ECS Z77H2-AX Black Extreme Motherboard Review

Motherboards/Intel S1155 by stefan @ 2012-05-15

The Z77H2-AX Motherboard from ECS has gold accents all over the place, comes with a clean design and the offered hardware bundle should be enough for most users; regarding the software which ships with it, most is in trial version mode and we would have preferred to see more which could have added value to the product like THX TruStudio Pro. The UEFI interface can be used with ease, except the RAM section, which is more difficult to use compared to the one found on ASRock motherboards.

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A Closer Look Part II

Documentation is also included and this is composed from a general assembly manual that could be found at the other products from ECS we have reviewed in the past, an Operation Manual for Virtu MVP and the User’s Guide; a DVD is also included which houses the applications and drivers:




Inside the User’s Guide, we can find the necessary information to set everything up; unfortunately, we cannot find the boot codes at the end of the guide, as ASRock uses to include:




The Operation Manual for Virtu MVP shows the installation steps, but also describes the application interface:




The PCB has a piano black color and combines pretty nicely with the golden heatsinks, golden solid capacitors and chokes; in the center we can find a small heatsink for the PLX PXE 8747, capable of taking 16 PCIe lanes from the Ivy Bridge CPU and is able to support 32 PCIe lanes. The controller is also PCIe Gen 3 compliant; this way, we can install dual card configurations (x16/x16) or triple card (x16/x8/x8):




The board PCH is covered with a larger heatsink, with the Black Extreme logo; the logo is protected by a small transparent protective film:




On the top left side of the PCB, near the 8-pin ATX power connector, we can find the tiny uP1618 6+2 Phase Buck Controller:




The two eSATA 6Gbps ports in the back are supported by the ASMedia ASM1061 controller:




The LAN interface is provided on this board by the Realtek RTL8111E Gigabit Ethernet Controller:




Near it, we can find the Realtek ALC892 7.1+2 Channel HD Audio Codec with Content Protection:




Also, near the second PCI-E x1 slot (counting from top to bottom), we can find the CMOS battery, along with the SuperIO chip:




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