ECS Durathon 2 A320AM4-M3 Motherboard Review

How We Test

Unfortunately, with only two DIMM slots on this board, we can only populate the A320AM4-M3 with half of our four-DIMM set of standard 8GB DDR4-3200 Trident-Z RAM modules from G.Skill. Our cooling solution for AM4 boards is still the Corsair H110i, though we have noticed the fans are starting to knock a little bit during use, which is expected with the amount of runtime placed on the unit. The Gigabyte GTX 970 G1 Gaming powers our LG 4K monitor across the various test resolutions, supplying just enough horsepower for up to 1440p gaming at 60 frames per second. Our Ryzen 7 1700X sample still rules the roost and provides a stable 3.4GHz up to the standard rated XFR frequencies when available during our test.

Test System Configuration

Cooling Corsair H110i ($124.00 On Newegg)
CPU AMD Ryzen 7 1700X ($298.99 On Amazon)
Graphics Gigabyte GeForce GTX 970 G1 Gaming 4GB ($290 On Amazon)
Memory(2) G.Skill Trident Z RGB F4-3200C14D-16GTZR ($215.99 On Amazon) 2x8GB DDR4-3200 CL14
(2) HyperX Predator HX432C16PB3K2/16 ($190 On Amazon) 2x8GB DDR4-3200 CL16
PSU Corsair AX860 860W ($169.99 On Amazon) 80 PLUS PLATINUM
Software
Microsoft Windows 10 Anniversary Update
Storage
Toshiba OCZ-RD400 M.2 256GB ($96.39 On Amazon)
Networking
SoundIntegrated HD Audio
NetworkIntegrated Gigabit Networking
GraphicsNvidia
ChipsetAMD X370

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Application Tests & Settings

HandBrake CLI

Version: 0.9.9
Sintel Open Movie Project
4.19 GB 4K MKV to x265 MP4

LAME MP3

Version 3.98.3
Mixed 271MB WAV to MP3
Command: -b 160 --nores (160 Kb/s)

Adobe After Effects CC

Release 2015.3.0
Version 13.8.0.144
PCMark driven routine

Adobe Photoshop CC

Release 2015.5.0
20160603.r.88 x64
PCMark driven routine (light and heavy)

Adobe InDesign CC

Release 2015.4
Build 11.4.0.90 x64
PCMark driven routine

Adobe Illustrator

Release 2015.3.0
Version 20.0.0 (64-bit)
PCMark driven routine

Blender

Version 2.68a
BMW 27 CPU Render Benchmark
BMW 27 GPU Render Benchmark

7-Zip

Version 16.02
THG-Workload (7.6GB) to .7z, command line switches "a -t7z -r -m0=LZMA2 -mx=9"

Game Tests & Settings

Ashes of the Singularity

Version 1.31.21360
High Preset - 1920x1080, Mid Shadow Quality, 1x MSAA
Crazy Preset - 1920x1090, High Shadow Quality, 2x MSAA
High Preset - 3460x1920, Mid Shadow Quality, 1x MSAA
Crazy Preset - 3460x1920, High Shadow Quality, 2x MSAA

F1 2015

2015 Season, Abu Dhabi Track, Rain
1920x1080 - Ultra High Preset, 16x AF
3460x1920 - Ultra High Preset, 16x AF

Metro Last Light Redux

Version 3.00 x64
High Quality, 1920x1080, High Tesselation
Very High Quality, 1920x1080, Very High Tesselation
High Quality, 3460x1920, High Tesselation
Very High Quality, 3460x1920, Very High Tesselation

The Talos Principle

Version 267252
1920x1080 - Medium Preset, High Quality, High Tesselation, 4x AF
1920x1080 - Ultra Preset, Very High Quality, Very High Tesselation, 16x AF
3460x1920 - Medium Preset, High Quality, High Tesselation, 4x AF
3460x1920 - Ultra Preset, Very High Quality, Very High Tesselation, 16x AF

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