ECS Z77H2-A2X Ultimate Golden Edition Extreme
Now that a majority of the key Linux performance areas have been covered on Phoronix as it pertains to Intel's Ivy Bridge in dozens of different articles since its April launch date, it's time to say a few words about the "Panther Point" motherboard that was used for many of these Phoronix tests: the ECS Z77H2-A2X Ultimate Golden Edition Extreme.
I've had this Z77 Panther Point motherboard from ECS since even before the Ivy Bridge processors were introduced. As I said in mid-April, the ECS Z77 motherboard works great with Linux. I have not had any problems at all. Even after using this Z77H2-A2X motherboard in a majority of the Ivy Bridge Linux articles on Phoronix, it continues to work wonderful on Linux. This motherboard review itself is a bit tardy since there really has not been any major issues or problems where anything had to be immediately shared beyond my initial comments made about the product.
The ECS Z77H2-A2X is compatible with Intel Sandy Bridge and Ivy Bridge processors, sports four DDR3 memory slots up to 2800MHz in its top overclocked mode, there's two PCI Express 3.0 x16 slots, four Serial ATA 3.0 ports (and two Serial ATA 2.0 ports), Gigabit Ethernet, USB 3.0, and all of the other features that an enthusiast would expect from a top-end Intel motherboard.
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The ECS Z77H2-A2X also carries the other "special features" from the vendor like a super alloy choke, ECS Nonstop Technology, Gold "4" Ever, Lucid Virtu Universal MVP, M.I.B. X, 15u Gold Contact, etc.
Included with the Z77H2-A2X motherboard was the usual assortment of accessories that are normally bundled with any high-end enthusiast motherboard: SATA cables, SLI bridge, plenty of documentation, etc. One extra item worth pointing out is an external 3.5-inch drive bay adapter provides two additional USB 3.0 ports off the motherboard's header.
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