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ECS 945G-M3
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ECS 945G-M3


Overall rating 8/10

ECS refreshes the 945G-M3 to ride on the Viiv bandwagon, but is it really worth it to jump onto the whole Viiv hype? Early adopters will definitely want to give it a look or two, but we find out that this little gem of a board isn't really about the Viiv at all.

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Product Specification

Processor Support and Chipset Type
  • Processor Support:
    • Supports 90nm LGA775 processor package
    • Supports Intel Pentium D
    • Supports Intel Pentium 4 / Pentium 4 Extreme Edition
    • Intel Hyper-Threading Technology ready
  • Chipset Type:
    • Northbridge: Intel 945G Express
      • Integrated Intel GMA950 graphics engine
      • 533 / 800 / 1066MHz front side bus
      • PCI Express x16 graphics
    • Southbridge: Intel ICH7DH
      • Intel High Definition Audio
      • Supports six PCI Express x1 lanes
      • Supports up to eight USB 2.0 ports
      • Supports four SATA 3.0Gbps ports
      • Single-channel Ultra ATA-100 IDE port
      • Viiv Technology Ready
Memory
  • Supports two unbuffered DIMM of 1.8 Volt DDR2 SDRAM
  • Supports 677/533/400 dual channel DDR2 memory architecture
Storage
  • Intel ICH7DH Southbridge
    • 1 x Ultra ATA 33/66/100 (data transfer rate up to 100MB/sec.)
    • 4 x Serial ATA 3.0Gbps interface
    • Intel Matrix Storage Technology
    • Supports RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 0+1, RAID 5
Audio
  • Intel High Definition Audio (Azalia)
  • Realtek ALC882 HD Audio CODEC
Networking Intel PC82573L PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet controller
FireWire (IEEE 1394)
  • VIA FireIIM VT6307 FireWire controller
  • 2 x 1394a ports @ 400 Mbps speed
Rear I/O
  • 4 x USB 2.0 ports
  • 1 x IEEE 1394a ports
  • 1 x RJ45 LAN port
  • 8-Channel Audio I/O ports
  • 1 x 9-pin serial port
  • 1 x parallel port
  • 1 x mini-DIN-6 PS/2 mouse port
  • 1 x mini-DIN-6 PS/2 keyboard port
Internal Connectors
  • 1 x Floppy connector
  • 1 x Ultra ATA IDE connectors
  • 4 x SATA connectors
  • 4 x USB 2.0 ports
  • 1 x IEEE 1394a ports
Expansion Slots
  • 1 x PCIe x16 slots, PCI Express Bus specification v1.0a compliant
  • 1 x PCIe x1 slots, PCI Express Bus specification v1.0a compliant
  • 2 x 32-bit PCI slots, PCI 2.3 compliant
Form Factor Micro-ATX Form Factor, 24.4cm x 24.4cm

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