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ECS A980 Desknote (1)
Overclocker 14 Apr 2003

 

Lately, the market is flooded with small form factor boxes from various manufacturers. If you remember the old days, the PCB is integrated into the back of the keyboard. This trend is back in 2003 and we have a powerful desktop replacement system for your cramped desk - ECS Desknote A980.

ECS Desknote A980 can be regarded as the latest member of the desknote series. With a slew of important capabilities that will make you drool for one. Featuring the SiS 651 chipset, it supports the latest P4 3.06HT processor (conventional CPU, non-P4-Mobile). With the demand for better 3D, Desknote A980 comes equipped with a Geforce 420 GPU in replacement of the integrated video the chipset provides.

A980 uses conventional DDR memory (1 slot) and you can use up to 1GB stick if you wish for best performance. If you need connectivity, there are the USB 2.0, 1394, LAN port, 56K modem all built into the A980.

As it is a desktop replacement, it doesn't come with a battery pack, thus you have to use it where you can find a 110v/220v AC adaptor.

Special Features
Takes the latest Pentium 4 desktop processors with 533MHz FSB
Enhanced graphics performance powered by the nVIDIA GeForce 420 GPU
Upgradeable CPU, memory, and HDD

Sizzling Performance
The A980 is able to take the latest desktop Pentium 4 processors with Northwood core and 533MHz FSB, right up to 3.06GHz, thus enabling the user to operate the most powerful CPUs on the market today and run the latest software applications with ease. The super fast performance of the A980 is guaranteed to meet the demanding needs of professionals always 'on the go' and speed-hungry gaming enthusiasts.
Being extremely versatile, the A980 also takes older Willamette core CPUs with speeds of 1.4GHz and above.

Chipset
The A980 features the SiS651/962 chipset with integrated 256-bit 3D graphics accelerator for Intel Pentium 4 processors. The graphics accelerator supports a shared memory size of up to 64MB, and also supports advanced hardware acceleration for DVD playback. The AGP 4X interface ensures crisp and clear graphics quality, while the chipsetís Ultra-AGPII technology interconnects the integrated VGA chip and memory controller, allowing data transfer rates up to 2GB per second. SiS' special MuTIOL technology provides 533MB/s bandwidth to connect the chipset's north bridge and south bridge.

DDR Memory
Even the most memory-hungry applications will not cause a problem for the A980, which is equipped with one DDR DIMM socket to support up to 1GB of DDR SDRAM (DDR266 or DDR333).

A Trustworthy Hard Drive
No matter whether you are operating everyday office programs or the largest applications on the market, the A980's hard drive won't let you down. The A980 takes hard disk drives between 15GB and 40GB (ATA100/66/33).

System Expansion, Connectivity and Communication
The A980 bristles with an array of powerful high-speed data transmission ports onboard, including four USB 2.0 ports and an IEEE 1394 firewire port. A modem jack and Ethernet jack further enhance the A980's connectivity features.

IEEE 1394
The IEEE 1394 firewire port enables fast data transmission up to 400Mbps between consumer electronic audio and video appliances, whilst also providing enhanced connectivity for high-speed peripherals and portable devices. Using the A980 to connect all one's electronic appliances also allows for easy video editing.

USB 2.0
The A980 comes with four USB 2.0 ports to provide high-speed data transmission rates up to 480Mbps for equipment such as high-density storage devices, video conferencing cameras and high-resolution scanners (USB 1.1 backward compatible).

Communication
The A980 has a built-in 56K modem and 10/100 Base-T LAN networking so that web surfing and e-mail retrieval can be done anywhere and anytime.

The A980 as a Home Entertainment System
In addition to being the ideal computer product for work applications, the A980 can also double as a fine quality home entertainment system. The A980 is available with either a 15" XGA TFT monitor LCD or a 14"/15" XGA TFT notebook LCD screen with maximum resolutions of 1024 x 768. The A980 comes with 5.1 channel built-in, as well as enhanced stereo speakers with chamber.

Super Convenient
Two short-cut keys allow the user quick access to retrieve e-mail or surf the Internet.

Super Versatile
The A980 is designed to have several upgrade options for components including the CPU, hard disk, memory and optical devices.

Super Cool
Overheating is not a problem with the A980 as there are numerous vents, an aluminum heat sink and a temperature-controlled cooling fan. Operating temperatures are also kept down due to the machine's large form factor and by locating the battery externally.

Stylish Appearance
The A980 comes in a trendy black or a cool grey color scheme.

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