ECS H61H2-M Review

By on May 3, 2011
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Now with all the B3 stepping goodness.

Good: Competitive performance, USB 3.0 ports, Small form factor, 4 DIMM Slots
Bad: No HDMI out port.
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 a 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 ($330) and the recently reviewed ECS H61H2-A ($70) motherboard.

In terms of raw performance, you’re not losing out by much on CPU side as seen from 7-zip (multicore), WinRAR (single-core) and Cinebench R11.5 (multicore). On the gaming side, the performance seems equal across the board, so both the i7-2600K and the GTX 580 are being used to their maximum potential.

In my opinion the ECS H61H2-M beats out the H61H2-A due to two major factors: USB 3.0 and Dual channel DDR3 ram on 4 slots. The ECS H61H2-M has a small form factor, extremely competitive performance, and some nice basic features. Yes, there are no extra frills on the side, mainly no SATA III or CPU overclocking capability, but that’s a limitation of the H61 platform itself. For a decent HTPC or even a gaming rig with a limited budget in mind, the ECS H61H2-M is as good as it gets.

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From auditing to editing, I now test and analyze the latest gadgets and games instead of the latest financial statements. Both jobs are equally intense and rewarding. When I'm not burning up hardware in the name of science, you'll find me nuking in DOTA 2 or engineering in TF2.

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