ECS P67H2-A2 (B3) 0

ECS P67H2-A2 (B3) Review

Value & Conclusion

  • The ECS P67H2-A2 retails for $184.99
  • Packed with added features not seen on some other products in the same price range
  • Clean, color-themed traditional layout
  • USB 3.0 front/rear bracket included
  • EFI BIOS with support for 3 TB+ drives
  • SATA cables for all internal ports included in the box
  • Onboard ON/OFF, RESET, and CMOS Clear switches provided
  • VRM design consumes considerably more power than other products
  • Lack of secondary memory timings in BIOS
  • Software package is very limited in functionality
  • Critical software required for overclocking not mentioned or installed by default
We spent a many months playing with the ECS P67H2-A2 in "B2" format. The new "B3" product improves upon the "B2" board significantly, leading to the ECS P67H2-A2 coming out on top in several benchmarks. At the same time, however, it consumed more power at idle, required specialized software to reach even 1600 MHz on the memory, which wasn't auto-installed from the CD, and the software that was installed provided very limited functionality in comparison to what we find on other products. It does do a few things better, but still lacks slightly which prevents it from hitting the number one spot, even when what we found in the box with the board was a much better package than any other P67 board we've tested so far. We've deducted points for the BIOS, the power consumption, and the software, but the ECS P67H2-A2 is still a very good product, and at stock, does match or better the options offered by other products. It didn't manage to slay the Sandybridge dragon, but it did manage to mortally wound it, for sure. The ECS P67H2-A2 put up a good fight and while it lost the battle, with some minor improvements, it could very well win the war. ECS has done a good job with the P67H2-A2, and we look forward to seeing what else they have up their sleeves.