Written on: 18/11/2010
I have use this mobo since Apr 2003, i think this is a durable mobo, especially when i update its BIOS using HoneyX Bios, i never have any problem eventhough random power outtage struck my place for more than 100 times in a year without ups protection, i can even play games using agp 8x vga (i try both ati x1300 and gforce 6200 on 4x agp slot) smoothly and no compability issues whenever i paired a different memory stick brand (i paired 1 gb kingston with 256 visipro) its still stable. Up to... (read more)
Written on: 13/06/2010
I bought mine for a measley 20 bucks, it didn't and still doesn't have a battery on the board, it was pirated off of the board before I got to it, but, so long as I don't have a power outage, or unplug it from the wall, it keeps just fine, took a while to get the drivers for it, but I burned a disk when I finally found them that worked, other than that, it has been a great board, outperforms this Acer I'm typing on now(my wife's puter) for gaming and number crunching, and it has 3X the RAM... (read more)
Written on: 15/10/2009
Found this motherboard in a battered case in a scrapyard, got it for free, brought it home, chucked it in a case i installed an Athlon 1500, 512 meg of pc133 and 2 x 20 gb hdd, and it worked.!!!!
It was really easy to setup and find all the drivers for it too.
It's now running a cable modem to belkin "N" wireless, wireless printer and fax, its not put a foot wrong so far, not a bad bit of recycling, eh. (read more)
Written on: 16/03/2009
The Elite ECS K7S5A PRO is the best board i have ever had.. Bought it 7 year ago added some RAM.. works great ..running window xp now (was runnign 98 at the time).. no problem finding drivers.. No bad points that I can think of. (read more)
Written on: 07/01/2009 by jdavies01 (1 review written)
K7S5a is from my own experience has been totally reliable. I have run mine for 6 years now, having flashed my Bios to upgrade it once, and the Motherboard Drivers once. All PCI slots have been completely reliable, as have all USB and serial ports. I run a pair of Seagate 120 gig drives and a LaCie 500 gig external, using two sticks of DDR 3200 Corsair Memory. Mine is housed in a Cooler Master TAC-T01 Wave Master Aluminum Case, providing the Board and case contents with plenty of air flow.... (read more)
Written on: 27/11/2008
Absolutely reliable, used this board for over 4 years never had a problem easy to set up and never had to change a thing, have had to change my g card twice, cd/dvd roms twice and chip once but this board is still working! Well recommend Elite ECS K7S5A PRO/ (read more)
Written on: 05/11/2008
I have been dealing with systems for about 9 years, and suddenly, within the past 2 years I have had this K7Pro Motherboard and I have "NO" problems with it whatsoever. Works really well with all AGP Processors installed. I am using a PC3200 DDR RAM in both DDR slots on this machine and flies! I don't know about you other guys who rate this product a "0" But I take care of it and it does run "Flawlessly" like the review stated above. It ' s all how you tweak the system and work with the... (read more)
Written on: 11/03/2008
There are actually to different versions of this motherboard one with the C-Media and the other with a soundblaster compatable sound chip, actually when I installed XP Home on my pc it tried to install the C-Media software which is strange as there is actually no C-Media chipset on the motherboard in my pc even though it is a K7S5A motherboard.
Good but tries to install a sound driver for a sound chip that is not on the board. I can't actually remove the C-Media driver of my machine because... (read more)
Written on: 03/12/2007
Although this MB is now out dated, it seems after reading the other comments that you either get a good one or a dud, sort of a 50/50 thing. I've read elsewhere that flashing the BIO's on it can kill this board and or cause all sorts of problems. i.e. "if it ain't broke don't mess with it! " (read more)
Written on: 13/04/2006 by blueside
I love it, been running it for years now, for my business, and they have worked flawlesly.
The only thing wrong with it is user error, they are not dummy proof, if you hook it up right, run the right O.S. you will not have any issues with it.
I am still surprized by how well it has worked compared to my other boards ASUS, In the last two years I have had three ASUS fry on me.... Dont get me wrong I love ASUS, but I have had problems with them, and the like especially consitering the price... (read more)
Written on: 08/12/2005 by Kevin Murphy (1 review written)
The 10 USB ports was a contributing factor in me buying the Elite ECS K7S5A PRO motherboard. I found this board to be one of my favorite boards to use. I honestly have yet to find a reason not to have purchased it. I am slightly disappointed in its limitations - only 4x AGP and Processor socket type, and RAM modules rapidly changing quickly made this board outdated. I have never had lockup problems using this board. (read more)
Written on: 27/11/2005 by miconn (1 review written)
The Elite ECS K7S5A Pro motherboard is more trouble than it is worth. The PCI slots are very unreliable. New PCI devices cause all kinds of system freezing and conflicts, especially with a Soundblaster live soundcard. (read more)
Written on: 28/09/2004 by girlygirly
As an owner of so called 4 top end mobo computers Asus , et al, I hate to admit that the old ECS K7S5a keeps on, gaming while the others quit. True every slot on the board is filled, 2600 Athlon AMD, XP Pro, Albatron 5800 fxUltra, Pinnacle TV card, 1 Meg Legend pc 2100, Firwire, from card reader (below) floppy disc and usb for digicam. I cut 3 nice holes in the case with a hole saw and couple extra fans. I'm one of those who hated this board when I first got it, I grudgingly admit now it's... (read more)
Written on: 17/08/2004 by BLADE1969 (1 review written)
I have been building custom computers for about 4 years now, And in January 2004 I came across the Elite ECS K7S5A PRO mainboard. It seemed a good deal for the price 55$ CAD. Problems started in July 2004 when I booted it sometimes detected my hdd sometimes not!!! So I thought it was an IDE problem so I took it back to my vendor to find out after a 95$ inspection to find out I WAS RIGHT (imagine paying 95$ inspection for a 55 $ board) So my vendor tells me that he will sent it back on RMA,... (read more)
Written on: 31/07/2004 by Mitch Gift
I have spent way too many hours trying to get this computer to do what it's supposed to do. It won't ever start up reliably.
It doesn't recognize the HDD, or the Video Cards. I'm lucky to get a picture at all. Today it defaulted to an all time low of 766mhz, from a rated 1533mhz XP1800.
I bought this K7S5A Pro at Fryes with the XP1800 processor for an unheard of $79.99 for both! What a deal? Hardly! That is unless you like pulling your hair out for about .50 an hour?
That's money I... (read more)
Written on: 25/07/2004 by Xodius
Great board, I bought from Mwave and built a newer machine running XP Home and it works flawlessly! My GF loves it and uses the machine for gaming so it can't be too bad. No clue what others are complaining about.
I have built systems for over 15 years and have had some great boards and some rubbish ones but this one is solid! (read more)
Written on: 17/05/2004 by rasinhl
Too numerous to name them all of the problems with the ECS K7S5A PRO motherboard but by far the worst has to be the bios. I bought 2 brand new, still in the shrink-wrapped boxes, identical K7S5A PRO's and after meticulously installing into my case, I immediately start having problems. 1st thing, instead of detecting my cdrom, it gives me the ol' *^%$$#^**&$#@ rubbish, which will sometimes happen if the cdrom's screwed up the firmware. I change units 5 times with known working ones with same... (read more)
Written on: 09/02/2004 by azrael (1 review written)
I've built several systems with both the ECS K7S5A and the ECS K7S5A PRO. Both were easy to setup and after over 2 years since the first, no problems whatsoever. This is a good board at a great price. Use quality components and it's unlikely you'll have problems. These boards are inexpensive but good quality. Great if you already have SDRAM.
*building computers since 92* (read more)
Written on: 03/02/2004 by SalemCat (1 review written)
I've been building and maintaining computers for nearly twenty years, and the ECS K7S5A PRO is by far the worst Motherboard ever.
It starts up fine, and even loads WIN98 w/o problems (usually). But try to upgrade to WIN98SE - forget it.
I haved swapped EVERY component, all of which tested good on other systems. I tried tweaking the BIOS every which way, and flashing the latest Version, of course.
Finally I got the Board to work by installing the OS and several programs with the HD in... (read more)
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