Should you like to have some front side USB 3.0 connectivity, then a second set of USB 3.0 connectors can be led towards the frontpanel with the inclusion of this 3.5" drive bay, very handy and it comes standard with this particular motherboard. Lovely to see an ODM (Original Device manufacturer) to actually include one.
When we flip the board around 90 degrees we stumble into the processor socket, LGA1155, a new socket required for the upcoming Sandy Bridge processors. Here we can also see a 8-pin CPU power header conveniently placed. The VRM/MOSFET/Choke area is nicely covered with passive cooling as well as the chipset and the extra Lucid Hydra IC.
If we zoom in a little we can spot lots of room around socket LGA 1155, also we spot quality capacitors and solid core chokes. The component selection was done properly alright.
When we zoom in even a little further we can see (to the far right) an array of LEDs, these are all phase LEDs which would show the activity of the corresponding power phases. Good stuff.
ECS P67H2-A motherboard review Today the turn goes to the folks from ECS who put out some serious kit on the market. ECS was also working on a few of these P67 motherboards and is making sure that both NVIDIA and AMD graphics cards work combined together. Yep, they are adding a Lucid Hydra chip like some of the competition is doing as well. Anyway, the offering tested today is the P67H2-A socket LGA 1155 motherboard which is powered by a 14-phase VRM. An absolutely lovely to look at motherboard as this is a serious design you guys.