ECS P55H-A Motherboard Review :: Bundle

11-07-2009 · Category: Motherboards

By Benjamin Sun

ECS P55H-A Motherboard Review Board

Board

ECS P55H-A Motherboard Review 8-pin power

8-pin power

ECS P55H-A Motherboard Review CPU Socket

CPU Socket

ECS P55H-A Motherboard Review Back of board

Back of board


Starting on the upper right hand corner of the board we see that ECS has moved the 8-pin power connector more towards the center of the board instead o the usual placement on the right hand side of the board as is normally found on most P55 motherboards. There are three LEDs that light up depending on the load whether high, medium or light changing the system to best utilizes the available power.


ECS P55H-A Motherboard Review Solid capacitors

Solid capacitors

ECS P55H-A Motherboard Review MOSFET heatsink

MOSFET heatsink

ECS P55H-A Motherboard Review P55 Express chipset

P55 Express chipset

ECS P55H-A Motherboard Review DIMM Slots

DIMM Slots


Moving to the CPU Socket we see that ECSís board supports the LGA-1156 Core i5 and I7 CPUs o the market via a Socket-1156 interface. There is a small row of low-profile Japanese capacitors surrounding the CPU area on three sides. This arrangement should allow for the use of after-market cooling solutions as there is nothing blocking it.


ECS P55H-A Motherboard Review Power Phase LED

Power Phase LED

ECS P55H-A Motherboard Review CPU Fan header

CPU Fan header

ECS P55H-A Motherboard Review 24-pin power

24-pin power

ECS P55H-A Motherboard Review Sys Fan header

Sys Fan header


The right and top MOSFETS have had MOSFET heatsinks attached to them. Below that is the PWM for the 4-phase power. The CPUFan is located below the MOSFET heatsink on the right hand side of the board. There are four DIMM Sockets for up to 16GB of DDR3-1333MHz DDR3 memory on the board. These are arranged in two banks of memory, with each bank signified by two like colored DIMM Sockets.


ECS P55H-A Motherboard Review SATA ports

SATA ports

ECS P55H-A Motherboard Review IDE

IDE

ECS P55H-A Motherboard Review Power and Reset

Power and Reset

ECS P55H-A Motherboard Review SPDIF O

SPDIF O


The bottom right side of the case has the 4-pin case fan header. To the left of that is the 24-pin power connector. The SysFan header is located next to the ATX Power header. To the left of the header are the boardís six SATA ports. The ports are angled meaning installing or removing HDDs doesnít require the removal of a HDD. Intelís RAID controller on the system supports RAID 0, 1, 10, JBOD modes.

The next item on this board are the standard Power and Reset buttons located next to the SATA ports. Onboard Power and Reset buttons are always welcome additions to a motherboard as it allows a user to install the board outside of the case and power it on using a PSU. The left side of the board starts off with the Front Panel I/O. The schematic for the wires is located in between the SATA and Power buttons.


ECS P55H-A Motherboard Review Expansion

Expansion

ECS P55H-A Motherboard Review Case fan

Case fan

ECS P55H-A Motherboard Review FP IO

FP IO

ECS P55H-A Motherboard Review USB

USB


ECS has included three headers for USB ports. This brings the total supported on the board to 14 with eight on the Rear I/O area. A COM port, the SPDIFO port, a CD-In port, the Front Audio port completes the left side of the board. The expansion possibilities on the board include two PCI Express x16 slots. If two video cards are installed they operate at half speed. A PCI Express x4 slot, a PCI Express x1 slot and two PCI slots bring the total expansion slots on the board to six.


ECS P55H-A Motherboard Review JMB361

JMB361

ECS P55H-A Motherboard Review Realtek RTL8110L

Realtek RTL8110L

ECS P55H-A Motherboard Review ICS

ICS

ECS P55H-A Motherboard Review ASMT

ASMT


The onboard sound on the ECS P55H-A motherboard is provided by the Realtek ALC888 CODEC, a venerable sound solution that has been popular among board manufacturers for the last few years. The ALC888 has ten DAC channels that provide 7.1+2 channel simultaneous audio output (Multi-Streaming). Realtekís ALC888 is HDA compliant meaning it supports all of the functionality of the High Definition Audio standard.


ECS P55H-A Motherboard Review
ECS P55H-A Motherboard Review
ECS P55H-A Motherboard Review
ECS P55H-A Motherboard Review

The Rear I/O on the board consists of eight USB 2.0 ports, a PS/2 keyboard port, a PS/2 mouse port, a RJ-45 jack for the onboard Gigabit Ethernet, a SPDIF jack, five audio jacks, an external SATA port and the Clear CMOS button. The RJ-45 jack is controlled by a Realteak RTL8111DL Gigabit Fast Ethernet PHY. The ECS P55H-A board has a full complement of rear I/O and the inclusion of a Clear CMOS button on the back means you can reset your BIOS without opening up the computer.