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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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External Mfg. Website: ECS Apr 24 2013   Max Page  
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360-Degree Motherboard Gallery: Continued

ECS' Z77H2-A2x motherboard supports DDR3-2667(OC)/1600/1333/1066 memory in a dual channel configuration. The largest memory density for 64-bit operating systems is 32GB, for Windows 32-bit you're capped at 4GB max.

In this corner of the gold and black motherboard we find a set of voltage read points for Vcore, Dimm, IMC, PPT, VAXG and GND. The board comes with no fewer than three fan headers, though only one is a 4-pin PWM type.


Socket LGA1155 for Intel 3rd/2nd-Generation Core i3/i5/i7 CPUs.

Like all Intel Z77 platforms, the ECS Z77H2-A2X motherboards supports both 32nm 2nd Gen. Intel Core i3/i5/i7 'Sandy Bridge' processors and 22nm 3rd Gen. Intel Core i3/i5/i7 'Ivy Bridge' socket LGA1155 processors.


Socket LGA1155, in gold!

One other neat feature ECS has added to this motherboard is built in 802.11n wireless and Bluetooth 2.4. These devices are integrated into the rear I/O, occupying two USB ports as they essentially are fixed USB devices.

While USB 2.0's 480Mb/s maximum bandwidth is fine for smaller thumb drives, USB 3.0 expands that bandwidth to a massive 4.8Gb/s - much better for moving +1GB files!

Overclocker Tools

Along with a Port 80 card by the front panel I/O, enthusiast overclockers are provided with a set of voltage read points on the ECS Z77H2-A2X motherboard. The six voltage read points include: Vcore, CPUVtt, VSA, CPUPll, VDimm, DDRVtt and PCIIO.


Reading voltage points for overclockers with multimeter leads.

The board makes judicious use of low profile passive extruded aluminum heatsinks to cool the VRM and chipset. Furthermore, ECS' Z77H2-A2X board has three fan headers for onboard cooling fans.

Next up, PCSTATS tries its hand overclocking a Core i5 2500K processor on the ECS Z77H2-A2X motherboard, but first a quick look at the BIOS features.

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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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