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Intel H67 Motherboard Roundup - Four of a Kind

Intel H67 Motherboard Roundup - Four of a Kind



ECS H67H2-M

ECS H67H2-M

The ECS P67H2-A is part of ECS' enthusiast Black series, though in a microATX form factor and with much less extreme features than the P67 version. It means that instead of two or three PCIe x16 slots, there's just the one if you require a discrete graphics card. Else, ECS has its '4most Display' feature, which is what it calls the quartet of DVI, HDMI, DisplayPort and VGA outputs at the rear I/O panel.

The board comes with two SATA 6Gbps ports (black) and three SATA 6Gbps ports (white) from the H67 chipset. EtronTech's USB 3.0 controller is included onboard by ECS for two USB 3.0 ports at the back instead of the more common NEC version. Like many boards, Realtek's ALC892 HD CODEC provides the onboard sound while two Realtek chips handle the dual Gigabit Ethernet ports. ECS managed to fit power and reset buttons onboard, with even a POST LED display. Clearing the CMOS is also made easy with a button at the rear I/O. In short, these are features demanded by enthusiasts.

Besides the hardware, ECS also boasts some of its own proprietary features, like eJiffy, a Linux based, quick boot solution similar to ASUS' ExpressGate. We aren't sure how many users would actually try eJiffy out; ExpressGate has already been removed from ASUS' newest boards seeing how fast Windows 7 loads up from cold boot and has very quick resume from sleep.

Then there are two features or marketing terms that should be familiar to users of Gigabyte motherboards - EZ Charger, which helps to charge your USB devices faster by providing more current and Rapid 333, which is ECS' umbrella term for supporting the faster USB 3.0 and SATA 6Gbps.

 

It's obvious that the microATX form factor and the mainstream nature of the H67 chipset limits the amount of premium features that can be added to this ECS board. The rear panel is packed by the four different display outputs so the number of USB ports are less than we expected. We recommend that you make full use of the onboard headers and get your USB ports via a front panel.

While there are a decent amount of features and components onboard, including some that may seem a tad excessive for a mainstream chipset like the H67, the board has no glaring layout issues and seems solidly built. Let's see if the performance is up to par.