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ECS Golden Board Z77H2-AX Z77 Motherboard Review

Subject: Motherboards
Manufacturer: ECS

Overclocking Results

ECS eOC Overclocking

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ECS included their eOC Windows-based utility for both device temperature monitoring and overclocking purposes. The Monitor tab displays the CPU temperature and the system temperature. The CPU temperature displayed is shown in terms of degrees Celsius from the CPU’s rated maximum temperature instead of the actual temperature of the processor.

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The Easy Tuning and Advance Tuning tabs house the configurable frequency and voltage settings. In the Easy Tuning tab, only the CPU Frequency value can be user configured. Some very noticeable short comings with this applet are the lack of either CPU ratio or memory speed configuration settings.

Using the applet, I was unable to successfully overclock the system at all. Even was I able to bump up the CPU Frequency for the Core i5 3570K CPU, the lack of configurable CPU ratio settings really hampers any advanced overclocking potential of this application.

Manual Overclocking

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Unfortunately, this board just didn’t want to play nice with my Core i5 3570K CPU. No matter how much voltage I put through it or how little I tweaked the settings, I could not get the board to boot at better than stock CPU settings. Memory overclocking fared a little better, with the memory stabilizing at 1866MHz. Keep in mind that the same memory had no problem hitting almost 2200MHz in other review boards.

November 10, 2012 | 01:30 AM - Posted by Operandi

50 Cent; your motherboard has arrived.

Seriously though, if ECS wants to go for the high-end motherboard market blinging it out in gold is not the way to go.

November 10, 2012 | 09:40 PM - Posted by Morry Teitelman

You really need to see it live to get the full effect.  I tend to like the read and black theme that ASUS ROG boards normal sport, but I would seriously consider putting this one in my system if the o/c performance was better...

November 12, 2012 | 07:52 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

The black & gold is too over the top, should go down well with the chaps on the sub continent though.
I could be wrong but as far as I know there is no such thing as a SATA 6 cable. All generation cables are the same.

November 13, 2012 | 10:00 AM - Posted by Morry Teitelman

The SATA 6G cable terminology seems to be more of a corporate marketing-speak term, since you are correct that any SATA cable is capable of handling a SATA III drive/signal.  What I've noticed with the manfacturer-labeled "SATA III" cables is that those cables seem to be a bit thicker and more substantial than the SATA II labeled cables.

November 17, 2012 | 10:41 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

The gold thing is silly and impractical. Proper colour coding of every port individually is saner.

As for "eSATA ports", I fail to see why. This is an interface that crashes boxes under almost any OS and is utterly obsoleted by USB3 and Thunderbolt by now.

I would much rather have seen a second gigabit RJ45.

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