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This review is from: ECS A55F2-M4(1.0) FM2 AMD A55 (Hudson D2) Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
Pros: Worked out of the box. No issues detecting CPU, memory, peripherals. Came with a bunch of screws, and extra in case any get lost.
Decent BIOS options, but just not good enough. (see cons)
Cons: Board does NOT run my Gskill F3-1600C11S-4GNT at its recommended specs, 1600 11-11-11-28. Currently running the memory at 1333 9-10-10-24 with no problems, but I paid for 1600.
Board will NOT POST when memory is switched to "1600" even with the timings loosened. The problem may be due to the following issue:
Board does NOT have provisions for memory/CPU voltage management.
BIOS is a little confusing for someone who is used to dealing with higher end boards, but that was to be expected.
Other Thoughts: There may be a setting I overlooked, however it is unlikely. Hopefully ECS sees this and can throw me some good pointers on how to get this memory to stabilize at 1600 MHz.
Currently paired up with an A4-4000 and it's cruising along nicely, even with the memory at 1333.
Good board, just not good enough.
Pros: Worked out of the box, cheap, nice black PCB (+5 eggs)
Currently runs at 1333 9-10-10-28 (default, no issues)
Cons: Won't run at advertised speed 1600 11-11-11-28 (-1 egg)
Mobo fails to POST when memory setting is changed from "Auto" to 1600. (I will be complaining more about this in THAT reveiw, though)
Other Thoughts: CPU: AMD A4-4000 Richland APU
Mobo: ECS A55F2-M4
If Gskill could help me out here that would be great. I have about 1 week before I move and never see this customer again.
Pros: Sturdy metal case, super saver shipping had my order here days ahead of time. +5 eggs
Cons: DVD bay is sideways, I was expecting this to be a normal micro tower with 2 top DVD drive bays, however this is not the case. Luckily, this is not a deal breaker. -1 egg
Biggest issue is with the USB/Audio jack door, it popped off and the tab broke that holds it closed, so I had to remove it and hope the customer doesn't see the broken parts. -3 eggs
Other Thoughts: This is a budget build. Priced under $35 with a PSU. +1 eggREAD FULL REVIEW