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P67 Motherboard Roundup

ccokeman    -   March 8, 2011
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Specifications:

CPU
º LGA1155 socket for new 2nd Generation Intel® Core™/Pentium™/Celeron™ Processors
º Supports Intel® Turbo boost 2.0 technology
º Support Hyper-Threading Technology CPU
º 12 Phase Power Design with VRD 12 Compliant
º DMI 20GB/s
CHIPSET
º Intel® P67 Express Chipset
GRAPHICS
º Lucid Hydra Core Technology Support
º Support ATI CrossFireX™ Technology
MEMORY
º Dual-channel DDR3 memory architecture
º 4 x 240-pin DDR3 DIMM socket support up to 32GB*
º Support DDR3 up to 2133(OC)/1866(OC)/1600(OC)/1333/1066 DDR3 SDRAM
º *(Due to the DRAM maximum size is 4GB at present, the memory maximum size we have tested is 16GB)
Due to the operating system limitation, the actual memory size may be less than 4GB for the reservation for system usage under Windows® 32-bit OS.
For Windows® 64-bit OS with 64-bit CPU, there is no such limitation
EXPANSION SLOT
º 3 x PCI Express Gen 2.0 x16 slots
º 2 x PCI Express x1 slots
º 2 x PCI slots
STORAGE
º Support by Intel® P67
    • 4 x Serial ATA 3.0Gb/s devices
    • 2 x Serial ATA 6.0Gb/s devices
    • RAID0, RAID1, RAID5, RAID 10 configuration
    • 2 x eSATA 6.0Gb/s ports supporting external SATA 6.0Gb/s devices
AUDIO
º Realtek ALC892 8-Ch High Definition audio CODEC
º Compliant with HD audio specification
LAN
º Dual RealTek RTL8111E Gigabit Fast Ethernet Controllers with Teaming
REAR PANEL I/O
º 1 x PS/2 keyboard/mouse combo port
º 2 x RJ45 LAN connectors
º 1 x Audio port (Line-in, Line-out, Mic-in)
º 1 x optical S/PDIF Out connector
º 1 x Clear_CMOS button
º 4 X USB3.0 ports
º 6 x USB 2.0 ports
º 2 x eSATA 6.0Gb/s ports
INTERNAL I/O CONNECTORS & HEADERS
º 4 x SATA 3Gb/s connectors
º 1 x 24-pin ATX Power Supply connector
º 1 x 8-pin ATX 12V Power Connector
º 1 x 4pin CPU_FAN connectors
º 1 x 4-pin SYS_FAN connector
º 1 x 3-pin PWR_FAN connector
º 2 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors
º 4 x USB 2.0 headers support additional 8 USB ports
º 1 x Power on button
º 1 x Reset button
º 1 x USB 3.0 header supports additional 2 USB 3.0 Ports
º 1 x Front panel switch/LED header
º 1 X onboard Buzzer
º 1 x Front panel audio header
º 1 x 7S-LED Display
º 1 x SPDIF out header
º 1 x Serial port header
USB
º Support by 2 NEC USB3.0 Controller
º Support 6 USB3.0/2.0 ports
º Up to 14 USB 2.0/1.1 ports
SYSTEM BIOS
º AMI BIOS with 32Mb SPI ROM
º Supports Plug and Play, STR (S3) / STD (S4) , Hardware monitor, Multi Boot
º Supports ACPI & DMI
º Audio, LAN, can be disabled in BIOS
º F7 hot key for boot up devices option
º Support over-clocking
º Support eJIFFY
º Support eBLU
º Support eDLU
º Support eOC
º Supports ACPI 3.0 revision
º Support eSF
º Support eGS
FORM FACTOR
º ATX Size 305mm*244mm

 

Features:

  • 15μ Gold Contact: ECS 15μ gold technique contains 15μ gold contact on CPU socket and Memory slot pins. It offers 3 times extra anti-oxidation, temperature resistant and scrape protection to ensure motherboards longest lifespan, better reliability and excellent contact.      
  • Qooltech III : An excellent and unique silent cooler with dual copper pipe to boost super heat dissipation by providing dual heat conduction, an efficient design to calm down system temperature.   
  • 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.      
  • Easy Button: One of ECS 4"E" Design which is especially a great plus that brings users remarkable convenience while overclocking or tweaking system performance. ( 4"E" Design : Easy button; DebugLED; Clear CMOS; Right-Angled SATA Slots)    
  • ADD Indicator: Advanced Dual Display Indicator(ADD Indicator) not only shows debug code that makes troubleshooting simple and easy but also displays the system temperature in real time after the motherboard has completed posting for monitoring and thermal state of the system.      
  • Connector Cap: ECS understand your feeling and offer connecter cap which is ideal for protecting the connecter interface. Most of the time dirt or dust enters into the end of the connector and cause problems for the end users. The connector uses plastic caps to reduce these kinds of problems to extend the lifespan of the system.      
  • Intel® 2nd Gen Core™ Processor: Supports latest Intel LGA 1155 CPU-socket interface processor which is built on 32 nm technologies to provide smart performance and responsiveness on executing tasks, It combines the CPU and GPU to offer fantastic HD media and graphics, especially on 3D gaming experience.   
  •  LGA1155: Motherboard Supports LGA 1155 CPU-socket interface, which is designed for 2nd Gen Intel® Core™ Processors, and built on 32 nm technologies to provide high smart performance and responsiveness on executing tasks.   
  • Hydra Core Technology The most advance technologies of multi-graphics processing, support Hydra core technology to deliver amazing (2-way: up to 140%, 3 way: higher) performance over a single GPU system.      
  • Dual Channel DDR3 2133 OC: Dual DDR3 2133 O.C. is able to raise processor and RAM clock up to 2133mHz through capable RAM in overclock mode. It assists system to obtain optimal performance to meet the O.C. enthusiast needs.
  • SATA 6Gb/s: Doubles the transfer speed of SATA 3G, running at speed up to 6.0Gb/s, and can connect with any other SATA 3.0Gb/s and 1.5Gb/s devices for backward compatibility.      
  • eSATA 6Gb/s: eSATA III with 6Gb/s data transfer rate can promise substantial performance gain to a new hard drive enclosure. The data transfer rate is double than previous SATA II(3Gb/s) and also supports external HDD hot plug and keyed connector end for fool-proof.      
  • Dual Gigabit Lan with teaming: The dual Gigabit LAN with Teaming allows 2 single connections to act as 1 single connection for double bandwidth. In addition, it prevents network downtime by transferring the workload from a failed port to a working port and balances the network traffic load evenly between 2 CPU cores in order to improve performance.    
  • USB 3.0: The latest generation Super Speed USB 3.0 Card is able to transfer data 10 times faster than USB 2.0. An innovative power management system provide better energy saving and carry more power to recharge more USB rechargeable devices. USB 3.0 Card is compatible with USB 2.0 to add more convenience and excellent performance.      
  • eJIFFY: ECS eJIFFY is a Linux based interface for a fast boot application which is compressed in a CD to install on the hard drive.Within 8 seconds after the computer boots up, eJIFFY is ready to provide users the total enjoyment for web browsing, photo reviewing and on-line chat. Instead of waiting for the regular OS to start up, eJIFFY serves a convenient center to have quick fun or a glance at the hot news in today’s fast pace world where nothing can be too quick.   
  • eBLU - BIOS Live Update Utility: ECS eBLU utility makes updating BIOS fast and easy. eBLU saves time and hassle of searching for BIOS online and avoid complicated flashing steps. With simple and easy steps it checks for new BIOS version on-line and safely guides the user to flash the system BIOS.   
  • eOC - Easy Over Clock Utility: Easy Over Clock Utility is a easy and simply overclocking tools that provides user-friendly windows operation interface for novices and overclockers, with clicking on your mouse only you can get much higher performance of CPU quickly. It is available for download and updated online to get the latest version. Combine with ECS MIB III technology to challenge undiscovered extreme overclocking than ever before.
  • eDLU - Drivers Live Update Utility: ECS eDLU utility makes updating Drivers fast and easy. eDLU Saves time and hassle of searching for Drivers online and avoid complicated steps. With simple and easy steps it checks for new Drivers version on-line and let the user to update the Drivers.  
  • eSF(ECS Smart Fan Utility): ECS Smart Fan Utility provides smart and user friendly way to adjust fan speed depending on PCs system loading and temperature. It offers five modes to adjust fan speed within safe range without entering BIOS for smart, easy and silent environment.      
  • eGS (Easy Green Saver): eGS (Easy Green Saver) is a simple and easy-to-use interface for efficient power saving solution. It is based on computer loading to automatically adjust CPU frequency to reduce power consumption. eGS benefits not only by saving personal pocket money but also save environment.  
  • Intel® Turbo Boost Technology: Intel® Turbo Boost Technology automatically allows processor cores to run faster than the base operating frequency if it's operating below power, current, and temperature specification limits. Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 delivers intelligent and energy efficient performance on demand.  
  • 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.
  • EuP Certified: ECS Motherboards have been certified by EuP. EuP certification verifies that ECS motherboards comply with European Union stander to decrease the environmental effects and promote sustainable environment. Save energy and keep healthy environment by choosing ECS motherboards.    
  • ROHS: Choose an environment-friendly, fully RoHS-compliant ECS product as the foundation for keeping harmful substances out of our ecosystem.    
  • VRD 12 Compliant: Voltage Regulator Down (VRD) 12 is the newest(2010 release) power standard that provides better energy efficiency for Intel processors by advanced power supplying. The energy can be greatly saved during idle operation or other low load conditions.



All information courtesy of ECS @ http://www.ecs.com.tw/ECSWebSite/Product/Product_Detail.aspx?DetailID=1202&CategoryID=1&DetailName=Feature&MenuID=103&LanID=9




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  5. Closer Look: ECS P67H2-A
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  7. Closr Look: Utilities
  8. Closer Look: ASUS uEFI BIOS
  9. Closer Look: ECS BIOS
  10. Closer Look: MSI EFI BIOS
  11. Specifications and Features: ASUS
  12. Specifications and Features: ECS
  13. Specifications and Features: MSI
  14. Testing: Setup & Overclocking
  15. Testing: Apophysis, WinRar, GeekBench 2.1, Bibble 5
  16. Testing: Office 2007, POV Ray
  17. Testing: SiSoft Sandra 2011
  18. Testing: Sciencemark, Cinebench, HD Tune
  19. Testing: Aliens vs Predator
  20. Testing: Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2
  21. Testing: Batman Arkham Asylum
  22. Testing: 3DMark Vantage
  23. Testing: 3 Way CrossfireX vs. SLI Scaling
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