I would advise undervolting your CPU if you wish to use this board. As you can see, the board features four SATA ports. If you use a dual-slot card with the alternate layout, you require a case with three slots. A little disappointing but it is to be expected on a board of this price bracket. Please refer to the latest Memory support list for details.
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When using a dual-slot graphics card, the layout of the AM-MV means that you lose the use of the x1 slot. Many M-DTX boards feature the same expansion slot selection, but with the locations reversed. Awesome power in a small space with the right CPUand a good price. This takes my W processor down to 95w.
If you a90m-mv a dual-slot card with the alternate layout, you require a case with three slots. The board supports up to w processors, including the venerable FX The design has space for two expansion slots. Depending on your use case, this could be a positive or a negative.
In reality though, this port is connected to the onboard AMD G chipset, so you are stuck with the rather old Radeon graphics chipset. Also optional is HDMI onboard.
ECS A960M-MV – M-DTX… or is it?
While this may be a budget board, it ln offer quite a few things to the SFF enthusiast. If you were to run a single-slot graphics card, either layout is usable. The board is brown, instead of black, but overall it feels like a solid board. While M-DTX is supposed to measure mm wide by mm long, this board is mm wide by mm long.
As you can see, the board features a906m-mv SATA ports. As you may also notice, the CPU cooler bracket does not come with a backplate — which does restrict the use of heavier coolers that use the stock AMD clip system.
Looks like M-DTX form factor. M-DTX is believed by some to be the ideal small form factor board.
ECS > AM-MV (VA)
As you can see from the bottom of the board, the PCB is more of a brown than a black. Of course a960m-,v major feature here is the CPU socket.
I would advise undervolting your CPU if you wish to use this board. Build quality is appropriate for this price bracket — outside of the CPU power delivery, all capacitors are of the non-solid variety. Please refer to the latest Memory support list for details. For anything more than a basic word processing or web browsing system, I would highly recommend a graphics card to be used.
A little disappointing but it is to be expected on a board of this price bracket. The smallest boards we usually see FX processors on is M-ATX, which is small, but not as small as some of us would like. However, the power delivery for the CPU socket does not have a heatsink attached, which is an oversight.