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Old May 2, 2011, 08:51 PM
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Of the many cases in which ITX motherboards can be installed,
sometimes design specifications call for installation of 2.5-inch HDDs in order to keep the space compact
If you need larger capacity, you can choose a 2.5-inch HDD for notebooks. If you need performance, SSD immediately comes to mind
Currently on the market there are two different directions in the choice of storage hardware
In those platforms equipped with CORSAIR FORCE SERIES F60, we hope to make the ITX platform achieve better transmission performance

When the ATTO DISK Benchmark exceeds 16k, performance is good,
and the maximum read speed is 281.9 MB/s, while the maximum write speed is 264.4 MB/s
When the EVEREST File Benchmark exceeds 1024k in these tests, performance begins to approach or exceed 250-275 MB/s


CrystalDiskMark 4K QD32 Read -97.57 MB/s Write - 60.34 MB/s
AS SSD Benchmark
Seq Read - 201.18 MB/s Write - 44.04 MB/s
4K-64Thrd Read - 100.32 MB/s Write - 47.20 MB/s


For the ECS H67H2-I using the latest H67 chipset, data transfer performance is quite good
The CORSAIR FORCE F60ís maximum specification is 285/275 MB/s, and maximum performance is almost certain to be achieved with some test software
The 4K performance is quite good, and for usersí small file performance needs, the selection of the SSD with faster 4K read speed is a vital factor


Video playback test
Startup of Inception, a Blu-ray movie on hand. All rights are reserved by the publisher of the above video.

Start menu
Software used -- PowerDVD 10
Resolution of 1920 x 1080
At this point, CPU usage is very low, about 0-2%


Video process
2-6% CPU usage


Playing video files directly
Video resolution of 1280 x 720
0-5% CPU utilization


Video resolution of 1440 x 1080
5-12% CPU utilization


The second generation Core i3 has excellent multimedia performance, and in video playback tests, CPU utilization seldom exceeds 15%
Under playback conditions for most video formats, CPU utilization in general is only 1-12%
With regard to the ITX architecture, performance is very high, and for use as a HTPC it is more than sufficient by several times
Although the performance of an HTPC needs at least smooth video playing, we are certain that consumers will never be dissatisfied with performance

Video conversion is a new technology of Sandy Bridge -- one of its main features
The following is a test of Intel's new Quick Sync Video technology
MediaEspresso test of the time required for video conversion by the built-in GPU
DVD file VTS_01_1.VOB, size capacity of 1023MB, 2500K converted into an MP4 file

Intel HD Graphics HD2000
Starting Intel Quick Sync Video (better quality)


10 minutes 39 seconds


For the Intel Quick Sync Video technology to speed up video conversion, a prerequisite is the need to run the built-in GPU HD2000/HD3000 before this feature can be used.
We have previously compared Intel Quick Sync Video with nVIDIA and CUDA, two video conversion technologies.
The speed comparison shows Quick Sync Video has the advantage, and for users with this application in mind, this should be a significant benefit.

ECS H67H2-I
Advantages
1. High-end Mini ITX specification H67 product with abundant accessories
2. All solid capacitors, eSATA, USB 3.0/eSATA and other components
3. Built-in Bluetooth capability, support for v2.1 + EDR technology, with a Mini PCI-E for extended use also provided
4. BIOS allows overclocking of the GPU so that 3D performance achieves a higher standard
5. With regard to the performance of the i3 CPU that is part of Sandy Bridge, temperature and power achieve good performance

Shortcomings
1. We recommend that a BIOS C1E option be created for users to freely choose performance modes
2. If an antenna thatís necessary for the wireless network can be added, it will be an improent vem



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Components ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
Specifications ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
Appearance ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
Price to performance ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★★ ☆

In the past two years, ECS has performed well in the area of small Mini ITX motherboards
The launch of the H55H-I in the earlier generation LGA 1156 architecture was very well positioned in the market in terms of price to performance
This time around, the H67H2-I added Bluetooth capabilities and a Mini PCI-E slot for wireless networks to the specifications,
making the HTPC platform an even better proposition.
The price is about NT$3,450, or about US$120
With the H67 chipset, the price makes the H67 a worthy entry-level solution, and therefore we have very high marks for the price to performance of this product.

Some time ago I shared my views on Mini ITX products based on the AMD Fusion architecture which were even a bit cheaper than this platform currently reviewed
However, the AMD architecture is equivalent to the Intel Atom CPU series in terms of performance, and we can only say that the assembled HTPC's performance meets basic needs
Intelís new generation H67/H61 chipsets in the Mini ITX product line achieve quite satisfactory performance
Of course, Sandy Bridge ITX products should only be considered by consumers with a certain budget range
In this review of the ECS H67H2-I, Iíve found many areas where performance has been above the standard,
I hope this article can be of use to ITX enthusiasts as a reference before you buy :)

This review also post in my blog WIND3C
Welcome 3C lovers to visit and advise.
Thanks :)
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