Elitegroup Computer Systems (ECS) unveiled its latest motherboard series at Computex Taipei 2007. The new series includes the new P35T-A and G33T-M2 motherboards based on the latest Intel 3 series (Bearlake) chipsets.
The new ECS G33T-M2 motherboard has been designed to satisfy the demands of digital home users, noted ECS. It features a lower TDP to ensure slimmer and smaller form factors typical to digital home designs and includes Intel Quiet System Technology providing a less interruptive and quieter solution, highlighted the company.
The new G33T-M2 supports Intel Core 2 Duo processors with up to 1333MHz FSB, Core 2 Quad processors up to 1066MHz FSB, and dual-channel DDR2 memory up to 8GB via four DIMMs.
The G33T-M2 boasts the capability to provide users with a true high-definition (HD) digital home audio and video experience, according to ECS. It supports 8-channel HD audio output to deliver premium digital sound and advanced HD video playback for next generation applications. It incorporates Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (Intel GMA) 3100 graphics but a PCI Express slot also provides the flexibility to accommodate an additional graphics card to enhance the performance for more demanding requirements, noted the company.
Connectivity options include 12 USB 2.0, one D-Sub, one PS2, one Serial, one IEEE1394a, one RJ45 LAN, one PCI Express (x16) slot, one PCI Express (x1) slot, and two PCI slots with add-on accessories set to become available later, ECS pointed out.
The P35T-A provides a perfect solution for both gamers and performance users, according to ECS. The P35T-A motherboard supports Intel Core 2 Extreme Quad-Core processors and Intel Core 2 Duo processors. The motherboard supports Intel Viiv technology and is Windows Vista Premium ready. The motherboard supports up to 8GB dual-channel DDR2 memory with overclocking features.
It provides two PCI Express x16 slots (x16, x4) with support for ATI CrossFire multi-GPU technology and 8-channel HD audio to provide realistic, rich quality sound for the latest games, according to ECS.
Most motherboards are designed as standard to incorporate four USB 2.0 ports, however, ECS has recognized that performance users and gamers sometimes require even more connectivity for the many add-ons available on the market. To meet these needs and ultimately eliminate the need for an additional USB2.0 expansion hub, the new P35T-A features six USB 2.0 ports on the rear I/O panel. It also features an eSATA port which has a higher transfer rate than conventional USB 2.0 for external HDDs. Other connections include, one PCI Express x1 slot, three PCI slots, two PS2, one Serial, and one RJ45 LAN.
ECS new motherboards based on Intel 3 series chipsets have improved performance and efficiency, according to ECS. It is the only chipset with support for the upcoming Intel 45nm processors which ensures that users are future proofed for prospective technology upgrades, highlighted ECS. These chipsets feature a 1333MHz FSB to work seamlessly with Intel's new ICH9 southbridge I/O chip.
A selection of the motherboards ECS is displaying at Computex Taipei 2007
Photo: Ricky Morris, Digitimes, June 2007