Review : ECS P67H2-A2 B3 Stepping Mainboard Review

Conclusion

The ECS P67H2-A2 board is one of the black series boards by ECS. Featuring some of the best features that is on par with other manufacturers, the ECS P67H2-A2 tends to stand out from it’s usual slate of mid range boards.

In terms of features, it has almost what other boards offer. USB 3.0, SATA 6Gbps, eSATA 6Gbps, CrossFireX/SLI, DDR3-2133 support etc. In addition to that, there are also eZcharger which quick charges handsets through USB port and 15u Gold contact on board.

In terms of performance, the board’s performance is slightly behind it’s competitors. It could be due to the memory timings that is used during the test. The BIOS also looks pretty primitive and options seem limited in a sense. I particularly would prefer the voltage levels to be shown in real time next to the list of offsets instead of displaying them further down the screen. The BIOS also misinterprets the XMP profile #2 as CAS 10-12-10-28-1T when running DDR3-2133 on the Kingston HyperX modules.

Installation is a breeze for this board as the connectors are all well space on board. The Clear CMOS, Power on/off, reset switches and debug led helps in troubleshooting too. As there are only 2 full length PCIe slots for graphics card, you can fit in the bulky graphics card that “eats” two slots each without much issues.

Overclocking wise, the board does better than the Z68 as it is able to run steadily at 4.7GHz with a slight voltage bump to 1.4v. Below is a CPUID screen shot.

Documentation is pretty concise. I particularly like the POST code and troubleshooting flowchart in the 92 page manual. Packaging is quite complete with the front panel USB 3.0. ECS also provided plastic port covers for USB 3.0 connectors which i think is pretty nice to have.

In Conclusion, I think the ECS P67H2-A2 board is good for the mid to power users who doesn’t require 3 or 4 way SLI/CF. It has the feature set that suit the demanding user. On the other hand, ECS should spend some time reviewing their BIOS for design and bugs.  We give it our Silver Award.

Pros

Power On/off, Clear CMOS switches
eJiffy

Cons

2 PCIe slots

NO UEFI BIOS

Ratings

Here are my ratings out of 10.

Category Score
Performance 9  / 10
Features 8 / 10
Ease Of Installation 10 / 10
Overclocking Features 10 / 10
Documentation 8 / 10
Packaging 8 / 10
Cost / Performance 9 / 10
Overall Rating : 8.8 / 10