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ECS KA1-MVP K8 CrossFire Mainboard Preview 1/3
Bluetooth 6 Oct 2005

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The mainboard

ECS will be introducing their first ever ATi based CrossFire solutions for the Athlon 64/FX/X2 supporting K8 Socket 939 soon. The model name is ECS KA1-MVP.

The ECS KA1-MVP is based on the ATI RD480 NB + ATi SB450. It supports Dual Channel DDR memory architecture with up to 4 GB DDR400. The board comes standard with 2x PCI Express x8 slot2x PCI Express x1 slot, 2x PCI slots.

The board supports can hook up to 4 IDE devices + 6 SATA HDDs. Supported by the SB450 are 4 ATA133/100/66 IDE and 4 SATA I RAID 0/1 ports. An additional 2 SATA II ports are supported using the SiliconImage SIl3132 controller.

In terms of Audio, the SB450 supports Azalia HD audio. It uses the Realtek ALC880 8-channel audio CODEC. 1394a is optional (by VIA VT6307). There are two LAN ports supported. A PCIe based Marvell 88E8053 Gigabit LAN controller and a Realtek RTL8100C 10/100 Mbps Fast Ethernet Controller.

There is a also a fan duct which can be installed onto the mainboard to cool down the mosfets area.

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