ECS reportedly set to exit consumer motherboard market

Shawn Knight

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Elitegroup Computer Systems, better known to PC enthusiasts as ECS, may soon kiss the branded motherboard market goodbye. Sources familiar with the matter claim ECS is planning to exit the DIY board market due to shrinking global demand and increased competition from major players such as Asus and Gigabyte.

ECS isn’t packing its bags and calling it quits, however. The company reportedly plans to restructure its business to focus on ODM / OEM production, assuming of course that the demand is there.

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While not as big of a name as some of its competitors, ECS has put out some decent entry-level boards and even some high-end offerings over the years although not every one has been a hit. The Taiwanese company got its start in 1987 and merged with PCChips in 2005. Rumors surfaced in 2010 that Lenovo was interested in acquiring ECS although a deal never panned out.

While no specific names were mentioned, the source indicated that another branded motherboard maker will be exiting the DIY market next year. The same source said a few other well-known motherboard makers – ASRock, Micro-Star International (MSI) and Biostar – have found themselves in similar duress.

If ECS does indeed bow out of the branded motherboard market, it certainly wouldn’t be the first to do so. Companies like ABIT, DFI and Soyo were all once considered to be premium board builders but ultimately folded or shifted their business to focus on other sectors.

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Lionvibez

TS Evangelist
Wow didn't even know these guys were still around I've not touched and ECS board since the athlon 64 days and even then I wouldn't buy one lol.

Not saying they were terrible but I've never been a budget system builder so their products have never appealed to me.
 
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CrisisDog

TS Booster
No love lost here. I never had any luck with their motherboards back in the Athlon 64 / Pentium 4 days. Constant crashing, which stopped once all parts were moved to another motherboard manufacturer.
 

oranuro

TS Enthusiast
My first motherboard was made by ECS. Compared to Abit they were trash but still, you don't forget your first motherboard.
 

Steve

TechSpot Editor
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Just letting you guys know ECS told me they have no plans to exit the consumer motherboard market.
 

veLa

TS Evangelist
I never bought any ECS boards, but back in the day when I was a kid I had several hand me down systems with ECS and PC Chips brand boards. I remember them constantly crashing and having shoddy driver support. A lot of the time you'd have to find working drivers directly from VIA or whoever made the chipsets back then.
 

mailpup

TS Special Forces
Just letting you guys know ECS told me they have no plans to exit the consumer motherboard market.
If true, that's good. Although I haven't bought an ECS motherboard yet, you never know. There was a time I never considered ASRock boards either but I've used them in the the last 6 or so builds or upgrades. More options are better than fewer options.
 

Skidmarksdeluxe

TS Evangelist
Wow didn't even know these guys were still around I've not touched and ECS board since the athlon 64 days and even then I wouldn't buy one lol.

Not saying they were terrible but I've never been a budget system builder so their products have never appealed to me.
Glad to hear you're an unlimited budget system builder, how about throwing one together for me as well. :D
 

Lionvibez

TS Evangelist
Glad to hear you're an unlimited budget system builder, how about throwing one together for me as well. :D
lol I never said it was unlimited just that I'm not a bugdet system builder. The gap from bugdet to building a 10k supercomputer is pretty wide I fit somewhere in the middle. Nice try tho :)
 

SNGX1275

TS Forces Special
Wow, so much dislike for ECS here, the times have changed.

ECS was very well liked for the majority of people on these forums here back in the early 2000s. The ECS K7S5 boards were incredibly popular in the days where AMD was outperforming Intel. This was a time when a lot of us realized Asus boards were stupidly expensive and were incredibly picky on what RAM you used meanwhile ECS boards could offer the same overclocking performance for much cheaper and didn't have nearly the problems higher priced boards did with RAM brands.
 

Cycloid Torus

Stone age computing - click on the rock below..
First ECS build in 1988. Couple of others, but not in last 3-4 years as good prices from Asus and Foxconn.