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ECS NM70-I2(1.0) Intel Celeron 1037U 1.80GHz Intel NM70 Mini ITX Motherboard/CPU/VGA Combo

  • Intel NM70
  • Celeron
  • DDR3 1333/1066
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 2 years


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  • Curtis T.
  • 5/30/2014 6:45:08 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsECS NM70-I2(1.0) Intel Celeron 1037U

Pros: Great value and faster CPU than the Celeron 847. Runs very cool and low wattage after removing stock cooler. Read cons!

Cons: If yours was like mine out of the box at idle the CPU was 82 degrees Celsius. Running Prime 95 it was 104 degrees Celsius. Easy fix! Remove stock heat sink and fan and remove factory thermal paste and use MX4 paste and reinstall. My idle temp now is 37 degrees Celsius and running Prime 95 all day long it did not go above 60 degrees Celsius and fan now runs very slow and silent.

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  • Eric C.
  • 5/19/2014 2:03:08 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsCan't beat the performance for the price...

Pros: I used this board in a HTPC build, and I am not disappointed. I have seen others posting issues with cooling while taxing the system hard, but as an HTPC, the fan rarely ever even kicks on. It is quiet, draws minimal power, and works perfectly for HD audio or 1080p video.

Cons: For the price... none. It's not a gaming machine, but I wasn't looking for a gaming machine, and I wouldn't have expected this to be.

Other Thoughts: Be ready for some crackling audio of you install Windows 8. I started this box off with W7, but having gotten used to 8 at work (SysAdmin forced to W8 to manage 2012Core servers), I decided to put W8 on this build. Probably going back to W7 real soon here.

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  • Michael D.
  • 5/2/2014 2:05:27 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsUpdate to Previous Review

Pros: Great built-in graphics
Speedy processor
Low power draw

Cons: Insufficient CPU Cooling on board
Lack of USB 3.0

Other Thoughts: This is an update to my previous glowing review of this board. I bought 2 of these boards, and 1 of 2 was DOA. Newegg handled the RMA, but it cost me over $12.00 in shipping and restocking costs for 1 lb. mini-itx board! That made the cost of one of these builds significantly higher. When I finally got the second motherboard replaced and ran Prime 95 on both to burn in, I found temperatures with the stock heatsink and fan to be 65-70 C at idle and between 95 and 105 C (Maximum for CPU) during Prime 95 testing. This is not acceptable. I have seen other reviews stating the same problem with this board. Most resolve it with a new northbridge cooler and some thermal paste, but this shouldn't be an additional expense you have to spend on a brand new system! So now in addition to the return fees, I have to dole out the cost for a new cooler and fan for each CPU and thermal paste, adding another $15+ to each build. If I don't do this, they will likely fry the CPU in a very short period of time. I really don't understand why ECS cannot properly protect the CPU on these motherboards from the factory! I mean they are supposed to put these together to run for at least the length of their 3 year warranty, right? IThey are either skimping on the paste, or it is the low-speed (like a toy) fan they have on top of the heat sink. By the time I add in these additional costs, I could have bought a more expensive motherboard that would not give me these problems. If you spend the money to buy paste and a new cooler, these boards will probably be ok. But why should you have to spend the money in the first place?

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  • Michael D.
  • 4/10/2014 9:36:40 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat All Around Motherboard!

Pros: Powerful (for an embedded processor)
SATA 6GB/s
Great onboard graphics
HD Audio (6 channel)

Cons: Lack of USB 3.0 (only reason is is not 5 stars)

Other Thoughts: I put together a great little HTPC Win 7 Pro system with this board. This board smoked my last HTPC system (built in 2010) which had an Athlon II 240 with 2 cores @ 2.8Ghz. This board has 2 cores @ 1.8Ghz. That CPU pulled 65 watts and this one pulls only 17! I know boards have come a long way in 4 years, but this proves that clock speed isn't everything. This whole box runs on about 40 watts! A couple important notes: First of all, make sure you download the graphics drivers from Intel directly. I can only speak for Win 7, but it took many updates before it even recognized this graphics chip, and then it tried to install some generic Intel driver. Just bypass Windows update and load the Intel HD graphics driver. I also found the bios settings for graphics memory made no real difference, I left them at 128 fixed and 256 max (after trying at higher settings). WEI: 5.8 CPU, 5.9 RAM (DR3 1333), 5.3 Aero Graphics, 6.2 Gaming Graphics, 5.9 HD (1 TB Sata III 3Gb/S). Although you can add a PCIE x 16 graphics card to improve gaming performance, why would you? I mean your bottleneck is in the CPU, you could't get over 5.8 overall no matter what you did. For a EXCELLENT 1080p HTPC, and mid-level productivity (with up to 3 monitors on integrated graphics), this thing ROCKS! For a gaming machine, you probably should look elsewhere. For the price, this absolutely cannot be beat! The 1037u with Intel HD graphics is absolutely the best performing embedded motherboard on the market today! I need to get some more of these!

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  • David H.
  • 1/30/2014 4:31:21 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsPerfect little workhorse.

Pros: Owned this board about five months at the time of writing.

It was purchased to replace a programming production and home server that doubled as a primary desktop and media backend. The specifications on this motherboard are only slightly better than the machine it replaced, but even with the same GPU model, it performs significantly better than the previous machine at a fraction of the cost.

Because one of my biggest concerns was that this board would not be able to match what I was used to, I was surprised and pleased with how much this motherboard out-performs my previous box.

It's been chugging along serving my files, compiling my code, and running my video games with no issues.

I had an excellent tech support experience when I encountered an issue, which was largely my fault.

Cons: I had issues that were caused by a lack of proper documentation of this model and my own ignorance.

It is important to know that this motherboard can only run unbuffered, non-ECC ram. I originally bought server ram for it and, though I suspected at one point that it may be the cause of a failure to boot, I was convinced the documentation would surely inform me if there were ram limitations. This was not the case. At the time there were no ram limitations listed in the details on this page nor on the details or specifications.

Seeking assistance from the company was a breeze, however. It was frustrating as the first response was, "here's an RMA, send it in." Then I discovered from a tech who tested the board I returned the ram limitations.

This needs to be addressed in the included documentation as I wasted time and money, as well as the company's time and money, because of a simple assumption and a lack of communication.

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  • Scott D.
  • 1/21/2014 5:57:10 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat value

Pros: All in one board has everything but memory.
Conspicuous value. I paid $65.00
Very quiet processor fan. Almost silent.

Cons: None that I know of.

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  • Michael L.
  • 1/3/2014 6:55:29 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsECS is trash - cheaply made

Pros: This should not be a requirement for a review.

Cons: Where to begin. ECS is a sub par manufacturer. Throughout their history, their products have been made with one thing in mind, volume/price ratio. The more they sell of their inferior products, the less their return percentage will rear its' ugly head. There is a reason why a biostar motherboard, for instance, costs 20.00 more. The components (caps, solder, pwm, I/o board, components, etc) are intended to last longer than the provided warranty period, albeit not more than 4-5 years on I/o boards made today.
The worst aspect of the ECS sales model is their rebate processes. Most companies outsource their rebates to a third party to process for them. ECS has partnered with a company called VELOCITY FULFILLMENT, INC. Needless to say, rebates are getting processed. Very soon, in fact, we may see a class action suit gathering steam against both of these entities.

Other Thoughts: Newegg is an online retailer like any other. It enjoys selling volume to please its' investors, and making profit as any company would. They profit and gain from rebate schemes compiled by manufacturers such as ECS and others. The one thing retailers do not do (like newegg), is stand behind those manufacturer rebates, instead choosing to pass the buck so to speak, to the mfg. for the responsibility of fulfilling it. The mfg. passes the buck to their third party (like Velocity). In the end, no one seems to be responsible and the customer gets hurt.

There is enough precedence in our legal system to remind these retailers they will be held responsible when the shoe drops. The rebates, after all, are advertised on newegg's site and is a compelling force in making a purchasing decision for many of us. The responsible lay squarely on all three.

Newegg, are have a great reputation amongst online shoppers. Hold your mfg. partners responsible for unprocessed rebates, or you may end up paying for it out of the profits you make when you collaborated in the first place.

Manufacturer Response:

We are sorry to hear about the rebate issue you have experienced and appreciate your feedback. The rebate offers are not a scheme and if you would like to contact us we would be more than willing to work with you in finding a resolution to your rebate issue.

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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  • Robert G.
  • 12/30/2013 8:51:02 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsDecent but flawed

Pros: Inexpensive, low power usage, 4 sata ports. Their rapid response to a support question was also appreciated.

Cons: Functionality of the PCIe slot is questionable. I am using this for Nas4Free (FreeBSD base) and booting from an SD flash card. I wanted to add an inexpensive eSata card that supports the port multiplier function, but the two I had on hand (both PCIe x1) both failed to be recognized by the system. (They work on other systems under Windows Server 2008R2, so the cards are good). Thinking nas4free might have a problem with the chipset I loaded Windows Server on an SSD and it, too, failed to recognize either card.
I asked ECS support and they said their S6M2 eSata card would work, but no one seems to have any available for me to purchase. The slot is good, since an old nVidia graphics card worked. I see, reading other reviews, that the PCIe slot can present problems.

Other Thoughts: Were it not for the PCIe slot problem I would rate this 5 eggs. Perhaps it's something I've missed, but I really think that the PCIe slot is incapable of handling a variety of PCIe x1 cards. I don't have any spare NICs or USB cards lying around to test this theory, nor do I wish to tear apart other machines for their cards. Such is life. Had I known this was going to be a problem I would not have purchased the product.

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  • Anonymous
  • 11/27/2013 6:12:51 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsCapable Board

Pros: low temps, runs Cool under load, responsive, great little media server, low power consumption. CPU 4 pin power not required.

Cons: front board pin-outs not clearly labeled, system supports 1 DIMM separately or 2 DIMM Pair, not documented.

Other Thoughts: I plan to build more using this board

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  • Nam Y.
  • 11/9/2013 11:47:47 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsPotentially a great basic motherboard

Pros: Much improved CPU performance coming from Sandy Bridge Celeron 847 (1.1ghz) or even an 887 (1.5ghz)

Low power draw, about 15W at idle, up to 38W while running the windows experience index.

Unusually, much higher graphics performance than I expected coming from Sandy Bridge ULV celerons (could be the graphics drivers)

Very snappy performance in windows 7 with an SSD

Cons: None of the other reviews mentioned problems with cooling, so I assume the unit that I received appears to be defective. and will treat for the purposes of this review as if the problem was fixed

There is a serious problem with the heat sink that ships with this motherboard. The rubber spacers around the mounting points and the hard, rubbery thermal interface material itself prevents it from properly mounting on the CPU. When I first turned it on, the CPU was hitting temps of up to 105C causing throttling and unusual OS and graphical glitches.

Luckily I happened to have an Ixtrema Silenx northbridge cooler on hand left over from a previous project. That and a dab of generic thermal paste brought my temps down to a more reasonable 40C at idle (59C at load). If this is a manufacturer error, I hope they get this fixed pronto as the motherboard as it ships is totally unacceptable. If you order this motherboard, get the northbridge cooler as well, just in case.

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Other Thoughts: Test system:
ECS NM70-I2 (1.0) Intel Celeron 1037U (1.8ghz Ivy bridge)
case: Norco ITX7 with built in 60W DC - DC power supply, No name 12V, 72W laptop charger, unknown efficiency rating.
Memory: 2x2GB Kingston value ram DDR3 1333mhz, low profile. (runs at 1333mhz) Dual Channel
OS Drive: Mushkin Chronos 180GB SSD
OS: Windows 7 Pro x64
Chipset driver: 9.3.0.1029 7/25/2013 (From Intel)
Graphics driver: 9.18.10.3257 7/29/2013 (From Intel)

Windows Experience Index:
Processor: 5.8
Memory: 5.9
Graphics: 5.5
Gaming Graphics: 6.2
Hard Disk: 7.9

Performance Test 8.0
Average FPS on menu screen: 350
CPU Mark: 1953
2D Graphics Mark: 381
3D Graphics Mark: NA (crashes driver on last test)
Memory: 1311
HDD: 4010

Reference system 1:
Acer Veriton N2620G
Celeron 887 HM70 chipset (1.5ghz Sandy Bridge)
Memory: 2x2GB DDR 1600 CL11 (runs at 1333) Dual Channel
HDD: Crucial M4 128GB msata drive
Chipset driver: 9.3.0.10113 8/26//2011 (From Acer)
Graphics driver: 9.17.10.3223 6/27//2013 (From Intel)

Windows Experience Index:
Processor: 5.1
Memory: 5.9
Graphics: 4.8
Gaming Graphics: 5.7
Hard Disk: 7.8

Performance Test 8.0
Average FPS on menu screen: 210
CPU Mark: 1523
2D Graphics Mark: 279
3D Graphics Mark: NA (does not complete due to lack of DX11 compatibility)
Memory: 1174
HDD: 1784

Reference system 2:
Biostar NM70I-847
Celeron 847 NM70 chipset (1.1ghz Sandy Bridge)
Memory: 2x2GB crucial DDR3 1333mhz CL9 (runs at 1333) Dual Channel
HDD: Western Digital Scorpio 320GB 5400rpm HDD
Chipset driver: 9.3.0.1011 8/26//2011 (From Biostar)
Graphics driver: 9.17.10.3223 6/27//2013 (From Intel)

Windows Experience Index:
Processor: 3.9
Memory: 5.9
Graphics: 4.5
Gaming Graphics: 5.5
Hard Disk: 5.9

Performance Test 8.0
Average FPS on menu screen: 145
CPU Mark: 1128
2D Graphics Mark: 210
3D Graphics Mark: NA (does not complete due to lack of DX11 compatibility)
Memory: 938
HDD: 488

Aside from the the problem with the heat sink mounting, this motherboard would make an excellent basic use computer or htpc. If you want to build a NAS server or a basic 2-port pfsense firewall box, there are better choices out there.

Performance with an SSD is good enough to run my high bit rate 1080p videos even on VLC with less than 1% dropped frames. They run flawlessly on Media Player Classic. Running recent 3D accelerated games however is not recommended. The integrated GPU just doesn't have enough oomph. Some older games may run acceptably at the lowest setting.

How could this product be improved? If ECS had used the HM70 chipset, it would have natively brought USB 3.0 and a full 16 PCIE lanes rather than just the 8 from the NM70. Not a big issue if you want to install a discrete graphics card, but could be an issue with some of the more bandwidth sensitive PCIE 1x to 4x cards such as RAID or multiport network cards.

Overall, a very good deal for the money, assuming you don

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