Page 1:Z77 Express: The Perfect Replacement For Older Machines
Page 2:ASRock Z77 Extreme6
Page 3:Z77 Extreme6 Firmware
Page 4:Asus P8Z77-V Pro
Page 5:P8Z77-V Pro Firmware
Page 6:Biostar TZ77XE4
Page 7:TZ77XE4 Firmware
Page 8:ECS Golden Z77H2-A2X
Page 9:Z77H2-A2X Firmware
Page 10:Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H
Page 11:Z77X-UD3H Firmware
Page 12:MSI Z77A-GD65
Page 13:Z77A-GD65 Firmware
Page 14:Test Settings And Benchmarks
Page 15:Benchmark Results: Battlefield 3
Page 16:Benchmark Results: DiRT 3
Page 17:Benchmark Results: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Page 18:Benchmark Results: Audio And Video Encoding
Page 19:Benchmark Results: Productivity
Page 20:Power, Heat, And Efficiency
Page 22:Which Mid-Range Z77 Board Should You Buy?
Though many of its earlier enthusiast-oriented efforts fell flat when it came to firmware, the Z77H2-A2X is a product in which ECS can finally take pride. A first in recent memory for ECS, setting CPU Voltage Mode to Ignore SVID allowed us to set the desired voltage, rather than guessing the results of an offset.
We had no problem pushing this review’s early-stepping Core i7-3770K to an ultra-competitive 4.69 GHz at 1.30 V, though the setting that got us that voltage was actually 1.25 V.
This is also the first ECS motherboard in our memory to provide Vdroop compensation, though over-compensation would be a more accurate term, since the lower Enabled setting kept us close to our desired limit.
ECS’ CPU Overclocking Configuration submenu includes base clock, CPU multiplier, and power limit controls.
Clicking through the Chipset Overclocking Configuration link brings up a slightly better titled memory menu. XMP is properly supported, though we had to switch to manual mode to reveal primary, secondary, and tertiary timings in this screen shot.
The motherboard does not have individual Auto settings for each timing, but perhaps goes one better by retaining previously-set values during the change. For these screen shots, we simply set XMP Profile 1 first, and those settings were retained as we switched to manual configuration.
The Z77H2-A2X got us a class-leading DDR3-2741 from a pair of G.Skill DDR3-2666 modules, but four-DIMM tests were far less exciting.
- Z77 Express: The Perfect Replacement For Older Machines
- ASRock Z77 Extreme6
- Z77 Extreme6 Firmware
- Asus P8Z77-V Pro
- P8Z77-V Pro Firmware
- Biostar TZ77XE4
- TZ77XE4 Firmware
- ECS Golden Z77H2-A2X
- Z77H2-A2X Firmware
- Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H
- Z77X-UD3H Firmware
- MSI Z77A-GD65
- Z77A-GD65 Firmware
- Test Settings And Benchmarks
- Benchmark Results: Battlefield 3
- Benchmark Results: DiRT 3
- Benchmark Results: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
- Benchmark Results: Audio And Video Encoding
- Benchmark Results: Productivity
- Power, Heat, And Efficiency
- Which Mid-Range Z77 Board Should You Buy?