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ECS H67H2-M & H67H2-I Review

ccokeman    -   May 9, 2011
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Testing:

Testing this group of H67 based motherboards will include running them through the OCC test suite of benchmarks that include both synthetic benchmarks and real world applications to see how each of these boards perform. The gaming tests will also include both synthetic benchmarks and actual game play to see if similarly prepared setups offers any performance advantages. Instead of leaving the gaming tests to a discrete video card, the gaming prowess of the IGP will get a small workout as well. Each board received a fully updated fresh install of Windows 7 Professional 64bit edition and used the latest drivers for each board and the latest AMD Catayst drivers for the XFX HD 6970. The delay in testing these boards was to ensure that we are using B3 revisions for our testing. The drives are connected to the SATA 6Gb/s ports for the duration of the testing.

Testing Setup: Intel Core i5/i7 Socket 1155


 

Comparison Boards:

  • ECS H67H2-M
  • ECS H67H2-I
  • Intel DH67BL

 

 

Overclocking:

Overclocked Settings:

  • Processor: Intel core i7 2500K at 100MHz x 37
  • Motherboard: ECS H67H2-M, ECS H67H2-I

Overclocking on the ECS H67 boards is pretty much non existent due to the architecture of the H67 chip set. All you get for overclocking on the CPU is what Intel gives up with Turbo Boost 2 technology. Enabling this option will boost the clock speed up between 100 to 400MHz increasing performance. However, the integrated HD graphics can be boosted up a bit for improved graphics performance on the Intel HD 3000 graphics. I used the open GL test and a few games to test out the overclocking of the IGP. By increasing the GPU clock ration from 22 to 30 with a slight bump in voltage, I was able to play Civilization V at close to 30 FPS at 1680 x 1050 with low end settings when overclocked and Starcraft II easily delivered 50+ FPS at 1680 x 1050 again using low settings. The frustating part of this equation is that the memory speed is factory locked at 1333MHz max and the timings are non adjustable in the BIOS. Since both boards support the use of Intel's Extreme Tuning utility I gave that a shot and found that while the memory speed could be boosted and applied, there was no actual adjustment made to the memory speed. The adjustment to the timings on the other hand did stick when adjusted in the XTU.

 

 

 

 

Benchmarks:

  • Scientific & Data:
  1. Apophysis
  2. Bibble 5
  3. WinRAR
  4. Geekbench
  5. Office 2007
  6. POV Ray 3.7
  7. PCMark Vantage Professional
  8. Sandra XII
  9. ScienceMark 2.02
  10. Cinebench 10
  11. Cinebench 11.5
  12. HD Tune 4.60
  • Video:
  1. Aliens vs. Predator
  2. Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2
  3. Batman Arkham Asylum
  4. 3DMark Vantage



  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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