ECS KA3-MVP Extreme Motherboard Review :: KA3-MVP Extreme Layout and Bundle

07-11-2006 · Category: Motherboards

By Benjamin Sun

The CPU area is fairly free of obstructions, making the fit of an after-market cooling solution possible on the ECS board. The fan on the I/O helps keep the CPU area cool and is not detrimental to the other devices on the back panel. The 4-pin power connector is below the CPU area meaning the cable has to cross over the CPU cooler. The 24-pin power connector is right above the IDE port 1.


ECS KA3-MVP Extreme Motherboard Review CPU area

CPU area

ECS KA3-MVP Extreme Motherboard Review Capacitors

Capacitors

ECS KA3-MVP Extreme Motherboard Review 4-pin power

4-pin power

ECS KA3-MVP Extreme Motherboard Review 24-pin power

24-pin power



ECS KA3-MVP Extreme Motherboard Review Case Fan

Case Fan

ECS KA3-MVP Extreme Motherboard Review Molex connector

Molex connector

ECS KA3-MVP Extreme Motherboard Review USB headers

USB headers

ECS KA3-MVP Extreme Motherboard Review IEEE-1394 headers

IEEE-1394 headers



ECS KA3-MVP Extreme Motherboard Review Xpress 3200 chip

Xpress 3200 chip

ECS KA3-MVP Extreme Motherboard Review Capacitors

Capacitors

ECS KA3-MVP Extreme Motherboard Review Sysfan

Sysfan


ECS put three USB headers, bringing the maximum on the board to 10 with the four on the back panel I/O. There are also two headers for IEEE-1394 Firewire devices. The Crossfire Xpress 3200 chip is cooled by a heat sink. I wish ECS had put a fan on the chip, as it gets warm during operation. There is a VIA VT6308P chip that supports the Firewire devices. The front panel connectors are not labeled, forcing you to look at the manual to make sure what pins to use.

  • FDD cable
  • 80-pin IDE cable
  • 40-pin IDE cable
  • 4 SATA cables
  • SATA power cord
  • TOP Hat Flash
  • 2 port USB 2.0 bracket
  • External SATA bracket
  • Front Panel cover
  • Back Panel I/O cover
  • Manual
  • Driver CD
  • DPU
  • Pro Magic Plus
  • ShowShifter
  • I'm InTouch
  • Media Ring
  • WinCinema

The bundle on the board is extensive and a good match for the included accessories. The inclusion of a 2-port USB bracket brings the total to 6. An external SATA port brings the total of SATA devices supported by the board to 5.


ECS KA3-MVP Extreme Motherboard Review Hardware bundle

Hardware bundle

ECS KA3-MVP Extreme Motherboard Review Software bundle

Software bundle

ECS KA3-MVP Extreme Motherboard Review Top Hat Flash

Top Hat Flash

ECS KA3-MVP Extreme Motherboard Review Utilities

Utilities


The software bundle includes many applications that are useful for a first-time motherboard purchaser. DPU stands for Data Protection Utility. Pro Magic Plus allows the user to restore their system to a previous save point. I'm InTouch is a remote control program that allows someone to access their PC via the Net. WinCinema is a suite of programs like WinDVD and WinCreater that is designed by InterVideo.