ECS has announced the ECS A970M-A Deluxe. The newest member of the ECS's high-performance Black Series of PC motherboards supports AMD AM3 and AM3+ APUs, as well as Windows 8. Built around the AMD 970 chipset, the motherboard comes with an upgraded user-friendly BIOS, ADS (Anti-Dust Technology), and 8-channel HD audio.
Certified by the ECS Nonstop Technology, the mainboard features gold plating on critical contacts, all solid capacitors with 6 times longevity, and Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) protection for USB 3.0, USB 2.0, eSATA and LAN. These hardware enhancements and a strict series of specially-designed tests work together to protect PCs and ensure that all ECS Nonstop Certified motherboards can be relied on for stability and reliability.
The ATX format A970M-A Deluxe features two PCIe Gen2 x16 slots for high-speed graphics card upgrades and CrossFireX support, as well as two PCIe Gen2 x1 slots and two 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 1866 MHz, or up to 2133 MHz for overclockers. There are 5 SATA 6Gbps connectors for high speed disk drives and other storage devices.
The motherboard is bundled with THX TruStudio PRO software. 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.