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Elitegroup Computer Systems, one of the world's largest makers of mainboards, has announced its NonStop-series mainboards that are made using the highest quality components and shielding as well as tested in a specially-devised testing regime that is far stricter than common industry standards. The company claims that such mainboards not only provide improved stability, but also have prolonged lifespan.

ECS NonStop mainboards utilize 100% solid Apache long-life capacitors, to protect users from capacitor leakage and failure problems. Another critical component of ECS NonStop is comprehensive electrostatic discharge (ESD) protection called "Thor". The 100% ESD protection on NonStop motherboards is achieved with special circuitry, consisting of dozens of extra components, that protects expensive and delicate chips, like the microprocessor, memory and other from static build up that can damage or destroy them without warning. According to ECS, Thor follows the toughest NASA guidelines for preventing ESD damage.

Every ECS NonStop certified motherboard must survive the so-called Super Marathon 3X stability test, a military level assault course of tests that checks and stresses critical components to ensure that they are up to ECS standards. During the Super Marathon stability test each motherboard runs through the testing cycle more than 30 000 times in the course of a strenuous 72-hour workout. In addition, every NonStop certified board must undergo the Sahara Severe Test: a 50°C severe environment test. Only those mainboards which can pass the tests while still delivering the flawless glitch-free operation and deliver high performance are labeled NonStop.

All ECS Black-series motherboards are NonStop certified, including these models: X79R-AX, X79R-AX deluxe, A990FXM-A, A990FXM-A Deluxe, A75F-A, H61H2-A2 Deluxe, Z77H2-AX, Z77H2-A2X, and Z77H2-A2X deluxe. Future Black-series mainboards will adopt ECS NonStop label as well. 

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Since mobos in recent years all perform about the same because they use the same chipsets and architecture, about all the mobo companies can do to differentiate themselves from the competition is to add frivolus features, heat sinks, colors, etc. to the mobo or BIOS and then claim superior components and design sets them a part from the competition - when it doesn't.

Obviously if all these companies who claim superior components and designs actually delivered superior performing mobos without countless BIOS issues, CrossFire or SLI slot or RAM clearance issues, Vdroop, DDR3 RAM incompatibility issues, etc. consumers would actually be getting what they paid for when they pay these premium $100+ prices for mobos that cost less than $20 to produce and deliver to distros.

And as long as these mobo makers are looking to find means to increase sales, AFTER they fix all the mobo and BIOS issues, hire some technical and engineering staff who's NATIVE langue is ENGLISH and use them to provide Customer Support in ENGLISH Speaking Countries. At the moment just about all mobo maker customer support in the U.S. SUCKS with a capital "S" because the Asian staff in the U.S. have no clue and don't care as they are warehouse workers trying to ship product to retailers/e-tailers thus Customer Support (sic), is as foreign to most of them as is the ENGLISH language.
0 0 [Posted by: beenthere  | Date: 05/26/12 08:20:26 PM]
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After all these strenuous tests what we get is a exhausted,used & low life left products ??
0 0 [Posted by: tks  | Date: 05/27/12 03:52:39 AM]
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I wonder the same, aren't those mobos already used in harsh conditions?

Also if they are that good that means they come with 5 year warranty?
0 0 [Posted by: nitro912gr  | Date: 05/27/12 08:04:55 AM]
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I wonder if there is going to be a lawsuit over the name. The Tandem computer company used to have a trademark on the name NonStop for their fault tolerant systems. Tandem was bought by Compaq who in turn were bought by HP. HP still makes fault tolerant systems that are direct descendants of those Tandem systems and they might not want that name being used in the same industry.
0 0 [Posted by: 4-C  | Date: 05/28/12 05:57:51 PM]
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Trademark rights are not a matter of the name being used in the same industry. The trademark holder has to prove that people would confuse the two products or companies by virtue of the product name. Most people purchasing PC hardware would know the difference between a mobo and a complete fault tolerant PC.

I'd like to see all of the Asian mobo makers resolve their many design, engineering, operational mobo and customer service issues. IMO they should spend less money on hype and B.S. marketing and more on fixing the real problems.
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