ECS KV2 Extreme Review :: Conclusion

09-02-2004 · Category: Motherboards

By Benjamin Sun

The ECS KV2 Extreme has a lot of bells and whistles that make it stand out among motherboards for those that mod their cases and like shiny blinking lights in their systems. From this perspective, well done ECS! Performance wise the ECS KV2 is right up there along with the other 939 boards from NVIDIA and VIA chipsets.

I had a couple of issues that shows ECS needs a bit more work on their board. First is one has to be careful of the memory being used in the system. Every motherboard manufacturer has a list of tested memory with the motherboard and one would be well advised to follow the approved list. Try another brand at your own risk. Second the issue with the SATA drivers not being correct was a rather annoying easy to fix problem.

All in all, the VIA K8T800 chipset is one of the more popular chipsets at the moment for the 939 platform. Later this year, AMD will likely release PCI Express versions of the 939 platform with support for some of the new technologies like PEG X16 slots that expand the capabilities of the graphics cards, and new memory types and sound solutions so that by the end of the year computing as we know it will completely change. For now, the ECS is a typical example of a 939 VIA K8T800 board and hopefully they will improve the issues that need addressing as time goes on.