ECS P67H2-A Black Extreme Motherboard Preview

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Sneak Peak of the ECS P67H2-A Black Extreme

ECS P67H2-A Black Extreme Motherboard Layout

Today we have a special treat for you! Maybe we can consider it an early Christmas present. Since it has been rumored that the new Sandy Bridge platform from Intel is coming soon, we are going to start showing off some of the Intel P67 motherboards. While we aren’t able to give you any details on performance of the new platform, we can give you a sneak peak at some of the up and coming Sandy Bridge Motherboards! The new Socket 1155 motherboard that we are going to look at today is the ECS P67H2-A Black Extreme. Today will cover some of the key features of the ECS P67H2-A. The ECS P67H2-A Black Extreme takes advantage of the new P67 chipset from Intel, and utilizes the new LGA1155 socket as well as the new 2nd generation of Core processors from Intel!

ECS P67H2-A Black Extreme

One of the key features of the ECS P67H2-A Black Extreme Sandy Bridge motherboard that will separate it from the competition is the Hydra Core. What is that you may ask, well in short, it allows you to run different graphics cards from different manufacturers. By that I don’t mean an AMD Radeon HD 5870 from XFX and one from Sapphire. What I mean is the core manufacturers, AMD and NVIDIA. Ultimately we will be able to run a combination like the ATI Radeon HD 5870 and a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580 in parallel for improved performance. If you are curious about how this is accomplished, it is done using the Lucid HydraLogix 200 processor.

Other features prevalent on the ECS P67H2-A Black Extreme include but are not limited to:

  • Six Super Speed USB3 ports
  • SATA6
  • Turbo Boost 2.0
  • Support for Unlocked Intel CPU’s
  • Dual Gigabit Lan with Teaming

ECS P67H2-A Spceification

CPU
  • LGA1155 scoket for 2nd Generation Intel Core Family and Unlocked Processors
  • Supports “Hyper-Threading” technology
  • CPU DIM 5.0 GT/S
Chipset
  • Intel P67 Chipset
Memory
  • Dual-channel DDR3 Memory architexture
  • 4 x 240 pin DDR3 DIMM sockets support up to 16GB
  • Supports 1333 DDR3 SDRAM
Expansion Slots
  • 3x PCI Express Gen2 x16 slots
  • 2 x PCI Express x1 Slots
  • 2 x PCI slots
Storage
  • Supported by Intel P67 Chipset
  • 4 x SATAII 3.0 Gb/s Host Controllers
  • 2 x SATAIII 6.0 Gb/s Host Controllers
  • 2 x eSATA 6.0 Gb/s
Audio
  • Realtek A:C892 8-Ch HD Audio Codec
  • Compliant with HD Audio specifications
Rear Panel I/O
  • 1 x PS/2 keyboard and PS/2 mouse combo connector
  • 1 x Clear CMOS button
  • 4 x usb3.0 ports
  • 6 x USB2.0 ports
  • 2 x eSATA ports
  • 2 x RJ45 LAN connectors
  • 1 x Audio port with 6 audio jacks
Internal I/O connectors and headers
  • 1 x 24 pin Power Supply Connector, 8-pin 12V connector
  • 2 x Serial ATA 6 Gb/s connector
  • 4 x Serial ATA 3Gb/s connector
  • 1 x USB3 front header
  • 4 x USB2 headers
  • 1 x front panel audio header
  • 1 x SPDIF out header
  • 1 x front panel header
  • 1 x ME UNLOCK header
  • 1 x Reset button
  • 1 x Power button
  • 1 x COM header
  • CPU_FAN/SYS_FAN/PWR_FAN connectors
System BIOS
  • AMI BIOS with 32 Mb SPI Flash ROM
  • Supports ECS M.I.B X Utility
  • Supports ACPI&DMI, Plug and Play, STR(S3)/STR(S4)/S1, Hardware Monitor
  • Audio and LAN, can be disabled in the BIOS F7 hot key for boot up devices option

We may not be able to give you the performance numbers just yet, but we can take a look at the board and it’s details on the next page!

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