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Elitegroup’s Proprietary Software Tools

There also are a few issues with the company’s proprietary brand name software. In fact, the only utility that we had no problems with was eBLU (BIOS Live Update), which is used to search for new BIOS versions and reflash them.

The need for the next program called eDLU (Driver Live Update) is actually quite doubtful, because it simply opens the Elitegroup web-site page with the drivers for the current mainboard model in the new browser window. You have to select, download and install the drivers on your own.

ECS P67H2-A mainboard has a row of multi-color LEDs that should indicate the number of active phases in the processor voltage regulator circuitry. However, all of them were lit up at all times, blinking a little occasionally. We didn’t find any controls for this option in the BIOS, so we assumed that the eSG (Easy Green Saver) utility will provide them.

However, we didn’t notice any differences between the “Auto” and “Normal” modes. As for the only adjustable “Power Saving” mode, it only allows lowering the power consumption by reducing the base clock.

eSF (ECS Smart Fan Utility) program also turned out a bit of a disappointment, because it was capable only of adjusting the processor fan parameters, while the BIOS also allowed configuring the case fans.

eOC (Easy Over Clock Utility) left the least positive impression, because its latest version downloaded from Elitegroup web-site simply refused to install.

However, the CD disk that was included with the mainboard had a last year’s version 2.0.112 that agreed to work.

Unfortunately, this program is practically useless for LGA1155 processors overclocking, because it can only change the base clock and voltages, but cannot adjust the processor clock frequency multiplier.

Elitegroup mainboards have an alternative Linux-based OS called ECS eJIFFY. If you want to use it, you have to install it and enable it in the BIOS. In this case you will always get a window on start-up, where you will be offered to load the regular operating system (it will load in 10 seconds by default), enter the BIOS or load eJIFFY.

 

However, all our attempts to load eJIFFY stopped at the text or logo stage, but most often they ended with a black screen and a blinking cursor in the upper left corner. Recalling our previous experience with ECS software instead of the new OS version 2.5.79 downloaded from the company web-site we installed an older 2.0.35 version from the bundled CD disk. It turned out that all eJIFFY can offer is the browser, photo viewer and an instant messenger.

 
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