ECS KV2 Extreme Review :: Introduction

09-02-2004 · Category: Motherboards

By Benjamin Sun

With the recent announcements by AMD on their Sempron CPUs for the Socket 754 platform and Socket A platform, and Intel's new platform announcements (915/925), it is easy to forget that AMD recently launched a new platform as well, the Socket 939. While I am excited by the Intel 915/925 platforms and the new technologies like PCI Express and DDR2 memory that they bring to the table, the Socket 939 platform uses AGP and DDR memory.

Truthfully, the hardcore gamers today are well served by using a 64-bit Athlon CPU. Microsoft has recently released beta versions of 64-bit Windows and DirectX 9.0c which work with the Athlon 64 CPUs to give the highest performance in many games today including Doom 3. The Athlon 64 FX53 and 3800+ are among the fastest CPUs available in Doom 3 (when compared to a Pentium 4 3.6 GHz Prescott, on a similar memory configuration and video card).

ECS (Elite Computer Systems) has been making computer equipment since 1987, which is a long time in computer years. My first modern computer was a 286-12 with 1MB of RAM and a 120MB hard disk drive back in 1990. I use this to give a sense of perspective to my reviews not to bore the audience with ancient history lessons. The board I'm reviewing here is a K8T800 Pro board by ECS.