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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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Overclocking, BIOS and Test Hardware

The ECS P67H2-A Black Edition motherboard features a traditional text-based BIOS, which most enthusiasts prefer. As with most motherboards, to enter the BIOS just press the 'Del' key at system POST. The main overclocking controls for adjusting the CPU multiplier (and BCLK frequency) are found in the MIB III menu page.

One of the neat features on this board is the ability to send CPU temperature directly to the PORT80 card LED display.

The BIOS has decent memory control options, timings can be set down to the individual clocks cycle, per channel.

There are quite a few electrical settings that can be adjusted in the BIOS to help you achieve your best overclocking results.

With the BIOS covered, let's move onto overclocking!

Overclocking on the ECS P67H2-A Black Extreme Motherboard

Overclocking Results:
stock max. oc
cpu multiplier: x33 x45
motherboard blck: 100 mhz

104.8 mhz

if you're new to Overclocking and not sure what to do, check out these two excellent Guides for some pointers:
Overclocking the CPU and Memory
Overclocking the Videocard

If you were savvy enough to buy an unlocked Intel Core i5 2500K or 2600K 'Sandy Bridge' CPU from the start, you already know the unlocked CPU multiplier will let you push these chips into the mid-4 GHz range with ease...

However, owing to the greater integration of things on the CPU die, like PCI Express lanes and other tasks previously managed by the Northbridge, LGA1155 CPUs really don't like the motherboard BCLK being changed. Hardcore overclockers HAVE done it, but it's more effort than it's worth in our opinion. Overclocking is supposed to be fun, and relatively not impossible.

The ECS P67H2-A Black Extreme motherboard offers a full range of CPU overclocking controls so PCSTATS made a half hearted attempt to push the board past a 105MHz BCLK. No dice, at 106MHz the system just crashed and the best we could overclock it was 104.8MHz - the same as every other board we've tried.

Starting from the default x33 multiplier, PCSTATS pushed the Core i5 2500K processor to x45 without any effort. Usually the chip PCSTATS tests with can do x47 out of the gate without any voltage tweaking, but not on the ECS P67H2-A motherboard. In the end we settled for a max overclock of x45, or 4.5GHz. 

Test system specs are coming up next, then it's right into the extensive PCSTATS motherboard benchmark set.

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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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