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ECS A780GM-A AMD 780G Motherboard Review
ECS A780GM-A AMD 780G Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: The ECS A780GM-A motherboard is an affordable media center platform based on the mainstream AMD 780G chipset. This spunky little integrated graphics chipset is ideal for home theatre PC/media applications.
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External Mfg. Website: ECS Jan 06 2009   J. Apong  
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BIOS and Test System Specs

A Look at the BIOS:

The ECS A780GM-A motherboard allows basic overclocking options for CPU frequency control, in 1 MHz increments.

You can adjust memory timings as well, but the BIOS warns you to leave most timings at the ECS A780GM-A motherboard's default settings, which may be below your rated memory timings.

Here in the All Voltage Control section are the memory options for the ECS A780GM-A. You can increase the CPU voltage 0.3875V above stock, memory 1.491V, NB voltage 0.380V, SB 0.424V and FSB 0.560V above stock. That's a lot of voltage (especially the CPU and memory) so use caution when increasing the values. The last thing you want is to fry your shiny new CPU or memory!

The DIMM voltage control is a little strange - it allows for incredibly small increases in voltages, as low as 0.01V at a time. It does not, however, tell you what the default voltages are! Assuming a standard 1.8V, an additional 630mV will bring voltages to a dangerous 2.4V, enough to fry a memory module.

The CPU voltages are adjusted in the same fashion, with up to .25V available. This is not an overclocking board, so it's recommended that voltage controls be left alone.

Prelude to Benchmarks

The details of how the ECS A780GM-A motherboard test system was configured for benchmarking, including the specific hardware, software drivers, operating system and benchmark versions are indicated below. In the second column are the general specs for the reference platforms this AMD 780G based system is to be compared against. Please take a moment to look over PCSTATS test system configurations before moving on to the individual benchmark results.

PCSTATS Test System Configurations
test system reference system #1 reference system #1
processor: amd Athlon64 X2 5000+ (AM2) AMD Athlon64 X2 5000+ (AM2) Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 (775)
Clock Speed: 13 x 200 MHz = 2.6 GHz 13 x 200 MHz = 2.6 GHz 8 x 333 = 2.66GHz
Motherboard: ECS A780GM-A (AMD 780G) Foxconn A690GM2MA (AMD 690G)
Foxconn A7DA-S (AMD 790GX)
Biostar TF8200 A2+ (Geforce 8200)

Intel DG45ID (Intel G45)
ECS G33T-M2 (Intel G33)

Videocard: MSI NX8800GTS-T2D320E-HD-OC

2x 1024MB Corsair Twin2X2048-6400C4 DDR2

Hard Drive: 74GB Western Digital Raptor WD740
CDROM: AOpen Combo 52x
PowerSupply: PC Power & Cooling TurboCool 510 SLI
Heatsink: AMD Athlon64 FX-62 Reference Intel E6750 Reference
Software Setup:

Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate
nVidia NF 15.24
ATi Catalyst 8.8
nVIDIA Forceware 169.25

Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate
Intel INF
nVidia Forceware 169.25

3DMark Vantage
YSMark 2007 Preview
SiSoft Sandra 2008
Super Pi
PCMark Vantage

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Contents of Article: ECS A780GM-A
 Pg 1.  ECS A780GM-A AMD 780G Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  ATI Hybrid Graphics: High Definition Content over HDMI
 Pg 3.  ECS 780GM-A Motherboard Highlights
 Pg 4.  — BIOS and Test System Specs
 Pg 5.  Motherboard Benchmarks: 3DMark Vantage, 3DMark06, FEAR
 Pg 6.  Motherboard Benchmarks: FEAR, Sysmark 2007
 Pg 7.  Motherboard Benchmarks: SiSoft Sandra, Super Pi
 Pg 8.  Motherboard Benchmarks: PCMark Vantage
 Pg 9.  Final Word - AMD's Answer to HDMI Integration

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