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This review is from: ECS IC780M-A2 (V1.0A) AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard
Pros: -Black and White color scheme better than Rev. 1, a perfect marriage with a NZXT Source Elite case.
-Realtek Audio and Lan(Less problems than Via's solution)
-Works great with Windows 7, all drivers detected on fresh install.
-No issues trying to get it to boot(My ram was 1.65V DDR3 1600 and this board only supports 1333, so it DOES support 1.5v and 1.65v DDR3 ram. I put first ram in 1st slot, second ram in 3rd slot.
-Mosfet/VRam are heatsinked, which means you might get a nice mid range over clock and not worry about the board going out in a year.
Cons: -Doesn't have onboard graphics(which is more of the AMD 770 chipset than ECS's fault).
-I don't like the placement of the 4 pin connector(had to unclip my 8pin to get it to fit ). Not a deal breaker
-has the 710SB but you cannot unlock cores(No BIOS option)
-rebate has 18 day turn in window, will take a few months to actually get it. That is the only REAL con.
Other Thoughts: I honestly believe that this motherboard is a really good value for the price and is not junk at all. I am a computer technician and I probably have used every brand of motherboard in the $40-75 dollar range from AMD and its partners and this is a bargain at 19.99 AR. Asrock and Gigabyte are my favs for AMD, but ECS is slightly better with AMD than MSI. Asus is still king.
If you are having problems with this board think about this
-Have you checked your ram with Memtest86+
-Is the lense on your DVD Drive dirty, new burners are 20 dollars these day
-Have you made sure that your Hard Drive doesnt have any bad sectors that might cause Windows 7 not to install
-Is your PSU good (May I recommend the CX430v2 for longterm stability/price)
-Connect your Hard Drive to Sata 1 port, Burner to Sata 3 port, make sure your on IDE mode if your moving an old Windows 7 installation over. If that doesnt work then AHCI
and lastly did you make sure that the processor you put in is AM3 and n
This review is from: ECS H61H2-M2(1.0) LGA 1155 Intel H61 HDMI Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
Pros: -HDMI out make this board a great value long term since you can hook it up to a flatscreen TV.
-Supports future Ivy Bridge processors(Big Plus)
-Turbo Boost for i5/i7 since H61 can't be overclocked manually.
Cons: I am not a huge fan of Via Lan/Audio yet it seems to work fine in the H61 platform. It keeps costs down so I understand to an extent.
Other Thoughts: Personally with the H61 motherboards being so cheap I would go with Gigabyte's solution yet this motherboard is good for what it is. You pair it with a Celeron G530(Better than an Athlon II X2 250) and you have a nice modern Win7 machine, pair it with a card like the GTS 450 and you have a decent gaming machine. The HDMI out is what really sells this board as a HTPC type solution that could be more if u wanted it to down the line.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: ASRock G31M-S R2.0 LGA 775 Intel G31 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
Pros: -G31 chipset can run Aero very well
-Realtek Lan and Audio seem to give less issues than Via.
-Overclocking options(I say a 300MHZ overclock is more than fine for this board long term)
-Supports a wide range of CPU's, u can find a old Pentium 4 and pair it with some DDR2 and you got laying around and you have a super budget web/office machine
-Asrock makes better LGA775 budget boards than MSI,Biostar or ECS. Asrock seems to have ironed out any real kinks that can cause a motherboard not to post.
Cons: As someone who replaces motherboards all day there aren't really any. I wouldn't recommend this for a gaming computer/super overclock type setup as it doesn't have proper VRAM/Mosfet and only supports PCI Express 1st gen. A drop in card like the 5450 or 5670 would have more than enough bandwidth however if u needed to game Sims 3 style.
Other Thoughts: I would say this is an excellent replacement board out of an OEM computer that suffered from "Capacitor Plague". This motherboard has a wide range of features and the chipset is more than fine for 95 percent of people out there. If you are trying to move your exact XP config to another computer I recommend ShadowProtect Home, works perfectly with this board.
Also before blaming the motherboard for your problem, always run Memtest86+ to make sure the ram is good(DDR2 loves to go out ) and HDD Regenerator to make sure the HD has no bad sectors, those two issues can make you think its the motherboard when it really isnt.
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