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Overall rating 9/10

The ECS KA1 MVP is the latest CrossFire motherboard to face the rigors of our test lab and we seem to think that it signifies a 'grown up' ECS. The KA1 MVP delivers on features, performance and stability, giving premium boards a run for their money. Purple never looked so good.

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Product Specification

Processor Support and Chipset Type
  • Processor Support:
    • Supports AMD socket 939 Athlon 64 CPU
    • Supports AMD socket 939 Athlon 64 FX CPU
    • Supports AMD Cool 'n' Quiet Technology
  • Chipset Type:
    • Northbridge: ATI Radeon Xpress 200 CrossFire (RD480)
      • Bi-directional 1GHz (2000MT/s) HyperTransport interface to processor
      • Supports 1x PCIe x16 or 2x PCIe x8 graphics interface
    • Southbridge: ATI SB450
      • Intel High Definition Audio
      • Supports up to four PCI Express x1 lanes
      • Supports up to seven PCI v2.3 slots
      • Supports up to eight USB 2.0 ports
      • Supports four SATA ports (with RAID 0, 1)
      • Dual-channel Ultra ATA-100 IDE port
  • Dual channel memory architecture integrated into processor
  • Four 184-pin DDR DIMM sockets
  • Supports 2.5v DDR SDRAM DIMM modules
  • Supports up to 4GB using PC1600 (DDR200), PC2100 (DDR266), PC2700 (DDR333) and PC3200 (DDR400) unbuffered DDR SDRAM DIMM
  • ATI SB450 Southbridge
    • 4 x Ultra ATA 33/66/100/133 (data transfer rate up to 133MB/sec.)
    • 4 x SATA (Serial ATA 1.5Gbps interface)
    • Supports SATA RAID 0, RAID 1
  • Silicon Image SiI3132 SATA II RAID controller
    • 2 x SATA II (Serial ATAII 3.0Gbps interface)
    • Supports RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 0+1
  • Intel High Definition Audio (Azalia)
  • Realtek ALC880 HD Audio CODEC
  • Marvell 88E5053 PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet controller
  • Realtek RTL8100C PCI 10/100 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
  • 2 x RJ45 LAN port
  • 8-Channel Audio I/O ports
  • 1 x 9-pin serial 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
  • 2 x Ultra ATA IDE connectors
  • 6 x SATA connectors (4x SATA, 2x SATA II)
  • 4 x USB 2.0 ports (2 x bracket, 2 x header)
  • 2 x FireWire ports (2 x bracket)
  • 1 x CD-IN
  • 1 x parallel port (bracket)
Expansion Slots
  • 2 x PCIe x16 slots, PCI Express Bus specification v1.0a compliant
  • 2 x PCIe x1 slots, PCI Express Bus specification v1.0a compliant
  • 2 x 32-bit PCI slots, PCI 2.3 compliant
Other Features
  • Top-Hat Flash
  • Dr. LED
Form Factor ATX Form Factor, 12"x 9.6"(30.5cm x 24.4cm)

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