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ECS P55H-A Review



Support the Intel LGA 1156 Core i7 and Intel Core i5 Processors.
Featuring the Intel P55 Express Chipset.
Dual-channel DDR3 memory architecture.
Expansion Slot:
2 x PCI Express Gen 2.0 x 16 slots.
1 x PCI Express x 4 slot.
1 x PCI Express x 1 slot.
2 x PCI slots.
Support by Intel P55 (6 x Serial ATAII 3.0Gb/s devices)

Support by JMB 361 (1 x Ultra DMA133/100/66 port, 1 x eSATA, RAID0, RAID1, RAID5, RAID10 configuration)

Realtek ALC888 8-channel HD Audio codec.
Compliant with 8CH HD audio specification.
RealTek 811DL Gigabit Fast Ethernet NIC
Rear Panel I/O:
1 x PS/2 Keyboard & PS/2 Mouse Connectors
1 x RJ45 LAN Connector
1 x Audio Port (Line-in, Line-out, Mic-in)
1 x SPDIF port
1 x Clear_CMOS Button
1 x eSATA
8 x USB Ports
Internal I/O Connectors & Headers:
1 x 24-Pin ATX Power Supply Connector
1 x 8-Pin ATX 12V Power Connector
1 x 4-Pin Power connector for VGA Card
1 x 4-Pin CPU_Fan Connector
1 x 3-Pin CASE_Fan Connector
1 x 3-Pin PWR_Fan Connector
1 x 3-Pin SYS_Fan Connector
1 x Reset Button
1 x IDE Connector
1 x Power on Button
1 x Front Panel Switch/LED Header
1 x Front Panel Audio Header
1 x SPDIF out Header
1 x Clear CMOS Header
1 x CD in Header
1 x Serial Port (COM1)
1 x Power on LED (Green Light)
1 x Stand by LED (Red Light)
6 x Serial ATA 3Gb/s Connectors
3 x USB 2.0 Headers support additional 6 USB ports
1 x Onboard Buzzer
System BIOS:
AMI BIOS with 2Mb Flash ROM.

Supports Plug and Play, STR(S3)/STD(S4), Hardware monitor, PCI interrupt selection, ACPI & DMI.

Supports CPU FSB adjustment, increase of 1MHz.
Supports PCI interrupt selection.
Audio, LAN, can be disabled in BIOS.
F11 hot key for boot up devices option.
Support over-clocking.
Supports ACPI 3.0 revision.
ECS M.I.B.II Support Over-Clocking:
Form Factor:
ATX Size, 305mm*244mm


  • Certified For Windows Vista: The latest generation Microsoft O.S., delivers better personal productivity and digital entertainment on your PC through its improved reliability, security, and performance.
  • LGA1156 Core i7/ Core i5 Processor: Supports the Intel Corei7/ Corei5 Processors the the LGA1156 package.
  • Certified For Windows® 7: Windows® 7 platform introduces a number of manageability improvements that can reduce total cost of ownership by helping to increase automation, improve user productivity, and provide flexible administrative control to meet compliance requirements. It is more user-friendly and has been optimized to consume less system resources with Windows® 7 as well. Furthermore, the VT technology is enhanced to support real-time multimedia application including video playback and 3D games.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • M.I.B II: ECS’s exclusive BIOS tweaking utility, M.I.B. II (Motherboard Intelligent BIOS II), which has gathered all options of overclocking in a single page, provides higher voltage capability for helping users to achieve better overclocking results
  • 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.
  • ROHS: Choose an environment-friendly, fully RoHS-compliant ECS product as the foundation for keeping harmful substances out of our ecosystem.
  • Over-Clocking: Maximizes your system performance by selecting from these overclocking options:(1) Flexible voltage adjustments(2) Adjustable ratio and Freq
  • PCI EXPRESS 2.0: The exceptionally increased interconnect bit rate from 2.5GT/s up to 5.0GT/s would effectively eliminates the bottle neck of the system performance and brings the most terrific computing experience from the present to the future.
  • SPDIF Out: S/PDIF (Sony/Philips Digital Interface) is a convenient connectivity and standard audio transfer format. It allows the transfer of audio from one file to another without the conversion to and from an analog format, and keeps the optical connector the best.
  • USB 2.0: The latest connectivity standard which delivers transfer speeds up to 480Mb/s for easy connectivity and ultra-fast data transfers.
  • 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.
  • eSATA: The signal quality and the Max cable length is 2x longer than the conventional one. It also supports external HDD hot plug and keyed connector end for fool-proof.
  • 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.
  • SATAII 3.0Gb/s: Doubles the transfer speed of SATA, running at speed up to 3.0Gb/s, and fully compatible with the soon-to-be-released SATA HDD, CD-ROM and other cutting-edge devices with NCQ function support.
  • ATA133: Supports Ultra DMA 33/66/100/133 IDE devices, data transfer rate up to 133MB/s
  • Dual DDR3 1333: Doubles the bandwidth of your system memory up to 21.0GB/s and pumps up the system performance at lower power.

All information on this page courtesy of: http://www.ecs.com.tw/ECSWebSite/Products/ProductsDetail.aspx?detailid=1033&CategoryID=1&DetailName=Feature&MenuID=152&LanID=0

  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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