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This review is from: ECS A990FXM-A AM3+ AMD 990FX + SB950 6 x SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
Pros: Lots of features and has the 990FX chipset, 3 vid card slots and is ati and nvidia compatible. the bios reminded me of the old mobo i had before this and that scared me... but the board despite that works fine! i was shocked to see this work as well as it does
Cons: I cant shut off cores. this bugs me because even the bargain boards have that feature. a simple bios update to ad that feature would be nice
i have not tried all ram slots, but like the other board if you do not use 1 and 3 you will have a problem of some sort
Other Thoughts: this is a big improvement on the board i had, the a970m-a .... that board was bad....
for dual channel ram, use 1 and 3 or 2 and 4.... i have not tried all 4 slots yet. may not have to and would not fault board for that because all slots work better that the other board.
i had my doubts for this board because of the a970m-a, and the bios at first appearance was just like the other board but i was very happy to see that this board is actually functioning as it should.
it was really a shame that it took so long for me to get this board and all the return shipping came out to about $30 so i did not really gain anything by getting this board over a refund. the return policy on here makes you pay no matter what. and in the case of the other crummy board it made me mad to pay the return shipping to get a replacement for the other board hated it so i then got this. not buying from this sight again, because when you get skunked here, you really get hit hard. the motherboard upgrade was really the only way to rectify, even at that though i am out the time it took to get what i needed. the other site i normally shop at does not charge return shipping for bad items. whether bad design or defect.
Pros: has USB 3.0? amd two video card slots? well havent seen them work yet so the benefit of the doubt goes to the board for that because i have nothing good say other than it has not died yet.....
this review is an update with info for those who already have the board, for all others get an Asus..... or Gigabyte or anything .....
Cons: ECS reps will give you the usual flow chart response that will not solve anything or they have excuses to why they cant respond or do anything about your problems, OHHHH and there is no bios update for any of you who had problems . SORRY! still no update....
bios changes prompt a no post! wow..... but more than two sticks of ram in?... .no post! i bet two video cards would do that too, so i wont wast my time
the bios are horrible look no further than any review here, you can not shut off cores, you need to to to avoid throttling! too bad!
the socket to the processor seems to get hot well before the processor itself reaches its mid temps. the result is throttling. I had to use a fan on the water block that could reach the processor socket to cool it or make the sensors read normal.
the 1st and 3rd ram sockets do not work and i saw this in two boards! mine as well have made this a two socket board.
Ecs wanted people to get this instead of a bargain board, those are actually better and more durable. so that is really sad
Other Thoughts: seeing peoples boards with similiar problems just makes me more angry... I thought my board was a bad one and it was isolated, nope...
a bad batch? not it was a bad board design entirely. just something is wrong with it and QC was blind or had a day off... who knows
is it "out of stock"? or done away with??