To wrap things up, let’s go back and talk about its aesthetic appeal. while the gold color on the ECS A85F2-A Golden isn’t everyone’s taste, we thought the new all black PCB and golden accented hardware looked amazing. The heatsinks used on the board were of great quality right down to the accessories package. ECS even blew us away with its attractive outer packaging; however, as we mentioned, this color may only attract the few that may enjoy this look.
When it comes down to the performance arena of the A85F2-A, we felt ECS has really stepped up over the last few years. They have finally revamped their Bios with an easy to use and understand interface. While there is still some room for improvement, we think they did a great job and is a step in the right direction. Also, we managed to get some decent overclocks from it, and, if you are looking for an extra boost, we can confidently say that its completely capable of moderate overlocking.
While ECS did a great job on this motherboard, if we had to nit pick on a few items, we would have to say that the placement of that 7th SATA port was a poor design decision. The position of the port can potentially be blocked if you happen to install the larger graphics cards. While most won’t take up all 7 SATA ports, its something to think about.
While this board is listed on newegg.com for $126.99, we think this is great value as you get a great deal for your money. When it comes down to it, performance to value is what matters in today’s market, and this board, using the A85x chipset paired with an AMD A10-5800k, is a great value. ECS did a great job. The ECS A85F2-A Golden board wins our Great Hardware Review Award.