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ECS P55H-A Review

Price: $120


The LGA 1156 processors have been out for a few weeks now, so you can expect to have a decent selection of motherboards to choose from. Companies have been stepping up to the plate, and releasing motherboards that will almost make you want to put your hardware in them. The only problem is you've got to choose which one will suit you best. This isn't easy to do, especially considering all the special features we've seen on Asus and MSI boards. Usually the deciding factor will come down to price, so what will give you the best bang for your buck?

EliteGroup, also known as ECS, has developed a board that should give you decent performance. At the same time it will go easy on your wallet. I'm talking about the P55H-A. Sure the name might not be impressive like "Gigantor" or "Super Board", but it is much easier to type. Just what will this board bring to the table? Read on, and let's find out.

Closer Look:

Users familiar with OCC can already guess what's coming next. For those that are new to the site, well you're about to find out. The P55H-A's packaging was what you'd expect a motherboard to arrive in. The front of the box stated the motherboards name. It also showed a rather cool picture of a dragon fighting a swordsman, and some of the boards specifications. The back of the packaging showed a picture of the motherboard, and more detailed specifications.















The sides of the box were all more or less the same. They each showed the ECS logo, and the P55H-A logo. In the background of the P55H-A logo there was a cool design in blue. The front side of the box was arranged slightly differently and has a handle. I've never seen anyone carrying a motherboard box by the handle, but it can still be useful.



Opening the box revealed a few of the P55H-A's accessories placed on top of cardboard. Removing the cardboard and accessories reveals the P55H-A. The board was securely placed in an antistatic bag with a sheet of foam.



Now let's take a look at the included accessories.

  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look (Bundled Accessories)
  3. Closer Look (The Motherboard)
  4. Closer Look (Drivers & Programs)
  5. Closer Look (The Bios)
  6. Closer Look (The Bios Continued)
  7. Specifications & Features
  8. Testing (Setup & Overclocking)
  9. Testing: Apophysis, Win RAR
  10. Testing: SpecView 10, PCMark Vantage
  11. Testing: SiSoft Sandra 2009
  12. Testing: Sciencemark 2.0, Cinebench 10, HDTune 2.55
  13. Testing: Far Cry 2
  14. Testing: Crysis Warhead
  15. Testing: BioShock
  16. Testing: Call Of Duty World at War
  17. Testing: Dead Space
  18. Testing: Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II
  19. Testing: Left 4 Dead
  20. Testing: 3DMark 06 Professional
  21. Testing: 3DMark Vantage
  22. Conclusion
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