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ECS X77H2-A3 v1.2 LGA 1155 Intel H77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

  • Intel H77
  • Core i7 / i5 / i3 (LGA1155)
  • DDR3 1600/1333
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 2 years


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  • Michael C.
  • 4/13/2014 8:13:11 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsAwful Build Quality

Pros: Decent price for a full ATX-sized board.

Cons: Died in less than 3 months of light use. It eventually stopped going beyond the BIOS menus, and now it won't even bring those up.

Additionally, this board's build quality is the worst I have seen since the socket 7 era of the 90's! Incredibly flimsy connectors, especially the VGA connector. Plus, two of the USB ports stopped functioning after a month, followed by two more about a week before it completely died.

Despite them marketing this board as being "triple density", it flexes far more than a board should and leads to broken connections as a result just by simply plugging and unplugging connections on the rear as any computer would normally go through.

Other Thoughts: If this is what I can expect from ECS as far as quality, then they shouldn't expect me to be a future customer.

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  • Zachary S.
  • 1/24/2014 3:32:47 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggs

Pros: It was cheap

Cons: It came DOA, ruled out all other problems, it was only the motherboard.

Manufacturer Response:

We are sorry to hear about the issues you are experiencing with your motherboard. Prior to shipping from our factory, all motherboards are tested to ensure that they are working properly. A DOA issue can be caused by any of the main components, including CPU, memory, power supply and motherboard. If possible we would recommend testing the motherboard in the following fashion.

Remove the motherboard from the case, with only CPU, CPU fan, memory and power supply connected. Place on a flat non static surface. Reseat the CPU. Test with only one memory at a time and reseat memory. Ensure that both the 24 pin and 4 pin (ATX12V) connections are connected from the power supply. Connect the power button from the case or short the power pins (6 and 8) to power on the system. If still have any issues or questions, please contact us and we can work with you to find a solution.

I or any of my team members here at technical support will be able to help you.
Our hours are Mon-Fri 9am-6pm PST.

Thank you,
Andy
Phone# 1- 510-456-9836
Email: andy_K@ecsusa.com

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  • Richard C.
  • 1/8/2014 2:27:43 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsPretty good board

Pros: Solid, well built basic board for an excellent price, good amount of USB and SATA ports. Plugged everything in, booted, loaded win7 without any trouble.

Cons: Here's where one egg comes off; when I loaded win7 and tested everything, I didn't go online because I was moving win7 from another computer. When I tried to go online, discovered the onboard ethernet jack was dead. At this point, I was past RMA time for newegg and didn't have the time to wait for turnaround from ECS. Instead I went and bought a PCIE network card that remedied the problem just fine.

Other Thoughts: This is a really good board for budget builds and would have gotten 5 eggs except for the dead ethernet jack.

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  • Kurt H.
  • 12/10/2013 10:45:53 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat Low
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDo not buy from ECS

Pros: It didn't look broken in the box.

Cons: After 12 hours of messing around with it this motherboard still would not function correctly. I couldn't get any display on my monitor and it shut off after 20 seconds every time. When I looked for technical help online all I was told is that ECS makes junk products and I probably got a bad mobo. After isolating every component the only conclusion was that, yes, I was shipped a junk mobo and now I am without a computer for what could be a week.

Other Thoughts: Don't make the same mistake I did. Throw down a couple extra dollars and buy from a company that makes functioning products.

Manufacturer Response:

We are sorry to hear about the issues you are experiencing with your motherboard. Prior to shipping from our factory, all motherboards are tested to ensure that they are working properly. A DOA issue can be caused by any of the main components, including CPU, memory, power supply and motherboard. If possible we would recommend testing the motherboard in the following fashion.

Remove the motherboard from the case, with only CPU, CPU fan, memory and power supply connected. Place on a flat non static surface. Reseat the CPU. Test with only one memory at a time and reseat memory. Ensure that both the 24 pin and 4 pin (ATX12V) connections are connected from the power supply. Connect the power button from the case or short the power pins (6 and 8) to power on the system. If still have any issues or questions, please contact us and we can work with you to find a solution.

I or any of my team members here at technical support will be able to help you.
Our hours are Mon-Fri 9am-6pm PST.

Thank you,
Andy
Phone# 1- 510-456-9836
Email: andy_K@ecsusa.com

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  • Steven S.
  • 11/20/2013 9:53:23 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsRuns fine

Pros: Looks nice and well built, packaged well, plenty of cables, manual seems to have enough info to install and operate the motherboard. Really flies with -5-2500k and 16gb and SSD.

See the "gotchas" below, but I would buy another if I upgrade another PC.

Cons: I had the same problem another owner had, installed Win 8.1 rebooted, nothing, just dead. Pulled memory and swapped around, no help, shorted bios to clear and it booted. The BIOS has a "Windows 8" setting, I changed it back to Windows 7 and it has worked flawlessly since.

CPU, ram, SSD and PS came straight out of a working Z68 motherboard, so they are known good.

The cute little orange heat sink is right in the way of my video card, really had to push down to lock the card in place. Lock on memory card feels unsecure / cheap. If you have a Radeon 6xxx it may touch the heat sink. If your video card won't seat, the MB may appear dead.

Other Thoughts: Bridge heat sink is too tall and can interfere with the video card. Beware BIOS settings can cause no boot - seriously just completely dead - short the bios jumper and try other settings. I would guess there will be BIOS updates coming...

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  • Lee-Yen H.
  • 11/16/2013 10:13:11 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsWorked fine for 30 minutes

Pros: Cheap, had some decent features, and was perfectly fine for a low-budget gaming rig

Cons: The fact that it stopped going through POST after one reset, and then completely died after I cleared CMOS to try and reset the BIOS.

It worked long enough for me to install Windows 8.1, and then next time I entered BIOS set-up to check the settings, I didn't even save any changes before resetting the system once again. After this, the system gave no beeps or signal, and after clearing the CMOS with the proper jumpers, the motherboard refused to power on at all.

Other Thoughts: Just about as good as a dead-on-arrival component, sending it back for a refund and a more reliable, even if more expensive motherboard.

Manufacturer Response:

We are sorry to hear about the power issues you are currently experiencing. If you have already we would recommend testing a no power issue in the following way. Test the board outside the case, free from touching any conductive surfaces, also remove ALL the components.

Once you have removed ALL the components (including CPU and memory), connect only the power cable from the power supply (20/24pin connector) and CPU fan. This is to eliminate all possible causes except power supply and motherboard. Fan is plugged in for a visual indication of power.

To power the system momentarily touch pins 6 and 8 on the PANEL1 header, using screw driver or pen. The system should power up and fans should spin. If the fans spin you have power.
If you have power go ahead and install memory, CPU, monitor and 4-pin ATX12V connection from power supply and retest.

If you have questions or continuing issues, please feel free to contact us.

I or any of my team members here at technical support will be able to help you.
Our hours are Mon-Fri 9am-6pm PST.

Thank you,
Andy
Phone# 1-510-456-9836
Email: andy_K@ecsusa.com

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  • Alfred L.
  • 11/15/2013 8:05:56 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Little MoBo!

Pros: Bought this board for its specifications and the five five-star reviews. I am not disappointed. The board's layout is adequately roomy: nothing's difficult to plug in. It booted correctly on first power-up and has run smoothly since. This is an ideal mobo for a simple mid-range computer project.

Cons: About the only con--and it's a small one--is that the BIOS setup screen was designed by a graphics artist, not a computer engineer. It's arty, but it's not easily figured out. I still can't guarantee I have everything optimized. At least the factory defaults work OK.

And, of course, the installation disc has assorted bloatware, but you can run the installation disk by looking at the folders thereon and clicking "Setup" if it looks necessary.

Other Thoughts: This is my first ECS board, and I'm very favorably impressed. I've used mainline manufacturer's boards before, and--thus far--the ECS is their equal, if not better.

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  • Luke H.
  • 11/6/2013 10:36:50 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorked perfectly

Pros: Haven't delved deep into the motherboards capabilities, so I won't comment on too much. I will say there were no problems installing hardware or software. I would recommend it.

Cons: The back I/O panel seems a bit flimsy, but nothing broke, so no big deal.

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  • David D.
  • 10/2/2013 8:52:28 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Value

Pros: Bang for buck. Three words says it all.

Performance, features, price, everything about it is more or less top notch.

Cons: I wish Intel hadn't abandoned IDE, I'm always trashing good DVD burners when rebuilding older PC's.

Other Thoughts: I've found ECS boards to be solid and affordable. My only nit-pick has generally been their BIOS, which were plain Jane and lacked features such as auto-calculating RAM, CPU, etc. frequencies while overclocking. I had to break out the calculator every time I wanted to change something.

This one has made great strides in that regard, it's just as functional as any other mainstream motherboard. On that same token, there's nothing that really sets it apart either.

You definitely get a lot of board for the price. I'm always pleased to see Integrated video motherboards in full-ATX format, often they are difficult to find. The micro ATX boards can be limiting, such as having only 2 RAM slots.

The VRM heatsink is a nice added touch on a budget board. If I had a dollar for every motherboard whose MOSFETS have darkened the PCB around it due to heat, I could buy another one of these motherboards.

System Specs:
Pentium G2020
2 x 4GB DDR3-1600 RAM
Corsair Force F115 115GB SSD
80GB WD 7200rpm Hard Drive

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  • Scott J.
  • 9/24/2013 5:41:58 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood NAS Box

Pros: Low Cost
6 SATA ports
4x PCI-E slots for future upgrades
2x PCI for legacy equipment
Plenty of headers

Cons: No IDE (I know, it's rare now that support has been removed from chipset)
Cheap $20 intel gigabit expansion port is faster then built in port
No DVI (what kind of budget system needs HDMI over DVI...)

Other Thoughts: Used for a cheap NAS upgrade. Would have preferred if it came with 8 SATA ports, but seems like only more expensive motherboards had that. Plenty of easy to access expansion ports (hate motherboards that physically have them, but aren't accessible due to other stuff in the way), so adding 2 more ports should be a manner of $20 if I decide I need it.

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