ECS Z97-Machine Motherboard Review

Features

  • 2-Way multi-graphics solution
  • Supports 3 independent displays
  • 6 Phase Power Design
  • Supports Intel® K Series unlock CPU
  • Applied 100% Solid capacitor design to maximize component reliability
  • ECS Durathon Technology ensure the stability, reliability and performance of system.
  • (Triple Density PCB; Extreme Temp Resistance; 1.5K Marathon Test; Superior Solid CAPs)
  • ESD Protection prevents computers from electrostatic discharge damage to enhance its durability and lifespan
  • ECS EZ charger provides a fast way to charge your smart devices, even if the PC is off
  • Supports ECS EZ BIOS for tweaking BIOS in graphical user interface within a multi language environment
  • ECS MIB X – A friendly interface for overclocking, especially for gamer
  • Microsoft Windows 8.1 Certified
  • Intel® 22nm 4th generation Multi-Core CPU support
  • Intel® 14nm 5th generation Multi-Core CPU support
  • Supports NVIDIA® SLI Technology to Intelligently scale graphics performance by combining multiple NVIDIA® graphics
  • Supports DirectX® 11.1 to enhance graphical performance
  • Supports ATI® CrossFireX™ to expand your system’s graphics capabilities.
  • Supports Intel® HD Graphics, InTru™ 3D, Quick Sync Video, Clear Video HD Technology, Insider™
  • Supports HDMI 1.4a Technology ( resolution up to 1920X1200 ) and HDCP function
  • Supports Sound Blaster Cinema2 technology to deliver cinema-quality picture and sound to home environments
  • Supports Intel® Rapid Start technology
  • Supports Intel® Smart Response technology
  • Free Bundle: Norton Internet Security ,CyberLink PowerDVD, CyberLink PowerDirector 9, Muzee, Google Chrome, Magix with trial version
  • ECS Intelligent EZ Utility : eBLU, eDLU, eOC, eSF

Specifications

CPUº Supports new 4th gen Intel® Core™ family, Pentium, Celeron series processors in LGA1150 socket
º DMI 5.0GT/s
º 6 Phase Thermal Design Power
º VRD 12.5
º 100% Solid capacitor design
º Intel® K Series Unlock CPU Support
CHIPSETº Intel® Z97 Express Chipset
º Intel® Smart Response Technology, Intel® Smart Connect Technology & Intel® Rapid Start Technolog
GRAPHICSº Supports DirectX® 11 .1
º Supports Intel® HD Graphics, InTru™ 3D, Quick Sync Video, Clear Video HD Technology, Insider™
º Supports HDMI 1.4a & Premium Audio
º Supports ATI® 2-Way CrossFireX™
MEMORYº  Dual-channelDDR3 Memory architecture
º Supports DDR3 3000 non-ECC, Un-buffered SDRAM Memory
º  4 X 240-pin DDR3 DIMM socket
º Support up to 32 GB*
º Intel® extreme Memory Profile (XMP) 1.3/1.2 Memory Modules
EXPANSION SLOTº 2 X PCI Express X16 Gen 3.0 slot(s)
º 3 X PCI Express X 1 Gen 2.0slot(s)
º Supports ATI® CrossfireX Technology
º 1 X M.2 slot for SSD
• For 2242/2260/2280 SSD
º *When using two VGA cards, the bandwidth is @8 badnwidth; when using one VGA card, the bandwodth is @16.
Storageº Support by Intel® Z97 Express Chipset
• 4 X Serial ATAIII 6Gb/s
• RAID0, RAID1,RAID5, RAID 10 configuration
º Supports Intel® Rapid Storage Technology
Audioº 8-Channel HD audio CODEC
º Realtek ALC1150 8-channel High Definition audio CODEC
º ESS SABRE32 ES9010K2M DAC provides DNR 116dB and THD -106dB listening experience
LANº Intel I218-V Gigabit Fast Ethernet Controller
º Wake-On-LAN
USBº Support by Z97 Express Chipset
•  6 X USB3.0 port(s) up to 5Gb/s
Back Panel 4 port(s)
Onboard 2 port(s)
• 6 X USB2.0 port(s) Up to 480 Mb/s
Back Panel 4 port(s)
Onboard 2 port(s)
º ECS EZ Charger (Gray USB header)
REAR PANEL I/Oº 1 X PS/2 combo connector
º 1 X Audio port (Line-in,4x Line-out, SPDIF out)
º 1 X RJ-45 port
º 1 X HDMI port(s)
º 1 X DVI-D port(s)
º 1 X D-Sub (VGA) port(s)
º 1 X Optical S/PDIF Out port(s)
º 4 X USB3.0 port(s)
º 4 X USB2.0 port(s)
CONNECTORS & HEADERSº 1 X 24-pin ATX Power Supply connector
º 1 X 8-pin ATX 12V Power Connector
º 2 X 4-pin CPU_FAN connector
º 2 X 4-pin SYS_FAN connector
º 1 X 3-pin SYS_FAN connector with smart fan
º 1 X 3-pin PWR_FAN connector
º 1 X Power on button
º 1 X Reset button
º 1 X Front Panel switch/LED header
º 1 X Front panel audio header
º 1 X Speaker header
º 1 X USB 3.0 header
• Support additional 2 USB ports
º 1 X USB 2.0 header
• Support additional 2 USB ports
º Support EZ charger (gray color)
º 1 X S/PDIF out header
º 4 X SATA III 6Gb/s connector(s)
º 1 X CLR_CMOS header
º 1 X Debug LED
º 1 X Chassis intrusion header
º 1 X Voltage measure points
SYSTEM BIOSº AMI BIOS with 64 MB SPI Flash ROM
º Supports M.I.B X Utility
º Supports ACPI 5.0 & DMI
º F7 hot key for boot up devices option
º Over-Clocking
º Graphic OC Support
º Triple Display
º Support ECS EZ BIOS
º Plug and Play, STR (S3) / STD (S4) , Hardware monitor, Multi Boot
º Multi-Language BIOS
º Audio, LAN, can be disabled in BIOS
º Supports PgUp clear CMOS Hotkey
º CPU FSB adjustment(increase of 1MHz)
º * Adjustable CPU Voltage
º * Memory Voltage Adjustable
º * Support CPU over-clocking function: Adjustable CPU Clock Multiplier
º * HT Voltage Adjustable
º * Graphic Voltage Adjustable
FORM FACTORº ATX Form Factor
º 305mm X 220m
OS Supportº Windows 7 32-bit
º Windows 7 64-bit
º Windows 8 64-bit
º Windows 8.1 64-bit
Certificationsº CE/FCC Certification
º ErP/EuP Certification
º WHQL Certification
º WHCK Certification
Bundled Softwareº ECS Intelligent EZ Utility : eBLU, eDLU, eOC, eSF
º Free Bundle: Norton Internet Security ,CyberLink PowerDVD, CyberLink PowerDirector 9, Muzee with trial version
º Creative Sound Blaster Cinema2 software

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