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ECS A990FXM-A Black Extreme

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Posted February 26, 2012 by Jake in CPU & Motherboards
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Introduction

Reviews and opinions on AMD’s flagship processor named the FX-8150 (code named “Bulldozer”) show a very mixed bag of chatter amongst the computer world. Benchmarks show the FX-8150 trailing its rival Intel with both Sandy Bridge’s 2500K and 2600K processors in most tests but surprisingly in some; namely multithreading, this new architecture from AMD may be on the brink of something “different”. Only time will tell as the next generation called “Piledriver” and AMD’s “Trinity” coupled with Fusion technology incorporates multi core processing with groundbreaking on die graphics processing.

Socket AM3+ has enjoyed a remarkable long lifetime as AMD shows compassion to their core customer without changing sockets upon new introductions, but how much life does this socket have left? Will AMD continue with two sockets? One for CPU’s and one for APU’s? Speculation aside, looks like one more generation for socket AM3+ as Socket FM2 seems to be the target for future generations CPUs and APUs.

Today, we have EliteGroup’snew 990 chipset motherboard called the A990FXM-A Black Extreme. EliteGroup has quietly emerged as a full line motherboard company in both AMD and Intel platforms. They may be the quiet guy on the block and may not be the best known, so let’s get ready to rumble and see what the ECS A990FXM-A Black Extreme has under the hood.

Pioneers in a new era of how data is displayed and games are played, ECS shepherds the performance oriented with ground-breaking solutions to an environment that remains in a constant state of flux and ultimate evolution. For over ten years ECS has held true to its unwavering commitment, the commitment to deliver the most feature rich and soundly engineered products.

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