ECS Readies LGA1155 Motherboard with Lucid Hydra

Interesting to see more and more companies embracing the Lucid Hydra technology.

ECS is designing an upper-mid range socket LGA1155 motherboard based on the Intel P67 Express chipset, ready with upcoming Sandy Bridge processors, called the P67H2-A. A pre-release version was shown to the press. The highlight here is ECS' use of the LucidLogix Hydra Engine chip that lets the motherboard mix and match graphics cards of different makes and types. The CPU is powered by a 14-phase VRM, it is wired to four DDR3 DIMM slots for dual-channel memory, speeds of up to 2600 MHz are supported by overclocking. Expansion slots include three PCI-Express 2.0 x16 (likely x16, x16, NC / x16, x8, x8, thanks to the Hydra chip), and two each of PCI-E x1 and PCI. Four out of six of the SATA 3 Gb/s ports from the P67 PCH are assigned as internal ports (color-coded orange), two SATA 6 Gb/s controllers give out two ports internal (color-coded red). Connectivity includes 8-channel HD audio, dual gigabit Ethernet, two NEC USB 3.0 controllers that give out two ports on the rear panel and two for the front-panel via header, eSATA 6 Gb/s, and a number of USB 2.0 ports. The final version may look slightly different, of course those jumper wires won't be there.


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Belgium Massman says:

Rumours go that the Lucid Hydra technology is performing better than CFX and SLI in some benchmarks.

Will be interesting to see how many manufacturers will embrace this technology in the future.

United States steponz says:

Is the performance better only on the p67 chipset?

Norway knopflerbruce says:

ASUS C4E has this chip as well:)

Greece zoro says:

unfortunately, this technology is useless for bot :(
but nevertheless, very interesting indeed!

Belgium Massman says:

It's not useless if you use two identical graphics cards. I'm trying to work out a solution for two different cards ... ain't easy though.

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