ECS KN3-SLI2 Extreme AM2 Motherboard Review :: ECS KN3-SLI2 Extreme (V1.0) Layout

11-26-2006 · Category: Motherboards

By Benjamin Sun

ECS has had many of their motherboards come in a Purple PCB. Ugh. I much prefer the standard black PCB found on many motherboards on the market today. The KN3-SLI2 Extreme has a black color, much more appealing to the eye. The battery on the board is in the upright position, saving a little space. The JP1 jumper is next to the battery for clearing the CMOS.


ECS KN3-SLI2 Extreme AM2 Motherboard Review Black PCB

Black PCB

ECS KN3-SLI2 Extreme AM2 Motherboard Review CPU area

CPU area

ECS KN3-SLI2 Extreme AM2 Motherboard Review 24-pin ATX power

24-pin ATX power

ECS KN3-SLI2 Extreme AM2 Motherboard Review Battery+JP1 Jumper

Battery+JP1 Jumper


The CPU area is clear of obstructions, allowing the use of after-market cooling solutions for the CPU. The 24-pin ATX power connector is on the bottom part of the board next to the floppy drive connection and IDE connector. There is a 2nd IDE connector on the far left of the board, controlled by the JMB363 chip. ECS decided to give the video card plenty of room so as to not interfere with the insertion/removal of memory.


ECS KN3-SLI2 Extreme AM2 Motherboard Review NB

NB

ECS KN3-SLI2 Extreme AM2 Motherboard Review SB

SB

ECS KN3-SLI2 Extreme AM2 Motherboard Review USB headers

USB headers

ECS KN3-SLI2 Extreme AM2 Motherboard Review IEEE-1394 headers

IEEE-1394 headers

ECS KN3-SLI2 Extreme AM2 Motherboard Review Rear fan

Rear fan

ECS KN3-SLI2 Extreme AM2 Motherboard Review LPT1

LPT1

ECS KN3-SLI2 Extreme AM2 Motherboard Review PMC

PMC

ECS KN3-SLI2 Extreme AM2 Motherboard Review CASFAN header

CASFAN header

ECS KN3-SLI2 Extreme AM2 Motherboard Review Rear of rear fan

Rear of rear fan


The Northbridge is an nForce 590 SLI chip. ECS recognizes to utilize the MCP55XE as the Southbridge. The Southbridge is cooled by a heatsink. The Northbridge is cooled by a fan surrrounded by a heatsink with the ECS logo on it. There are three USB headers bringing the total on the board possible to 10. Two IEEE1394 headers are also present, bringing Firewire support to the KN3-SLI2 board. There are five fan headers on the ECS board, but two of them are taken up by the Southbridge fan and the back IO fan. One cool addition is the inclusion of LED lights that light up when the board is in operation. The Panel1 connectors are labeled apart from the connectors.