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Monday, 30 March 2009 18:48

ECS releases X58B for beginners

Written by Jon Worrel

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X58B-A2 Black Series Rev 2


Today, ECS launched its second LGA 1366 motherboard revision based on the X58 chipset which will be known as the X58B-A2 Black Series. According to the company, this board is targeted for “overclocking beginners,” as it is relatively affordable and doesn’t compromise on any “great” features.

To start, the ECS X58B-A2 Black Series features a VRD 11.1 compliant 6 phase power design, which means that it can gear down to a single power phase for maximum efficiency if needed. Gigabyte marketed several of its LGA 775 boards with this feature last year, which it referred to as “DES Advanced”.

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As with most current X58 boards, the Black Series supports up to 24GB of triple-channel DDR3 1600MHz and a QPI speed of 6.4GT/s. However, only ATI CrossFire is supported by the two PCI-E 2.0 x16 slots that it carries.

Additional features of the board include one PCI-E x4 slot, two PCI-E x1 slots, one PCI slot, six SATA II ports supporting JMicron JMB362 RAID, two eSATA II 3.0GB/s ports, and standard Realtek 8-channel HD audio. There is also a debug LED at the bottom left, which have been appearing on many overclocking-minded boards lately.

No pricing and availability information have been revealed yet, but the first generation X58B-A currently goes for $210 on Newegg, so we can expect a slight price premium for the new model.

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