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ECS Z87H3-A2X Golden Motherboard Review

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Benchmarks

aida_cpu

 

Testing in Aida 64 Engineer shows that the  ECS Z87H3-A2X Golden Motherboard can keep up with the Gigabyte Z87-UDH4. The boards are extremely close in performance. No real surprises here.

 

aida_mem

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Memory copy on the ECS Z87H3-A2X Golden Motherboard is the only issue that I see here. This result was the average, and all three results were very close to this number. I am not sure if it is a memory issue here, or if it is a motherboard issue. Each board’s results for memory write and memory read fall within just a few points of each other.

 

ccm_ssd

The ECS Z87H3-A2X Golden Motherboard performed very well when hooked up with the Samsung EVO 840 SSD.

 

ccm_hdd

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With the current prices on SSDs, I see this test falling off of our charts. The Gigabyte Z87-UDH4 was able to best the ECS Z87H3-A2X Golden Motherboard.

 

ccm_usb2

USB 2.0 performance on teh ECS Z87H3-A2X Golden Motherboard was very good and matched the Gigabyte board step for step. There will be minor variances between tests but what we’re looking for is major differences.

 

ccm_usb3

USB 3.0 is the de facto standard for flash drives in my lab and the ECS Z87H3-A2X Golden Motherboard didn’t falter. Transfer rates are right inline with the competition and where they should be.

 

Frequency response (from 40 Hz to 15 kHz), dB
+0.36, +0.25
Excellent
Noise level, dB (A)
-94.2
Very good
Dynamic range, dB (A)
94.3
Very good
THD, %
0.0098
Very good
THD + Noise, dB (A)
-77.3
Average
IMD + Noise, %
0.012
Very good
Stereo crosstalk, dB
-92.5
Excellent
IMD at 10 kHz, %
0.040
Good
General performance
Very good

RightMark Audio Analyzer measures sound quality. To set this test up, I used a 12″ 3.5mm loop back plugged into the audio jack labeled as front and the other end plugged into the Line In jack. Volume was turned up to 100% and the Line In level was adjusted until -1dB was read on the scale, the test was run at that point. Overall, according to RMAA the board posted a very good result.

NIC1

NIC2

To set up the network test, a single Cisco catalyst 2960G with a blank configuration is used. Each PCECS Z87H3-A2X Golden Motherboard Review ECS, Intel, Motherboard, overclocking, WiFi, Z87 1 is plugged into the switch with a static IP. The ECS Z87H3-A2X Golden Motherboard  is used as a client. The test shows that initial traffic starts out at just over 900 Mbps and is able to maintain a stable transfer rate of over 900 Mbps with a final average of 948 Mbps on both network cards. Overall transfer rate was acceptable and comes in with in range. With TPC/IP networking a bandwidth loss of 10 to 15% is expected.

wireless

 

The wireless test added a bit more complexity to the scenario. Using the same Cisco Catalyst 2960G switch, I added an Ubiquiti WAP wireless access point. I configured the access point with a SSID and added it to the network. Both wired network cards on the ECS Z87H3-A2X Golden Motherboard were disabled. The Ubiquiti access point supports A/B/G/N wireless protocols. The wireless access point was located about 30 feet away from the motherboard at the time of testing. The wireless adapter on the ECS Z87H3-A2X Golden Motherboard was able to maintain just above 48 Mbps during the test with an average rate of 50.1 Mbps. I don’t yet know if this is a limitation of the wireless access point or the USB network card.

 

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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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