Cloned Motherboards

There are several motherboards that are not manufactured, rather they are bought from another manufacturer and have their tag sticked to them, as it happens to those from Amptron, Alton, Aristo and Matsonic. Matsonic used to sell their board under the brand “Eurone. All those “manufacturers” buy boards from ECS (EliteGroup Systems), which is one of the largest motherboard manufacturers in the world and is also the owner of the brand PCChips, one of the most popular motherboard manufacturer in developing countries because of their low prices.

ECS says they use the brand PCChips for their boards for the low-end PC market, while the boards sold under the brand ECS have better quality control. However, several ECS and PCChips motherboards are simply identical.

For example, if you buy an ECS K7SOM+ motherboard in the belief you are making a better deal than buying one from PCChips you are mistaken, for that motherboard is actually the M810DLU from PCChips. Similarly, if you an MS9138E from Matsonic you will be really taking home an M925 from PCChips.

We compiled two tables showing the correspondence of the most popular cloned motherboards on the market today. Notice that that table is far from being thorough, being just a fast guide to be used when buying a low cost motherboard.

Socket 478 (Intel Processors)


ECS


PCChips


Matsonic


Amptron


Chipset

P4IBASD V3.X

M902LU v3.0

MS9047C

 

Intel 845D

P4S5A

M930LMR

   

SiS 645

P4S5A/DX 

M930ALU v5.x

   

SiS 645DX

P4S5MG/651+

M935ALU v5.1B

   

SiS 651

P4S5MG/GL 

M935LU v5.1B (M935DELR)

   

SiS 650GL

P4S5MG/GL+ 

M935MLU5

   

SiS 650GL

P4S8AG

M947

   

SiS 648

P4VMM2

 

MS9138D

 

VIA P4M266

P4VMM2 v3.1

M925 ALMU (M925LU v3.x)

MS9138E

XP4-925ALU

VIA P4M266

P4VXAS2 v2.X

 

MS9107C

 

VIA P4X266A

P4VXASD2 v5.X

M922 v5.0

   

VIA P4X333

P4VXASD2+ 

M922LU v5.0

MS9147C

XP4-922LU 

VIA P4X333

 

Socket A (AMD Processors)


ECS


PCChips


Matsonic


Amptron


Chipset

 

M825LU v3.x

 

K7-825LU v.3.1 

VIA KM266

K7S7AG

M847

   

SiS 746

K7SEM v3.0

M810L v7.1C

 

K7-810CLM4 

SiS 730S

K7SOM+

M810DLU

 

K7-810DLM4 

SiS 730D

K7VMM

M825LMU

   

VIA KM266

K7VTA3 V2.X

 

MS8137C+

 

KT266A

K7VTA3 V7.0

 

MS8167C

 

KT333CF

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Author: Gabriel Torres

Gabriel Torres is a Brazilian best-selling ICT expert, with 24 books published. He started his online career in 1996, when he launched Clube do Hardware, which is one of the oldest and largest websites about technology in Brazil. He created Hardware Secrets in 1999 to expand his knowledge outside his home country.

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