I’ve often pointed out to our readers that there’s a great deal of substance to the computer world beyond the enthusiast segment, which, really, is a rather small niche market. In fact, just as there are companies that cater exclusively to the little niche market we call home, there are companies that cater almost exclusively to the larger OEM market. Perhaps the largest such motherboard company is Elitegroup, or ECS. Visit most hardware websites and you’ll find hardly a mention of ECS, but conversely, open up a few OEM systems, and you’ll find it difficult not to bump into at least one or two ECS boards. In fact, ECS is the second largest motherboard manufacturer in Taiwan, second only to Asus.
And while I may not have talked publicly of ECS products before here at Hardware Analysis, I have had first hand experience with its products, as at least two OEM systems I’ve purchased for family or friends have come powered by Elitegroup boards. I should note that each of those systems is still running happily.
I was somewhat surprised, given its historic lack of interest in the enthusiast market, when Elitegroup contacted us, and asked if we’d like to review some of its products. Nevertheless, having had positive experiences with ECS products in the past, we gladly accepted. Plus, we’re not typically ones to turn down products, especially those that have received as much press as ECS’ K7S5A!
Moving forward, and marketing discussion aside, we’re happy to bring you a look at the K7S5A, the first SiS735-based board to hit our labs. The focus of this article will be on the board itself, and so we’ll be concentrating on stability, features, and usability, rather than on performance. We’ll bring you a look at the performance of the 735 chipset in a future article.
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