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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
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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Final Conclusions and System Power Draw

PCSTATS 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

CPU Loaded

GFX Loaded

Intel Core i5 2500K
nVidia Geforce GTX470

91W 171W 246W

(Idel @ desktop)

(via Prime95)

(via 3DM06)

At idle 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 246W.

A strip of LEDs indicates the power load.

Concluding Remarks

ECS's 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 deal.

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.

On the 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 the week.

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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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