ECS (Elitegroup Computer Systems) is a Taiwanese electronics firm synonymous with entry level offerings or being the motherboard OEM for brands like HP and IBM. In our labs today is their latest offering – the X79R-AX Black Extreme. Boasting a whopping 12 SATA ports, dual LAN/eSATA, Bluetooth/Wireless LAN connectivity and four PCIe x16 slots for multi-GPU extravagance, we see if it has what it takes to be the X79 motherboard of choice.

Box Front View – with a cloth string carrying handle to take it from the shops

Box Behind – this is one of the most colourful and vibrant boxes we have in our lab

ECS X79R-AX Black Extreme Motherboard Front View – passive cooling and no flamboyant heatpipes.

Motherboard Back View


I/O Panel (A nifty clear CMOS button, 2 eSATA 6gbps from a ASMedia ASM1061, Bluetooth V2.1+EDR/150Mbps Wifi from Atheros AR9271L, 4 SuperSpeed USB 3.0 from a Ti TUSB7340, 2 Gigabit LAN Ports from Realtek RTL8111E controllers and 7.1+2 channel audio from a Realtek ALC892)

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