Introduction and Technical Specifications

Dubbed the “Gank Machine”, the Z87H3-A2X Extreme board is on of the premier members of the ECS L377 Gaming product line…


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ECS seems to like gold and catchy titles. Building on the reputation of their previous generation Z77-based Golden Board series, ECS designed the Z87-based Z87H3-A2X Extreme to dominate the competition. ECS liberally spread the gold, giving all capacitors and connection pins a nice 24k coating. They even include a small fan hidden under the upper VRM heat sink for active heat pipe cooling. At an MSRP of $239.99, ECS priced the Z87H3-A2X Extreme board to aggressively compete with other manufacturers' high end offerings.

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ECS integrated a full 12 digital power phases into the board's CPU power regulation system for optimal stability and power delivery under the most demanding circumstances. The features designed into the Z87H3-A2X Extreme include: nine SATA 6Gb/s ports; mPCIe/mSATA port; dual Realtek GigE NICs; three PCI-Express x16 slots for up to tri-card support; one PCI-Express x1 slot; one PCI slot; on-board power, reset, BIOS reset, Boot to BIOS, BIOS backup, 80P, and Quick-OC buttons; 3-digit diagnostic LED display; integrated voltage measurement points; and USB 2.0 and 3.0 port support. The 80P button configures what information displays on the diagnostic display once the board has successfully initialized.

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As part of their L337 Gaming series boards, ECS redesigned the power delivery and integrated cooling solutions for a better gaming experience. The Z87H3-A2X Extreme has the latest generation cooling technology encompassed in ECS' QoolTech V. Additionally, all VRM-related power components have been cherry picked by ECS for operationally longevity under extreme duress.

Technical Specifications (taken from the ECS website)


º Supports new 4th gen Intel® Core™ family, Pentium, Celeron series processors in LGA1150 socket
º DMI 5.0GT/s
º TDP: 200W
º 12 Phase Thermal Design Power
º VRD 12.5
º 100% Solid capacitor design
º Supports Intel® Turbo Boost 2.0 Technology
º Supports Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology
º Intel® K Series Unlock CPU Support
º Please refer to CPU support list for details


º Intel® Z87 Express Chipset
º Intel® Smart Response Technology, Intel® Smart Connect Technology & Intel® Rapid Start Technology


º Support Intel® HD Graphics 4000(Intel 4th gen CPU)
º Supports DirectX® 11 .1
º *DirectX 11.1 – Only supported with the 4rd Gen Intel processors for LGA 1150 socket
º Supports Intel® HD Graphics, InTru™ 3D, Quick Sync Video, Clear Video HD Technology, Insider™
º Supports HDMI 1.4a & Premium Audio
º Supports LucidLogiX® Virtu™ MVP
º Supports NVIDIA® 2-Way SLI
º Supports ATI® 3-Way CrossFireX™
º Supports Full HD 1080P Blu-ray / HD-DVD Playback


º Dual-channel DDR3 Memory architecture
º Supports DDR3 1600/1333/1066 non-ECC, Un-buffered SDRAM Memory
º Supports up to 3000(OC),2933(OC),2800(OC)
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
º Note:Please refer to the latest Memory support list for details
º Note: DDR3_1 with DDR3_3 are the same channel, DDR3_2 with DDR3_4 are the same channel by Intel® Specification


º 3 X PCI Express X16 Gen 3.0 slot(s)
º 1 X PCI Express X 1 slot(s)
º Supports NVIDIA® SLI Technology
º Supports ATI® CrossfireX Technology
º 1 X Mini PCI Express X1 slot(s)( Mini SATA supported)
º 1 X PCI slot(s)
º *When using two VGA cards, the bandwidth is @8 bandwidth; when using one VGA card, the bandwidth is @16.


º Support by Intel® Z87 Express Chipset
º Support by ASM1061 Controller
• 7 X Serial ATAIII 6Gb/s
Located in SATA1, SATA2…SATA7 Port
• 2 X eSATAIII 6Gb/s
• RAID0, RAID1,RAID5, RAID 10 configuration
º Supports Intel® Rapid Storage Technology
º Supports NCQ, AHCI and "Hot Plug" functions


º 8-Channel HD audio CODEC
º Compliant with HD audio specification
º Realtek ALC1150+ALC5505 8-channel High Definition audio CODEC
º BluRay DVD/HD DVD support


º Dual Realtek 8111G Gigabit Fast Ethernet Controller
º Wake-On-LAN
º Dual LAN with Teaming function
º Ultra low power consumption


º Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n wireless LAN


º Supports Bluetooth V2.0


º Support by Z87 Express Chipset
• 6 X USB3.0 port(s) up to 5Gb/s
Back Panel 4 port(s)
Onboard 2 port(s)
• 8 X USB2.0 port(s) Up to 480 Mb/s
Back Panel 4 port(s)
Onboard 4 port(s)
º ECS EZ Charger (Gray USB header)


º 1 X Audio port (Line-in,4x Line-out, SPDIF out)
º 2 X RJ-45 port with teaming function
º 1 X HDMI port(s)
º 1 X Display port
º 1 X Wireless LAN Dongle
º 1 X Bluetooth Dongle
º 2 X eSATA 6Gb/s port(s)
º 4 X USB3.0 port(s)
º 4 X USB2.0 port(s)
º 1 X Clear_CMOS Button


º 1 X 24-pin ATX Power Supply connector
º 1 X 8-pin ATX 12V Power Connector
º 1 X 4-pin CPU_FAN connector
º 1 X 4-pin SYS_FAN connector
º 1 X 3-pin PWR_FAN connector
º 1 X Power on button
º 1 X Reset button
º 1 X Clear_CMOS button
º 1 X Front Panel switch/LED header
º 1 X Front panel audio header
º 1 X Onboard Buzzer
º 1 X USB 3.0 header
• Support additional 2 USB ports
º 2 X USB 2.0 header
• Support additional 4 USB ports
º Support EZ charger (gray color)
º 1 X CLR_CMOS header
º 1 X Serial port header (COM)
º 1 X mSATA connector
º 1 X 7S-LED Display
º 1 X ME_UNLOCK header
º 1 X Chassis intrusion header
º 1 X Voltage measure points
º 1 X 80P Switch button
º 1 X Quick OC button
º 1 X BIOS set button
º 1 X ROM Backup button


º AMI BIOS with 64×2 MB SPI Flash ROM
º Supports M.I.B X Utility
º Supports ACPI 3.0 & DMI
º F7 hot key for boot up devices option
º Over-Clocking
º Graphic OC Support
º Dual 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 Dual BIOS
º Dual-Monitor function


º ATX Form Factor
º 305mm(W) X 244mm(H)

OS Support

º Windows 7 32-bit
º Windows 7 64-bit
º Windows 8 32-bit
º Windows 8 64-bit


º CE/FCC Certification
º ErP/EuP Certification
º WHCK Certification

Bundled Software

º 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 Cinema software


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