Decent performance, decent price.
There’s been a lot of mainstream tech this week at the Tbreak HQ. Earlier we reviewed the mid-level enthusiast motherboard from Gigabyte, the X58A-UD3R, and today we’ll be looking at a proper high-end mainstream motherboard. Why’s the ECS P55H-AK a “high-end mainstream” board? Well, it’s a LGA 1156 for starters, as opposed to the LGA 1366 X58A-UD3R, so no high-end Core i7 processors to be seen here. That said, the ECS P55H-AK is a Black Series motherboard, and as such it’s chock full of enthusiast specific features.
Apart from the User Guides and Driver CD, the ECS P55H-AK is packaged with four SATA cables and three SLI connectors, but it also comes with a 3.5” bracket for two USB 3.0 ports. This is thanks to the extra NEC chip, one of which provides two USB 3.0 ports on the rear I/O panel. Speaking of which, the ECS P55H-AK also has two Marvell SATA3 chips which provide two SATA 6Gb/s chips on the board and two more eSATA 6 Gb/s ports on the rear panel as well.
Extra goodies aside, the ECS P55H-AK supports 3-way SLI or CrossFireX along with support for unlocked Core i7 and i5 processors. Dual Channel memory can go all the way up to 2400 MHz with overclocking, supporting 16GB onboard. Besides that, the rear I/O panel also supports eight USB 2.0 ports, two gigabit LAN ports and your regular ports for 8 channel audio out.
The overall size and layout of the board is small enough to fit in any mid-sized ATX casing.