To sum things up, the ECS A970M-Deluxe motherboard was designed to be a budget friendly motherboard that works right out of the box. While its aesthetics will only capture a particular audience, we feel it didn’t do a bad job. ECS is using gold coloring to be their signature on recent motherboards. If you are into the color gold, then this board hits the spot. The white and grey accents on the rest of the motherboard contrast well with the black PCB. Perhaps if ECS had changed the heatsinks and gold accents to white, this would have made the board even more attractive, but that is obviously subjective. The popularity of white hardware recently might help this capture a larger audience.
ECS included a nice package of software with the motherboard. The ECS Live BIOS and Driver update was a great touch for quick and easy updates. This will be great for those who don’t like to hunt for new drivers, and having them makes sure they are downloading the right one. The software takes all the guess work out. The eSF and eOC software were also two great pieces of software to have for quick on the fly adjustments and custom settings. While the bundled software may be only used by a handful of today’s users it’s still nice to see that it has been included.
When it came to performance, we were a little disappointed with the board’s overclocking capabilities. While at the price point of this motherboard and the lower power VRM phase, it’s to be expected. Some others on the net have had better results with different chips, so it’s really a hit or miss as it is with any overclocking. The ECS A970M-A Deluxe motherboard was designed to work right out of the box. With factory tuned performance we don’t foresee any major problems with this motherboard. With its solid gold capacitors it should out-last today’s typical use before you decide to upgrade. One item to note here is that the ADS shield seems to be an interesting concept, we feel that it only has little effect on the heat and dust protection but does add to great aesthetics appeal and is different from the rest of the crowd.
So while this board does have its draw backs, if you are looking for a well priced motherboard that includes most of today’s modern motherboard features and good “out of the box” performance, this ECS A970M-A Deluxe will be a great pick. Priced at $69.99 on newegg at the time of the review you can’t argue with its inexpensive price to performance ratio. Overall we think that this board is a Great Value and earns that PureOverclock award.
ECS A970M-A Deluxe Motherboard Great Value Award