ECS Z87H3-A2X Extreme GANK Machine Motherboard Review
ECS included the latest revision of their UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) EZ BIOS with the the Z87H3-A2X Extreme motherboard. The UEFI BIOS offers full keyboard and mouse support while using the BIOS pages with enhanced mouse navigation supported by right clicking the mouse - goes back to previous view if inside a settings pop-up or on a sub-menu page. ECS also includes a screen capture utility, which generates a 1024x768 BMP image on an attached USB drive upon clicking the F9 function key.
While much simpler where compared with other motherboard manufacturer's UEFI implementations, the ECS implementation was clean and well laid out. I found the mouse and keyboard responsiveness within the BIOS to be usable with no noticeable lag.
BIOS Notable Features
The ECS UEFI BIOS implementation contains no fancy interfaces or ground-breaking designs, but it functions well and has an intuitive layout. As long as you can find the settings you're looking for and the interface is not laggy, any other additions are little more than glitz and window dressing. The BIOS has two operation modes - Basic and Advanced.
The Basic mode page houses a graphical interface with high level board, temperature, voltage, and fan speed information shown.
Advanced Mode, M.I.B. X section
The Advanced Mode interface houses the more advanced board related setting with all overclocking and performance related settings centralized under the M.I.B. X tab. M.I.B. X stands for MB Intelligent BIOS X, designed with a series of sub-menus containing logically divided performance settings.
BIOS Walkthrough - Performance-related Settings, Advanced Mode
M.I.B. X tab
M.I.B. X tab, CPU OverClocking Configuration page
M.I.B. X tab, North Bridge Configuration page
M.I.B. X tab, Memory Configuration page
M.I.B. X tab, Memory Configuration page continued
M.I.B. X tab, Over Voltage Configuration page
M.I.B. X tab, Over Voltage Configuration page continued
M.I.B. X tab, Profile Configuration page
M.I.B. X tab, Profile Configuration page, Profile Details page
Advanced tab, PC Health Status page
Advanced tab, PC Health Status page, Smart Fan Function page
Advanced tab, CPU Configuration page