Conclusion: Everyone was definitely excited for this X79 chipset release and competitors rushed themselves in order to release their motherboards right on launch date. This new chipset offers great features like Intel’s Rapid Storage Technology, more SATA ports, and PCI-E 3.0 for most motherboards. The ECS EliteGroup X79R-AX motherboard is definitely a great motherboard to consider when deciding to upgrade your old X58 boards.
Excerpt: ECS doesn’t have the greatest reputation when it comes to high end computer components. Today we have the latest attempt at breaking free from the entry level motherboards from ECS. The ECS X79R-AX is part of the Black Extreme series of products. First impressions it looks like it has the potential to be a great board.
Conclusion: Every time I come across an ECS board, I'm not sure what to expect. ECS is a company with roots firmly in the pan-Asia OEM market, and their consumer/enthusiast lines account for a small percentage of their total revenue. One would assume therefore that their consumer lines aren't perhaps top priority when it comes to production. Nevertheless, they are pushing more at consumer lines with products like the X79R-AX.