We continue to offer you the latest information from CeBit 2005. This time you can have a look at the booth of ECS:
This is an inexpensive AMD Athlon 64 / Athlon Fx motherboard:
ECS K8T890-A (Main Series)
Also note motherboards on the yet unannounced Intel chipsets:
ECS 945G-M (Main Series)
ECS PF5 Extreme (Extreme Series)
ECS PF5 Extreme:
ECS PF22 Extreme (Extreme Series)
ECS PF22 Extreme:
Finally, we can proceed to the most interesting products previous undisclosed:
ECS PF88 is a kind of a "transformer". Initially, you are offered a Socket LGA775 board for a usual Intel Pentium 4 CPU. At this stage its features are:
Of course, the most interesting thing is that PCIE x16 Upgrade slot. If your Pentium 4 is already boring, you can install an Upgrade unit with a CPU or memory socket or even a chipset:
Now install the CPU and memory into the unit:
You can see that Upgrade unit heatsink is very close to the graphics card installed in a neighbouring PCIE x16 slot, but ECS promises to fix this issue in next revisions, so you won´t see it in the volume-produced boards.
Now the company demonstrates the performance of AMD Athlon 64 3200+ installed into the Upgrade unit. 3Dmark runs smooth:
It´s hard to pick out the target users of such hardware sets, but this is a really interesting solution and a successful marketing action. The company plans to sell these such sets for up to $150. At that motherboards and Upgrade units are to be offered separately. The shipments are to be launched in the late April this year. Besides, at the moment ECS engineers work on similar Upgrade units for Intel Pentium M processors.
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