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ECS C19-A SLI: Intro, Specs & Bundle

Next in line, we have the ECS C19-A SLI, another LGA775 motherboard, but this one is based on NVIDIA's nForce4 SLI XE chipset. NVIDIA released the nForce4 SLI XE chipset in order compete in the entry-level segment of the motherboard market with SLI boards. That's right; you don't have to drop $150+ in order to enjoy some SLI fun.

Unlike the 945G-M3, the C19-A SLI is a full-size ATX board and does not feature onboard graphics. The 945G-M3's northbridge is the Intel 945G, and its southbridge is the Intel ICH7, while the C19-A SLI features the NVIDIA C19XE and MCP51.

ECS C19-A SLI (1.0A)
Specifications & Features
CPU
LGA775 socket for Intel Pentium 4 / Pentium D processor
FSB 1066/800 MHz
Support Hyper-Threading Technology

CHIPSET
NVIDIA C19XE & MCP51
North Bridge: NVIDIA C19XE
South Bridge: NVIDIA MCP51

MEMORY
Dual-channel DDR2 memory architecture
4 x 240-pin DDR2 DIMM socket support up to 16GB
Support DDR2 533/667 DDR SDRAM

EXPANSION SLOTS
2 x PCI Express x16 slot ( SLI mode: x8, x8 )
2 x PCI Express x1 slots
3 x PCI slots

STORAGE
Supported by NVIDIA MCP51
-- 4 x Ultra DMA133/100/66 devices
-- 4 x Serial ATA 3Gb/s devices
RAID0, RAID1, RAID0+1, RAID5 configuration

IEEE 1394a (optional)
VIA 6307 support 2 x IEEE1394a ports

AUDIO
Realtek ALC883 8-channel audio CODEC

LAN
Marvell 88E1115 Gigabit LAN controller
Realtek RTL8100C 10/100 Mbps Fast Ethernet Controller (optional)


REAR PANEL I/O
1 x PS/2 keyboard & PS/2 mouse connectors
4 x USB ports
1 x RJ45 LAN connector
1 x Serial port (COM1)
1 x Audio port (Line-in, Line-out, Mic-in)
2 x Digital SPDIF (Optical & Coaxial) out
1 x Parallel port (LPT1)

INTERNAL I/O CONNECTORS & HEADERS
1 x 24-pin ATX Power Supply connector
1 x 4-pin ATX 12V connector
1 x FDD connector supports two 360K~2.88MB FDDs
1 x Auxiliary 4-pin +12V connector
1 x IrDA for SIR header
1 x Speaker header
2 x IDE connectors
4 x Serial ATA connectors
2 x USB 2.0 headers support additional 4 USB Ports
1 x Front panel switch/LED header
1 x Front panel audio header
CD in header
CPUFAN/NBFAN/SYSFANx2 connectors

SYSTEM BIOS
AMI BIOS with 4Mb Flash ROM
Supports Plug and Play 1.0A, APM 1.2, Multi Boot, DMI
Supports ACPI revision 1.0 specification

FORM FACTOR
ATX Size 305mm*244mm

From a gamer's perspective, the C19-A SLI is a much more interesting board than the 945G-M3, but it doesn't really offer a more exciting bundle. Like the one found with the 945G-M3, this bundle is rather spartan. We feel obligated to reiterate, though, that this is typical of boards in this price range.

The bundle consists of the following items: a driver CD, a User Guide, a rear I/O panel cover, one floppy cable, one IDE cable, one SATA cable, one SATA power cable, an SLI bridge connector and a bracket to hold the SLI connector in place.


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