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By Zachary Chan
Category : Mainboard
Published by Jimmy Tang on Thursday, 9th June, 2005
Rating : 4 out of 5 stars   (Most Overclockable Product Award)


With all the recent excitement regarding the new chipsets by big players like NVIDIA and Intel, we rarely see any mention about the underdogs. ATI released their RADEON EXPRESS 200P chipset for the Socket 939 Athlon 64 quite a while ago and HardwareZone had the scoop on its performance against the then current and upcoming Socket 939 chipsets. The RADEON EXPRESS 200P was not a shabby performer and could well have been an excellent entry-level alternative for the Athlon 64. Today, we bring you a review of the ECS RX480-A, a mainstream SOHO-centric motherboard that had an ace hidden up its sleeve.

The ECS RX480-A motherboard.

Packaging contents include the following items:-
  • 1 x SATA data cables
  • 1 x SATA power converter cable
  • 1 x 80-conductor Ultra ATA data cable
  • 1 x floppy drive data cable
  • I/O shield
  • Driver CDs
  • Software CD
  • User's manual

    ECS RX480-A Technical Specifications
    CPU Support
    • Supports AMD socket 939 Athlon 64 CPU
    • Supports AMD socket 939 Athlon 64 FX CPU
    • Supports AMD Cool 'n' Quiet Technology
    • Northbridge: ATI RADEON XPRESS 200P (RX480)
      • Bi-directional 1GHz (2000MT/s) HyperTransport interface to processor
      • PCI Express x16 graphics
    • Southbridge: ATI SB400
      • 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 and 1 capabilities)
    • 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 SB400 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
    • Realtek ALC850 8-channel audio CODEC
    • Realtek RTL8100C PCI 10/100 LAN
    I/O Interface
    • 1 x Floppy connector
    • 2 x Ultra ATA IDE connectors
    • 4 x SATA connectors
    • 8 x USB 2.0 ports (4 x rear, 6 x header)
    • 1 x RJ45 LAN port
    • 8-Channel Audio I/O ports
    • 1 x CD-IN
    • 1 x 9-pin serial port
    • 1 x parallel port (header)
    • 1 x mini-DIN-6 PS/2 mouse port
    • 1 x mini-DIN-6 PS/2 keyboard port
    Expansion Slots
    • 1 x PCIe x16 slots, PCI Express Bus specification v1.0a compliant
    • 2 x PCIe x1 slots, PCI Express Bus specification v1.0a compliant
    • 3 x 32-bit PCI slots, PCI 2.3 compliant
    • ATX Form Factor, 12"x 9.6"(30.5cm x 24.4cm)

    Rear panel of the RX480-A includes a full set of analog audio jacks plus the customary legacy and USB 2.0 ports. Too bad that S/PDIF connection was excluded from the board.
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