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Full ATX ECS 880G motherboard detailed

Full ATX ECS 880G motherboard detailed

AMD's new 880G northbridge contains the Radeon HD 4350 IGP (click to enlarge).

We stopped off at the offices of motherboard manufacturer ECS here in Taipei, Taiwan, to grab some shots of its latest wares. First, its upcoming AMD 880G motherboard - using a full-size ATX form factor, rather than the micro-ATX which you'd perhaps expect for this chipset.

While it's clearly a budget board, there's still a SB850 Southbridge, as opposed to the older SB750 that some other motherboard companies are considering for a couple of dollars saving. This means you get SATA 6Gbps ports, and more USB 2 ports. There's no USB 3 integrated however - ECS is instead bundling USB 3 with many new motherboards as an extra PCI-E x1 card. It makes sense, because ECS does very well in South America and other developing countries that still demand legacy over latest - so the optional USB 3 card will probably not be sold in those regions.

The 880G is largely identical to the previous 785G chipset - it's still fabricated by TSMC as is evident by the "Made in Taiwan" stamp. Despite the 3+1 power phases the board will have support for upcoming 6-core CPUs, and will also include MOSFET heatsinks, which are not photographed.

Only the basic connectors are included - there's no HDMI output for example - but surprisingly there's also no IDE either. There's also no core-unlocking available either - ECS is still working on that one and didn't know if or when it could be available. No price is stated yet for the board but we don't expect it to cost too much.

Fancy an ECS 880G for a budget build? Or do you think older 785G boards offer still better value? Let us know your thoughts in the forums.

Full ATX ECS 880G motherboard detailed ECS shows its 880G motherboard & chipset Full ATX ECS 880G motherboard detailed ECS shows its 880G motherboard & chipset
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Full ATX ECS 880G motherboard detailed ECS shows its 880G motherboard & chipset Full ATX ECS 880G motherboard detailed ECS shows its 880G motherboard & chipset
Yes, that's me breaking another motherboard removing the pink thermal goo

Full ATX ECS 880G motherboard detailed ECS shows its 880G motherboard & chipset Full ATX ECS 880G motherboard detailed ECS shows its 880G motherboard & chipset
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TWeaK 21st April 2010, 12:41 Quote
Unless it has core unlocking this definitely will be a miss for the enthusiast market
barndoor101 21st April 2010, 12:43 Quote
breaking another motherboard?

to be honest im surprised any company lets you aywhere near their PCBs after the 'fermi incident'
perplekks45 21st April 2010, 13:39 Quote
Enthusiast market? You did read this, right?
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While it's clearly a budget board, ...
TWeaK 21st April 2010, 14:14 Quote
Enthusiasts have to work to a budget too :P unfortunately mine is very small and I want to spend more on GPU's
perplekks45 21st April 2010, 14:56 Quote
Well, the the enthusiast market is basically defined as "spends ****-loads of money on hardware... all the time" or overclockers. But they normally wouldn't pick a board like this I guess.
Tulatin 21st April 2010, 19:29 Quote
Two PCI-E slots plus integrated graphics, and (sadly just) 5 6GBps SATA ports? This sounds like it will be a solid fit for barebone systems sold out of PC shops everywhere.

If it's around $80-90 that is.
confusis 21st April 2010, 22:49 Quote
Cheap folding board?
paisa666 21st April 2010, 23:41 Quote
MSI does great here in Colombia, as also does ASUS and Abit and everything, we get high end products in the stores, we like to buy high end videocards, same as in CHile, Argentina, Brasil and whatever, just like any market.
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ECS does very well in South America and other developing countries that still demand legacy over latest - so the optional USB 3 card will probably not be sold in those regions.

Meh, what a dissapointment... the lamest quote ever made in this site :(
stonedsurd 21st April 2010, 23:54 Quote
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Originally Posted by paisa666
MSI does great here in Colombia, as also does ASUS and Abit and everything, we get high end products in the stores, we like to buy high end videocards, same as in CHile, Argentina, Brasil and whatever, just like any market.

Meh, what a dissapointment... the lamest quote ever made in this site :(

Perhaps they're looking at data you're not considering.

I know for a fact that a board like this will fly off the shelves in India. We're a country with low purchasing power and the unfortunate mentality that games are for kids. Therefore, you have a lot of skint kids trying to convince their folks (who have low purchasing power) to buy them gaming hardware that is between 1.5-2.5x more expensive than the USA.

This board would 'make sense' to a lot of people. Integrated graphics, USB 3 (a tick on the feature list, basically), support for the latest CPU/RAM (just another way to sell the upgrade to the parents) and so on.
Farfalho 22nd April 2010, 02:41 Quote
No one commented and highlighted the fact that this is the first motherboard launched recently that has no IDE connector, just the connector we've been dying for not to have! Other manufacturers should follow the example of removing this legacy connector and play with the layout a little bit more and add new features if possible (useful ones, of course).

Although ECS is a company aiming for the low-mid range whilst having an enthusiast board reviewed here, they deserve some praise for reason I previously mentioned.
alpha0ne23 22nd April 2010, 09:10 Quote
That pink 'thermal' goo (as in its 'kin useless) is the work of the devil
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