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ECS P67H2-A Black Extreme B3-stepping Intel P67 Motherboard Review

ECS P67H2-A Black Extreme B3-stepping Intel P67 Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: he ECS P67H2-A Black Extreme is a performance oriented ATX motherboard with a fantastic set of gaming and overclocking features, all set on a sleek black and grey PCB that'll make your expensive chassis proud. ECS has undergone a massive image improvement in the last couple years.
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Lucid Hydra Core Technology

Lucid Hydra Core technology makes it possible for the ECS P67H2-A Black Extreme motherboard to support multiple graphics cards in a couple different configurations (the so called: AMode, N-Mode, X-Mode). According to the manual, if you want to 'enable CrossFireX,' disable Hydra Core Technology.

Hydra Core allows you to configure two or three identical or non-identical graphics cards in 2-Way (x16/x16 mode) or 3-Way (x16/x8/x8 mode) configurations. In other words, with the HydraLogix chip you can configure 'A-Mode Performance' for dual identical ATI graphic cards, 'N-Mode Performance' for dual Nvidia identical graphic cards or 'X-Mode Performance' for a mixture Nvidia and ATI graphic cards. The benefits and pitfalls of Lucid's HydraCore technology are well known, so it pays to research how the particular games you play will be impacted.

LGA1155 Heat Sink / Thermal Solutions

While Intel has created several different heatsink sizes in recent years, the socket LGA1155 'SandyBridge' CPU cooler is thankfully interchangeable with previous socket LGA1156 heatsinks. The stock 'SandyBridge' heatsink is decent, but better aftermarket CPU coolers are easy enough to find so there's no good reason not to upgrade. PCSTATS likes the low noise Noctua coolers and tower-style Xigmatek's, but really just about anything from Zalman to Scythe will cool quieter than a stock Intel HSF.

Clearance around the ECS P67H2-A Black Extreme's CPU socket is average; the VRM thermal solutions may interfere with some particularly big heatsinks if fins extend much beyond the Intel heatsink retention holes.


LGA1155 CPU socket for 32nm SandyBridge Processors. Principles of installing an LGA processor are covered in this Beginners Guide.

This motherboard has two PWM fan headers and one 3-pin fan header ready for use.

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Contents of Article: ECS P67H2-A Black Extreme
 Pg 1.  ECS P67H2-A Black Extreme B3-stepping Intel P67 Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  — Lucid Hydra Core Technology
 Pg 3.  Intel P67 B3-Stepping Express Chipset
 Pg 4.  360-Degree Motherboard Gallery: Features and Layout
 Pg 5.  Overclocking, BIOS and Test Hardware
 Pg 6.  Test System Specifcations & Hardware
 Pg 7.  Sysmark 2007 Motherboard Benchmarks
 Pg 8.  SiSoft Sandra: CPU Motherboard Benchmarks:
 Pg 9.  Sandra: Memory Motherboard Benchmarks:
 Pg 10.  PCMark Vantage Motherboard Benchmarks
 Pg 11.  3DMark 11 Motherboard Benchmarks
 Pg 12.  3DMark Vantage Motherboard Benchmarks
 Pg 13.  3DMark 06 Motherboard Benchmarks
 Pg 14.  FEAR Motherboard Benchmarks
 Pg 15.  Final Conclusions and System Power Draw

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