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Russ S.

Russ S.

Joined on 08/25/06

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Update on Radeon

ECS 945GCD-M(1.0) Intel Atom 330 Intel 945GC Micro ATX Motherboard / CPU Combo
ECS 945GCD-M(1.0) Intel Atom 330 Intel 945GC Micro ATX Motherboard / CPU Combo

Pros: Good inexpensive low-power board for an HTPC or home server. The Micro ATX form factor with its Atom 330 plus multiple expansion slots is useful and almost unique in the market.

Cons: The CPU heat sink fins are oriented vertically, making a typical cooling design (ATX case, one fan in front and one fan in the rear flowing horizontally) less efficient. Also, no ECC memory support. I suppose we can all dream...

Overall Review: I am primarily writing this to let everyone know that the board does support the ATI Radeon 5xxx cards after a recently released BIOS update. I was just packing this board up for return after it wouldn't detect my HD5450 card when I found that they had released an update to solve this issue. After the full BIOS update, it booted right up displaying video over the ATI's HDMI output. As a final note, for those of you running 64-bit Windows, you'll have to download the 64-bit version of the AM Flash utility to upload the BIOS image.