ECS GANK DRONE Z87H3-A3X LGA 1150 Motherboard Review

Motherboards/Intel S1150 by stefan @ 2013-11-08

The Z87H3-A3X motherboard from ECS takes part of their entry-level DRONE series and is equipped with 6 power phases, Intel I217-V Gigabit LAN controller, ALC1150 with support of the Creative Sound Blaster Cinema software and 2-way Crossfire and SLI support. This all comes at an affordable price for more budget-oriented gamers.

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Product Highlights, Specifications

Product Highlights:


Extreme Gaming Quality & Technologies



L337 heatsink offers extreme cooling and heat dissipation of up to 10% more, and the style design represents the architectural home age of L337 spirit.



Golden Solid Caps Offer up to 6X longer lifespan than standard electrolytic capacitors. They also offer better heat resistance with up to 200K hours of operation.



Intel Ethernet Controller 1217-V features high performance with reduced CPU overhead, reduced power and energy savings.


2X Gaming Performance - Dual Gen3 PCI-Express


The most advanced multi-graphics processing technologies of 2 PCIe X16, supporting NVIDIA 2-way SLI and AMD 2-way CrossFireX to deliver up to 2X performance over a single GPU system.


MAGIX MX SUITE - Cover all of your multimedia needs


As an ECS customer you can download MAGIX multimedia tools designed to enhance your music, videos and photos for free. From music and website creation to video editing and photo management. Four products that cover all of your multimedia needs. Simply do more with your media than you ever thought possible.


4K Video Output


Intel Core HD Graphics with 4k display for premium gaming experience with 2.6x graphics improvements.


Sound Blaster Cinema Technology


Sound Blaster Cinema Technology gives you the true cinema quality sound you would get from a theater experience.

-SBX Surround

-SBX Crystalizer

-SBX Bass

-SBX Dialog Plus

-SBX Smart Volume

Please visit here to learn more about Sound Blaster Cinema Technology.


Durathon Technology - Motherboard quality you can trust.


When it comes to the quality and durability of your motherboard, ECS goes above and beyond industry standards to ensure that you have a motherboard that will last long and always continue to outperform the competition. Trust only motherboards built with Durathon Technology.


Intel® Smart Response Technology - Better, faster performance


Intel® Smart Response Technology accelerates the system response experience by putting frequently-used blocks of disk data on a solid-state drive (SSD), providing dramatically faster access to use data than the hard disk alone can provide.


ATI CrossFireX™ Technology Ready


Combining multi-GPU to deliver users a highest image quality and screen resolutions.


Motherboard Intelligent BIOS X (M.I.B X - Ultimate BIOS O.C interface)


Providing the most intelligent and convenient way to adjust the clock/ voltage settings of CPU and memory and get the extra performance in advanced.

ECS O.C profile offers 3 sets of O.C values for CPU and DRAM to reach higher performances in a quick, simple and safe way. It keeps users’ preferable BIOS settings to regain your last successful O.C configuration to create the most convenient O.C experience.


DirectX® 11.1 Support


The most important new feature of DirectX 11.1 is the stereoscopic 3D support. All of the power of tridimensional contents can be used by video makers and game developers to provide a more immersive and modern experience for the viewer.

Learn more about DirectX 11.1




ECS EZ BIOS is an exclusive design and the most convenient tool to adjust BIOS in graphical interface. Designed with stunning user-friendly interface and easy-to-use function including Auto OC, boost priority, and security function, EZ BIOS can radically take full advantage of the performance, high-end gaming, multi-tasking and energy efficiency. The latest ECS EZ BIOS allow users to fully satisfy their growing demand with the unique operating designed.


Full Duplex Operation Support - USB 3.0


Ten times the transfer speed of USB2.0, running at speed up to amazing 4.9Gb/s.


Speedy Storage Interface - SATA 6G


Double the transfer speed of SATA 3.0 Gb/s, running at speed up to amazing 6.0Gb/s.


Anti-Static Design - ESD Protection


ESD protection design helps to avoid suffering permanent damage when subjected to momentary high voltages to increase the lifespan of motherboard. All ECS motherboards pass ESD International standard EC/EN 61000-4-2 Test and bring you stability and durability quality.


CyberLinkMedia Suite Bundled


Bundled the Ultimate HD & Blu-ray Player, Best Video Editing and Backup/Burn Software. (30 Days Trial Version)

These software are complete multimedia solutions in:

-HD playback

-Video Editing

-Media burning


eBLU BIOS Live Update Utility


Save time and hassle of searching for BIOS online and avoid complicated flashing steps.


?Time-saving?Smart and easy?Safe and secure?Free and upgradable


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