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ECS A780GM-A Ultra Black Series

Posted February 8, 2009 by Jake in CPU & Motherboards







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Features & Accessories

Instead of listing off every feature that the ECS A780GM-A Ultra offers, we are going to list the most notable features that make this board stand out. 

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AMD Phenom Quad-Core Support
Being inherited from the excellent architecture of multitasking, AMD Penom processors lead to a new milestone in the computer performance with its powerful multi-core as well as the support for HT 3.0 technology.

HT 3.0
The highly scalable Hyper Transport 3.0 is capable to provide incredible bandwidth of the system bus up to 20.8GB/s which would dramatically elevate the efficiency of computing performance.

Motherboard Intelligent BIOS, integrated all the overclocking functions into one page. It provides the most intelligent and convenient way to adjust the clock/ voltage settings of CPU and memory. Users can easily get the extra performance with this innovative utility.

ATI Hybrid Graphics Technology
To provide better gaming performance than a single graphics card, the innovative design of ATI Hybrid Graphics Technology is capable to bring additional performance increase up to 1.75X by enabling the power of both integrated graphics core and the add-on graphics card simultaneously.

HDCP Ready
A specification developed by Intel Corporation to protect digital entertainment content across the DVI/HDMI interface. HDCP encrypts transmission of digital content between HDCP-compliant devices that it allows users to enjoy HD content through HDCP-compliant playback software.

Below are the specifications for the ECS A780GM-A Ultra:

AMD Phenom™ processor (Socket AM2+)
AMD Athlon™ 64 FX / Athlon™ 64 X2 Dual Core/ Athlon™ 64 / Sempron processor
High-performance HyperTransport 3.0 CPU Interface
Support transfer rate up to 5200 mega-transfers per second

AMD® 780G & AMD® SB750
North Bridge: AMD® 780G
South Bridge: AMD® SB750

On Chip (AMD 780G-based with ATI™ Radeon HD3200 graphics )
Integrated DirectX 10 graphics processor

Dual-channel DDR2 memory architecture
4 x 240-pin DDR2 DIMM socket support up to 32GB
Support DDR2 1066/800/667/533/400 DDR2 SDRAM

Expansion Slots
1 x PCI Express x16 slot
1 x PCI Express x1 slot
3 x PCI slots

Support by AMD SB750
6 x Serial ATA 3.0Gb/s devices
RAID0, RAID1, RAID5, RAID 10 configuration
Support by JMB 361
1 x eSATA

Realtek ALC888 8-channel audio CODEC
Compliant with HD specification

Realtek RTL 8111C Gigabit Fast Ethernet NIC

Rear Panel I/O Ports
1 x PS/2 keyboard & PS/2 mouse connectors
6 x USB ports
1 x Gigabit Ethernet Port
1 x eSATA
1 x Audio port (1Line in, 4x Line out, 1 Optical SPDIF Out
1 x VGA port
1 x HDMI Port

Internal I/O Connectors
1 x 24-pin ATX Power Supply Connector & 8-pin 12V Connector
1 x 4-pin 12V Connector
1 x CPU_FAN connector
1 x PWR_FAN connector
1 x SYS Fan header
1 x FDD connector
1 x IDE connector
6 x Serial ATA connectors
1 x Speaker header
1 x Front panel switch/LED header
1 x Front panel audio header
3 x USB 2.0 headers support additional 6 USB ports
1 x RESET button & 1 x POWER ON button

System BIOS
AMI BIOS with 8Mb SPI Flash ROM
Supports Plug and Play, STR/STD, Hardware monitor, Multi Boot, DMI,HDCP
Supports ACPI revision 3.0 specification
Support over-clocking
ECS M.I.B. utility

Form Factor
ATX Size 305mm*244mm

User Manual
Support CD
4 x SATA Cables
1 x 133/100/66/33 IDE Cable
Rear I/O Plate

The ECS A780GM-A Ultra’s accessory package comes with enough to get you started, but it would have been nice if there would have two more matching SATA cables to fill out the six available headers on the motherboard.  Also of note, the support disc did not work on our Windows Vista Ultimate x64 installation, but this was easily remedied by locating correct drivers by browsing the disc.

Below you can see the flashy packaging and assortments of included accessories.

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Next, let’s take a closer look at the layout of this board.

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