ECS Z97 Machine Motherboard Review

Motherboards/Intel S1150 by stefan @ 2014-08-01

The Z97 Machine motherboard from ECS takes part of their mainstream offerings and this particular model has been enhanced on the audio interface by including the ESS Sabre ES9010K2M DAC. A M.2 slot for SSD is also present and we can mount up to two video cards (AMD CrossFireX) for expanding the 3D performances even further.

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Product Features

Windows® 8.1 Hardware Certification

Support the latest Windows 8.1 technology which provides touch-enabled control, Apps and can connect with the cloud to connect with your files, photos, people, and settings, wherever you sign in.

All Solid Capacitors

ECS’s All-Solid-Capacitors design brings the great benefit of better durability to users. Better conductivity and heat resistance can be expected as well thus the system stability can be assured under critical conditions.


Maximizes your system performance by selecting from these overclocking options:

(1) Flexible voltage adjustments

(2) Adjustable ratio and Freq


ECS O.C profile offers 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.

Multi-language BIOS

Multi-language BIOS allows you to see and set up the BIOS with your native language. It helps Non-English users to solve the problem of setting up the BIOS and achieve extra system performance easily.

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.

Intel Rapid Storage Technology

Intel® Rapid Storage Technology offers new levels of protection, performance, and expandability for system. Whether using one or multiple hard drives, users can take advantage of enhanced performance and lower power consumption.


The most convenient tool to adjust BIOS in graphical interface. Designed with user-friendly interface including auto OC, boot priority, security function and windows 8 support. (Auto OC only for OC available models. )

Intel unlocked CPU

Support latest Intel unlocked processors to unlock better speed, smart performance and new flexibility. Users will be able to alter multipliers to increase frequencies without altering system out of spec.

Support 22nm processors

Intel new 22nm, 3-D transistor architecture enables support for new-generation processors which delivers unprecedented performance improvement, faster computing and graphics and power reduction.

ATI CrossFire X

The technology not only combines multi-GPU and motherboard power that soars into a new dimension of graphics capability, but also delivers the highest image quality and screen resolutions, even with the most demanding 3D titles.


Multi-Monitor feature is the use of multiple display devices for increasing the area available for programs running on a single computer system. It is not only to increase larger screen viewing but also for improving personal productivity.


GPU O.C. is able to raise up graphics frequency boost through the BIOS setting to get excellent performance and enjoy outstanding multi-media experience.

DDR3 with XMP

Intel® XMP is a simple and robust high performance, DDR3 based memory solution for Intel based platforms. It enables users to take advantage of the fastest DDR3 memory, provides a mechanism for end users to easily performance tune Intel platforms and is designed specifically for enthusiasts as well as gamers.

4 DIMM Slots

Break the native limit of 2 DIMM slots supported by Intel chipset, ECS ingeniously devises 4 DIMM slots supporting up to the maximum of memory storage.

Dual Channel DDR3 3000(OC)

DDR3 3000 OC is able to raise processor and RAM clock up to 3000MHz through capable RAM in overclock mode.


The next generation of PCI Express 3.0 accelerates on 32 GB/s rate which effectively delivers double of PCIe 2.0 bandwidth. PCIe 3.0 enhances the encoding scheme to eliminate 20% overhead data to deliver higher transmission speed and better performance.

SATA 6Gb/s

Doubles the transfer speed of SATA 3G, running at speed up to 6.0Gb/s, and can connect with any other SATA 3.0Gb/s and 1.5Gb/s devices for backward compatibility.

RAID 0, 1, 5, 10

Supports RAID 0(Striped disk array), RAID 1(Mirroring disk array), RAID 5(Block Interleaved Distributed Parity), RAID 10 (A Stripe of Mirrors). Provides users the performance and protection.

8 Channel High Definition Audio

Integrated 8-channel HD Audio CODEC delivering advanced multi-channel audio and bringing you the experience of home theater-quality sound.

Sound Blaster Cinema2

Sound Blaster Cinema2 provides the latest groundbreaking technologies that delivers the fullest audio experience for music, movies and games, while remaining true to the source and intention of the artists who created it.

Giga LAN

Delivers transfer speed ten times faster than conventional 10 / 100 Ethernet connections, supporting a high transfer rate up to Gigabit/s. Gigabit LAN is the networking standards for the future and is ideal for handing large amount of data such as video, audio, and voice.

USB 3.0

The latest generation Super Speed USB 3.0 Card is able to transfer data 10 times faster than USB 2.0. An innovative power management system provide better energy saving and carry more power to recharge more USB rechargeable devices. USB 3.0 Card is compatible with USB 2.0 to add more convenience and excellent performance.

HDMI Output

The interface supports existing high-definition video formats(720p, 1080i, and even 1080p), plus multi-channel digital audio on a single cable. Combination with HDCP, provides a secure audio/video interface that meets the security requirements of content providers and systems operators.

DVI Output

A video interface standard designed to maximize the visual quality of digital display devices such as flat panel LCD computer displays and digital projectors. DVI transmits a digital signal from a digital location in the graphics card to a digital location on the display screen. So you get the full clarity and stability of liquid crystal technology — with sharp, clear pixels.

D-Sub output

D-Sub connection technology is used for connecting computer and monitor by analog signal. It is reliable and stable for signals transmit from point A to B.

eBLU - BIOS Live Update Utility

ECS eBLU utility makes updating BIOS fast and easy. eBLU saves time and hassle of searching for BIOS online and avoid complicated flashing steps. With simple and easy steps it checks for new BIOS version on-line and safely guides the user to flash the system BIOS.

eOC - Easy Over Clock Utility

Easy Over Clock Utility is a easy and simply overclocking tools that provides user-friendly windows operation interface for novices and overclockers, with clicking on your mouse only you can get much higher performance of CPU quickly. It is available for download and updated online to get the latest version. Combine with ECS MIB technology to challenge undiscovered extreme overclocking than ever before.

eDLU - Drivers Live Update Utility

ECS eDLU utility makes updating Drivers fast and easy. eDLU Saves time and hassle of searching for Drivers online and avoid complicated steps. With simple and easy steps it checks for new Drivers version on-line and let the user to update the Drivers.

eSF(ECS Smart Fan Utility)

ECS Smart Fan Utility provides smart and user friendly way to adjust fan speed depending on PCs system loading and temperature. It offers five modes to adjust fan speed within safe range without entering BIOS for smart, easy and silent environment.

EZ Charger

EZ Charger technology provides 3 times current than general USB port in off mode for USB devices. It’s useful and excellent, especially for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices that need a large amount of current for faster recharging within less time.


Choose an environment-friendly, fully RoHS-compliant ECS product as the foundation for keeping harmful substances out of our ecosystem.

ErP Ready

ECS Motherboards have been certified by ErP of European Union. Stand-by mode and off mode not to exceed 0.50W consumption to save energy and maintain sustainable environment.

Full HD Display

16:9 Full HD wide screen shows the stunning crystal-clear image that brings an excellent visual experience for gaming or HD movie playback.


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