It’s not absolutely necessary with GTX-class videocards which is what we tested with , and the system did not experience any problems running in our tests without the extra power. As you can see in Figure 4, on this motherboard there is more room between the two x16 slots compared to older SLI motherboards. Just connect two compatible video cards and the SLI mode will be activated. Right above the first PCI Express x16 slot is a molex power connector set onto the motherboard. Still it is nice to see ECS incorporate a new standard now so that users will be good to go should they adopt eSATA devices in the future.
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This helps the installation of bigger video cards and the system ventilation. Its design follows the same standard used on other motherboards from ECS Extreme series. ECS used blue color extgeme sockets 1 and 2 and yellow color on sockets 3 and 4. Beginners Guides Cases and Access.
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ECS KN1 SLI Extreme Motherboard Review
ECS call this backup solution the “Top-Hat” flash module. During testing this feature functioned flawlessly and beat our best attempts to confuse the motherboard with various videocard combinations.
Its metallic purple color really catches the eye and ECS decided to eliminate almost all silk-screen from the board that small letters and coded printed on the motherboardwhat gave a clear and even sophisticated look to this motherboard. Another interesting feature from this motherboard is a duct with a fan inside installed on its back, which cools down the voltage regulator transistors and also removes hot air from the voltage regulator area. The process is very simple and it works quite well, just make sure you keep the Top-Hat module in a safe spot that you will remember!
Back duct that helps on the motherboard cooling. To prevent ESD damage, the internal contact depth has been increased from 5mm to 6. It’s not absolutely necessary with GTX-class videocards which is what we tested withand the system did not experience any problems running in our tests without the extra power.
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Originally designed as an internal bus, developers quickly ported SATA over for external use since there is so much bandwidth available. Right above the first PCI Express x16 slot is a molex power connector set onto the motherboard. As you can see in Figure 4, on this motherboard there is more room between the two x16 slots compared to older SLI motherboards.
It is necessary, however, to connect an extra power supply cable when SLI mode is used, and we recommend you to use a good quality power supply with at least true watts.
We have some criticism to this motherboard layout, however: The only thing missing to make this system perfect was the installation of heatsinks on top of those transistors. The bright green kh1 air scoop and 40mm fan are intended to quickly remove some of the hot air generated by the socket AMD Athlon64 processor and power MOSFETs from the case, thereby lowering overall internal temperatures.
From the assortment of motherboards we’ve seen, generally only super high end motherboards support switch-less SLI. The extra breathing room just makes it easier to install larger heatsinks or waterblocks on videocards.
Still it is nice to see ECS incorporate a new standard now so that users will be good to go should they adopt eSATA devices in the future.
In any case, the fan is 40mm fan which is replaceable is very quiet and does a decent job at expelling hot air from the system.