ECS Z77H2-AX Golden motherboard preview

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ECS z77h2-ax PREVIEW

Alright, I wanted to show you the packaging as well, as really .. it's all gold colored as well :)

ECS z77h2-ax PREVIEW

The Z77H2-AX is to be considered a mainstream to high end product  and falls within the ECS Black Extreme series of motherboards.

As you can see all the metallic parts of the motherboards including capacitors, chokes, the PCH and VRM heatsinks, CPU socket frame and even the back panel have a golden-colored finish that  definitely make the product look good.

CPU SUPPORT: 3rd Gen Intel Core i7 processor family for the LGA 1155 Socket
POWER DESIGN: CPU Power: 12+2+1 Phase
PCH Power: 1 Phase
Memory Power: 1 Phase
CHIPSET: Intel Z77 Express
INTEGRATED GRAPHICS: Dependant on installed CPU
MEMORY: 4 x DIMM, Max. 32 GB, DDR3 1066 to DDR3 2400
BIOS: AMI EFI BIOS with 64 Mb Flash ROM
SLOTS: 3 x PCIe 3.0 x16 slots
2 x PCI slot
2 x PCIe 2.0 x1 slots
HDD CONNECTIVITY: 2 x SATA 6.0 Gb/s (Intel Z77)
2 x SATA 3.0 Gb/s (Intel Z77)
2 x SATA 6.0 Gb/s (Asmedia ASM1061)
2 x eSATA 6.0 Gb/s (Intel Z77)
NETWORKING: 1 x Realtek RTL8111E PCIe Gigabit LAN
PORTS: 6 x USB 2.0 ports (4 at back panel, 2 at front panel)
6 x USB 3.0 ports (4 at back panel, 2 at front panel)
2 x eSATA port
1 x RJ45 LAN connectors
1 x Audio port with 5 audio jacks
1 x SPDIF Output(Optical)
1 x BIOS Button
1 x WiFi Connector
1 x Bluetooth Connector
FORM FACTOR: ATX Form Factor (305 mm x 244 mm)
  • eBLU
  • eOC
  • eDLU
  • eSF
  • QoolTech IV
  • Virtu MVP
  • 15u Gold Contact
  • Gold4Ever
  • Nonstop Technology

The PCB is deep piano-black, and so are all the expansion and DRAM slots, the gray and white colored slots are replaced. Most other plastic parts, such as SATA ports, ATX/EPS power connectors, are colored black. Two tones, we love it.

ECS z77h2-ax PREVIEW

The Z77H2-AX also includes all of the standardized Z77 enhancements like  mSATA, Lucid Virtu MVP, Quicksync, 3D BIOS; as well as support for 2-way SLI and Crossfire. Included are a USB 3.0 bracket as well as gold plated rear IO panel, WiFi Antenna, 6 SATA cables, SLI bridges, drivers and manual.

ECS z77h2-ax PREVIEW

The I/O panel of the Z77H2-AX looks  very luxurious. We spot  four SuperSpeed USB 3.0 ports with another four USB 2.0 ports. The motherboard  features three PCIe x16 Gen 3.0 expansion slots and two PCIe x1 slots. There are also two legacy PCI slot. A 7.1 realtek ALC892 audio codec is the source for audio, and we spot a Realtek (RLT811E) 10/100/1000 fast Ethernet controller. But lets zoom in a little:

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