The ECS P67H2-A2 comes in one of the flashiest boxes we have ever had in our hands. The pictures do not do it justice; even stacked among the other samples we have here, the eye is always drawn to its highly reflective, holographic surface. Both the front and the back are covered in logos depicting the technology the board supports, and the back of the box gives a short description of the features specific to this product. With 39 logos on the back alone, there's a lot to cover, and ECS makes it all easy to decipher. Opening the lid of the box reveals a layer of black internal packaging, with a "Black Series" logo staring back at you, reminding that this isn't just another standard board.
With the inner cardboard out of the way, we are greeted by the board itself, carefully clad in an antistatic bag with a layer of pink closed-cell foam under the back of the board, to provide some protection while shipping. Below that we find some other goodies; first the manual and a quick install guide, and then the included cables and such below another layer of cardboard, put there to prevent the box candy from coming into contact with the board during shipping. The design appears to have a fair bit of thought put into it, a theme we hope continues on to the board itself.
We were left quite pleasantly surprised by all the stuff we found in the box with the ECS P67H2-A2. There are enough cables to fill every internal SATA port, a USB 3.0 header that can be used in both the rear panel, and in a 3.25-inch external drive bay, and a little baggie filled with dust covers for the USB ports. All eight SATA cables are marked as SATA 6 Gb/s compliant as well, another nice touch we personally appreciate. Take a quick look at the list below to find a full listing of what's inside the P67H2-A2's box.
- 1x SLI cable
- 1x Dual Port USB 3.0 Panel with options to mount in a 3.5" bay, or an expansion slot
- 1x I/O Shield
- 1x User Manual
- 1x Quick Install Guide
- 1x Driver CD
- 1x Package of six USB dust caps
- 8x SATA 6 Gb/s cables with locking pins