ECS Z77H2-AX Golden motherboard preview -
There is a wide and extensive series of connectors to be found. We spot optical SPDIF out ports, HDMI, 15pin D-Sub VGA. HDMI 1900 x 1200 output comes in as a stock feature. You'll also get a Bluetooth radio as well as WIFI, what a lovley integration that is. There's a clear CMOS button as well as two eSATA ports. BTW the Z77H2-AX (rev. 1.0) supports Intel's Rapid Start Technology or Lucidlogix' Virtu MVP.
When we place the motherboard in an angle we see the socket LGA1155. It will support both Ivy Bridge as well as the current LGA1155 Sandy bridge processors. The board has an 8-pin power header for the processor indicating overclockability.
Aside from the Intel Z77 Express Chipset accommodating the LGA 1155 Core i3, i5, i7 and Celeron CPUs, the ECS Z77H2-AX can be loaded with a maximum of 32 GB DDR in four 1.5V slots with Dual-channel architecture and capable of running with Extreme Memory Profile (XMP) modules, as well. Up-to 2400 MHz is supported from the BIOS.
ON/OFF and RESET buttons situated just above the uppermost PCIe x16 slot, and quite honestly that's an excellent spot for them.
We review the ECS Z77H2-AX motherboard which screams gold and features. The Z77H2-AX is gold plated everywhere. The changes for Z77 primarily can be found in native USB 3.0 support as well as an upgrade towards PCie gen 3 PCIe x16 slots. ECS however really pimped out the motherboard with a lot .. seriously LOT of extra's with even embedded WIFI and Bluetooth.
ECS Z77H2-AX Golden motherboard preview
ECS of course will offer a good variety of Z77 products as well, today we preview the Z77H2-AX, a board that is going to surprise you. Dr. Evil's 'GOOOOOOOOOLD' will continuously pop into you mind whilst browsing through this review. The Z77H2-AX is gold plated everywhere. The motherboard of course is intended for Intel's 22nm processors that will be coming out later this year based on Socket LGA1155 however the motherboard also supports Sandy bridge processors like the Core i7 2600K. With this preview we are able to give you a closer look at the motherboard itself -- and really the pictures alone are worth it.