Introduction and Specifications

ECS sent over our first AMD 780G motherboard that comes in a full ATX form factor that should appeal to many users at first glance. Can the ECS A780GM-A motherboard really appeal to users that want integrated graphics and those looking for a more enthusiast friendly AMD solution?

ECS A780GM-A Motherboard Review

 

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The ECS A780GM-A Black Series motherboard features the recently released AMD 780G and SB700 chipset combination. The 780G chipset brings a new feature set to the platform, including DX10 graphics (supplied by the on-board HD3200 IGP), support For the Phenom Quad Core AMD processors and ATI Hybrid Graphics Technology. “ATI Hybrid Graphics allows both an AMD 780 Chipset graphics processor and a discrete graphics processor to communicate and work co-operatively yet independent of each other on an AMD-based system to help provide better performance, productivity and power efficiency. Additionally, in systems operating under Windows Vista, ATI Hybrid Graphics can provide the ability for an integrated graphics processor and a discrete graphics processor to work simultaneously for high performance or dynamically for additional power savings.” For additional information on the 780G chipset see PCPer’s very own 780G editorial here.

Specifications (from ECS.com)



  CPU
ECS A780GM-A AMD 780G Motherboard Review - Motherboards  97  AMD Phenom™ processor (Socket AM2+)
ECS A780GM-A AMD 780G Motherboard Review - Motherboards  97  AMD Athlon™ 64 X2 Dual Core/ Athlon™ 64 / Sempron processor
ECS A780GM-A AMD 780G Motherboard Review - Motherboards  97  High-performance HyperTransport 3.0 CPU Interface
ECS A780GM-A AMD 780G Motherboard Review - Motherboards  97  Support transfer rate up to 5200 mega-transfers per second

  CHIPSET
ECS A780GM-A AMD 780G Motherboard Review - Motherboards  97  AMD® 780G & AMD® SB700
ECS A780GM-A AMD 780G Motherboard Review - Motherboards  97  North Bridge: AMD® 780G
ECS A780GM-A AMD 780G Motherboard Review - Motherboards  97  South Bridge: AMD® SB700

  GRAPHICS
ECS A780GM-A AMD 780G Motherboard Review - Motherboards  97  On Chip (AMD 780G-based with ATI™ Radeon HD3200 graphics)
ECS A780GM-A AMD 780G Motherboard Review - Motherboards  97  Integrated DirectX10 graphics processor
ECS A780GM-A AMD 780G Motherboard Review - Motherboards  97  Max Dynamic Hyper Memory: 1920MB

  MEMORY
ECS A780GM-A AMD 780G Motherboard Review - Motherboards  97  Dual-channel DDR2 800 memory architecture
ECS A780GM-A AMD 780G Motherboard Review - Motherboards  97  4 x 240-pin DDR2 DIMM socket support up to 32GB
ECS A780GM-A AMD 780G Motherboard Review - Motherboards  97  Support DDR2 1066/800/667/533/400 DDR2 SDRAM

  EXPANSION SLOT
ECS A780GM-A AMD 780G Motherboard Review - Motherboards  97  1 x PCI Express x16 slot
ECS A780GM-A AMD 780G Motherboard Review - Motherboards  97  2 x PCI Express x1 slots
ECS A780GM-A AMD 780G Motherboard Review - Motherboards  97  3 x PCI slots

  STORAGE
ECS A780GM-A AMD 780G Motherboard Review - Motherboards  97  Support by AMD SB700
  ECS A780GM-A AMD 780G Motherboard Review - Motherboards  114 2 x Ultra DMA133/100/66 devices
  ECS A780GM-A AMD 780G Motherboard Review - Motherboards  114 5 x Serial ATA 3.0Gb/s devices
  ECS A780GM-A AMD 780G Motherboard Review - Motherboards  114 RAID0, RAID1, RAID10 configuration

  AUDIO
ECS A780GM-A AMD 780G Motherboard Review - Motherboards  97  Compliant with HD specification
ECS A780GM-A AMD 780G Motherboard Review - Motherboards  97  IDT 92HD206 8-channel audio CODEC

  LAN
ECS A780GM-A AMD 780G Motherboard Review - Motherboards  97  ATHEROS L1 Gigabit Fast Ethernet NIC

  REAR PANEL I/O
ECS A780GM-A AMD 780G Motherboard Review - Motherboards  97  1 x PS/2 keyboard & PS/2 mouse connectors
ECS A780GM-A AMD 780G Motherboard Review - Motherboards  97  1 x External SATA port
ECS A780GM-A AMD 780G Motherboard Review - Motherboards  97  6 x USB ports
ECS A780GM-A AMD 780G Motherboard Review - Motherboards  97  1 x Gigabit Ethernet Port
ECS A780GM-A AMD 780G Motherboard Review - Motherboards  97  1 x Audio port (Line-in, Line-out, Mic-in)
ECS A780GM-A AMD 780G Motherboard Review - Motherboards  97  1 x VGA port
ECS A780GM-A AMD 780G Motherboard Review - Motherboards  97  1 x HDMI Port

  INTERNAL I/O CONNECTORS & HEADERS
ECS A780GM-A AMD 780G Motherboard Review - Motherboards  97  1 x FDD connector
ECS A780GM-A AMD 780G Motherboard Review - Motherboards  97  5 x Serial ATA connectors
ECS A780GM-A AMD 780G Motherboard Review - Motherboards  97  1 x 24-pin ATX Power Supply connector
ECS A780GM-A AMD 780G Motherboard Review - Motherboards  97  1 x 4-pin ATX 12V connector
ECS A780GM-A AMD 780G Motherboard Review - Motherboards  97  CPUFAN/PWRFAN/SYSFAN connectors
ECS A780GM-A AMD 780G Motherboard Review - Motherboards  97  1 x IDE connector
ECS A780GM-A AMD 780G Motherboard Review - Motherboards  97  1 x Speaker header
ECS A780GM-A AMD 780G Motherboard Review - Motherboards  97  1 x Front panel switch/LED header
ECS A780GM-A AMD 780G Motherboard Review - Motherboards  97  1 x Front panel audio header
ECS A780GM-A AMD 780G Motherboard Review - Motherboards  97  1 x SPDIF out header
ECS A780GM-A AMD 780G Motherboard Review - Motherboards  97  CD in header
ECS A780GM-A AMD 780G Motherboard Review - Motherboards  97  3 x USB 2.0 headers support additional 6 USB ports
ECS A780GM-A AMD 780G Motherboard Review - Motherboards  97  1 x COM1 header

  SYSTEM BIOS
ECS A780GM-A AMD 780G Motherboard Review - Motherboards  97  AMI BIOS with 8Mb SPI ROM
ECS A780GM-A AMD 780G Motherboard Review - Motherboards  97  Supports Plug and Play, STR/STD, Hardware monitor, Multi Boot, DMI,HDCP
ECS A780GM-A AMD 780G Motherboard Review - Motherboards  97  Supports ACPI revision 3.0 specification

  FORM FACTOR
ECS A780GM-A AMD 780G Motherboard Review - Motherboards  97  ATX Form Factor, 305*220mm

 


Unlike most of the 780G boards that are M-ATX form factor, the ECS A780GM-A Black Series motherboard is a full size ATX board. ECS engineers probably figured with an overabundance of M-ATX 780G boards already on the market, some users would prefer the additional flexibility that a larger number of expansion ports would provide.



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