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ECS H55H-M LGA 1156 mATX Motherboard Review - Intel on a budget

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Manufacturer: Elitegroup
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Introduction and Features

ECS keeps up in micro ATX market with H55H-M offering



Courtesy of ECS

Companies like ASRock and ECS are working to compete with giants in the motherboard industry like ASUS and Gigabyte, but they are taking a different path to winning over the hearts and minds of consumers. ECS is developing mobos that not only meet the performance needs of consumers, but they are also working to bring similar technologies and chipsets to market at a lower cost. The H55H-M is one of those boards selling for around $65 from most vendors, but it gives users a capable board that can handle any LGA 1156 processor and even a decent PCI-E graphics card to boot. We got to slap this board onto our test bench for a round of benchmarks to see how it compares against other h55 offerings on the market today.

 



Courtesy of ECS

The ECS H55M-H is a bit smaller than your typical micro ATX motherboard at 244mm x 200mm, but it still gives users a decent feature set that includes support for the latest LGA 1156 processors, including the entire i3, i5, and i7 series. The additional PCI-E x16 slot gives PC builders another option to add discrete graphics or a premium sound solution using one of two PCI-E x1 slots.



Courtesy of Intel

The H55 chipset onboard also brings a lot of good features to consumers like support for 8GBs of DDR3 1066/1333 memory and six SATA 3GB/s devices. An external eSATA port is also available on the back I/O panel, which is great for connecting external hard drives and get better read/write speeds than USB 2.0.

 

ECS H55H-M Motherboard Features

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 III technology to challenge undiscovered extreme overclocking than ever before.  

LGA 1156 Core i7

Supports the Intel® Core i7 Processors in the LGA1156 package. Applying processing power where it's needed most with faster, intelligent, multi-core technology, and delivering an incredible breakthrough in PC performance.  

LGA 1156 Core i5

Supports the Intel Core i5 Processors in the LGA1156 package. Accelerating in response to demanding tasks, such as playing games and editing photos with intelligent performance, and moving faster when you do.  

LGA 1156 Core i3

Supports the Intel Core i3 Processors in the LGA1156 package. This family equipped with Intel® HD Graphics is the perfect entry point for a fast, responsive PC experience.  

LGA 1156

Supports LGA 1156 CPU-socket interface in the single chipset structure and will supersede LGA775 in the high-end and performance desktop segments. It can tune your system for extra performance and feed your need for speed.  

PCI EXPRESS 2.0

The exceptionally increased interconnect bit rate from 2.5GT/s up to 5.0GT/s would effectively eliminates the bottle neck of the system performance and brings the most terrific computing experience from the present to the future.  

SATAII 3.0Gb/s

Doubles the transfer speed of SATA, running at speed up to 3.0Gb/s, and fully compatible with the soon-to-be-released SATA HDD, CD-ROM and other cutting-edge devices with NCQ function support.  

6 Channel High Definition Audio

Integrated 6-channel HD Audio CODEC delivering advanced multi-channel audio and bringing you the experience of home theater-quality sound.  

Gigabit 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.  

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.  

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.  

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.  

Certified For Windows® 7

Windows® 7 platform introduces a number of manageability improvements that can reduce total cost of ownership by helping to increase automation, improve user productivity, and provide flexible administrative control to meet compliance requirements. It is more user-friendly and has been optimized to consume less system resources with Windows® 7 as well. Furthermore, the VT technology is enhanced to support real-time multimedia application including video playback and 3D games.

 

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