Elitegroup Computer Systems (ECS) has announced the newest member of its Black Series of PC motherboards – the ECS A970M-A Deluxe. It supports the AMD AM3 and AM3+ APUs. With features such as full Windows 8 support, an upgraded BIOS – EZ BIOS, Anti Dust Technology (ADS), and 8 channel HD audio, ECS claims that the A970M-A Deluxe can be the core of the gaming centre and an all-round PC.
Latest model from the Black Series
The A970M-A Deluxe is built around the AMD 970 chipset. The motherboard features a graphic uEFI BIOS called EZ BIOS, with ECS MIB X for easy overclocking, tweaking, and a multi-language interface. Users can easily select and change settings in the BIOS with mouse and keyboard.
The ECS Anti-Dust Shield Technology (ADS) prevents dust build up on the motherboard, a common, but little-understood cause of instability, intermittent faults, and poor performance. Long-term dust build up can cripple even the most powerful PCs by causing tough-to-diagnose issues like overheating, short-circuits, and unreliable memory or graphics card connection.
The motherboard is also certified by ECS Nonstop Technology. The brand states that ECS Nonstop Certification solves many common PC hardware problems before they can even occur. ECS Nonstop features include: enhanced gold plating on critical contacts, all solid capacitors with 6 times longevity, and Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) protection for USB3.0, USB2.0, eSATA and LAN. These hardware enhancements and a strict series of specially-designed tests work together to protect PCs.
The ATX format A970M-A Deluxe features 2 PCIe Gen2 x16 slots for high-speed graphics card upgrades and CrossFireX support, as well as 2 PCIe Gen2 x1 slots and 2 PCI slots for other cards. Up to 32GB of dual channel DDR3 memory can be installed in 4 DIMMs, with a maximum standard speed of 1866MHz, or up to 2133MHz for overclockers. There are 5 SATA 6 Gb/s connectors for high speed disk drives and other storage devices.
Expansion and connectivity options in the A970M-A Deluxe include 2 USB 3.0 ports, 8 USB 2.0 ports, Gigabit LAN, and an eSATA 6Gb/s connector for high-capacity portable storage. There are also 3 internal USB 2.0 headers which can support an additional 6 USB 2.0 ports if required.
If you use your PC as a charging station for your phone and other devices, then the new EZ Charger technology recharges modern mobile devices three times as fast as standard USB ports, even after the system is shut down, as long as the PC is still connected to a wall socket. EZ charger can safely provide up to 3 times the current of standard USB ports.
The A970M-A Deluxe is bundled with THX TruStudio PRO software, which delivers quality surround audio for music, movies and games. Additional software includes Norton anti-virus software, Muzee, Cyberlink Media Suite, and the ECS iEZ utility, which combines the eBLU BIOS Live Update Utility, the eDLU Drivers Live Update Utility and the eSF Smart Fan Utility