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ECS P67H2-A Black Extreme Motherboard Performance Review
|Manufacturer:||Elitegroup Computer Systems (ECS)|
|Product:||ECS P67H2-A Black Extreme Motherboard|
|Date:||Wed, Feb 16, 2011 - 12:00 AM|
|Written By:||Dan Stoltz -|
ECS P67H2-A Black Extreme NVIDIA SLI Scaling
Since the Intel P67 is a brand new chipset, we decided to change a few things up in our testing. The next two pages are all about the scaling of multiple GPU's in our systems. First off, we are going to test how well the P67 chipset scales multiple NVIDIA cards. In order to do this we contacted our friends over at GALAXY and they were kind enough to send over a pair of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 1Gb graphics cards that are available in a two card SLI kit.
While the ECS P67H2-A Black Extreme doesn't officially support NVIDIA SLI, it does utilize the Hydra Core technology which allows two graphics cards to run in parallel. In this case we are going to run our two Galaxy GeForce GTX 460's in an SLI type configuration. In Rebellion's Aliens Vs. Predator the performance gains we see are comparable to what we have seen on our NVIDIA SLI licensed boards. Running the AvP benchmark at 1280x1024 the ECS P67H2-A Black Extreme saw a boost of 84.8% while our best scaling SLI boards have gained between 89.2% and 90.7%. While running at 1920x1080 we also saw a gain of 84.8%, while our other boards were sitting between 90.6% and 92.3%. There is a slight performance difference between the two technologies, but this is a promising start.
The Hydra Core technology didn't fare quite as well in Metro 2033. In fact, we saw almost zero gains at both 1280x1024 and 1920x1080. At 1280x1024 the MSI P67A-GD65 saw a gain of 78% while the ECS P67H2-A Black Extreme saw only a 4.3% performance gain. Our results at 1920x1080 mimic our lower resolution results. The MSI P67A-GD65 saw a gain of 72% while the ECS P67H2-A Black Extreme gained only 4%. These results were disappointing after the gains we saw in Aliens Vs. Predator.
Our final test for NVIDIA SLI scaling is S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat. These results are also discouraging. at 1920x1080 the ECS picked up only .4 frames per second, this is a gain of only .7%. At 1280x1024 the ECS P67H2-A Black Extreme picked up only .6% with a second Galaxy GeForce GTX 465.
Our "SLI" results are definitely on the disappointing side. Only one of our three game benchmarks saw any significant performance gains. We do have to keep in mind that the ECS P67H2-A Black Extreme doesn't officially support SLI. Unless I am mistaken though, the Hydra Core technology allows the two cards to work together for a performance gain. Unfortunately, we just didn't see that in our testing.
Next Page - ECS P67H2-A Black Extreme AMD CrossFireX Scaling
Page 1 - ECS P67H2-A Black Extreme Intel "Sandy Bridge" P67 Motherboard
Page 2 - ECS P67H2-A Black Extreme Motherboard Retail Packaging and Bundle
Page 3 - ECS P67H2-A Black Extreme Motherboard Layout
Page 4 - ECS P67H2-A Black Extreme Motherboard System BIOS
Page 5 - Legit Reviews Test Bench
Page 6 - SiSoftware Sandra 2011c
Page 7 - ECS P67H2-A Black Extreme NVIDIA SLI Scaling
Page 8 - ECS P67H2-A Black Extreme AMD CrossFireX Scaling
Page 9 - ECS P67H2-A Black Extreme Lucid Hydra Core Performance
Page 10 - Futuremark 3DMark 11
Page 11 - RightmarkAudio Analyzer
Page 12 - Network Throughput
Page 13 - SATA6 Performance Testing
Page 14 - USB 3.0 Performance Testing
Page 15 - System Power Consumption
Page 16 - Overclocking the ECS P67H2-A Black Extreme Motherboard
Page 17 - Final Thoughts and Conclusion