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ECS L337 GANK Machine Z87H3-A2X Extreme Review


ECS L337 GANK Machine Z87H3-A2X Extreme Specifications:

Supports new 4rd gen Intel® Core™ family, Pentium, Celeron series processors in LGA1150 socket
DMI 5.0GT/s
TDP: 200W
12 Phase Thermal Design Power
VRD 12.5
100% Solid capacitor design
Supports Intel® Turbo Boost 2.0 Technology
Supports Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology
Intel® K Series Unlock CPU Support
Please refer to CPU support list for details
Intel® Z87 Express Chipset
Intel® Smart Response Technology, Intel® Smart Connect Technology & Intel® Rapid Start Technology
Support Intel® HD Graphics 4000(Intel 4th gen CPU)
Supports DirectX® 11 .1
DirectX 11.1 - Only supported with the 4rd Gen Intel processors for LGA 1150 socket
Supports Intel® HD Graphics, InTru™ 3D, Quick Sync Video, Clear Video HD Technology, Insider™
Supports HDMI 1.4a & Premium Audio
Supports LucidLogiX® Virtu™ MVP
Supports NVIDIA® 2-Way SLI
Supports ATI® 3-Way CrossFireX™
Supports Full HD 1080P Blu-ray / HD-DVD Playback
Dual-channel DDR3 Memory architecture
Supports DDR3 1600/1333/1066 non-ECC, Un-buffered SDRAM Memory
Supports up to 3000(OC),2933(OC),2800(OC)
4 X 240-pin DDR3 DIMM socket
Support up to 32 GB*
Intel® extreme Memory Profile (XMP) 1.3/1.2 Memory Modules
Note:Please refer to the latest Memory support list for details
Note: DDR3_1 with DDR3_3 are the same channel, DDR3_2 with DDR3_4 are the same channel by Intel® Specification
3X PCI Express X16 Gen 3.0 slot(s)
1 X PCI Express X 1 slot(s)
Supports NVIDIA® SLI Technology
Supports ATI® CrossfireX Technology
1 X Mini PCI Express X1 slot(s)( Mini SATA supported)
1 X PCI slot(s)
When using two VGA cards, the bandwidth is @8 bandwidth; when using one VGA card, the bandwidth is @16.
Support by Intel® Z87 Express Chipset
Support by ASM1061 Controller
7 X Serial ATAIII 6Gb/s
Located in SATA1, SATA2...SATA7 Port
2 X eSATAIII 6Gb/s
RAID0, RAID1,RAID5, RAID 10 configuration
Supports Intel® Rapid Storage Technology
Supports NCQ, AHCI and "Hot Plug" functions
8-Channel HD audio CODEC
Compliant with HD audio specification
Realtek ALC1150+ALC5505 8-channel High Definition audio CODEC
BluRay DVD/HD DVD support
Dual Realtek 8111G Gigabit Fast Ethernet Controller
Dual LAN with Teaming function
Ultra low power consumption
Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n wireless LAN
Supports Bluetooth V2.0
Support by Z87 Express Chipset
6 X USB3.0 port(s) up to 5Gb/s
 Back Panel 4 port(s)
 Onboard 2 port(s)
8 X USB2.0 port(s) Up to 480 Mb/s
 Back Panel 4 port(s)
 Onboard 4 port(s)
ECS EZ Charger (Gray USB header)
1 X Audio port (Line-in,4x Line-out, SPDIF out)
2 X RJ-45 port with teaming function
1 X HDMI port(s)
1 X Display port
1 X Wireless LAN Dongle
1 X Bluetooth Dongle
2 X eSATA 6Gb/s port(s)
4 X USB3.0 port(s)
4 X USB2.0 port(s)
1 X Clear_CMOS Button
1 X 24-pin ATX Power Supply connector
1 X 8-pin ATX 12V Power Connector
1 X 4-pin CPU_FAN connector
1 X 4-pin SYS_FAN connector
1 X 3-pin PWR_FAN connector
1 X Power on button
1 X Reset button
1 X Clear_CMOS button
1 X Front Panel switch/LED header
1 X Front panel audio header
1 X Onboard Buzzer
1 X USB 3.0 header
• Support additional 2 USB ports
2 X USB 2.0 header
• Support additional 4 USB ports
Support EZ charger (gray color)
1 X CLR_CMOS header
1 X Serial port header (COM)
1 X mSATA connector
1 X 7S-LED Display
1 X ME_UNLOCK header
1 X Chassis intrusion header
1 X Voltage measure points
1 X 80P Switch button
1 X Quick OC button
1 X BIOS set button
1 X ROM Backup button
MI BIOS with 64x2 MB SPI Flash ROM
Supports M.I.B X Utility
Supports ACPI 3.0 & DMI
F7 hot key for boot up devices option
Graphic OC Support
Dual Display
Plug and Play, STR (S3) / STD (S4) , Hardware monitor, Multi Boot
Multi-Language BIOS
Audio, LAN, can be disabled in BIOS
Dual-Monitor function
ATX Form Factor
305mm(W) X 244mm(H)
OS Support
Windows 7 32-bit
Windows 7 64-bit
Windows 8 32-bit
Windows 8 64-bit
CE/FCC Certification
ErP/EuP 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 Cinema software


ECS L337 GANK Machine Z87H3-A2X Extreme Features:

  • Windows® 8 Hardware Certification: Support the latest Windows 8 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.     
  • 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.   
  • Easy Button: Easy button design, especially, is a great plus that brings users remarkable convenience while overclocking or tweaking system performance.  
  • Anti- Static Design(ESD Protection): ESD protection design helps to avoid suffering permanent damage when subjected to momentary high voltages to increase the lifespan of motherboard.   
  • 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. )    
  • Lucid Virtu MVP: Dynamic switching between built-in processor graphics and high-end, 3D performance discrete graphics cards. Ideal for gamers who require high-resolution gaming and want to enjoy amazing built-in media features of 2nd Generation Intel® Core™ processors   
  •  ATI CrossFire X: The technology not only combines multi-GPU and motherboard power that soars into a new dimension of graphics capability, but also delivers the highest image quality and screen resolutions, even with the most demanding 3D titles.     
  • NVIDIA SLI Technology: Allows users to intelligently scale graphics performance by combining multiple NVIDIA® graphics solutions in a single system with an NVIDIA® nForce® SLI media and communications processor (MCP). Delivers up to twice the performance of a single graphics solution.
  • DDR3 with XMP: Intel® XMP is a simple and robust high performance, DDR3 based memory solution for Intel based platforms. It enables users to take advantage of the fastest DDR3 memory, provides a mechanism for end users to easily performance tune Intel platforms and is designed specifically for enthusiasts as well as gamers.   
  • 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.   
  • RAID 0, 1, 5, 10: Supports RAID 0(Striped disk array), RAID 1(Mirroring disk array), RAID 5(Block Interleaved Distributed Parity), RAID 10 (A Stripe of Mirrors). Provides users the performance and protection.  
  •  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.     
  • 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.   
  • External SATA for large-capacity storage backup: Meet the needs of large-capacity storage backup, especially for applications that rely on fast transfers of multimedia content. 
  • 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 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. 
  • Norton™ Internet Security: Simple, Easy-to-Use Interface, delivers fast and comprehensive online threat protection, guarding your PC, network, without slowing you down. Giving you greater insight into downloaded applications, whether they can be trusted, and how they may impact your PC’s resources and performance Offering users a safer and more convenient environment than ever.ECS recommends the immediate installation of Norton Internet Security of your computer.  
  • 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. 
  • ROHS: Choose an environment-friendly, fully RoHS-compliant ECS product as the foundation for keeping harmful substances out of our ecosystem.     
  • 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.   
  • CyberLinkMedia Suite Bundled: Bundled the Ultimate HD & Blu-ray Player ,Best Video Editing and Backup/Burn Softwares. (30 Days Trial Version) These software are complete multimedia solutions in : -HD playback -Video Editing -Media burning    


All information courtesy of ECS @ http://www.ecs.com.tw/ECSWebSite/Product/Product_Detail.aspx?DetailID=1475&CategoryID=1&DetailName=Feature&MenuID=181&LanID=9

  1. ECS L337 GANK Machine Z87H3-A2X Extreme Introduction and Closer Look
  2. ECS L337 GANK Machine Z87H3-A2X Extreme Closer Look
  3. ECS L337 GANK Machine Z87H3-A2X Extreme Closer Look: Programs & Utilities
  4. ECS L337 GANK Machine Z87H3-A2X Extreme Closer Look: The BIOS
  5. ECS L337 GANK Machine Z87H3-A2X Extreme: Specifications & Features
  6. ECS L337 GANK Machine Z87H3-A2X Extreme Testing: Setup & Overclocking
  7. ECS L337 GANK Machine Z87H3-A2X Extreme Testing: PCMark 7, SiSoft Sandra 2013
  8. ECS L337 GANK Machine Z87H3-A2X Extreme Testing: Cinebench 11.5, x264, AIDA 64
  9. ECS L337 GANK Machine Z87H3-A2X Extreme Testing: Crystal Diskmark, ATTO
  10. ECS L337 GANK Machine Z87H3-A2X Extreme Testing: iPerf, RMAA
  11. ECS L337 GANK Machine Z87H3-A2X Extreme Testing: Gaming
  12. ECS L337 GANK Machine Z87H3-A2X Extreme Conclusion
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