ECS Z77H2-AX Golden Edition Reviewccokeman -
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ECS has a full suite of utilities to provide the user with added functionality. Some of the more functional ones include eBLU or ECS BIOS Live Update and eDLU Driver Live Update. Both of these allow automatic updating of the drivers and BIOS while in the operating system. These utilities automatically check for updates on the ECS database, depending on the board.
ECS’s EOC tool is a low overhead overclocking utility with four tabs: Monitor, Easy Tuning, Advanced Tuning, and Options. The Monitor section is slim and gives only the system and CPU temperature. The CPU temperature seems to show the delta between actual and TJMax temperature. The Easy Tuning menu allows changes to the bclock only, with the applied voltages shown for a variety of systems. The Advanced Tuning menu allows voltage tuning in addition to bclock tuning. Finally, the Options menu sets how, why, and where changes are applied.
eSF is again a small utility that allows the user to set up or enable pre-defined fan profiles based on noise or speed characteristics. There are a total of four presets and a custom configuration option.
Let’s see how this board performs and overclocks with Intel's recent flagship release, the Third Generation Core i7 3770K.