ECS A75F-A motherboard review -
Right, we start off with packaging as always, so you know what to look for in the stores. The motherboard by the way falls in the Black Deluxe series which you can recognize by the overall aesthetics, have a peek:
Here we have the motherboard which can be recognized by an updated look and feel design wise, a nearly impossible to differentiate layout and a common feature set. That's a nice looking motherboard alright especially in the entry-level PC range. The focus of this motherboard is that it has a dark looking design whilst remaining competitive with pricing.
Personally, I feel there's a little too much white going on on the motherboard, but taste obviously differs.
Packaged in the bundle isn't a whole lot though, you'll receive five SATA cables, an IO shield/back-plate and the drivers / manual.
Read IO then:
1 x PS/2 keyboard/mouse combo port
1 x Clear_CMOS button
4 x USB 2.0 ports
1 x RJ45 LAN connectors
1 x eSATA 6.0Gb/s ports
2 x USB 3.0 ports compatible with both USB 3.0/2.0 devices (blue)
1 x Audio port (Line-in, Line-out, Mic-in)
1 x optical S/PDIF Out connector
Audio is managed by the Realtek ALC892 codec which supports High Definition audio up-to 7.1 channels. Since the Llano APU (we use an A8-3850 today) has an embedded graphics unit we see monitor outputs, a plethora of them DSUB, DVI and HDMI. You can connect up-to two monitors at a time BTW.
Today we look at a A75 motherboard from ECS, in the 100 EUR bracket they have released the A75F-A, a board that ECS decided to pair with two PCI Express x16 slots (the second one is x4 electronically), two PCI Express x1 slots as well as with no less than three legacy PCI slots.