ECS's KA1 MVP Extreme motherboard

ECS takes on enthusiasts

WHILE NOT THE MOST popular motherboard manufacturer among enthusiasts, ECS has quietly been building mobos for nearly two decades. Most of those boards have been budget and OEM offerings that put affordability before features and performance, so it's no surprise that they haven't caught on among enthusiasts. That may be about to change, though. ECS isn't content to just be known for its budget fare, and the company has launched a new line of "Extreme" motherboards targeting gamers, overclockers, and enthusiasts.

The latest of ECS's Extreme offerings is the KA1 MVP, a Socket 939 motherboard that combines ATI's Radeon Xpress 200 CrossFire Edition chipset with PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet and Serial ATA RAID. That looks like a decent spec on paper; however, we enthusiasts are a picky lot, and we demand more than just an "Extreme" moniker and checkbox features. Read on to see if the KA1 MVP delivers the performance, BIOS, layout, and extras needed to back up ECS's intentions.

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