros: Installed smoothly, over clocked an AMD 4100 to 4.5 ghz, ran Skyrim on ultra high settings on a 40 inch tv, ran smoothly, cpu temps were borderline but acceptable at 60c. Used a cooler master. Video card is a sapphire r7 240. AMD catalyst control center permitted easy overclocking without the need to monkey with the bios.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: Best bang for the buck purchase I've ever made.

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  • Robert S.
  • 3/28/2014 9:23:35 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsgood budget mobo

Pros: i bought it for $25 after discount/rebate.

I can't complain at that price... bios recognized my memory profiles. everything works.

Don't expect to Overclock much on this... but quite a good value for a sub $500 build.

Cons: bios had some weird designs... especially in changing the boot orders. Not the standard buttons that are used in most bios

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  • David Z.
  • 3/27/2014 5:08:24 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsECS A970M-A

Pros: Newegg shipped fast

Cons: The Board was DOA. I'm a system Builder, & I purchased this board because it was compatible with my 2133Mhz RAM. I was Building my 8 core tower part by part, & now it is over the 30 days. I have to pay for shipping to RMA, & I'm not going to trust ECS in the future.

Other Thoughts: ECS must have many returns to not offer a return shipping label, even when requested.

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  • jack h.
  • 3/26/2014 4:51:36 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsif it cheap buy and hope it works

Pros: when it works it run great and drivers auto installed with win7

Cons: first one failed with in first day after abut 8-10 reboots (windows update required) it stopped booting, no video no beeps nothing, reset cmos jumper, still nothing. RMA'd

When doing mail in rebate you have to record your serial number, on their site it states the serial starts with one letter and a string of number.. well no where on the upc code is there a number that matches those criteria so after scowering the MB I find they placed the serial number on the bottom of the last (bottom) pci slot... so you must remove the MB from the case to see it.... come to find out it starts with TWO letters and IS shown on the upc but not stated as SN: so I could have saved a lot of time if the website number 1: was faster than displaying one page per minute 2: showed and described their newer SN formula and 3:placed the Serial numbers where they can be seen AFTER installation.

and their support site is horrifically SLOW
I think they place the SN where you can find it and don't mark it as a serial number on the upc box is to stop you from doing mail in rebates and their site being slow to make you want to contact support, cause when I say slow I literally clicked a button and took a leak and got back before the page came up and I'm on 20+Mbps speed cable.

Other Thoughts: got my replacement and it booted up fine.
As a company I don't think I will be doing any more business with them.
after rebate only paying twenty or so I'll be fine replacing it with a better brand when it crashes and I do mean WHEN not if.

And Newegg needs to start allowing picture uploads for reviews and not just video.

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  • Jackson N.
  • 3/22/2014 7:39:44 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggs970 chipset, super budget board

Pros: -cheap board
-posts
-2X PCI-e slots
-4x DDR3 ram slots

Cons: -will not save changed bios settings no matter what you do even with most recent bios update 05/2013.
-for a 970 chipset this board has very limited overclocking ability (too bad i wasnt able to test it). you can not change the fsb only the multiplier. also you can't undervolt, only overvolt by set increments that are fixed.

Other Thoughts: returning this board. my ASUS Plus budget board had better overclocking ability and was able to change the bio settings

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  • Annya H.
  • 3/17/2014 3:51:27 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Inexpensive quality motherboard

Pros: Inexpensive
Tons of expansion slots
Great for overclocking

Cons: Very confusing manual fan control settings
Memory clocks only up to 1866

Other Thoughts: I was able to run an FX-6300 at 4.4GHz with the stock cooling and 100% Prime 95 load.
Mother board was capable up to 4.6GHz during normal gaming.

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