Abstract: he ECS
P67H2-A Black Extreme is a performance oriented ATX motherboard with a fantastic set of gaming and overclocking features, all set on a sleek black and grey PCB that'll make your expensive chassis proud. ECS has undergone a massive image improvement in the last couple years.|
ECS P67H2-A Black Extreme||
Final Conclusions and System Power Draw
measures total system power draw (watts) with the aid of an Extech 380803 AC
Power Analyzer and A-PFC compliant Seasonic SS-760KM power supply. The meter is placed
between the 120V AC outlet and the PC power supply and the computer stressed.
Total system power draw is recorded and compared to the PC's idle state.
|Total System Power Draw|
Intel Core i5
nVidia Geforce GTX470
(Idel @ desktop)
the ECS P67H2-A Black Extreme system draws 91W, under 100% CPU load conditions
power draw jumps to 171W. 3DMark06 pushes power draw to a peak of
A strip of LEDs
indicates the power load.
P67H2-A Black Extreme motherboard holds up well in the benchmarks and achieves
results on par with other similarly equipped Intel P67 and Intel Z68 boards.
Feature wise the P67H2-A Black Extreme is well equipped for a
multi-videocard gaming system which will be overclocked. If you don't intend on
slapping two or three videocards into this board and rocking Battlefield 3, this
may be too much motherboard for you, kiddo!
It's tricky to get around the allure of new Intel
chipsets, but once you understand that the Intel P67 platform offers the same
core features as the newer Intel Z68 chipset,
minus a few things of debatable usefulness to enthusiasts (ie. onboard graphics,
Intel SRT), a board like the ECS P67H2-A Black Extreme makes for a fantastic
Particularly so if you're intent on setting up a gaming
rig and doing a bit of overclocking. In PCSTATS tests we were able to overclock
a Core i5 2500K pretty far with the ECS P67H2-A Black Extreme, and the easy
access to physical power/reset buttons and a Port80 card certainly helped.
At $330CDN the ECS P67H2-A Black Extreme motherboard
brings for the unique ability to combine multiple videocards from AMD and nVidia
in parallel operation. While the board doesn't officially support SLI or
Crossfire, the Lucid HydraCore offers well known benefits and limitations.
whole the ECS P67H2-A Black Extreme is a great gaming motherboard because it
offers Lucid Hydra Core technology, plenty of USB 3.0/2.0 and enough SATA II to
satisfy most everyone. The number of SATAIII pors is a little bit short, but
unfortunately this is common to all boards from the Intel P67 class. Bottom
line, let the benchmark results serve as a reminder that newer chipset
platforms don't always mean better performance figures. Features
are easy to add on, but raw performance is what a computer draws on every day of
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