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ECS Z77H2-A2X Black Edition Intel Z77 Motherboard Review

ECS Z77H2-A2X Black Edition Intel Z77 Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: PCSTATS has a real treat for you today - the ECS Z77H2-A2X Black Edition Golden motherboard! Every metallic surface on this board is gold plated so it's got quite the 'bling' factor going for it.
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IGP vs IGP Motherboard Benchmarks

 IGP Motherboard Benchmarks

Given the on-board HDMI/DP/DVI/analog video ports the ECS Z77H2-A2X motherboard features PCSTATS is including a full set of IGP benchmarks for its integrated Intel HD 3000 graphics core. When considering the Intel Z77's integrated graphics performance over the following benchmark charts it's wise to remember that the IGP core is dependent on the Intel Core i3/i5/i7 'SandyBridge'/'Ivy Bridge' processor. Furthermore, Intel's HD 3000 IGP is only DX10.1 so 3DMark11 and other DX11 benchmarks were omitted. This board will support DX11 games with an Ivy Bridge CPU since that IGP is DX11 compliant.

If more performance is needed, remember that the ECS Z77H2-A2X motherboard supports Lucid VirtuMVP so there's a lot more flexibility with this Intel Z77 platform. It's interesting to see Intel HD 3000 graphics compared against AMD's socket FM1 A8-3850 APU (with Radeon HD 6550D graphics core).

PCSTATS Benchmark ReportFuturemark 3DMark Vantage (IGP vs. IGP)
Performance Overall: (P) Points Ranking
ECS Z77H2-A2X* (Intel HD 3000 IGP) 1769
Gigbyte GA-Z77X-UD3H* (Intel HD 3000 IGP) 1867
Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3-iSSD* (Intel HD 3000 IGP) 1745
Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3* (Intel HD 3000 IGP) 1738
Asus P8H67-M Evo* (Intel HD 3000 IGP) 1749
Intel DH67BL* (Intel HD 3000 IGP) 1539
Biostar TH67XE* (Intel HD 3000 IGP) 1978
ECS H67H2-M* (Intel HD 3000 IGP) 1707
Biostar TA75M+* (Radeon HD 6550D IGP) 3853
Gigabyte GA-A75-UD4H* (Radeon HD 6550D IGP) 3827
Gigabyte GA-A75M-UD2H* (Radeon HD 6550D IGP) 3711
Biostar TA890GXE (Radeon HD 4290 IGP) 385
ASUS M4A89GTD-Pro (Radeon HD 4290 IGP) 420
Gigabyte GA-MA785GMT-UD2H (Radeon HD 4200 IGP) 249
MSI 785GM-E65 (Radeon HD 4200 IGP) 287
ASUS M4A785TD-V Evo (Radeon HD 4200 IGP) 287
GPU score: Points Ranking
ECS Z77H2-A2X* (Intel HD 3000 IGP) 1362
Gigbyte GA-Z77X-UD3H* (Intel HD 3000 IGP) 1439
Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3-iSSD* (Intel HD 3000 IGP) 1342
Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3* (Intel HD 3000 IGP) 1337
Asus P8H67-M Evo* (Intel HD 3000 IGP) 1347
Intel DH67BL* (Intel HD 3000 IGP) 1182
Biostar TH67XE* (Intel HD 3000 IGP) 1527
ECS H67H2-M* (Intel HD 3000 IGP) 1313
Biostar TA75M+* (Radeon HD 6550D IGP) 3206
Gigabyte GA-A75-UD4H* (Radeon HD 6550D IGP) 3210
Gigabyte GA-A75M-UD2H* (Radeon HD 6550D IGP) 3073
Biostar TA890GXE (Radeon HD 4290 IGP) 291
ASUS M4A89GTD-Pro (Radeon HD 4290 IGP) 318
Gigabyte GA-MA785GMT-UD2H (Radeon HD 4200 IGP) 188
MSI 785GM-E65 (Radeon HD 4200 IGP) 216
ASUS M4A785TD-V Evo (Radeon HD 4200 IGP) 217
CPU score: Points Ranking
ECS Z77H2-A2X* (Intel HD 3000 IGP) 17196
Gigbyte GA-Z77X-UD3H* (Intel HD 3000 IGP) 17277
Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3-iSSD* (Intel HD 3000 IGP) 17364
Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3* (Intel HD 3000 IGP) 17383
Asus P8H67-M Evo* (Intel HD 3000 IGP) 16556
Intel DH67BL* (Intel HD 3000 IGP) 16441
Biostar TH67XE* (Intel HD 3000 IGP) 17319
ECS H67H2-M* (Intel HD 3000 IGP) 16914
Biostar TA75M+* (Radeon HD 6550D IGP) 9769
Gigabyte GA-A75-UD4H* (Radeon HD 6550D IGP) 9034
Gigabyte GA-A75M-UD2H* (Radeon HD 6550D IGP) 9839
Biostar TA890GXE (Radeon HD 4290 IGP) 10767
ASUS M4A89GTD-Pro (Radeon HD 4290 IGP) 10920
Gigabyte GA-MA785GMT-UD2H (Radeon HD 4200 IGP) 10942
MSI 785GM-E65 (Radeon HD 4200 IGP) 10942
ASUS M4A785TD-V Evo (Radeon HD 4200 IGP) 10880

It's a good thing the ECS Z77H2-A2X motherboard supports VirtuMVP... the Intel HD3000 IGP scores just 1362 (GPU) against 3210 for the AMD A8-3850 APU based GA-A75-UD4H motherboard. The ECS platform is a hair quicker than the remaining LGA1155 boards.

PCSTATS Benchmark ReportFuturemark 3DMark06 (IGP vs. IGP)
Overall: Points Ranking
ECS Z77H2-A2X* (Intel HD 3000 IGP) 4262
Gigbyte GA-Z77X-UD3H* (Intel HD 3000 IGP) 4447
Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3-iSSD* (Intel HD 3000 IGP) 4301
Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3* (Intel HD 3000 IGP) 4292
Asus P8H67-M Evo* (Intel HD 3000 IGP) 4282
Intel DH67BL* (Intel HD 3000 IGP) 3322
Biostar TH67XE* (Intel HD 3000 IGP) 4689
ECS H67H2-M* (Intel HD 3000 IGP) 4265
Intel DG45ID (Intel GMA X4500HD IGP) 1043
Asus P5Q-EM (Intel GMA X4500HD IGP) 1162
Biostar TA75M+* (Radeon HD 6550D IGP) 6237
Gigabyte GA-A75-UD4H* (Radeon HD 6550D IGP) 6272
Gigabyte GA-A75M-UD2H* (Radeon HD 6550D IGP) 6356
Biostar TA890GXE (Radeon HD 4290 IGP) 2027
ASUS M4A89GTD-Pro (Radeon HD 4290 IGP) 2224
ASUS M3A78-T (Radeon HD 3300 IGP) 2084
Foxconn A7DA-S (Radeon HD 3300 IGP) 1718
Gigabyte GA-MA785GMT-UD2H (Radeon HD 4200 IGP) 1682
MSI 785GM-E65 (Radeon HD 4200 IGP) 1790
ASUS M4A785TD-V Evo (Radeon HD 4200 IGP) 1794
CPU: Points Ranking
ECS Z77H2-A2X* (Intel HD 3000 IGP) 5980
Gigbyte GA-Z77X-UD3H* (Intel HD 3000 IGP) 5971
Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3-iSSD* (Intel HD 3000 IGP) 6098
Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3* (Intel HD 3000 IGP) 6051
Asus P8H67-M Evo* (Intel HD 3000 IGP) 5761
Intel DH67BL* (Intel HD 3000 IGP) 3802
Biostar TH67XE* (Intel HD 3000 IGP) 5977
ECS H67H2-M* (Intel HD 3000 IGP) 5958
Intel DG45ID (Intel GMA X4500HD IGP) 2218
Asus P5Q-EM (Intel GMA X4500HD IGP) 2228
Biostar TA75M+* (Radeon HD 6550D IGP) 4117
Gigabyte GA-A75-UD4H* (Radeon HD 6550D IGP) 3911
Gigabyte GA-A75M-UD2H* (Radeon HD 6550D IGP) 4033
Biostar TA890GXE (Radeon HD 4290 IGP) 4447
ASUS M4A89GTD-Pro (Radeon HD 4290 IGP) 4513
ASUS M3A78-T (Radeon HD 3300 IGP) 3208
Foxconn A7DA-S (Radeon HD 3300 IGP) 1879
Gigabyte GA-MA785GMT-UD2H (Radeon HD 4200 IGP) 4456
MSI 785GM-E65 (Radeon HD 4200 IGP) 4456
ASUS M4A785TD-V Evo (Radeon HD 4200 IGP) 4445

In 3DMark06 this Intel Z77 platform offers a much needed boost to Intel IGP graphics compared to the Intel G45. Still, the results are dead slow for Sandy Bridge's IGP compared to AMD's socket FM1 A8-3850 APU. The ECS Z77H2-A2X nabs a score of 4262 while AMDs IGP scores 6356!

PCSTATS Benchmark ReportSierra FEAR - DX9 (IGP vs. IGP)
1024x768 Maximum: Points Ranking
ECS Z77H2-A2X* (Intel HD 3000 IGP) 36
Gigbyte GA-Z77X-UD3H* (Intel HD 3000 IGP) 37
Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3-iSSD* (Intel HD 3000 IGP) 36
Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3* (Intel HD 3000 IGP) 19
Asus P8H67-M Evo* (Intel HD 3000 IGP) 33
Intel DH67BL* (Intel HD 3000 IGP) 24
Biostar TH67XE* (Intel HD 3000 IGP) 36
ECS H67H2-M* (Intel HD 3000 IGP) 32
Intel DG45ID (Intel GMA X4500HD IGP) 9
Asus P5Q-EM (Intel GMA X4500HD IGP) 11
Biostar TA75M+* (Radeon HD 6550D IGP) 56
Gigabyte GA-A75-UD4H* (Radeon HD 6550D IGP) 57
Gigabyte GA-A75M-UD2H* (Radeon HD 6550D IGP) 57
Biostar TA890GXE (Radeon HD 4290 IGP) 12
ASUS M4A89GTD-Pro (Radeon HD 4290 IGP) 10
ASUS M3A78-T (Radeon HD 3300 IGP) 13
Foxconn A7DA-S (Radeon HD 3300 IGP) 12
Gigabyte GA-MA785GMT-UD2H (Radeon HD 4200 IGP) 10
MSI 785GM-E65 (Radeon HD 4200 IGP) 10
ASUS M4A785TD-V Evo (Radeon HD 4200 IGP) 10
1600x1200 Maximum: Points Ranking
ECS Z77H2-A2X* (Intel HD 3000 IGP) 18
Gigbyte GA-Z77X-UD3H* (Intel HD 3000 IGP) 19
Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3-iSSD* (Intel HD 3000 IGP) 18
Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3* (Intel HD 3000 IGP) 8
Asus P8H67-M Evo* (Intel HD 3000 IGP) 19
Biostar TA75M+* (Radeon HD 6550D IGP) 27
Gigabyte GA-A75-UD4H* (Radeon HD 6550D IGP) 28
Gigabyte GA-A75M-UD2H* (Radeon HD 6550D IGP) 28

FEAR is a DX9 title that really demonstrates just how far IGPs have come in the last couple years. What used to be nearly impossible for any Intel or AMD IGPs to render at 1600x1200 can now be tackled with relative ease. The ECS Z77H2-A2X system scores 36FPS here, compared to AMD's A8-3850 result of 57FPS.

For the final round of IGP benchmarks we have Call of Juarez.

PCSTATS Benchmark ReportCall of Juarez - DX10 (IGP vs. IGP)
1024x768 Low Settings: Points Ranking
ECS Z77H2-A2X* (Intel HD 3000 IGP) 25.3
Gigbyte GA-Z77X-UD3H* (Intel HD 3000 IGP) 25.7
Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3-iSSD* (Intel HD 3000 IGP) 18.1
Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3* (Intel HD 3000 IGP) 25.7
Asus P8H67-M Evo* (Intel HD 3000 IGP) 25.3
Intel DH67BL* (Intel HD 3000 IGP) 21.1
Biostar TH67XE* (Intel HD 3000 IGP) 27.3
ECS H67H2-M* (Intel HD 3000 IGP) 24.5
Intel DG45ID (Intel GMA X4500HD IGP) 5.8
Asus P5Q-EM (Intel GMA X4500HD IGP) 6.5
Biostar TA75M+* (Radeon HD 6550D IGP) 56.6
Gigabyte GA-A75-UD4H* (Radeon HD 6550D IGP) 57.2
Gigabyte GA-A75M-UD2H* (Radeon HD 6550D IGP) 54.6
Biostar TA890GXE (Radeon HD 4290 IGP) 13.1
ASUS M4A89GTD-Pro (Radeon HD 4290 IGP) 12.6
ASUS M3A78-T (Radeon HD 3300 IGP) 15.6
Foxconn A7DA-S (Radeon HD 3300 IGP) 13.2
Gigabyte GA-MA785GMT-UD2H (Radeon HD 4200 IGP) 11.8
MSI 785GM-E65 (Radeon HD 4200 IGP) 12.3
ASUS M4A785TD-V Evo (Radeon HD 4200 IGP) 12.5
1600x1200 High Settings: Points Ranking
ECS Z77H2-A2X* (Intel HD 3000 IGP) 5.7
Gigbyte GA-Z77X-UD3H* (Intel HD 3000 IGP) 6
Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3-iSSD* (Intel HD 3000 IGP) 5.9
Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3* (Intel HD 3000 IGP) 5.9
Asus P8H67-M Evo* (Intel HD 3000 IGP) 5.8
Intel DH67BL* (Intel HD 3000 IGP) 4.6
Biostar TH67XE* (Intel HD 3000 IGP) 6.1
ECS H67H2-M* (Intel HD 3000 IGP) 5.5
Intel DG45ID (Intel GMA X4500HD IGP) 2.2
Asus P5Q-EM (Intel GMA X4500HD IGP) 2.4
Biostar TA75M+* (Radeon HD 6550D IGP) 15.5
Gigabyte GA-A75-UD4H* (Radeon HD 6550D IGP) 15
Gigabyte GA-A75M-UD2H* (Radeon HD 6550D IGP) 15.6
Biostar TA890GXE (Radeon HD 4290 IGP) 3
ASUS M4A89GTD-Pro (Radeon HD 4290 IGP) 2.6
ASUS M3A78-T (Radeon HD 3300 IGP) 3.1
Foxconn A7DA-S (Radeon HD 3300 IGP) 2.3
Gigabyte GA-MA785GMT-UD2H (Radeon HD 4200 IGP) 2.4
MSI 785GM-E65 (Radeon HD 4200 IGP) 2.6
ASUS M4A785TD-V Evo (Radeon HD 4200 IGP) 2.4

Call of Juarez is a tough DX10 title for IGPs. The ECS Z77H2-A2X system scores 5.7FPS 1600x1200, 25.3 FPS at 1024x768. The AMD A8-3850 socket FM1 system dominates here with 15.6FPS at 1600x1200.

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Contents of Article: ECS Z77H2-A2X
 Pg 1.  ECS Z77H2-A2X Black Edition Intel Z77 Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  All That Glitters Isn't Really Gold
 Pg 3.  360-Degree Motherboard Gallery: Features and Layout
 Pg 4.  360-Degree Motherboard Gallery: Continued
 Pg 5.  Overclocking Report and BIOS Walkthrough
 Pg 6.  Test System Hardware and Specs
 Pg 7.  Sysmark 2012 - Workstation Motherboard Benchmarks
 Pg 8.  PCMark Vantage Motherboard Benchmarks
 Pg 9.  SiSoft Sandra: CPU Motherboard Benchmarks:
 Pg 10.  Sandra: Memory Motherboard Benchmarks:
 Pg 11.  3DMark 11 Motherboard Benchmarks
 Pg 12.  3DMark Vantage Motherboard Benchmarks
 Pg 13.  3DMark 06 Motherboard Benchmarks
 Pg 14.  — IGP vs IGP Motherboard Benchmarks
 Pg 15.  IGP vs IGP Motherboard Benchmarks: PCMark Vantage
 Pg 16.  Video Transcoding and Power Draw

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