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ECS KN1 SLI Extreme

Supports AMD 939-pin Athlon 64 FX/ Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core/ Ath Read more

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Overall 10

ECS KN1 SLI Extreme Review Posted

3 March 2013
  • Conclusion: We are glad to see the improvements to the BIOS options, as well as the extra hardware measures like the BIOS repair chip, and the Ethernet cable.  We also like the ample real estate between 16X PCI-E slots so that large cards can fit.  We are also happy to see that they continue to pay attention to cooling the components around the CPU.  ECS also includes a good number of software utilities that many may find useful  The price is also not too hard to swallow.
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ECS KN1 SLI Extreme motherboard

Extensive Mods
19 April 2009
  • Excerpt: ECS is a name that always comes to mind when speaking in terms of OEM motherboards.  About two years ago, ECS decided that it would be both beneficial to them, as well as the enthusiast market segment if they focused their efforts on the enthusiast crowd.
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Overall 8

ECS KN1-SLI Extreme nForce 4-SLI Motherboard Review

8 January 2007
  • Summary: Onboard data connections consist of IEEE 1394a Firewire which hums away at 800Mbps, a 7.1-channel audio codec, Gigabit and 10/100 NICs, and an additional Serial ATA II/RAID controller.
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ECS KN1 SLI Extreme Motherboard Review

Hardware Secrets
10 April 2006
  • Summary: As you can notice by reading our results there is almost no performance difference between socket 939 motherboards. This occurs because Athlon 64 has an embedded memory controller, so the chipset doesn’t play any drastic role on performance on this platform. The decision on what socket 939 motherboard one should buy must be based on extra features, price and overclocking.
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ECS KN1 SLI Extreme Mainboard

big bruin
7 November 2005
  • Summary: When I received the KN1 SLI Extreme motherboard, my first impression was that it was going to be a decent board, but not a great performer. I figured my current Gigabyte K8NXP-SLI motherboard, which was one of the first SLI motherboards, would surpass the ECS KN1 SLI Extreme motherboard. Boy was I wrong. The ECS motherboard truly surprised me at the scores it received during benchmarks.
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Overall 8

ECS KN1 SLI Extreme Review

29 October 2005
  • Conclusion: ECS has taken a big gamble this year by entering into the formidable and relatively low-volume enthusiast space. When we compare the ECS KN1 SLI Extreme to the reigning heavyweights in this segment, a new market leader won’t be crowned, but ECS will finally be acknowledged as a substantial new presence. Looking at our standard performance results, the test scores are as expected, very close to one another.
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ECS KN1 SLI Extreme

13 October 2005
  • Summary: The KN1 SLI Extreme is an exemplary example of what the "new ECS" is capable of.  The motherboard performed very well and could be decently overclocked for increased performance.  Moreover, the price tag of the motherboard is far from steep.  ECS kept their low price mentality and produced an awesome motherboard that can hang with the more expensive big boys.  Of course the motherboard is far from perfect.
  • Pros: Very affordable, Performs very well, Overclocks decently, Nice accessory bundle, No switch card needed to run single video card or SLI, 40mm exhaust fan exhausts heat from MOSFETs
  • Cons: No chipset voltage option, No LDT voltage option, Overclocking limited to 290HTT even when set higher, 40mm exhaust fan not controllable
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ECS Elitegroup KN1 SLI Extreme

21 September 2005
  • Conclusion: I will say that as a first offering in the enthusiast market, the Extreme series is amazing. All of the boards in this series show a great amount of promise. The KN1 SLI is among the offerings from ECS that show just how serious ECS is about entering this market. With that having been said, ECS has a way to go before they can fully compete with the other boards in the enthusiast market.
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ECS KN1 SLI Extreme Motherboard Review

PC Perspective
30 August 2005
  • Excerpt: Not long ago we reviewed the ECS KN1 Extreme motherboard here on PC Perspective. While I really approved of the board's package and price, the tweaks and overclocking features were a bit lacking. In fact, with a HT multiplier of 3x, I was only able to get a 230MHz bus speed. I've been in contact with ECS since then and they have informed me that the KN1 SLI is much better at overclocking, of course we're going to find out.
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Overall 8

ECS KN1 SLI Extreme

20 July 2005
  • Summary: When I thought of ECS in the past, I thought of cheap motherboards with questionable performance. But the KN1 SLI Extreme proved me wrong. This board shows excellent performance, not matter if overclocked or not. While there are some issues with overclocking, I expect those to be fixed with a new BIOS release. Yes, the board does not have too many overclocking options which makes it unsuitable for the extreme enthusiasts that want every possible tweak.
  • Pros: Excellent performance, Competitive price, SLI is auto-switched, Dual Ethernet, Good on-board Audio (for an nForce4 board), BIOS Top Hat Flash
  • Cons: Needs more overclocking options in BIOS, BIOS issues when overclocking, Loud
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