Elitegroup Computer Systems (ECS) has announced a new series of motherboards - B75 Series. These three new PC motherboards based around Intel's B75 Express chipset support for the latest CPU technology: Intel Small Business advantage, as well as compatibility with older products and a future upgrade path. They offer an impressive range of features for home and business use, including SATA 3.0 hard drive connection at up to 6Gb/s, USB 3.0 for high speed external data transfer, plus PCI Express 3.0 and DirectX 11 for advanced graphics. There are three motherboards in the ECS B75 series: the B75H2-D, the B75H2-M2, and the B75H2-M3. The B75H2-M2 and the B75H2-M3 are compact 244mm x 200mm Micro ATX format boards, while the B75H2-D is a DTX format board. Small business advantage All three boards come with the Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA) security and productivity software, a set of tools designed to help small businesses manage their PC infrastructure to enhance productivity, protect valuable data, and cut operating costs. SBA includes security features like Software Monitor, to monitor critical security software and alert users if it is compromised; Data Backup and Restore, which can start up the PC automatically outside working hours to save power costs and avoid interrupting users; and USB Blocker to protect the PC and network from viruses, malware and spyware infections carried by USB devices. SBA Productivity features include PC Health Center, which can wake up the PC to carry out maintenance and system checks; Energy Saver, to shut down PCs after working hours, and start them up automatically each morning rather than leaving them switched on all the time; the DTX-format B75H2-D motherboard can be upgraded to Intel vPro technology, which provide the best solutions for businesses in a managed PC environment. Unprecedented compatibility and solid power The ECS B75 series motherboards provide full support for Intel's next-generation Ivy Bridge CPUs for cutting edge performance, but they still maintain compatibility with Sandy Bridge and older socket 1155 CPUs to offer an easy upgrade path. The boards' LGA1155 socket accepts new 2nd and 3rd Generation Intel Core i7/i5/i3/Pentium/Celeron Processors. CPUs up to 95 Watts are supported on the B75H2-M3. The new Intel B75 Express chipset at the heart of these motherboards offers integrated USB 3.0 support without external chips, bringing greater performance, expandability, and reliability. And these boards have official support for PCI Express Generation 3.0 add on card technology, to get the most out of future generations of graphics cards as well as today's most powerful models. Expandable and connectable All of the B75 series boards provide a wide range of expansion and upgrade options. As well as the PCI Express 3.0 x16 slot for graphics cards, each board includes at least 1 PCI Express 2.0 slot, and the B75H2-M3 even adds 2 standard PCI slots to support older add on cards. There's huge capacity for ultra high speed storage with the latest Serial ATA (SATA 3) 6.0Gb/s devices. Connectivity includes 4 USB 3.0 ports, 6 USB 2.0 Ports and Gigabit LAN. Integrated video output is handled by a VGA and HDMI or DVI sockets, and there's also 6 channel surround sound HD audio. For users who need to bring older applications and processes up-to-date, these also boards offer great legacy hardware and software support with features like a COM/Serial port header and line printer port (LPT) header (not available in B75H2-M2). Advanced user features For hardware performance enthusiasts, these new boards provide plenty of control to get the maximum performance out of the PC, as well as the ECS M.I.B. III software for easy and convenient overclocking. The software provides an advanced range of frequency tuning features for system performance and superior gaming capability. Lifetime reliability To ensure lifetime reliability and customer satisfaction ECS applies stringent quality control procedures to all its products. Solid long-life capacitors in the critical CPU area guard against failure, even in the most challenging conditions. ESD (Electrostatic Discharge) protection protects against component damage from static electricity in dry climates, to enhance durability and lifespan.