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  ECS L7S7A2 SiS 746 Mainboard Review (1)
Overclocker 31 Jan 2002

 

L7S7A2

Still remember that K7S5A that sold millions worldwide. L7S7A2 could be just the next K7S5A that might rock the world if the price is right. As we know, ECS is well known for its cheap boards. Being one of the top manufacturers in Taiwan, it swamped the world with its K7S5A two years ago and it is still selling. I think one of the reasons of the success of K7S5A is because it is cheap (you can buy two for the price of one other brand's board). Enthusiasts joins in the fun by modifying parts to include features like multiplier and we have Cheepoman's Hacked BIOS for opening up the FSBs for you to play with.

Why I say that L7S7A2 would be another success is because, it has included all the overclocking features that are not previously found on most ECS boards and they include FSB (1mhz), Vcore, VDimm adjustments, RAM timings. It supports AGP 8x, DDR400, 1394 on board, LAN, 6 x USB 2.0, 6 channel audio. In our tests, the SiS 746 has amazing CC Winstone scores (thanks to its IDE performance). Ok, let's take a look at some specs first before we check out the gallery and the benchmarks.


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Special Features
AGP 8X
USB 2.0 (SiS963)
IEEE 1394 (optional)
6 Channel Audio
Supports DDR400
Supports UltraDMA 133/100/66
Processor
AMD Athlon XP CPU
Socket A
333 / 266MHz
Chipset
SiS 746 North Bridge
SiS 963 South Bridge
Super I/O
ITE IT8705F
Main Memory
3 DDR DIMMs
Supports DDR400 / DDR333 / DDR266
Max. 3GB (2GB only for DDR400, conditional)
Sound
C-Media CMI9739/6CH AC'97 CODEC
6 Channel
LAN
RealTek RTL8201BL 10/100Mbps PHYceiver (optional)
IDE
2 UltraDMA 133 / 100 / 66
USB
6 USB 2.0 (Embedded in SiS963)
IEEE 1394 (optional)
RealTek RTL8801B (PHY) integrated IEEE 1394A Host Controller
Expansion Slots
5 PCI
1 AGP (8X)
1 CNR
Back Panel I/O Ports
1 PS/2 Mouse
1 PS/2 Keyboard
1 Parallel
2 Serial
4 USB
1 LAN (optional)
1 Line-in
1 Line-out
Microphone
Internal I/O Connectors
IR header
CD-in header
Front Panel Audio header
1 IEEE 1394A header (optional)
2 extra USB ports
HDD LED, Reset switch, Power switch headers
CPU/Power/Case fan connectors
20-pin ATX power connector
BIOS
Award 2Mb Flash EEPROM
Form Factor
ATX
Board Size
305 mm x 190 mm

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