Being one of the most innovative platform around, we take a look at the ECS PF88 Extreme Hybrid, and the ECS SIMA A9S Platform Converter card. It’s back to the good old days where switching between AMD and Intel could be done without a new purchase! Click for more details, pictures, and benchmarks on this engineering marvel!

ECS, being one of the big names in the motherboard and notebook industry,
has always been a name related to innovation. ECS has sent us a Hybrid
product, the ECS PF88 Extreme Hybrid.

Like what it’s name suggests, this board is really a hybrid board, with the
combination of both AMD and Intel, together onto a single platform. Like all
other “Extreme” family of products, this board is targeted towards the fickle-minded enthusiast. To be more exact, the ECS PF88 is an unified
platform, with the capability of adding different SIMA expansion cards,
effectively transforming from one platform to another. ECS had also sent us the
SIMA A9S platform converter card, allowing the support of an AMD Athlon 64 939
pin based processor, to be used on this native Intel LGA 775 platform.

The unusually large ECS PF88 packaging. With such a size, of course it’s
packed to the brim in terms of included accessories. We will talk about that in
a while.

 

Let’s take a look at the specifications of this PF88 board:

CPU Support
  • Intel Pentium 4 / Celeron Based on LGA 775
  • 1066MHz / 800MHz / 533MHz FSB Support
  • Hyper Threading Supported
Memory Support
  • Dual Channel DDR2 Support
  • 4x 240 pin DDR2 DIMM modules with support up to 4GB
  • Support for DDR2 667MHz / 533MHz / 400MHz
Chipset
  • SIS 656 Northbridge
  • SIS 965 Southbridge
Expansion Slots
  • 2x PCI Express x16 Slots
  • 1x PCI Express x1 Slot
  • 1x Elite Bus Slot (For SIMA Platform Converter Card)
  • 3x PCI Slot
Rear I/O Expansions
  • 1x PS/2 Keyboard and PS/2 Mouse Connector
  • 4x USB Expansion Connectors
  • 1x RJ45 LAN Connector
  • 1x IEEE 1394a Firewire Connector
  • 2x Serial Ports
  • 1x Parallel Port
  • 1x Audio Connectors (1x Line In, 4x Line Out, 1x Mic In)
Audio
  • Realtek ALC850 8 Channel
  • AC97 2.3 Compliant
IDE
  • 2x UDMA 133/100/66 Devices (Via SIS 965 Southbridge)
  • SIS 965 Southbridge Supports RAID 0/1/0+1 Configurations
SATA
  • 4x SATA (Via SIS 965 Southbridge)
  • 2x SATA2 (Via Silicon Image Si3132)
  • Silicon Image Si3132 Supports RAID 0/1 e-RAID Configurations
Networking
  • Marvell 8E1111 Gigabit LAN PHY