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ECS Z97-MACHINE Specifications:

CPU:
- Supports New 4th & 4th gen Intel® Core™ family, Pentium, Celeron series processors in LGA1150 socket
- DMI 5.0GT/s
- 6 Phase Thermal Design Power
- VRD 12.5
- 100% Solid capacitor design
- Intel® K Series Unlock CPU Support
CHPSET:
- Intel® Z97 Express Chipset
- Intel® Smart Response Technology, Intel® Smart Connect Technology & Intel® Rapid Start Technolog
GRAPHICS:
- Supports DirectX® 11 .1
-Supports Intel® HD Graphics, InTru™ 3D, Quick Sync Video, Clear Video HD Technology, Insider™
- Supports HDMI 1.4a & Premium Audio
- Supports ATI® 2-Way CrossFireX™
MEMORY:
-  Dual-channelDDR3 Memory architecture
- Supports DDR3 3000 non-ECC, Un-buffered SDRAM Memory
-  4 X 240-pin DDR3 DIMM socket
- Support up to 32 GB*
- Intel® extreme Memory Profile (XMP) 1.3/1.2 Memory Modules
EXPANSION SLOT:
- 2 X PCI Express X16 Gen 3.0 slot(s)
- 3 X PCI Express X 1 Gen 2.0slot(s)
- Supports ATI® CrossfireX Technology
- 1 X M.2 slot for SSD
    • For 2242/2260/2280 SSD
- *When using two VGA cards, the bandwidth is @8 badnwidth; when using one VGA card, the bandwodth is @16.
STORAGE:
- Support by Intel® Z97 Express Chipset
    • 4 X Serial ATAIII 6Gb/s
    • RAID0, RAID1,RAID5, RAID 10 configuration
- Supports Intel® Rapid Storage Technology
AUDIO:
-8-Channel HD audio CODEC
Realtek ALC1150 8-channel High Definition audio CODEC
- ESS SABRE32 ES9010K2M DAC provides DNR 116dB and THD -106dB listening experience
LAN:
- Intel I218-V Gigabit Fast Ethernet Controller
- Wake-On-LAN
USB:
- Support by Z97 Express Chipset
    •  6 X USB3.0 port(s) up to 5Gb/s
      Back Panel 4 port(s)
      Onboard 2 port(s)
    • 6 X USB2.0 port(s) Up to 480 Mb/s
      Back Panel 4 port(s)
      Onboard 2 port(s)
- ECS EZ Charger (Gray USB header)
REAR PANEL I/O:
- 1 X PS/2 combo connector
- 1 X Audio port (Line-in,4x Line-out, SPDIF out)
- 1 X RJ-45 port
- 1 X HDMI port(s)
- 1 X DVI-D port(s)
- 1 X D-Sub (VGA) port(s)
- 1 X Optical S/PDIF Out port(s)
- 4 X USB3.0 port(s)
- 4 X USB2.0 port(s)
CONNECTORS & HEADERS:
- 1 X 24-pin ATX Power Supply connector
- 1 X 8-pin ATX 12V Power Connector
- 2 X 4-pin CPU_FAN connector
- 2 X 4-pin SYS_FAN connector
- 1 X 3-pin SYS_FAN connector with smart fan
- 1 X 3-pin PWR_FAN connector
- 1 X Power on button
- 1 X Reset button
- 1 X Front Panel switch/LED header
- 1 X Front panel audio header
- 1 X Speaker header
- 1 X USB 3.0 header
    • Support additional 2 USB ports
- 1 X USB 2.0 header
    • Support additional 2 USB ports
- Support EZ charger (gray color)
- 1 X S/PDIF out header
- 4 X SATA III 6Gb/s connector(s)
- 1 X CLR_CMOS header
- 1 X Debug LED
- 1 X Chassis intrusion header
- 1 X Voltage measure points
SYSTEM BIOS:
- AMI BIOS with 64 MB SPI Flash ROM
- Supports M.I.B X Utility
- Supports ACPI 5.0 & DMI
- F7 hot key for boot up devices option
- Over-Clocking
- Graphic OC Support
- Triple Display
- Support ECS EZ BIOS
- Plug and Play, STR (S3) / STD (S4) , Hardware monitor, Multi Boot
- Multi-Language BIOS
- Audio, LAN, can be disabled in BIOS
- Supports PgUp clear CMOS Hotkey
- CPU FSB adjustment(increase of 1MHz)
- * Adjustable CPU Voltage
- * Memory Voltage Adjustable
- * Support CPU over-clocking function: Adjustable CPU Clock Multiplier
- * HT Voltage Adjustable
- * Graphic Voltage Adjustable
FORM FACTOR:
- ATX Form Factor
- 305mm X 220m
OS SUPPORT:
- Windows 7 32-bit
- Windows 7 64-bit
- Windows 8 64-bit
- Windows 8.1 64-bit
CERTIFICATIONS:
- CE/FCC Certification
- ErP/EuP Certification
- WHQL Certification
- WHCK Certification
BUNDLED SOFTWARE:
- ECS Intelligent EZ Utility : eBLU, eDLU, eOC, eSF
- Free Bundle: Norton Internet Security ,CyberLink PowerDVD, CyberLink PowerDirector 9, Muzee with trial version
- Creative Sound Blaster Cinema2 software

 

ECS Z97-MACHINE Features:

  • Windows® 8.1 Hardware Certification: Support the latest Windows 8.1 technology which provides touch-enabled control, Apps and can connect with the cloud to connect with your files, photos, people, and settings, wherever you sign in.
  • Over-Clocking: Maximizes your system performance by selecting from these overclocking options: (1) Flexible voltage adjustments (2) Adjustable ratio and Freq
  • Mutli-language BIOS:Multi-language BIOS allows you to see and set up the BIOS with your native language. It helps Non-English users to solve the problem of setting up the BIOS and achieve extra system performance easily.
  • Intel Rapid Storage Technology: Intel® Rapid Storage Technology offers new levels of protection, performance, and expandability for system. Whether using one or multiple hard drives, users can take advantage of enhanced performance and lower power consumption.
  • Intel unlocked CPU: Support latest Intel unlocked processors to unlock better speed, smart performance and new flexibility. Users will be able to alter multipliers to increase frequencies without altering system out of spec.
  • GPU OC: GPU O.C. is able to raise up graphics frequency boost through the BIOS setting to get excellent performance and enjoy outstanding multi-media experience.
  • PCI EXPRESS 3.0: The next generation of PCI Express 3.0 accelerates on 32 GB/s rate which effectively delivers double of PCIe 2.0 bandwidth. PCIe 3.0 enhances the encoding scheme to eliminate 20% overhead data to deliver higher transmission speed and better performance.
  • Sound Blaster Cinema2: Sound Blaster Cinema2 provides the latest groundbreaking technologies that delivers the fullest audio experience for music, movies and games, while remaining true to the source and intention of the artists who created it.
  • DVI Output: A video interface standard designed to maximize the visual quality of digital display devices such as flat panel LCD computer displays and digital projectors. DVI transmits a digital signal from a digital location in the graphics card to a digital location on the display screen. So you get the full clarity and stability of liquid crystal technology — with sharp, clear pixels.
  • Full HD Display: 16:9 Full HD wide screen shows the stunning crystal-clear image that brings an excellent visual experience for gaming or HD movie playback.
  • 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.
  • MIB X: ECS O.C profile offers O.C values for CPU and DRAM to reach higher performances in a quick, simple and safe way. It keeps users’ preferable BIOS settings to regain your last successful O.C configuration to create the most convenient O.C experience
  • EZ BIOS: The most convenient tool to adjust BIOS in graphical interface. Designed with user-friendly interface including auto OC, boot priority, security function and windows 8 support. (Auto OC only for OC available models. )
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • HDMI Output: 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.
  • EZ Charger: EZ Charger technology provides 3 times current than general USB port in off mode for USB devices. It’s useful and excellent, especially for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices that need a large amount of current for faster recharging within less time.
  • MUZEE: MUZEE provides a total solution for online multimedia in the cloud generation, which is easy to integrate with multiple hardware devices. Users can access to thousands of worldwide radio stations, TV channels and games to indulge in the latest online entertainment anywhere and anytime within few simple clicks.

 

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