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ECS Elitegroup K7S5A in the test: The inexpensive SiS735 is good for it

ECS Elitegroup K7S5A in the test: The inexpensive SiS735 is good for it

Conclusion ECS Elitegroup K7S5A

First of all to Answering the question asked in the room. 'How much is LowCost good for?'. In this case a surprising amount. The K7S5A is currently one of the fastest mainboards for Socket A systems and at an unbeatable price. In our benchmarks it was actually always close to or just behind the top. The stability was also convincing, but it didn't come close to the error-free operation of Asus' A7V266. However, Elitegroup has saved in other areas. On the one hand, the scope of delivery and manual are not the current optimum and the equipment, as well as the saving of a third fan connection, will not lure spoiled customers out from behind the stove. However, and that has to be said very clearly: For 160DM, which the board currently costs, you can't complain about the scope of the performance. The only thing that really bothered us was the lack of overclocking properties. Hopefully, later BIOS revisions will provide more optionsput. Nonetheless: Those who do not value an additional slot bracket, do not need a second EIDE cable or have it in the closet, think that a CPU should not be overclocked and that they want to own one of the fastest boards at the moment for an unbeatable price , should grab it here without hesitation.

ECS K7S5A
  • Price
  • Performance
  • Stability
  • Scope of delivery (OK for the price.)
  • Only 2 RAM slots each
  • Currently no overclocking possible
  • AMR slot instead of 6th PCI slot

Conclusion SiS735

In the end, our complete criticism of the K7S5A related to the equipment and scope of delivery, but there was nothing to complain about the SiS735. The chip is extremely fast, runs sufficiently stable and at least had no problems with our hardware configuration straight away. The integration of all components in just one chip should even provide an incentive for the entire industry. We have no choice but to recommend the SiS735 with full conviction. It's just a shame that Elitegroup is the only manufacturer that offers such a board in Germany. So the buyer of this chipset has to live with one or two savings. A second board, which would optimize the scope of delivery and the equipment at a slightly higher price, could certainly become another best seller in cooperation with the performance of the SiS735.

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