Now that the initial Intel Cougar Point chipset problems have been resolved, there is a plethora of motherboards on the market that support the latest Sandy Bridge processors. For enthusiasts, the current high-end SNB-supportive chipset is the Intel P67, of which there are also many different motherboards from various vendors. One of the P67 motherboards that attempts to provide some of the high-end features while at a mainstream price-point is the ECS P67H2-A2. This Elitegroup motherboard retails for less than $200 USD while it ships with two PCI Express x16 slots, USB 3.0, Serial ATA 3.0, and ECS overclocking features.
The product packaging for the P67H2-A2 is just like the other motherboards we have reviewed in past years from ECS. Included with the ATX motherboard were eight SATA cables, an SLI bridge, a dual-port USB 3.0 cable with an optional adapter for an external 3.5-inch bay or expansion slot, the I/O shield, user manual, quick installation guide, driver CD, and USB caps. It is a fairly standard set of accessories, plus the USB 3.0 adapter, which is expected for a sub-$200 Sandy Bridge motherboards. Even with Sandy Bridge having launched at the beginning of the year, in mid-April there is still numerous P67 motherboards selling above $300 USD.
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