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Intel Z97 Express: Five Enthusiast Motherboards, $120 To $160

Z97-Machine Software

ECS fills the installation disc of most motherboards—including the Z97-Machine—with shareware, trial software, and freeware. The company still has its own tuning software, but it should probably be treated as a supplement to Intel’s downloadable XTU package.

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ECS eOC looks even more restricted when paired with the locked CPU we’re using for benchmarks, but it does at least have a setting to enable your custom settings at boot.

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Other ECS applications includes fan control, BIOS update, and a webpage link to software updates.

Thomas Soderstrom
Thomas Soderstrom is a Senior Staff Editor at Tom's Hardware US. He tests and reviews cases, cooling, memory and motherboards.