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ECS H67H2-M & H67H2-I Review

ccokeman    -   May 9, 2011
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Specifications:

SKU
H67H2-M
H67H2-I
CPU
LGA1155 socket for new 2nd Generation Intel® Core™ i7 series processor/Intel® Core™ i5 series processor/Intel® Core™ i3 series processor/Intel® Pentium® processors/Intel® Celeron® processors
Supports Intel® Unlock Processors
Supports Intel® Turbo boost 2.0 technology
DMI 20Gb/s
LGA1155 socket for new 2nd Generation Intel® Core™ i7 series processor/Intel® Core™ i5 series processor/Intel® Core™ i3 series processor/Intel® Pentium® processors/Intel® Celeron® processors
Supports Intel® Unlock Processors
Supports Intel® Turbo boost 2.0 technology
DMI 20Gb/s
Chipset
Intel® H67 Express Chipset
Intel® H67 Express Chipset
Extra Chips
ITE IT8893 supports 1 PCI slot expansion
Etron USB 3.0 Controller supports 2 x USB 3.0 ports at the back panel (Compatible with 2 x USB 2.0 ports)
Etron USB 3.0 Controller supports 2 x USB 3.0 ports at the back panel (Compatible with 2 x USB 2.0 ports)
Memory
Dual-channel DDR3 memory architecture
Support DDR3 1333/1066 SDRAM
4 x 240-pin DDR3 DIMM socket support up to 32GB*
*(Due to the DRAM maximum size is 4GB at present, the memory maximum size we have tested is 16GB)
Due to the operating system limitation, the actual memory size may be less than 4GB for the reservation for system usage under Windows® 32-bit OS.
For Windows® 64-bit OS with 64-bit CPU, there is no such limitation
Dual-channel DDR3 memory architecture
2 x 240-pin DDR3 DIMM socket support up to 16 GB*
Support DDR3 1333/1066 SDRAM
*(Due to the DRAM maximum size is 4GB at present, the memory maximum size we have tested is 8GB)
Due to the operating system limitation, the actual memory size may be less than 4GB for the reservation for system usage under Windows® 32-bit OS.
For Windows® 64-bit OS with 64-bit CPU, there is no such limitation
Expansion Slot
1 x PCI Express x16 Gen2.0 slot
2 x PCI Express x1 slots
1 x PCI slot
1 x PCI Express x16 Gen2.0 slot
1 x Mini PCI Express x1 slot
    • Supports Mini SATA
    • Supports Mini PCI Express
Storage
Support by Intel® H67
    • 2 x Serial ATA 6.0Gb/s devices
    • 3 x Serial ATA 3.0Gb/s devices(white)
    • 1 x eSATA 3Gb/s port
Support by Intel® H67
    • 2 x Serial ATA 6.0Gb/s devices
    • 2 x Serial ATA 3.0Gb/s devices
    • 1 x eSATA 3Gb/s port
Audio
Realtek ALC892 8-Ch High Definition audio CODEC
Compliant with HD audio specification
Realtek ALC892 8-Ch High Definition audio CODEC
Compliant with HD audio specification
LAN
Dual RealTek RTL8111E Gigabit Fast Ethernet Controllers with Teaming
Realtek 8111E Gigabit LAN Fast Ethernet Controller
Rear Panel I/O
2 x USB 3.0 ports compatible to both USB 3.0/2.0 devices (blue)
4 x USB 2.0 Ports
1 x D-sub(VGA)
1 x HDMI Port
1 x DVI Port
1 x Display port
2 x RJ45 LAN connectors
1 x Audio port (Line-in,4x Line-out, SPDIF out)
1 x Clear_CMOS button
1 x eSATA 3Gb/s port
2 x USB 3.0 ports compatible to both USB 3.0/2.0 devices (blue)
6 x USB 2.0 ports
1 x D-sub(VGA)
1 x HDMI 1.4a port
1 x DVI Port
1 x Bluetooth
1 x RJ45 LAN connector
1 x SPDIF out connector
1 x Audio port (Line-in, Front Out, Mic_in Rear, Center & Woofer, Back Surrond, Side Surround)
1 x eSATA 3Gb/s port
Internal I/O Connectors & Headers
1 x 24-pin ATX Power Supply connector
1 x 8-pin ATX 12V Power Connector
1 x 4pin CPU_FAN connectors
1 x 4-pin SYS_FAN connector
1 x 3-pin PWR_FAN connector
3 x SATA 3Gb/s connectors
2 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors
1 x Front panel switch/LED header
1 x Front panel audio header
4 x USB 2.0 headers support additional 8 USB ports (F_USB1 supports EZ Charger)
1 x TPM header
1 x Chassis intrusion header
1 X onboard Buzzer
1 x Power on button
1 x Reset button
1 x SPDIF out header
1 x Clear CMOS header
1 x 24-pin ATX Power Supply connector
1 x 4pin CPU_FAN connectors
1 x 3-pin SYS_FAN connector
2 x SATA 3Gb/s connectors
2 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors
1 x Front panel switch/LED header
1 x Front panel audio header
2 x USB 2.0 headers support additional 4 USB ports (F_USB1 supports EZ Charger)
1 x Chassis intrusion header
1 x Speaker header
System BIOS
AMI BIOS with 32Mb SPI ROM
Supports Plug and Play, STR (S3) / STD (S4) , Hardware monitor, Multi Boot
Supports ACPI & DMI
Audio, LAN, can be disabled in BIOS
F7 hot key for boot up devices option
Support Page Up clear CMOS Hotkey
Supports ACPI 3.0 revision
Support Graphic Over-Clocking
Support Dual-Monitor function
Support eJIFFY
Support eBLU
Support eDLU
Support eSF
Support ECS M.I.B III Utility
    • Graphic Voltage Adjustable
CPU voltage adjustable    • IMC Voltage Adjustable
Memory voltage adjustable
AMI BIOS with 32Mb SPI ROM
Supports Plug and Play, STR (S3) / STD (S4) , Hardware monitor, Multi Boot
Supports ACPI & DMI
Audio, LAN, can be disabled in BIOS
F7 hot key for boot up devices option
Support Page Up clear CMOS Hotkey
Supports ACPI 3.0 revision
Support Graphic Over-Clocking
Support Dual-Monitor function
Support eJIFFY
Support eBLU
Support eSF
Support ECS M.I.B III Utility
CPU voltage adjustable
Memory voltage adjustable
    • IMC Voltage Adjustable
    • Graphic Voltage Adjustable
Form Factor
Micro-ATX, 244mm*244mm
Mini ITX 170x170mm

 

Features:

  • M.I.B. III brings the same convenience interface of overclocking as M.I.B. II, it also comes with advance range of frequency tuning for CPU/MEMORY/PCI-E bus speed to take the system performance to superior level.
  • All Solid Capacitors: ECS’s All-Solid-Capacitors design brings the great benefit of better durability to users. Better conductivity and heat resistance can be expected as well thus the system stability can be assured under critical conditions.  
  • Intel® 2nd Gen Core™ Processor: Supports latest Intel LGA 1155 CPU-socket interface processor which is built on 32 nm technologies to provide smart performance and responsiveness on executing tasks, It combines the CPU and GPU to offer fantastic HD media and graphics, especially on 3D gaming experience.   
  • LGA1155: Motherboard Supports LGA 1155 CPU-socket interface, which is designed for 2nd Gen Intel® Core™ Processors, and built on 32 nm technologies to provide high smart performance and responsiveness on executing tasks.  
  • Multi-Monitor: Multi-Monitor feature is the use of multiple display devices for increasing the area available for programs running on a single computer system. It is not only to increase larger screen viewing but also for improving personal productivity.
  • XTU Utility: Intel® Extreme Tuning Utility is the ideal way to monitor and boost the performance of your of Intel® technology-based PC. Automatic performance tuning reduces the overclocking effort for everyone, while expert users retain the option to personalize their system configuration.
  • Blu-ray: With integrated graphics core, the motherboard delivers better HD video quality along with best-in-class 3D performance. Smoothly playback all H.264, VC-1, and MPEG-2 video with minimal CPU usage so the PC is free to do other work.
  • Dual Channel DDR3 1333: Doubles the bandwidth of your system memory up to 21.0GB/s and pumps up the system performance at lower power.   
  • PCI EXPRESS 2.0: The exceptionally increased interconnect bit rate from 2.5GT/s up to 5.0GT/s would effectively eliminates the bottle neck of the system performance and brings the most terrific computing experience from the present to the future.
  • Mini PCI Express: The Mini-PCIe slot has a new 52 pin edge connector and it is much smaller in overall size. It is designed for laptops and other small-footprint computer systems and supports Mini-PCI card for mini- Wireless, mini-TV tuner, mini-SATA cards and so on.  
  • SATA 6Gb/s: Doubles the transfer speed of SATA 3G, running at speed up to 6.0Gb/s, and can connect with any other SATA 3.0Gb/s and 1.5Gb/s devices for backward compatibility.  
  • RAID 0, 1, 5, 10: Supports RAID 0(Striped disk array), RAID 1(Mirroring disk array), RAID 5(Block Interleaved Distributed Parity), RAID 10 (A Stripe of Mirrors). Provides users the performance and protection.  
  • SPDIF Out S/PDIF (Sony/Philips Digital Interface) is a convenient connectivity and standard audio transfer format. It allows the transfer of audio from one file to another without the conversion to and from an analog format, and keeps the optical connector the best.   
  • 8 Channel High Definition Audio: Integrated 8-channel HD Audio CODEC delivering advanced multi-channel audio and bringing you the experience of home theater-quality sound.   
  • Giga LAN: Delivers transfer speed ten times faster than conventional 10 / 100 Ethernet connections, supporting a high transfer rate up to Gigabit/s. Gigabit LAN is the networking standards for the future and is ideal for handing large amount of data such as video, audio, and voice.   
  • USB 3.0: The latest generation Super Speed USB 3.0 Card is able to transfer data 10 times faster than USB 2.0. An innovative power management system provide better energy saving and carry more power to recharge more USB rechargeable devices. USB 3.0 Card is compatible with USB 2.0 to add more convenience and excellent performance.  
  • HDMI: The interface supports existing high-definition video formats(720p, 1080i, and even 1080p), plus multi-channel digital audio on a single cable. Combination with HDCP, provides a secure audio/video interface that meets the security requirements of content providers and systems operators.
  • HDCP: A specification developed by Intel Corporation to protect digital entertainment content across the DVI/HDMI interface. HDCP encrypts transmission of digital content between HDCP-compliant devices that it allows users to enjoy HD content through HDCP-compliant playback software.
  • eSATA 3Gb/s: The signal quality and the Max cable length is 2x longer than the conventional one. It also supports external HDD hot plug and keyed connector end for fool-proof.  
  • eJIFFY: ECS eJIFFY is a Linux based interface for a fast boot application which is compressed in a CD to install on the hard drive.Within 8 seconds after the computer boots up, eJIFFY is ready to provide users the total enjoyment for web browsing, photo reviewing and on-line chat. Instead of waiting for the regular OS to start up, eJIFFY serves a convenient center to have quick fun or a glance at the hot news in today’s fast pace world where nothing can be too quick.     
  • eDLU - Drivers Live Update Utility: ECS eDLU utility makes updating Drivers fast and easy. eDLU Saves time and hassle of searching for Drivers online and avoid complicated steps. With simple and easy steps it checks for new Drivers version on-line and let the user to update the Drivers.  
  • eSF(ECS Smart Fan Utility): ECS Smart Fan Utility provides smart and user friendly way to adjust fan speed depending on PCs system loading and temperature. It offers five modes to adjust fan speed within safe range without entering BIOS for smart, easy and silent environment.   
  • Norton™ Internet Security: Simple, Easy-to-Use Interface, delivers fast and comprehensive online threat protection, guarding your PC, network, without slowing you down. Giving you greater insight into downloaded applications, whether they can be trusted, and how they may impact your PC’s resources and performance Offering users a safer and more convenient environment than ever.ECS recommends the immediate installation of Norton Internet Security of your computer.  
  • Intel® Turbo Boost Technology: Intel® Turbo Boost Technology automatically allows processor cores to run faster than the base operating frequency if it's operating below power, current, and temperature specification limits. Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 delivers intelligent and energy efficient performance on demand.   
  • Certified For Windows® 7: Windows® 7 platform introduces a number of manageability improvements that can reduce total cost of ownership by helping to increase automation, improve user productivity, and provide flexible administrative control to meet compliance requirements. It is more user-friendly and has been optimized to consume less system resources with Windows® 7 as well. Furthermore, the VT technology is enhanced to support real-time multimedia application including video playback and 3D games.     
  • EuP Certified: ECS Motherboards have been certified by EuP. EuP certification verifies that ECS motherboards comply with European Union stander to decrease the environmental effects and promote sustainable environment. Save energy and keep healthy environment by choosing ECS motherboards.
  • ROHS: Choose an environment-friendly, fully RoHS-compliant ECS product as the foundation for keeping harmful substances out of our ecosystem.   
  • Bluetooth Technology: Supports Bluetooth v2.1+ EDR technology, which is easier to connect devices to improve the paring experience on Bluetooth and increasing the use and strength of security. Bluetooth v2.1+ EDR also provides faster data transfer and able to reach 3Mbps with reduced power consumption and improved security. It also offers you a better wireless life.    
                  
                       
                  
           



 

All information courtesy of ECS @ http://www.ecs.com.tw/ECSWebSite/Product/Product_Detail.aspx?DetailID=1211&CategoryID=1&DetailName=Feature&MenuID=103&LanID=9




  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look: H67H2-M
  3. Closer Look: H67H2-I
  4. Closer Look: The BIOS
  5. Specifications & Features
  6. Testing: Setup & Overclocking
  7. Testing: Apophysis, WinRar, GeekBench, Bibble 5
  8. Testing: Office 2007, POV Ray
  9. Testing: SiSoft Sandra 2011
  10. Testing: ScienceMark, Cinebench, HD Tune
  11. Testing: Aliens vs. Predator
  12. Testing: Sid Maiers Civilization 5
  13. Testing: Batman Arkham Asylum
  14. Testing: 3DMark Vantage
  15. Testing: IGP testing
  16. Conclusion
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