The battle for your wallet begins now.
First up is the ECS P67H2-A motherboard. This is a high-end motherboard from ECS with the Black Series moniker. The ECS motherboard was the most troublesome of the bunch, not in terms of normal operations, but during overclocking.
The ECS P67H2-A has a rather mean looking demeanor, but performance wise it was a little meek compared to the other boards, as you will see in the benchmarks later on. Features wise the ECS P67H2-A is the most fully loaded of them all, including the Lucid Hydra chip that allows you to mix and match Nvidia and AMD graphics card, as long as you’re running Windows 7 OS. The latest driver for the chip, unfortunately, was not compatible with the motherboard at the time of this writing, so I couldn’t test the unholy matrimony between the AMD HD 6970 and Nvidia GTX 580, but perhaps later on.
Now let’s get to the overclocking phase, where no matter how much I tried in the BIOS or ECS’s own eOC v2.0 utility software for Windows 7, the ECS P67H2-A simply wouldn’t boot with the overclocked speeds enabled. I would always end up with the same default speeds. The latest BIOS was still from October last year, so perhaps a newer version would help, but as of right now, the ECS P67H2-A didn’t overclock for me.
Full specs sheet for ECS P67H2-A.