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ECS A960M-M3 AM3+ AMD 760G Micro ATX Motherboard EXPIRED

RagingWookiee 17,794 October 23, 2012 at 06:38 PM in Mail In Rebate (4) More Newegg Deals
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Promoted 10-24-2012 at 12:35 AM View Original Post
Newegg has ECS A960M-M3 AM3+ AMD 760G Micro ATX Motherboard for $37 - $37 rebate = Free. Shipping is $4.99. Thanks RagingWookiee


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Edited October 23, 2012 at 09:45 PM by widgit
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Price will drop to $37 minus $37 Rebate = Free starting tomorrow.
Shipping currently show $7 but may be free via ShopRunner starting tomorrow.

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#466
Quote from SlammedNiss View Post :
Has anybody received the rebate yet? The tracking info says that it's been mailed for a few weeks now. Of course it also says I might not get it until Jan. 6th. So, just curious as to what everybody else's status is.
Got a $37 check on Jan 8.

The newly built system runs pretty well.
FAR ECS mobo.
FAR Diablotek case.
$25 Antec 520W PSU.
$40 G.Skill 16GB 1866 RAM.
$50 OCZ 120GB SSD.
$100 AMD FX-6100.
$150 ASUS Radeon HD 7850.
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$365 (+ tax on some components)

FAR components are very shabby while other components are very decent. LOL.
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#467
Well, my long and frustrating problems with this board have finally been resolved.

They sent me a new A960M-M2 board and that had the same problems, even though it was supposed to be fully compatible with my FX-8120 cpu. Then they charged me $30 to upgrade to an A970M-A board, and that has worked perfectly well.

So, to make a long, frustrating experience short, don't use this board with any 125W chips and expect it to handle stress testing or anything that loads the system like Folding @ Home. It won't work. I tried three different boards including the M-2 version mentioned above, and spent $25 shipping the boards back over and over again.
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#468
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Well, my long and frustrating problems with this board have finally been resolved.

They sent me a new A960M-M2 board and that had the same problems, even though it was supposed to be fully compatible with my FX-8120 cpu. Then they charged me $30 to upgrade to an A970M-A board, and that has worked perfectly well.

So, to make a long, frustrating experience short, don't use this board with any 125W chips and expect it to handle stress testing or anything that loads the system like Folding @ Home. It won't work. I tried three different boards including the M-2 version mentioned above, and spent $25 shipping the boards back over and over again.
Come on, man. It is a FAR motherboard. If it doesn't work for you, just trash it or sell it or gift it. Never spend too much time, effort or money on a FAR stuff... Wink
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#469
It's only FAR until you start paying money to RMA boards repeatedly.

I contacted ECS before I bought my other components to verify they would work. They assured me they would. When they didn't, I explained the problem and even told them what the cause was. They said they couldn't reproduce it, and kept sending out boards that had the same design limitations.

In the interim, they took a 3-week Christmas vacation, and told me they would send one type of board and sent another instead that also didn't work.

If they would have been honest and up front about the limitations of the board from the beginning, I really wouldn't have anything to complain about. When they misrepresent the capabilities of their product, deny repeatedly that the obvious flaws exist, delay the RMA process by a month or more, and bungle the shipping, of course I'm frustrated.

In the end, I wasted more than two months and spent ~$55 for shipping upgrade fees to get an A970M-A motherboard that Newegg sells for $69. It's not exactly the crime of the century, but they could have done a much better job considering the circumstances.
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#470
Quote from tarajunky View Post :
It's only FAR until you start paying money to RMA boards repeatedly.

I contacted ECS before I bought my other components to verify they would work. They assured me they would. When they didn't, I explained the problem and even told them what the cause was. They said they couldn't reproduce it, and kept sending out boards that had the same design limitations.

In the interim, they took a 3-week Christmas vacation, and told me they would send one type of board and sent another instead that also didn't work.

If they would have been honest and up front about the limitations of the board from the beginning, I really wouldn't have anything to complain about. When they misrepresent the capabilities of their product, deny repeatedly that the obvious flaws exist, delay the RMA process by a month or more, and bungle the shipping, of course I'm frustrated.

In the end, I wasted more than two months and spent ~$55 for shipping upgrade fees to get an A970M-A motherboard that Newegg sells for $69. It's not exactly the crime of the century, but they could have done a much better job considering the circumstances.
I guess that's why this mobo went to FAR. If you pay for upgrade, they would be more than happy to do it for you, which already goes beyond their initial expectation - to get rid of this batch of problematic mobos from inventory as fast as possible.
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#471
So far my board is working poorly (or not at all I should say). It was ok at first. First I installed Ubuntu. Then I installed Windows 7. After that it was really flaky about booting into Win7. So I tried to update the BIOS and now it just goes to the first BIOS screen and says something about the CMOS Settings are wrong. You can't go into the BIOS to reset it and pressing any of the keyboard keys lock the machine up on that BIOS screen.

Tried both PS2 and USB keyboards. Tried the CMOS clear jumper. Tried removing the battery. Both integrated graphics and PCI Express cards do not fix the issue. I even unplugged all the drives so I was barebone and tried a different set of RAM. The only thing I haven't done is reseat the CPU and HSF... maybe I'll do that tonight.

At least I got my rebate a while back. I really wish I had jumped on the MSI deal a few days ago. Oh well.

I'll probably never buy an ECS again; even for free. My first motherboard back in 1999 or 2000 or so was an ECS and it had to have a resistor soldered to it to fix cold boot issues. Now this? Wow, what a horrible company and product.
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#472
Anybody else's CPU socket put together poorly? The cpu cover (where you place the cpu on) and the lever came apart when I tried to use it the other day, which caused pins to get bent, thankfully being replaced (the CPU) so I can use it on my free Asus mobo.. first time I've had an issue with ECS.
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#473
glad I'm not the only one that seems to be having problems with this MB. I've tried 2 different (almost positively) working PSU's, and sometimes it will power up, sometimes nothing. I'm afraid to try a 3rd if its eating up my PSU's.
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