ECS is one of the motherboard manufacturers who have really made a good go of it lately. Once an OEM only manufacturer, they have now expanded to take place with the mild overclockers out there such as Asrock, EPoX, Jetway and Biostar and they've got their eyes set higher but they're doing a pretty good job of it so far.
ECS' NF650iSLIT-A (V1.0) motherboard really did show some promise with a reasonable overclock, and while it's not the best we have seen, over 400MHz was good to see out of the box without having to resort to drastic cooling. One thing we are disappointed in is placement of connectors on the board and ECS's continuation to do it this way. We have been lenient in the past, but when companies keep doing it wrong after we keep pointing it out time and time again, sometimes we have to be a bit harder in our appraisals.
Overall if you're looking for a reasonably good and much more affordable motherboard for setting up an SLI dual graphics system which will be running Windows Vista, you're definitely not going to go wrong with the ECS NF650iSLIT-A (V1.0). While it is not for sale in Australia yet, we're expecting the price to be around $170 - $180 AUD (roughly $145 USD) in Australia and now compare that to the Gigabyte 680i which costs around $450 AUD (roughly $370 USD at the time of writing) in Australia and you have a much more affordable product.
Just keep in mind it is a mid-range motherboard with a focus on price, so you are missing out on some performance and features from the full blown nForce 680i and 680i LT boards but that might be just what you're looking for if even the cut down 680i LT is too expensive for your budget.
Cheaper option than nForce 680i (close to half the price of 680i LT)
SLI dual graphics (half-speed 8 x 8) at a much cheaper price
Fairly good overclocking results
Good upgrade platform for capable mid-range Vista PC
8 channel audio and RAID support
Official support for 1333MHz Quad Pumped processors
Full Quad Core CPU support
IDE and 4-pin power connectors badly placed
Less performance and features than full blown 680i and 680i LT boards
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Rating - 8.5 out of 10
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- Page 1 [Introduction]
- Page 2 [Specifications]
- Page 3 [Inside the Box]
- Page 4 [Motherboard]
- Page 5 [BIOS and Overclocking]
- Page 6 [Benchmarks - Test System Setup and Memory Performance]
- Page 7 [Benchmarks - PCMark]
- Page 8 [Benchmarks - WorldBench]
- Page 9 [Benchmarks - Adobe Premiere Elements]
- Page 10 [Benchmarks - HDD Performance]
- Page 11 [Benchmarks - 3DMark06]
- Page 12 [Benchmarks - PREY]
- Page 13 [Benchmarks - Far Cry]
- Page 14 [Final Thoughts]