Page 1:AMD's A75 Platform: The Triumph Of Adequacy
Page 2:ASRock A75M
Page 3:Overclocking ASRock's A75M
Page 4:Asus F1A75-M Pro
Page 5:Overclocking Asus' F1A75-M Pro
Page 6:ECS A75F-M2
Page 7:Gigabyte A75M-UD2H
Page 8:Overclocking Gigabyte's A75M-UD2H
Page 9:Jetway TA75MG
Page 10:MSI A75MA-G55
Page 11:Overclocking MSI's A75MA-G55
Page 12:Test Settings
Page 13:Benchmark Results: Aliens Vs. Predator
Page 14:Benchmark Results: Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
Page 15:Benchmark Results: Crysis
Page 16:Benchmark Results: Audio And Video Encoding
Page 17:Benchmark Results: Productivity
Page 18:Power, Heat, And Efficiency
Page 20:Which A75-Based Motherboard Is The Best?
As the second slim microATX board in today’s roundup, ECS’ A75F-M2 isn’t really slim on features. Two of the chipset’s four USB 3.0 ports are relocated internally for front-panel output, leaving a two-DIMM limit and the absence of DVI as its only connectivity shortcomings.
The A75 FCH has USB 2.0 aplenty, so ECS fills the back panel with eight of those ports.
Analog audio is limited to three jacks, but that’s enough to connect a 5.1-channel speaker system to the rear panel with headphone and microphone access on the case.
The combination of VGA and DVI display outputs seem to be optimized for home theater systems, but like ASRock’s effort, the ECS A75F-M2 also adds commercial-duty serial and parallel port headers. Front-panel USB 3.0 separates these two products, as does the top position of PCIe x16 that allows it to more easily fit the riser cards of some low-profile cases.
Two of the A75F-M2’s SATA 6Gb/s ports face forward, allowing the cables to slip under any long graphics card. The other four point outward to avoid conflicts with nearby drive bays.
Though its $73 online price qualifies this as a budget-oriented product, the A75F-M2 has the same number of SATA cables as the upper-range Asus F1A75-M Pro. That’s more of an indictment of the pricier product than it is praise for the cheaper product, though.
ECS’ overclocking options fit onto a single UEFI menu and focus primarily on memory. There simply isn’t enough here to justify an extra firmware-oriented page in this comparison, though memory data rates up to DDR3-1866 certainly boosts the graphics performance of the Llano APU.
- AMD's A75 Platform: The Triumph Of Adequacy
- ASRock A75M
- Overclocking ASRock's A75M
- Asus F1A75-M Pro
- Overclocking Asus' F1A75-M Pro
- ECS A75F-M2
- Gigabyte A75M-UD2H
- Overclocking Gigabyte's A75M-UD2H
- Jetway TA75MG
- MSI A75MA-G55
- Overclocking MSI's A75MA-G55
- Test Settings
- Benchmark Results: Aliens Vs. Predator
- Benchmark Results: Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
- Benchmark Results: Crysis
- Benchmark Results: Audio And Video Encoding
- Benchmark Results: Productivity
- Power, Heat, And Efficiency
- Which A75-Based Motherboard Is The Best?