ECS P55H-A motherboard review
Posted by Hilbert Hagedoorn on: 09/14/2009 01:00 PM [ 0 comment(s) ]
Gallery - the ECS P55H-A motherboard
Okay let's start off with the photo shoot. Here we have product packaging and bundled items. You will receive the basics really consisting of a manual, driver CD, eJiffy software, IDE PATA cable and four SATA cables that match the color schema of the motherboard.
As you can see, in red, two x16 PCIe graphics slots. If you use one your graphics card will have 16 PCIe lanes, if you go for Crossfire, then the ports will be configured as x8/x8. In black, two PCI slots and then we see a x1 and x4 PCIe slot. BTW what I find impressive is how clean looking the motherboard really is.
Back panel connectivity then. From left to right that's a PS2 keyboard and mouse connector. A small CMOS clear switch. Then I count a total of eight USB 2.0 ports and one eSATA port controlled by a JMicron controller, 1x Gigabit Ethernet. Digital audio in the form of an optical TOSLINK connector, and then all the way to the right the analog audio connectors.
Right side view... a very clean design. Yep, it's a good looking motherboard. Unfortunately the 8-pin header (in white) has been positioned completely wrong. It needs to be at the lower side here at the bottom of the photo. A bit of a shame as the rest of the connectors are all positioned well.
Let's zoom in on the heatsinks...
Yeah that's nearly art isn't it? An aluminum heatsink with a copper element in it. I tried figuring out what it looks like... but yeah, you tell me... an animal? Dragon's head maybe? Either way the board design is passive and the cooling works really well. We'll show you some temperature readings later on in the article.
We test and review the ECS P55H-AK. It is with the release of this P55H-AK motherboard that ECS finally reaches a state in product development where they can address the enthusiast consumer market. A board loaded with features, great looks and quite decent overclockability. A motherboard where ECS went excessive on everything, dual GIGe Ethernet NICs, not one but two USB 3.0 controllers for 4 ports, integration of a SATA 3 (6G) controller, and even a NVIDIA NF200 bridge chip to enable three-way SLI. All in all a terrific P55 motherboard with excellent features and just really hot looks.
ECS P55H-A motherboard review
In a somewhat lower price segment you however can always find ECS, originally being an OEM supplier that slowly penetrated the retail market they make really nice gear these days, but always with a lower budget in mind. Face it, the high-end market is crowded and as such ECS always tries to deliver a product that certainly can compete at a baseline level, yet at a better price. Today as such we'll have a look at yet another P55 motherboard, ECS is launching their P55H-A which is a Black Edition that comes with some nifty additional features and really tasty looks.