ECS has released the Z87H3-M, a Z87 MicroATX motherboard designed for high-end gamers. It is an ECS Durathon board, which means it has the Triple Density moisture-proof PCB, ultra-high Extreme Temperature Resistance, and extra-stringent testing. ECS Z87H3-M features 100% durable, heat-resistant solid capacitors for a long, stable life. External connectors, such as VGA, USB, and Gigabit LAN ports, feature heavy-duty ESD (electrostatic discharge) protection. Up to three independent displays are supported, with 1 HDMI port (DP optional), 1 DVI port, and a VGA port to ensure compatibility with any kind of monitor. There is also 8-channel audio on board for gaming sound and music.
Expansion and Upgrade Potential
ECS Z87H3-M features dual channel 4 x DDR3 1600 slots for up to 32GB of DRAM, meeting the demands of modern 64-bit operating systems. On board, there are 2 PCI Express x16 slots for fast AMD Crossfire X support (1 x Generation 3, and 1 x Generation 2 running in 4x mode), a PCI Express x1 slot, and also a PCI slot for compatibility with other cards.
There are 6 SATA 6.0 Gigabyte/sec connections, providing for multiple terabytes of internal drive storage. For external devices, such as disk drivers, printers, cameras, phones, and media players, ECS Z87H3-M offers 2 x USB 3.0 and 4 x USB 2.0 connectors. With internal headers, there are 4 x USB 3.0 and 10 x USB 2.0 ports in total. To provide compatibility with products, without wasting space on sockets, the board includes headers for COM/serial port, TPM, and LPT devices.
ECS features include EZ charger technology to help users recharge phones and other external devices. Normally USB ports would switch to low current mode when the system is off, making recharging very slow. EZ charger boasts 3 times the current of competing products during S5 mode (system shutdown).
The ECS iEZ utility combines eBLU BIOS Live Update Utility, eDLU Drivers Live Update Utility, and eSF Smart Fan Utility, which reduces system noise while allowing the system to work safely at maximum speed when required. Additional features include Intel Smart Response, which combines the speed of SSD and the capacity of traditional hard disks.
The ECS Z87H3-M will be available worldwide in January 2014 for the suggested retail price of $100. Visit http://www.ecs.com.tw to learn more.