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ECS P67H2-A Black Extreme B3-stepping Intel P67 Motherboard Review

ECS P67H2-A Black Extreme B3-stepping Intel P67 Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
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.
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360-Degree Motherboard Gallery: Features and Layout

360-Degree Motherboard Gallery:

Time for an up close look at the layout of the ECS P67H2-A Black Extreme motherboard. First up, three PCI Express 2.0 x16 slots. A single videocard will run in x16 mode while two-way videocards can be configured with Lucid's HydraLogix chipset to run in parallel, in x16/x16 mode. Three videocards (including combinations of nVidia and AMD videocards) will split the bandwidth and run in x16/x8/x8 mode. Remaining expansion slots include two PCI Express 2.0 x1 slots and two legacy PCI slots.

Spacing between the first two videocard PCI Express 2.0 x16 slots is good. Dual-slot videocards only block one PCIEx1 slot. If you opt for 2-way graphics via the Lucid HydraLogix chip, that will cost you a PCI slot as well. With either videocard scenario there is lots of space for cooling and at least one PCIex1 card.

The expansion slots are all clearly marked which is nice to see. Along the bottom of the ECS P67H2-A Black Extreme motherboard you'll find a Audio header, COM port header, (1) USB 2.0 header for EZ-charge devices, (3) USB 2.0 headers, (1) USB 3.0 header (bracket included!) and the front panel connectors. There's a good amount of connectivity on the P67H2-A motherboard, particularly given that the board has two eSATA III ports on the rear I/O as well.

Near the front panel IO header and clear CMOS jumper (there's a clear CMOS button on the rear I/O too) is a PORT80 diagnostics card, four 3Gb/s SATA II ports (white) and two 6Gb/s SATA III jacks (gray). These SATA ports come via the Intel P67 chipset so RAID 0/1/5/10 can be configured across any of them.

The Intel P67 Express chipset doesn't produce that much heat so all it needs is a small, low profile passive aluminum heatsink for cooling.


on board Port 80 diagnostics card

The PORT80 card is a two digit LED display that spits out codes based on what the system is doing, or where in the boot process it is. Port 80 error codes are standardized so it helps you diagnose boot issues or memory errors and things of that nature when your computer refuses to boot up. The BIOS allows you to set the PORT80 display to report CPU temperature instead of status codes.

The ECS P67H2-A Black Extreme motherboard supports DDR3-1066/1333/1600/1866/2133 memory in a dual channel configuration. The largest memory density the four 1.5v DIMMs support for 64-bit operating systems is 16GB, for Windows 32-bit you're capped at 4GB max.


LGA1155 CPU socket

Like all Intel P67 platforms, the ECS P67H2-A Black Extreme motherboard accommodates 32nm Intel socket LGA1155 2nd Generation 'Sandy Bridge' Core i3/i5/i7 2xxx-series processors and is not backwards compatible with socket LGA1156 Lynnfield chips.


LGA1155 CPU socket

The heatsink mounting holes are the same between LGA1156 and LGA1155 heatsinks. As long as aftermarket CPU coolers support one of those CPUs, it will install on both. If in doubt, have a peek at Frostytech's fantastic Top 5 Heatsink charts.

ECS' P67H2-A Black Extreme board has a pretty hefty thermal solution tacked on top of the motherboard VRM MOSFETS. The extruded aluminum heatsinks are connected by two heatpipes to the Lucid HydraLogix chip which is located between the CPU socket and first videocard slot.

Here we have two SATA III ports and physical power and reset buttons to make tweaking the system out of the box easier.

The NEC USB 3.0 controller supplies two USB 3.0 ports which are capable of transferring data at a whopping 4.8Gb/s (4800Mb/s). This is more than fast enough for today's inexpensive large mass storage devices.

ECS includes a nice black aluminum fronted USB 3.0, 2.5" front bay bracket with the ECS P67H2-A Black Extreme motherboard.

Next up PCSTATS dives into Overclocking, then it's time to hit the Benchmarks!

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Contents of Article: ECS P67H2-A Black Extreme
 Pg 1.  ECS P67H2-A Black Extreme B3-stepping Intel P67 Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  Lucid Hydra Core Technology
 Pg 3.  Intel P67 B3-Stepping Express Chipset
 Pg 4.  — 360-Degree Motherboard Gallery: Features and Layout
 Pg 5.  Overclocking, BIOS and Test Hardware
 Pg 6.  Test System Specifcations & Hardware
 Pg 7.  Sysmark 2007 Motherboard Benchmarks
 Pg 8.  SiSoft Sandra: CPU Motherboard Benchmarks:
 Pg 9.  Sandra: Memory Motherboard Benchmarks:
 Pg 10.  PCMark Vantage Motherboard Benchmarks
 Pg 11.  3DMark 11 Motherboard Benchmarks
 Pg 12.  3DMark Vantage Motherboard Benchmarks
 Pg 13.  3DMark 06 Motherboard Benchmarks
 Pg 14.  FEAR Motherboard Benchmarks
 Pg 15.  Final Conclusions and System Power Draw

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