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ECS A85F2-A Golden Motherboard Review

Posted February 5, 2013 by Kenny in CPU & Motherboards







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Price at time of Review: $126.99 on Newegg.com


Great Overclockable Motherbaord, Crossfire ready Application. Aesthetics appeal


One SATA Port location is off
If you are looking for a budget friendly APU motherboard with great overclockability and many features, the ECS A85F2-A is a great buy at the price point.
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4most Display
Features complete onboard HDMI, DVI, D-Sub and Display port for more flexible, complete and convenient multi-media plug-in options for excellent visual performance.
All Solid Capacitors
ECS’s All-Solid-Capacitors design brings the great benefit of better durability to users. Better conductivity and heat resistance can be expected as well thus the system stability can be assured under critical conditions.
ECS O.C profile offers O.C values for CPU and DRAM to reach higher performances in a quick, simple and safe way. It keeps users’ preferable BIOS settings to regain your last successful O.C configuration to create the most convenient O.C experience.
Rapid 333
Support latest generation USB 3.0, SATA 3.0 (6Gbps) and eSATA 3.0 (6Gbps) high-speed interface technologies that meet the high-capacity and high-speed needs of multi-media publishing and PC gaming.
Clear CMOS Button
One of ECS 4″E” Design which is especially a great plus that brings users remarkable convenience while overclocking or tweaking system performance.
( 4″E” Design : Easy button; DebugLED; Clear CMOS; Right-Angled SATA Slots)
Mutli-language BIOS
Multi-language BIOS allows you to see and set up the BIOS with your native language. It helps Non-English users to solve the problem of setting up the BIOS and achieve extra system performance easily.
50 degree Burn-in Test
A burning test with increased temperature up to 50 degree is applied to eliminate computer functional impairments caused by severe external environment
ECS Hyper Alloy Choke
ECS Hyper Alloy Choke includes all features of Super Alloy Choke, additionally offering 50 degree extra wider range and reducing 13% heat than general choke.
The most convenient tool to adjust BIOS in graphical interface. Designed with user-friendly interface including auto OC, boot priority, security function and windows 8 support. (Auto OC only for OC available models. )
ECS Golden Solid Capacitors
We deliver not only the best quality but also the stylish design. ECS Golden Solid Capacitors guarantee you both luxury material and a premium standard performance.
AMD APU Platform
The new generation of AMD Accelerated Processing Unit (APUs) combiningthe central processing unit (CPU) with the graphics processing unit(GPU) in a single-chip design, features stutter-free HD video playback,DirectX® 11-capable graphics.
Support DirectX 11
DirectX 11 features the latest technologies of Compute Shaders, Direct 2D, Multithreaded Rendering and Tessellation for create rich worlds, realistic characters and more fluid gameplay.
AMD Dual Graphics
AMD Dual graphics technology enables an impressive visual uplift and added compute capacity. The integrated graphics core can be combined with the external graphics card to deliver higher overall performance.
AMD Eyefinity technology
The second generation AMD A-Series APUs natively support AMD Eyefinity Technology, for up to four monitors of immersive, multi-monitor gaming and productivity, providing you the ultimate panoramic computing experience.
ATI CrossFire X
The technology not only combines multi-GPU and motherboard power that soars into a new dimension of graphics capability, but also delivers the highest image quality and screen resolutions, even with the most demanding 3D titles.
Dual Channel DDR3 2600 OC
Dual DDR3 2600 O.C. is able to raise processor and RAM clock up to 2600mHz through capable RAM in overclock mode. It assists system to obtain optimal performance to meet the O.C. enthusiast needs.
The exceptionally increased interconnect bit rate from 2.5GT/s up to 5.0GT/s would effectively eliminates the bottle neck of the system performance and brings the most terrific computing experience from the present to the future.
eSATA 6Gb/s
eSATA III with 6Gb/s data transfer rate can promise substantial performance gain to a new hard drive enclosure. The data transfer rate is double than previous SATA II(3Gb/s) and also supports external HDD hot plug and keyed connector end for fool-proof.
USB 3.0
The latest generation Super Speed USB 3.0 Card is able to transfer data 10 times faster than USB 2.0. An innovative power management system provide better energy saving and carry more power to recharge more USB rechargeable devices. USB 3.0 Card is compatible with USB 2.0 to add more convenience and excellent performance.
EZ Charger
EZ Charger technology provides 3 times current than general USB port in off mode for USB devices. It’s useful and excellent, especially for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices that need a large amount of current for faster recharging within less time.
Intelligent EZ Utility
ECS Intelligent EZ provides convenient way of operation letting you use easily and comfortably enjoy high performance on your system.
Windows® 8 Hardware Certification
Support the latest Windows 8 technology which provides touch-enabled control, Apps and can connect with the cloud to connect with your files, photos, people, and settings, wherever you sign in.
Certified For Windows® 7
Windows® 7 platform introduces a number of manageability improvements that can reduce total cost of ownership by helping to increase automation, improve user productivity, and provide flexible administrative control to meet compliance requirements. It is more user-friendly and has been optimized to consume less system resources with Windows® 7 as well. Furthermore, the VT technology is enhanced to support real-time multimedia application including video playback and 3D games.
ErP Ready
ECS Motherboards have been certified by ErP of European Union. Stand by mode and off mode not to exceed 0.50W consumption to save energy and maintain sustainable environment.


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    Peter Cox

    I thought this was a great review. The only thing I would have liked to have seen is what boost the i3 would have had with the ATI 6670 video card. That would have been a bit more “apples to apples” approach to video games portion of the review.

    Also, if you took a similarly priced FX cpu and the ATI 6670 video card in a $120.00 ECS AM3+ board… how would it compare?

    I do have to say that this socket/cpu/gpu combination is not a desktop part that I would choose. In a laptop, it sounds very appealing.


    “I thought this was a great review. The only thing I would have liked to have seen is what boost the i3 would have had with the ATI 6670 video card. That would have been a bit more “apples to apples” approach to video games portion of the review.

    Also, if you took a similarly priced FX cpu and the ATI 6670 video card in a $120.00 ECS AM3+ board… how would it compare?

    I do have to say that this socket/cpu/gpu combination is not a desktop part that I would choose. In a laptop, it sounds very appealing.”

    Hi Peter, Thanks for your message, also thank you for reading the review. Unfortunately at the time of this review, we didn’t have the i3 processor on hand for running additional test. The data for the i3 was taken from the last review comparing the A10-5800k processor. However, even if we did I would say that the performance on the AMD APU platform would have been better due to the reasons of the hybrid crossfire with the onboard GPU die. This gave the better advantage for any graphically benchmark while the i3 would have ran the 6670 as a single card application and the results would have been purely on the 6670 in the graphical arena.

    Regarding comparing the FX with the 6670, that is a great question. Unfortunately I don’t have a similar FX processor to put that to the test for comparison, however based on its architecture and processing matter, the APU might have a slight edge over the FX chip running similair (core for core) hardware again due to the fact of being able to crossfire the 6670 with its onboard GPU die. However when it comes to raw CPU performance the FX chips will have its benefits and take a leap in front of the APU. I would say, if you are looking for just raw CPU performance, I would look into the FX processors rather then a APU.

    While the APU design factors were not meant to replace a high powered desktop PC (thats what the FX series are there for), it’s primary design feature if give consumers a budget friendly platform that can provide a above standard performance given the amount of money you spend. At the price point of the mobos/CPU/and GPU, can get create a great budget friendly HTPC and everyday use desktop replacement for very little money.

    Hope this answers some questions you may have and please feel free to add any additional comments. Also if you want to join in on a discussion. Please sign up for our forums.. We have a great group of people here and look forward to everyones feedback.


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