Well having used all the ESCs you have mentioned here are my thoughts.
The Speed Passion is very nice and easy to program. Footprint is a little big but the performance is also very good. Never did try it with a brushed motor though. But it works very well with sensored or sensorless motors.
The Novak GTB is a rock solid performer and has proven itself time and time again. Will not run sensorless motors though and the brushed performance of it is fairly good.
The Associated I presume you are talking about the LRP. Outstanding performance in brushless have not tried the brushed section yet. But plan on it in the near future. The size is very nice and the programming is very easy, granted it does not have some of the features that the Speed Passion or Mamba Max has.
The Mamba Max with the new software is outstanding with sensorless motors but still does not work well with sensored motors(the higher winds: 10.5, 13.5 and 17.5) but this is just on start up. The footprint once again is a little big but a rock solid performer with excellent customer service(BIG PLUS) In brushed mode it is awesome as long as you use the high power mode. Programming options are awesome, but the USB plug could be in a little bit more friendly location.
Just some of my thoughts on these units.