The ECS Z77H2-AX Black Extreme ‘Golden Board’ ($309.99 Shipped) is the latest entry from ECS for the Intel LGA 1155 (aka: H2) socket. It features the latest Intel Z77 chipset which brought about some new features for Intel motherboards. First and foremost is the addition of SuperSpeed USB 3.0 to the chipset. Over the past few Intel Z77 motherboard reviews we haven’t seen much in the way of deviation of performance as we have seen in the past in terms of USB 3.0 performance. A few companies have decided to continue to use third party vendors for USB 3.0 technology in addition to the Intel solution. ECS has done this, though they use the TI TUSB7320 for the internal SuperSpeed USB 3.0 header for the front panel.
If you watched the video above you can see that ECS puts a lot of extra work and pride into the ECS Z77H2-AX Black Extreme ‘Golden Board’. Each of the ECS Z77H2-AX Black Extreme ‘Golden Boards’ are individually tested at ECS headquarters. In a world of mass production this extra step is a nice feature. Before we start our hands on tour of the ECS Z77H2-AX Black Extreme ‘Golden Board’, let’s take a look at some of the technologies that go into the Z77H2-AX Black Extreme ‘Golden Board’.
ECS Super Alloy Choke – 1.5X Long-Lasting Stability – Report shows that under unstable current or full loading environment conditions, general choke is more likely to burn out or even result in system shut down. ECS Super Alloy Choke represents the latest innovative technology in sufficient power usage, high temperature tolerance and full current stability. With outstanding capability, ECS Super Alloy Choke offers the most energy-efficient, lowest EMI interference, highest life-span and 150% higher stability than other products.
Nonstop Technology – ECS exclusive long-term stability solution
Nonstop Technology includes 4 main features from best component to protection mechanism for maximum long-term stability of users’ personal computers.
ECS Golden Edition Motherboard – Gold “4”ever
Spare no expense and based on the insistence of extreme performance and quality, ECS gathers dozens of engineer experts to construct the throne of your honor with delicate handicraft and luxury components. Gold Classic, ECS Classic.
Lucid Virtu Universal MVP – Switchable Graphics
Virtu Universal MVP GPU Virtualization technology from LucidLogix provides dynamic switching between integrated graphics and high-end, 3D performance discrete graphics cards. This is deal for gamers who require high-resolution gaming and want to enjoy amazing built-in media features of 3rd Gen. Intel Core processors.
Motherboard Intelligent BIOS X (M.I.B X – Ultimate BIOS O.C interface)
Providing the most intelligent and convenient way to adjust the clock/ voltage settings of CPU and memory and get the extra performance in advanced.
ECS O.C profile offers 3 sets of O.C values for CPU and DRAM to reach higher performances in a quick, simple and safe way. It keeps users’ preferable BIOS settings to regain your last successful O.C configuration to create the most convenient O.C experience.
ECS GUI UEFI BIOS
ECS GUI UEFI BIOS is a convenient tool for tweaking BIOS in Graphical interface. Users can select functions in BIOS with mouse and keyboard. The user-friendly interface with ECS designed wallpaper radically brings users convenience and easy-to-use experience
|CHIPSET||Intel Z77 Express Chipset|
|STORAGE||Support by Intel Z77
Support by ASMEDIA ASM1061
|AUDIO||Realtek ALC892 8-Ch High Definition audio CODEC
Compliant with HD audio specification
|LAN||RealTek RTL 8111E Gigabit Lan|
|REAR PANEL I/O||4 x USB 3.0 ports
4 x USB 2.0 Ports
1 x D-sub(VGA)
1 x HDMI Port
1 x RJ45 LAN connector
1 x Audio port (1x Line in, 4x Line out, 1x Optical SPDIF Out)
1 x Clear_CMOS button
1 x wifi connector
1 x Bluetooth
2 x eSATA 6.0Gb/s ports
1 x HDMI
|INTERNAL I/O CONNECTORS & HEADERS||1 x 24-pin ATX Power Supply connector
1 x 8-pin ATX Power Supply Connector
1 x 4-pin CPU_FAN connector
1 x 3-pin SYS_FAN connector
1 x 3-pin PWR_FAN connector
1 x USB 2.0 header support additional 2 USB ports with EZ charger technology
1 x USB 3.0 header supports additional 2 USB 3.0 Ports (support by TI TUSB7320)
2 x SATA 3Gb/s connectors
4 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors
1 x COM header
1 x Case Open header
1 x SPDIF out header
1 x Front panel switch/LED header
1 x Front panel audio header
1 x debug post LED
1 x Power on button
1 x Reset button
1 x mSATA
|SYSTEM BIOS||AMI BIOS with 64Mb SPI Flash ROM
Support ECS M.I.B X Utility
|FORM FACTOR||ATX Size, 305mm*244mm|
Now that we have a good feel for what makes up the ECS Z77H2-AX Black Extreme ‘Golden Board’ we can get on with our hands on tour. Let’s head to the next page where we will take a look at the retail packaging and bundle!