First Looks: ECS Z77H2-A2X Black Extreme – The Midas Touch
Gold is unquestionably one of the most sought-after commodities on this planet and a universal symbol of power and prestige. For their upcoming Z77 (Ivy Bridge) flagship, ECS literally used their midas touch to create a gold themed motherboard. We lay our coveteous eyes on it…
ECS is not the first company to use gold plated components but they have definitely got the balance and asthetics right on their upcoming flagship motherboard – the Z77H2-A2X Black Extreme. The advantages of using gold is the corrosion resistance and superior electrical conductivity relative to other common metals. Although the Taiwanese motherboard maker has had a checkered past when it comes to enthusiast overclocking, their inexpensively priced boards have been generally reliable and feature-filled. In this instance, we see a functional and well spaced out ATX layout with no glaring wire routing issues or obstruction.
Right on the box itself, we see a sticker boasting about its memory overclocking credentials (2800+MHz), although we suspect its more to do with the dexterity of the Ivy Bridge memory controller.
Here we have a list of components that have been plated gold
Gold Plated Galore: For networking, we get a single Gigabit LAN port, bluetooth and wireless options without extra unsightly wiring. The venerable PS/2 is done away here to make way for 8 USB ports, 4 of which are USB3.0 (2 of them native from the Z77 PCH). Display wise we get a HDMI output and the soon to be depreciated D-sub/DVI (Single Link) connectors. There is also a E-SATA and 7.1 channel audio as well.