ECS X58B-A2 Black Series Motherboard
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With the introduction of the i7 platform INTEL has been ontop of the performance charts for quite a few months now. Of course that feet is no small part thanks to the X58 chipset and the various designs many companies use with their solutions based on that. Having already tested quite a few mainboards based on the X58 chipset we know what to expect from one such unit and that is top of the line performance, great features, great overclocking potential and a hefty price tag. Of course the last is something that seems to bother many INTEL i7 potential buyers. ECS has been manufacturing cost effective mainboards for many years now and they took it upon themselves to produce an X58 solution with a very low price tag in comparison always with the competition.
Elitegroup Computer Systems has been a pioneer in designing and manufacturing computer motherboards since 1987. It was the first motherboard maker in Taiwan to be listed on the Taiwan Stock Exchange in 1994. Today, the company also designs and manufactures barebone and complete systems, such as notebook computers and high-end servers, for distributors worldwide.Headquartered in Taiwan with business partners and distributors in over 60 countries, ECS has ISO 9001:2000 and ISO 14001:2004 certified manufacturing facilities in China, capable of producing over 2.5 million motherboards and 200,000 notebook computers every month. The company currently has branch offices throughout the world in Americas, Europe and the Pacific Rim. To further extend its quality products and services, ECS plans to open additional branch offices in the new emerging markets including Brazil, India and Russia. With its 21 years of experience in designing and manufacturing motherboards, the building block of many of today's personal computers, ECS is expected to remain as one of the major contributors in the IT industry. The company is very fortunate to work very closely with many major chip designers in the PC industry on the design, development and manufacture of future IT innovations. Together with its business partners and its team members around the world, ECS is ready to provide a rich variety of new products and great services to its customers in the years to come.
The X58 mainboard we have here with us today is the second X58 mainboard manufactured by ECS and is basically a revision of the first model, no doubt ECS named it X58B-A2. Feature wise it sports almost what every other X58 mainboard out there does and so the main question is if a cost effective unit can go up against far more expensive solutions made by larger companies. So let us move onto the rest of the review and find out.