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ECS A990FXM-A DELUXE(1.0) AM3+ AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
  • Owned For: less than 1 day

5 out of 5 eggs Will it run 2 or 3-way SLI too??? 08/31/2012

This review is from: ECS A990FXM-A DELUXE(1.0) AM3+ AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: Don't own this mobo, but want more info on it than is provided so I can decide to get or not for my son's build. Even though it's not one of the bigger names out there, ECS has been around for a very long time. Always made affordable hardware.

Cons: No idea...

Other Thoughts: The details of this mobo state that it run crossfire, but makes no mention of it runs SLI or not. I want to run a 3-way SLI set up for this build, but I have no idea if the third PCI 16x slot is 16, 8, or 4. It's not even stated on the ECS site what the specs are. I think this is the same mobo that ECS was selling at the AM3+ socket release for something like $249. There was no way I was paying that for this mobo. With the right specs $169 can be done. If the people at Newegg could also find and list these specs too that would be helpful.

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GIGABYTE GV-R787OC-2GD Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
  • Owned For: less than 1 day

Pros: This card is very fast. HD 7870's fit into a slot that Geforce hasn't tapped into yet with anything new. Low power consumption compared to older cards with alot less processing power.

Cons: None... I installed this card into a friends rig and he'd date it if he could. He did finally step up from his old 4850 though.

Other Thoughts: As far as it outbenching the GTX 580... No. It just squeaks out the GTX 570 by a few frames. The only game for the most part that it benchmarks higher than a GTX 580 is Starcraft II. This game is optimized for AMD/ATI cards from the start. It is fast... Silly fast. Beating a GTX 570 is no joke. I run three in mine pc, and I know what one can do. Don't build it to be more than what it is though.

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Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model BLS2KIT4G3D1609DS1S00
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Still have 8 gigs working...

Cons: That the 8 gigs of ram I still have is more Crucial Ballistix.... I was very happy with performance when I got two sets of this. They appeared to be extremely stable and really quick. After a couple weeks one stick self-aborted. It happens so I began the RMA process. Something told me to hold off so I wait to send it in. I continued to run 12 gigs. the way I figure 12 gigs is still 12 gigs, but I started get BSOD everyday day mainly on start up for the past three days. It may take me 3 or 4 times tto get it going correctly. Tis mourning I fired my pc up and the same issue. Once it booted I took a look at my all cou meter and it read that I was running only 8 gigs of memory. I could see if I beat the ram up with crazy OC's and ran it there 24/7, but I don't. In fact even set my BIOS to auto so it runs at 1333 Mhz instead of 1600. So I know heat is not an issue. They're fast, but not for long.

Other Thoughts: I have only used Patriot and /or Mushkin for the pastalmost ten years. That includes 8 ground up builds and several upgrades. No less that 22 individual sticks of memory had been used, and I never had not one go bad on me. Many of these sticks are still being used in my older pc's or given to friends to help upgrade their pc's. Some as old as 6 years old that I completely brutalized with overclocks in brutal Las Vegas summers are still going strong. Leaving Patriot and Mushkin and buying these was like messing around with the cute girl next door behind your devoted wife's back... It may be alot of fun at first, but you gonna end up with the S@#$ end of the stick in the end. Just stay away form these.

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Brian K.'s Profile

Display Name: Brian K.

Date Joined: 06/26/04

  • Reviews: 46
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  • First Review: 01/24/06
  • Last Review: 08/31/12
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