This content was originally featured on Amdmb.com and has been converted to PC Perspective’s website. Some color changes and flaws may appear.Through all the testing I put this board through, it performed admirably. Indeed, the performance of the SiS 735 chipset is tremendous, though not as much so as we may have been hearing earlier. The benchmarks you just saw should put your mind at ease about the performance of a SiS chipset motherboard and an ECS motherboard as well.
The stability of the board was impressive, as I never had a problem with it. In fact, it was one of the few motherboards I had in the testing lab that worked with the 1.0 GHz Morgan core Duron right out of the box.
On that subject, the ECS makes an absolutely perfect budget motherboard. Even with its great performance, the ECS K7S5A can be found for as low as $75 at some online stores!! That is simply an incredible deal. Couple that up with a lower cost Duron or Thunderbird CPU (sub $80) and then get 256 MB of Crucial PC133 or DDR memory and you are nearly complete with a full system upgrade for under $300!! Man, you have to love competition and falling prices on computing equipment. 🙂
With the price tag it has, ECS target the low-budget market, even if they didn’t intend to. The high performance market will love the speed and power the SiS 735 chipset is delivering here. The ECS K7S5A is truly an awesome motherboard! The only thing preventing it from receiving an Editor’s Choice are the elusive front-side bus adjustments. But, perhaps if we ask nicely enough, ECS can give us what we are asking for in another bios update! This board deserves the score of 9 stars out of 10!
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