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ECS H61H2-A Motherboard Review

By on April 4, 2011
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Sandy Bridge goodness at a budget.

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Good: Excellent performance for its price, ATX sized but is still slimmer
Bad: No USB 3.0 & SATA III support, No CPU overclocking abilities
Price: AED 260
* The price is the Suggested Retail Price at the time of review. Please call a retailer to confirm the latest price for this product.

CPU º LGA1155 socket for new 2nd Generation Intel® Core™ i7 series processor/Intel® Core™ i5 series processor/Intel® Core™ i3 series processor/Intel® Pentium® processors/Intel® Celeron® processors
º DMI 20Gb/s
CHIPSET º Intel® H61 Express Chipset
MEMORY º Dual-channel DDR3 memory architecture
º 2 x 240-pin DDR3 DIMM socket support up to 16 GB*
º Support DDR3 1333/1066 SDRAM
º *(Due to the DRAM maximum size is 4GB at present, the memory maximum size we have tested is 8GB)
Due to the operating system limitation, the actual memory size may be less than 4GB for the reservation for system usage under Windows® 32-bit OS.
For Windows® 64-bit OS with 64-bit CPU, there is no such limitation
EXPANSION SLOT º 1 x PCI Express x16 Gen2.0 slot
º 3 x PCI Express x1 slots
º 2 x PCI slots
STORAGE º Support by Intel® H61
• 4 x Serial ATA 3.0Gb/s devices
AUDIO º Realtek ALC662 6-channel audio
º Compliant with HD audio specification
LAN º Realtek 8111E Gigabit LAN Fast Ethernet Controller
REAR PANEL I/O º 1 x PS/2 keyboard & PS/2 mouse connectors
º 1 x D-sub(VGA)
º 1 x DVI connector(optional)
º 1 x RJ45 LAN connector
º 1 x Audio port (Line-in, Line-out, Mic-in)
º 4 x USB 2.0 Ports
INTERNAL I/O CONNECTORS & HEADERS º 1 x Front panel audio header
º 1 x 24-pin ATX Power Supply connector
º 1 x 4-pin 12V Connector
º 1 x 4pin CPU_FAN connectors
º 1 x 3-pin PWR_FAN connector
º 1 x 3-pin SYS_FAN connector
º 1 x Speaker header
º 1 x Front panel switch/LED header
º 1 x SPDIF out header
º 1 x Clear CMOS header
º 1 x Serial port header
º 1 x Parallel Header
º 2 x USB 2.0 headers support additional 4 USB 2.0 Ports
º 4 x SATA 3Gb/s connectors
º 1x 2-pin ME_UNLOCK header
º 1x Chasis detect header
SYSTEM BIOS º AMI BIOS with 32Mb SPI ROM
º Supports Plug and Play, STR (S3) / STD (S4) , Hardware monitor, Multi Boot
º Supports ACPI & DMI
º Audio, LAN, can be disabled in BIOS
º F7 hot key for boot up devices option
º Support Page Up clear CMOS Hotkey
º Support eDLU
º Support eSF
º Support eBLU
º Support eJIFFY
º Supports ACPI 3.0 revision
º Support ECS M.I.B III Utility
• Graphic Voltage Adjustable
º Support Milti-language BIOS Utility
FORM FACTOR º ATX Size, 305mm*195mm


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