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Tim Robinson Aug 21, 2001, 07:20pm EDT Report Abuse
For the money, this board just plain kicks butt. I don't overclock my CPU's so not having very many options for overclocking doesn't bother me. The extra PCI slot would be nice, but eh, not having to add a NIC even makes that a minor annoyance. I paid $61 for mine when they were first available, and it's the best $61 I've spent in a long time. I highly recommend this board, it's simply outstanding...


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William DAntuono Jan 01, 2002, 11:34pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: ECS K7S5A
Hey Tim, I can't agree with you more. I bought this board for my 13 year old daughters computer for a Christmas gift. It set up very smoothly when installing the hardware and was painless when setting up Windows XP. Believe it or not I got this board and a retail version 1700+ AMD Athlon CPU at Outpost.com for $199.00 delivered to my door. This board has speed when combined with 256 DDR2100 memory.
Unbelievable!!

Dan Mepham Jan 02, 2002, 12:16am EST Report Abuse
>> Re: ECS K7S5A
Good stuff, guys. I bought one and threw it in a computer for my folks too .. does the job wonderfully. Plus you get that feeling like you've made a smart buy when you get something decent for half the price. :-)

Dan Mepham
Robert Kropiewnicki Jan 02, 2002, 10:49am EST Report Abuse
>> Re: ECS K7S5A
Amen to that.....have my new machine running with a 1.33 GHz T-Bird on a K7S5A and it is smooth as silk. Have a nice Alpha 8045 sitting on the processor keeping it cool. It's a beautiful thing!

wynne Jones Jan 02, 2002, 05:22pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: ECS K7S5A
I thik this is the worst board i have ever seen and i am taking it back.

First it is fited in an expensive case and i can only use two slots in the front panel one dvd and second cd righter the other two i cant use i use to hav a cradel in the front so i could use diffrent hardrives for diffrent operations cant with this board there is no room capasitors are in the way on the motherboard.

Secondaly Only 133 or 100 so with a 15+XP CPU it has to be run at 100*100 and it is only runing at a 1000 if they are changed in the bios for 133*133 comes up as 1500+ but crashes all the time because the CPU is overheating so ths board is rubish

Regards wynne

wynne Jones Jan 02, 2002, 05:22pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: ECS K7S5A
I thik this is the worst board i have ever seen and i am taking it back.

First it is fited in an expensive case and i can only use two slots in the front panel one dvd and second cd righter the other two i cant use i use to hav a cradel in the front so i could use diffrent hardrives for diffrent operations cant with this board there is no room capasitors are in the way on the motherboard.

Secondaly Only 133 or 100 so with a 15+XP CPU it has to be run at 100*100 and it is only runing at a 1000 if they are changed in the bios for 133*133 comes up as 1500+ but crashes all the time because the CPU is overheating so ths board is rubish

Regards wynne

Robert Kropiewnicki Jan 02, 2002, 10:42pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: ECS K7S5A
Wynne,

With all due respect, what on earth are you talking about?

Let's go point by point, shall we?

>First it is fited in an expensive case and i can only use two slots in the front panel one dvd and second cd righter the other two i cant use i use to hav a cradel in the front so i could use diffrent hardrives for diffrent operations cant with this board there is no room capasitors are in the way on the motherboard.<

I have my K7S5A in an Antec SX840 case with a DVD drive and a CDRW in the top of the case with room for a pure CD drive if I so desire in between them. In the cage below I have the hard drive and floppy drive mounted. In the cage below that I have room for a couple more hard drives in case I wanted to move them around say to accomodate a bay cooling system.

On top of my CPU sits an Alpha 8045 heatsink with Delta fan on top of it, no small combo to be sure. Still, I had ZERO problems installing the memory (a PC2100 DIMM right next to the CPU/Heatsink/Fan), or connecting the round IDE and floppy cables, or the various case fans to the power supply.

Sounds to me as if you paid too much for the case you have because the problem you described has nothing to do with the board.

Next up:

>Secondaly Only 133 or 100 so with a 15+XP CPU it has to be run at 100*100 and it is only runing at a 1000 if they are changed in the bios for 133*133 comes up as 1500+ but crashes all the time because the CPU is overheating so ths board is rubish <

The 1500+ XP (I have to assume that's what you meant by 15+XP) runs at 1.33 GHz meaning it is running at the same clock speed as my 1.33 GHz T-Bird. I'm running my T-Bird at 133 FSB/133 Memory without a problem. Since the XP's actually run cooler than their corresponding T-Birds, I'd suggest you check the type of cooling solution you are using for your XP and how you have it installed? Are you using a thermal pad or thermal grease? Do you have the thermal grease applied properly? Is the heatsink mounted properly? Is the fan on the heatsink actually spinning? And last but not least, are your case fans pointed in the right direction???

None of the problems you describe sound like a problem with the board.


wynne Jones Jan 02, 2002, 10:58pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: ECS K7S5A
well thanks for the reply but i cant fit nothing in the loewer two slots the capasitors are in the way and my cradle is not that long, i have fitted the headsink propely and with past as i said the temp in the monitor at the bios is 45c and it crashes the company sold me the fan, motherboard, cpu and the case with 300wat power suply, i have it runing now in the bios 100/100 and at start up sais 1000mz and still crashing, i just reinsted it now with windows 98 2ed and still crashing.the memery i am usung is 133*512 that i have just tesded with my mates computer and ok, the fan is runing corecley.
Thanks for the reply
Regards wynne jones

Robert Kropiewnicki Jan 03, 2002, 12:52am EST Report Abuse
>> Re: ECS K7S5A
Wynne,

A little more information if you could....

What company did you buy the combo from?
What kind of case is it? (Brand and model number)
What brand of power supply is in it?
And did they tell you what kind of heatsink they were selling you?

I'm trying to visualize why you're so cramped. Knowing what your case looks like might help. The Antec case I have is a full tower with a lot of room inside. I've got a Turtle Beach Santa Cruz sound card in the last possible slot (farthest away from the AGP video card) and didn't have any problems fitting it.

wynne Jones Jan 03, 2002, 01:05am EST Report Abuse
>> Re: ECS K7S5A
I have the MT-3000 Case and the cooler is icicle 765 from http://www.akasa.com.tw, i bought these at the computer fair in cardiff from the deler name is CT Distibuors trade suppliers of the computer industery chesterton newcastle-under-lime. staffordshire.

Thanks for the help
Regards Wynne Jones

Innes Littlefair Jan 24, 2002, 10:56am EST Report Abuse
>> Re: ECS K7S5A
Hi Wynne

If its of any help the space problem does really seem to be a case problem. It sounds like you would have the same problem with prety much any board unless it was Micro ATX format. ( I guess you are using a mini tower of a desktop case.

As for the instability I had a nightmare with mine (and an XP1500+) too. I have solved it with a fresh install of Windows and the latest AGP driver. http://forum.ocworkbench.com/ocwbcgi/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_to...p;t=000697 has some really useful info.

After the dodgy start I am now chuffed to bits with the board. Goes like $h1t off a stick!!

Peter Eccleston Apr 02, 2002, 08:54am EST Report Abuse
>> Re: ECS K7S5A
I have to say this mb sucks. i have had nothing but trouble with it from the moment i turned it on. I am using windows 98 with 326meg ram, xp-1800, ati rage fury pro vid card, psc704 soundcard, 2 harddrives, cd-rw and a cd-rom. i have upgraded to all the newest drivers/bios for all components. If i just use windows/internet explore it works great. If i play any games the piece of crap locks up. i have moved the sound card to each slot(after uninstalling) and have the same problem. i tried a new sound card with same results. I have built several computers and never had any problems what so ever. they say you either love or hate this board, well i hate it with a passion. I miss my AMD K-6. I gave it away and want it back.

Gil Shannon Apr 18, 2002, 11:28am EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: ECS K7S5A
This board installs very easily like a few other computers I have built. I have installed various times and keep having lock up problems. I am still able to re-boot with ctrl-alt-del. The last time I re-installed I thought I identified the problem was with my DDR memory, I pulled that and installed SDR memory from another machine. It stoped locking up for a while but started locking up some and now keeps locking up. (I put the DDR memory in another 1.4gig machine and it worked).

I wonder if my ATI All-in-wonder card could be a conflict on this board? Everything seems to function corectly with the card but I have had problems with older ATI cards on older cards years back. Next I'll try re-installing windows with another video card.

When myK7S5A goes thru brief periods of not locking up I am very happy with its performance. My next guess is a malfunction on the board. Please help.

Peter Eccleston Apr 18, 2002, 11:39am EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: ECS K7S5A
I have had some help and have now got my board running. Your problem might be your memory. I had 2 sdram installed that were different manufactures. i went down to one stick and that fixed my problem. I hates having 2 sticks by different manufactures.

Mike Cady Jun 13, 2002, 12:48pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: ECS K7S5A
Maybe I can get some help here.

I'm running the K7S5A board with the AMD XP1500 on WIN98SE, 256M DDR.

I'm having a problem when I shut the system down. Using the OS shut down option, the software shuts down and exits but when I press the on/off button on the case the system does not turn off. I just get a clicking noise. I have to use the switch on the power supply to completely shut down the system.

I know the case on/off switch works because when I power back on the power supply I have to press the front panel button to get the system to turn back on.

I've tried letting it run for awhile after shutdown thinking maybe it had to cool the cpu down before it would allow power to be cut. That didn't seem to be the case.

Any ideas??

thanks

Mike
msc777@yahoo.com

Mike Cady Jun 13, 2002, 12:49pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: ECS K7S5A
Maybe I can get some help here.

I'm running the K7S5A board with the AMD XP1500 on WIN98SE, 256M DDR.

I'm having a problem when I shut the system down. Using the OS shut down option, the software shuts down and exits but when I press the on/off button on the case the system does not turn off. I just get a clicking noise. I have to use the switch on the power supply to completely shut down the system.

I know the case on/off switch works because when I power back on the power supply I have to press the front panel button to get the system to turn back on.

I've tried letting it run for awhile after shutdown thinking maybe it had to cool the cpu down before it would allow power to be cut. That didn't seem to be the case.

Any ideas??

thanks

Mike
msc777@yahoo.com

wynne Jones Jun 13, 2002, 09:08pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: ECS K7S5A
Sorry to tell you, but it is not worth playing about with cheep boards i had one and i buned it and now got MBDD-ABIT-KG7 cost a bit more but it saves time and no props at all and all in wonder ati graphics workes well in it with xp proffeshonal.cool

Dave S Jun 16, 2002, 11:53pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: ECS K7S5A
I must agree with your assessment of this board...it functions just as fast and stable as any other more expensive board....it takes some doing to properly configure it with respect to appropriate peripherial devices, but once you get it going properly, it kicks!!!

Steve Pacholka Jun 17, 2002, 07:56am EDT Report Abuse
>> Dear God!? This Board Got A Fair Review?
This was the worst board I had ever had!

Random lockups!
Random Resets!
Onboard Sound Failing!
Onboard Lan Failing!
Over Heating!

There is not one good thing I could have possibly said about this board. I bought it after reading a few good reviews, and as soon as I got it I was having problems, I came here for support, and found that not just 1 or 2 people were sharing the same problems as me but 100s!

I would not suggest that anyone purchase this board, never in a million years!


wynne Jones Jun 17, 2002, 09:39pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: ECS K7S5A
Quied true how can people sell rubysh and get away will it have you tried ther help suport they dont want to now, i say if you bye somthing it should work propely not mes about with it like this, when i bye mother boards i like them to work the same night, i always bye diffrend mother boards to see what they are like because i am in the computer trade and sell them on ,and have tried about 45 diffrent boards and to be honest this is the first i have bined because i coudent sell it was crap.
regards wynne

Darren Foster Jun 28, 2002, 05:39pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: ECS K7S5A
I purchased the board as a starter board for my PC. I upgraded from an AMD K62 350 to the Athlon XP 1700. The board cost me 49 pounds including VAT at 17.5% in england. I work as a DJ and during my time with this board I have had no problems at all. My OS is WIN XP and I can watch a DVD, write a music CD and access the internet all at the same time without any problems. I use 256mb of DDR memory and run on a 40gb 7200rpm Hard Disc. I have never suffered from overheating, freezing, or any of the other problems that sometimes come from inexpensive motherboards and I fully recommend this board to any user be it Power or Home user. Good luck guys and gals.


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