ECS P55H-A Reviewtacohunter52 -
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The P55H-A, at first, had a very empty theme. The motherboard itself appeared to be cool looking, but it also looked like it was missing something. This, of course, resulted in an empty look. The drivers on the CD appeared to be zilch, because the disk didn't support 64-Bit Vista. This, again, resulted in an empty appearance. The overclocking section in the BIOS again appeared to be missing something. However, this lack of "something" didn't carry on through the boards performance. The P55H-A performed right at the top with the higher end motherboards, making it an "almost-hassle-free" budget board.
Overclocking on the P55H-A was surprisingly easy, regardless of the lack of features. I was able to easily push my CPU to 4GHz, without any problems, and was able to max out just under 4.1 GHz. This just tells us that while the BIOS may appear empty, all of the important features are still in place. Plus having to enable the individual overclocking features makes the BIOS less cluttered.
The layout wasn't the most impressive. For instance, I was not at all happy with where ECS decided to stick the auxiliary power connector. I was also unhappy about where the IDE connector was located. To me layout is one of the most important aspects of a motherboard, so these defaults really brought the P55H-A down a few notches in my book. I was also surprised that the Driver CD didn't work. Vista has been out for a while now, and 64-Bit is nothing new. The fact that the Driver CD didn't support 64-Bit Vista is just ridiculous.
The board did, however, have one really great feature. This is that it offers great performance at a really low cost. For just $120 you can pick up a board that performs just as well as the higher end models. For this reason I'll recommend it to anyone who doesn't mind working with its quirks.
- Looks Cool
- Performs Great
- Overclocks Well
- Poor Layout
- Lacking in Overclock Settings
- Driver CD Has No 64-Bit Vista Support