AMS eCube EG65D: CF-EG65 Motherboard

 Motherboard Specifications
CPU Interface Socket-478
Chipset Intel 82865PE MCH (North Bridge)
Intel ICH5 (South Bridge)
Bus Speeds Not Adjustable
AGP/PCI Speeds Disabled, Fixed at 66
Core Voltages Supported Not Adjustable
AGP Voltages Supported Not Adjustable
DRAM Voltages Supported Not Adjustable
Memory Slots 2 x 184-pin Dual-Channel DDR DIMM Slots
Expansion Slots 1 AGP 8X Slot
1 PCI Slot
Onboard Graphics Intel 865G Extreme Graphics 2
Onboard RAID None
Onboard USB 2.0/IEEE-1394 Four USB 2.0 supported through ICH5
Three TI 1394a FireWire ports
Onboard LAN Realtek 8100B 10/100
Onboard Audio Realtek ALC650 5.1 Digital Audio
With SPDIF Optical IN/OUT
Onboard Serial ATA Two Standard SATA connectors ICH5

The AMS motherboard was quite a disappointment, since it is the first SFF system we have reviewed with no overclocking adjustments at all. With a 220-watt Power Supply and edgy styling, we expected more. AMS states that stability was their first concern, and that they may add overclocking features in future BIOS revisions. For now, the Frequency/Voltage tab in the BIOS is certainly misnamed and empty, since there are no frequency or voltage adjustments at all.

The small motherboard size, like other SFF, limits memory to 2 DIMMs, but the 2 DIMMs are dual-channel to make the most of the 865G chipset. Memory is limited to a maximum of 2GB, which should be enough for most any use of this small system.

AMS appears to use a 3 phase power design as you can see from the components in this view. The coil nearest the ATX power connector gets very hot in operation. Little computers are doing a great job of working well with what we would normally consider sub-standard power supplies. They accomplish this partly by using 3- and 4-phase power regulation on the motherboards. Competing units have all used Enhance Power supplies, but AMS opted for a Chyang Fun small power supply.

In our recent Biostar review, we were impressed that you could assemble, upgrade, and change memory without having to remove the drive cage from the case. The AMS again is average in this regard. It allows changing memory and adding cards without major disassembly, but you do need to remove the drive cage to install the CPU. As we have found in many other SFF systems, it is best to remove the drive cage, install components under the drive cage, then mount just the hard drive and floppy. Reinstall the drive cage, connect the cables, and then install optical drives. If you install optical drives before cabling the floppy and hard drive, you may find it almost impossible to get to the floppy/hard drive connectors. The included cables are well prepared and contribute to a neat finished wiring arrangement inside the AMS.

AMS eCube EG65D: Qubic EQ3 Chassis AMS eCube EG65D: BIOS and Overclocking


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  • clm811 - Sunday, December 28, 2003 - link

    Have the EG65D, as in review,but in black(same physical appearance). Ran hot with p4 2,6C, Dual-channel PC3200 and TWO Seagate Barracuda 120GB HDD(one SATA,one PATA), so I added a small(50mm)fan on bottom of drive cage, blowing upwards from memory location (CPU fan blows down). To improve airflow,P.S. wires are dressed with split-loom, and supplied IDE cable replaced with dual head, rounded (with shield mesh). Runs cooler, but supplied CPU fan is still too noisy for my taste(and I could do without the blue "pimp" light). Overall a nice-looking, transportable box. Reply
  • Wesley Fink - Thursday, October 30, 2003 - link

    We tested with 1GB of memory (2 x 512MB), not 1Mb. The typo has been corrected. Reply
  • FishTankX - Thursday, October 30, 2003 - link

    It said in the noise level tests that the QUBIC chassis was armed with 1Mb of RAM. Did windows run fast? :D Reply
  • FishTankX - Thursday, October 30, 2003 - link

  • eastvillager - Wednesday, October 29, 2003 - link

    I have the black one, which has completely different sides/faceplate(not just colors).

    It ran far too hot until I added a couple 3 inch holes and a strategically placed 80mm fan, lol. 1 hole in the left side, directly over the vidcard heatsink/fan, and one hole on the ride side, opposite the cpu/heatsink, with an 80mm fan blowing inwards. I'll probably remove internal/external grillwork from the rear fans when I get around to it, and police the wiring a bit to squeeze out as much airflow as I can.

    It isn't exactly quiet, but it isn't significantly noisier than my full size systems, either. Big thing is, I can easily carry a computer to work now that craps all over the desktops they give us.
  • nastyemu25 - Wednesday, October 29, 2003 - link

    not a big fan of this one's exterior design :o Reply

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