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BIOS Functionality

Both mainboards use BIOS based on AMI microcode and have almost identical functionality, except for a few minor differences, which we are going to point out below. The use of new graphics interface is the most noticeable, though not the only modification that was introduced in the latest BIOS version from April 8, 2011 available at the time of tests. Previously, the start-up section called “Main” looked very traditional:

Now this section has become somewhat dark and even frightening:

The mainboards’ “Advanced” sections have a few differences. For example, ECS P67H2-A2 mainboard has two additional Marvell 88SE9128 drive controllers, so you can select their operational mode in this section. Despite a few differences all sections look the same on both mainboards.

Here we should first check out the “PC Health Status” section.

I have to admit that I couldn’t find the separate page with fan control options right away.

ECS P67H2-A mainboard can manage only two fans out of three. Both these fan connectors are four-pin ones, so you won’t be able to adjust the rotation speed of the three-pin fans. ECS P67H2-A2 can manage three fans, including three-pin case fans.

Another page in the “Advanced” section worth checking out is called “CPU Configuration”. Here we can get basic data about the system CPU and configure some processor technologies.

The next section on the list is “Chipset”. Here you can select the initialization order for the graphics adapters and configure your audio settings.

The section with most overclocking-related settings is called “M.I.B. III” (Motherboard Intelligent BIOS) on ECS P67H2-A2 and “M.I.B X” on the top ECS P67H2-A model. We didn’t find any other differences here.

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