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ECS Z87H3-A2X Golden Motherboard Review

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Testing methodology

Test Systems Configuration
Test System #1 Test System #2
Case Cooler Master Cosmos II SE Cooler Master Cosmos II SE
Motherboard ECS Z87H3-A2X Gigabyte Z87-UDH4
CPU Intel Core i7-4770K Intel Core i7-4770K
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Glacier 240L Cooler Master Glacier 240L
RAM Kingston Hyper X Beast DDR3 2133 MHz 8 GB Kingston Hyper X Beast DDR3 2133 MHz 8 GB
GPU VisionTek R9 280X VisionTek R9 280X
Hard Drives Samsung 840 EVO 256gb SSD Samsung 840 EVO 256gb SSD
Western Digital black 500 gb 7200 RPM HDD Western Digital black 500 gb 7200 RPM HDD
Power Supply NXZT Hale v2 1000 Watt power supply NXZT Hale v2 1000 Watt power supply

To test the ECS Z87H3-A2X Golden motherboard, the CMOS was cleared and used the default values, except for a few options. Memory was set to 2133 The time and date were set accordingly.

Testing Software:

  • Aida64 Engineer
  • Crystal Disk Mark
  • CineBench R15
  • PCMark
  • WinRAR
  • Handbrake
  • Performance Test 8.0
  • RightMark Audio Analyzer

Windows 7 Professional was installed on the SSD with all the latest patches available fromMicrosoftECS Z87H3-A2X Golden Motherboard Review ECS, Intel, Motherboard, overclocking, WiFi, Z87 1.
A reboot was performed between each benchmark run.

All applicationsECS Z87H3-A2X Golden Motherboard Review ECS, Intel, Motherboard, overclocking, WiFi, Z87 2 were run at their default values unless specified otherwise.

VisionTek Radeon R9 280X: All gamesECS Z87H3-A2X Golden Motherboard Review ECS, Intel, Motherboard, overclocking, WiFi, Z87 3 were run in full screen at 1920×1080 with the in game performance settings set to ultra quality settings. AA & AF were set to the maximum available. Bioshock infinite, Tomb Raider, Hitman, Dirt 3, and Dirt Showdown were benchmarked using the respective Adrenaline benchmarking tool with the ultra quality preset used for the test. DirectX 11 was chosen for all graphics tests if available. For Battlefield 4, we used the Shanghi mission. The benchmark was started after the player gets off the boat and ends once they reach the roadway.

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All tests were taken a total of three times and the results were averaged together to get the final results.

For 3D Mark 11, we used the Extreme test. 3D Mark was left at the default settings and did not use the extreme settings.

AMD beta Catalyst 14.3 driversECS Z87H3-A2X Golden Motherboard Review ECS, Intel, Motherboard, overclocking, WiFi, Z87 4 were used for testing.

Both motherboards were updated to the latest BIOS available from the manufacture’s website.

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2 Comments

  1. this board is funky. i like that it splays GANK proudly on the cover. so many connotation. then the heatsinks remind me of a waves and a waverunner. its like the motherboard a middle east dictator would use.

  2. Thanks for the excellent review Tom. Those are my thoughts exactly Vajoiner. lol. GANK is an unfortunate name for a motherboard. There’s plenty of great ideas on this board but the price tag is certainly extremely high (although affordable to mid-east dictators. lol)

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