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ECS PN1 SLI2 Extreme nForce 590SLI Motherboard Review

ECS PN1 SLI2 Extreme nForce 590SLI Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: The motherboard is based on the nVIDIA nForce 590 SLI Intel Edition chipsets (nForce 590 SLI SPP and nForce 590 SLI MCP), so it supports a whole host of multi-videocard gaming arrangements.
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Another Swing at 590SLI...

Quite a few OEM companies have branched out into the retail market, Foxconn and ECS are the biggest two that come to mind.

ECS with its Extreme line of motherboards has done an excellent job at changing public perception that it's an entry level or 'value' focused company. ECS is getting into the mainstream and high end markets, and so far we're seeing good results on the whole.

The ECS PN1 SLI2 Extreme motherboard is a prime example of what ECS has done right. Based on the nVIDIA nForce 590 SLI Intel Edition chipset, the motherboard sports a whole load of integrated goodies like six Serial ATA II channels (with RAID support), 7.1 channel High Definition audio, dual Gigabit network cards ten USB 2.0 slots, two IEEE 1394a and one IEEE 1394b slots.

Everything you'll need to take advantage of all the integrated goodies comes, which is a nice change from a lot of other boards that lack most of the 'optional' brackets to take full advantage of the feature set. In this case, the PN2 SLI2 Extreme includes a USB, IEEE 1394a and parallel port expansion bracket. The latter is often forgotten by most other manufacturers, but is especially handy if you have an old printer. It's quite a treat to find a full length eSATA and network cable bundled in, this is something that's generally not included.

In the benchmarks the ECS PN1 SLI2 Extreme motherboard performed quite well on the whole; it was near top spot no matter what benchmark PCSTATS threw at it. The board handled Office style tasks very well, raw CPU crunching and of course gaming. It easily kept up with nVIDIA nForce 680i and Intel 975X Express based motherboards - certainly nice company to be in.

When it comes to overclocking the ECS PN1 SLI2 Extreme was mediocre. It may prove satisfactory for the casual overclocker but 350 MHz FSB will not get a hard core overclocker very excited. On the other hand, does anyone really even bother with overclocking anymore?

On the whole, PCSTATS found the ECS PN1 SLI2 Extreme motherboard to be a good well rounded platform that performed well, and certainly came with a lot of goodies. The biggest issue with this board will be finding it.... It's been rumored that ECS has already discontinued production of the PN1 SLI2 Extreme. Too bad, it's a pretty good option for Intel users on a budget.

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Contents of Article: ECS PN1 SLI2 Extreme
 Pg 1.  ECS PN1 SLI2 Extreme nForce 590SLI Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  Gallery Highlights of this ECS Motherboard
 Pg 3.  Gallery Highlights Continued
 Pg 4.  nVIDIA nForce 590 SLI Intel Edition chipset
 Pg 5.  Overclocking the PN1 SLI2 Motherboard
 Pg 6.  Motherboard Benchmarks: Sysmark 2004
 Pg 7.  Motherboard Benchmarks: Office Productivity, SiSoft Sandra
 Pg 8.  Motherboard Benchmarks: SuperPi, PCMark05
 Pg 9.  Motherboard Benchmarks: 3DMark05, 3DMark06
 Pg 10.  Motherboard Benchmarks: FarCry, Doom 3, Quake 4
 Pg 11.  — Another Swing at 590SLI...

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