Physical Design

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Unlike the traditional ATX motherboard, where the RAM is placed near the forward edge of the PCB, the ECS 755-A2 has the DIMMs along the top edge just above the CPU. This is an interesting design decision as it puts the RAM closer to the exhaust fans which may mean better cooling. Another advantage of having the DIMMs located above the CPU is that you can guarantee that the RAM clips will not interfere with the installation of larger AGP video cards.

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DIMMs above the socket could mean better memory cooling.

There are only two RAM DIMMs, unlike the three or four slots we see on other boards. Like the Abit KV8 Pro we reviewed not long ago, having less components on the board means manufacturers can give a lower price. Using a SiS chipset pretty much mandates a value-oriented approach anyway.

The layout of components around the socket is pretty tight. There may not be much room for a heatsink larger than a stock cooler since the RAM and the capacitors are close to the socket.

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The clip of the stock cooler nearly comes in contact with the capacitors.

The front panel pins are conveniently color coded to make installation easier. I’m glad to see more vendors doing this to make our lives easier. The SATA headers use the newer style connections that make the cables a little more secure.

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Color coded front panel connections, and
newer style SATA headers.

Notably missing are firewire headers. The ECS 755-A2 does not support firewire and therefore reducing the cost further.

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On the back there is basic connectivity for legacy, USB 2.0, and 10/100 LAN. The only thing worth noting is that there are only 3 jacks for the 5.1 sound, which means if you plan on using all 6 channels, you will lose your Input and Mic functionality.

All in all, the components are well laid out without any real issues with installation (like with the IDE headers on the Abit KV8 Pro).

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