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Elitegroup Computer Systems (ECS) on Wednesday introduced its new technology that improves reliability of mainboards and boosts their stability in overclocked conditions. Just like previously, the company uses some advanced hardware design and components as well as tests its mainboards in stressful conditions. The new feature is aimed mostly on mainstream users and will hardly become a selling point for high-end PC enthusiasts.

ECS Durathon motherboards must have the highest level bi-directional splitting glass fabric, which is 3 times more effective humidity protection than general glass fabric. ECS BDSGF narrows the vacant space between the glass fabric of the PCB which can lower air permeability for dampness proofing and reduces short circuit or burn out malfunction. It improves the thermal stress of the PCB and makes the motherboard more reliable against heat. ECS bi-directional splitting glass fabric is the highest level splitting glass fabric with highest quality copper foil and resin. In fact, such design and material is also used virtually on all ECS motherboards.

ECS Durathon mainboards also use only the highest grade solid capacitors as opposed to ensure that the performance will last longer. Typical electrolytic capacitors used on cheap motherboards last only 32 000 hours (3.6 years) but ECS superior solid capacitors are designed to last up to 200 000 hours (22 years) with a six times longer lifespan at above normal operating temperatures of 65?C. ECS uses solid-state capacitors designed to operate consistently at temperatures of up to 100?C. Since solid-state capacitors are widespread these days, they are utilized generally on all mainboards that ECS has to offer.

ECS Durathon motherboards are tested for extreme operating conditions in the wide range temperature standard, which improves the lifespan of the entire motherboard including components and PCB and also reduces stress on the motherboard due to drastic temperature fluctuations in cold environments. The extreme temp resistance checks every board’s ability to keep working flawlessly – even when handling supremely demanding computing tasks under the most extreme environmental conditions, which is far above the industry standards for motherboards and gives you unmatched durability and stability.

In addition, every ECS Durathon mainboard must undergo the 1.5K marathon test: 1507 comprehensive test points that check every aspect of the motherboard in order to ensure high quality and stability. The test items go through a rigorous reliability test that includes not only different functional tests but also the minute details of the motherboards components.

Since ECS does not have to change design of existing products, it plans to test the whole product line in extreme conditions and put the Durathon label onto the whole lineup of platforms. Given the fact that not all mainboards are designed to sustain significant overclocking, the Durathon label should not be considered as a sign of quality for enthusiasts, but rather as a fact that ECS is working hard to improve the quality of its products. Those, who need maximum reliability from ECS-branded mainboards should take a look at Nonstop technology that the company introduced a year ago.

Tags: ECS, NonStop, Durathon


Comments currently: 2
Discussion started: 04/11/13 06:50:20 PM
Latest comment: 05/14/13 02:16:22 PM


Yet another marketing idiotism. I still remember two year befor failed Chaintech that branded something similar a decade ago with their Zenith series. So is it ECS to fail with failing PC market?
0 1 [Posted by: OmegaHuman  | Date: 04/11/13 06:50:20 PM]

ECS is trying to debunk the myth of their boards being poor quality, despite improvements in recent years (even before Durathon was introduced). Unfortunately, I don't have much hope for them, as many will continue to blindly dismiss their products. ECS should perhaps consider a sale to MSI and bury the myth for good.
0 0 [Posted by: Christopher Sosa  | Date: 05/14/13 02:16:22 PM]


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