ECS H61H2-A Motherboard Review

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

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.

For testing the ECS H61H2-A I have used an Intel Core i7-2600K, Kingston HyperX 4GB DDR3-2133 ram, Zotac GTX 580 AMP! Edition graphics card and Western Digital VelociRaptor 300GB HDD with Windows 7 Ultimate. All of this is powered by a Cooler Master 1200W Silent Pro Gold PSU. For comparisons I have used our resident testbed Gigabyte P67A-UD7 and the recently reviewed ECS H67H2-I motherboard. These two motherboards cost 5 times and 2 times as much as the ECS H61H2-A respectively.

While CPU performance doesn’t seem to be too far behind the others, the ECS H61H2-A manages to outperform the H67H2-I in terms of gaming performance. In the real world scenario, you everyday operations will see little to no impact between a budget motherboard like this and a high-end board like the Gigabyte P67A-UD7. However, once you get into heavy video and photo editing, as well as games, then the H61H2-A starts showing why it’s a budget motherboard.

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