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ECS H67H2-M & H67H2-I Review


Closer Look:

The BIOS used on both the H67H2-M and H67H2-I are so similar that I will be showing only one set of images to display the BIOS functionality. The American Megatrends BIOS is stored on a 32MB SPI ROM and is plug and play compatible. Even though CPU overclocking is not supported, the GPU can be overclocked via the BIOS. This BIOS supports the latest utilities from ECS including eJiffy, eBlu, esF and ECS's own MIB III utility. When compared to some of the latest P67 offerings, the BIOS looks dated but is still functional.


The Main section of the BIOS is limited and shows the system time, the system date and the language of choice. Pretty slim but this is just good basic information.











The Advanced section of the BIOS contains many of the options that can be tweaked. In this section you can enable ECS eJiffy funtion, adjust the CPU operating parameters, view the status of the processor, voltages and fan speeds and set up the installed disk drive configuration.




Under this option there are three submenus. Northbridge, Southbridge and ME subsystem. Under Northbridge, the amount of memory dedicated to the IGP can be set and the multi-monitor functionality enabled. Under the Soutbridge tab, the power restoration settings can be set, the onboard audio can be configured as well as the chassis intrusion settings. The ME subsystem tab shows the version and allows this option to be turned on or off. For testing, this option is left at the factory default enabled position.





The Motherboard Intelligent BIOS III section of the BIOS is where the overclocking and performance enhancing feature are usually found. Seeing as how the CPU overclocking is limited to the frequencies available using Intel's Turbo Boost II technology means that the only real overclocking getting done is the IGP. There are several tabs that have submenus and options in them starting with Integrated Clock Chip Configuration. In this section there are several registers that can be adjusted but they did not seem to make a difference when it came time to overclock this board. The Performance tuning section allows voltages and current draw to be tweaked but really do not allow for increased clock speeds so are best tweaked for lower usage and power consumption. The memory speed and timings are non-adjustable in the BIOS but with Intel's Extreme tuning utility, the timings can be tweaked to run the rated timings.




The last three sections of the BIOS for the H67H2 series boards offer little in the way of functionality save for the Boot menu. Under this section are the options to run a quiet boot and to set the boot sequence for the installed disk drives. Under this section are separate menus to change the boot priority within a drive type. Here you choose which optical or hard disk drive will be polled first if more than one are installed. The Security tab gives the option to set an Administrator password and the Save and Exit tab is just what the name implies and is where the changes made to the BIOS are saved or the factory defaults are set.




The BIOS options are limited on this pair of boards but a complex BIOS is not really needed to get the most from these two ECS motherboards.

  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look: H67H2-M
  3. Closer Look: H67H2-I
  4. Closer Look: The BIOS
  5. Specifications & Features
  6. Testing: Setup & Overclocking
  7. Testing: Apophysis, WinRar, GeekBench, Bibble 5
  8. Testing: Office 2007, POV Ray
  9. Testing: SiSoft Sandra 2011
  10. Testing: ScienceMark, Cinebench, HD Tune
  11. Testing: Aliens vs. Predator
  12. Testing: Sid Maiers Civilization 5
  13. Testing: Batman Arkham Asylum
  14. Testing: 3DMark Vantage
  15. Testing: IGP testing
  16. Conclusion
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