ECS Elitegroup P55H-AK ReviewRJR -
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ECS, also known as Elitegroup Computer Systems, is a Taiwanese based company and has been in business since 1987. ECS has been a big player in the OEM market and expanded to retail motherboards only a few years ago. They are also expanding their product line to include desktop and notebook computers, graphics cards and other mobile products. ECS has a very real commitment to the greener side of material and manufacturing. Back in 2006, ECS started a program called "ECS Green Competitive Advantage and Quality Plan" that incorporated Green Products through a four step process of non-toxic management that includes non-toxic suppliers, non-toxic materials, non-toxic manufacturing and processing and non-toxic quality controls. They have two main manufacturing facilities, both located in China and also have branches all over America, Europe and Asia.
ECS is mainly known for their budget boards, but times are a changing and they are jumping into enthusiast class boards with both feet. Today, we are looking at one of their recent offerings in the form of a P55 based board, the P55H-AK, a black series motherboard. It has just about everything you could ever possibly want in a P55 board including SATA 3, USB 3.0, eSATA 6 Gb/s, Tri-fired SLI/CF, NVIDIA NF200 chip, PLX chip, Dual Gigabit Lan, DDR3 2600+ and more. We have a lot to look at and test so we'd better get to it.
The motherboard was secured very effectively by an outer box, then an inner cardboard box and then finally completely surrounded in a plastic container. It made the trip here from Taiwan in perfect condition.
The motherboard kit includes: two SATA 2 cables; two SATA 3 cables; I/O Shield; SLI Bridges and a USB 3.0 adapter that can be used in either a front 3 1/2" bay or rear expansion slot. Also included is a Utility/Driver DVD and manual.
Now for a little closer look at the motherboard on the next page.