ECS launched the L337 Gaming Z97-MACHINE motherboard, designed for hardcore PC gamers. It uses the new Intel Z97 Express Chipset, enabling support for Intel 4th and 5th Generation Core i7, i5, i3 CPUs. Z97-MACHINE also ships with Pro Gaming performance features, like the Extreme Audio combo with ESS SABRE Premier DAC and Sound Blaster Cinema 2, Hybrid Power Module Design, Dual Graphic and Native 4K support, the latest M.2 Expansion for SSD, and Intel Ethernet Gigabit LAN optimized for gaming.
As a member of the L337 Gaming motherboard family, the Z97-MACHINE benefits from a legacy of ECS's gamer-friendly design.
L337 Hybrid Power yields for overclocking. It features Dual Advanced MOSFETs that provides up to 90% power efficiency, which allows for heat dissipation with the combination of fast switching, efficient power conversion and low on-resistance. ECS Icy Choke provides 1.5X greater stability offering 50° wider temperature range and reducing heat by 13% more than standard ferrite chokes, under full loading operations. Hybrid Digital 6-Phase PWM is designed to manage microprocessor core and memory voltage regulator with auto phase shedding for easy setting, and system flexibility.
The M.2 socket provides a better and faster standard for connecting NGFF (Next Generation Form Factor) SSDs with up to 10Gb/s by PCIe or SATA support. Z97-MACHINE'S M.2 socket provides a wide range of support including 42mm, 60mm and 80mm version SSD in the identical 22mm width design.
Z97-MACHINE is the First to adopt ESS SABRE Premier Amplifier, which is an audio DAC converter for high-fidelity gaming headsets with a full range of dynamic sound and less distortion. Comboed with the latest Sound Blaster Cinema 2, it delivers realistic performance and surround effects.
Z97-MACHINE supports 2-Way AMD CrossFireX GPU scaling allowing you to double your graphics performance through 2x Gen.3 PCI-Express X16 Slots with a bandwidth of 32GB/s. Lastly, on-board integrated graphics are gaming ready with 4K display and DirectX 11.1 compatibility for the latest compute shaders, Direct 2D, multithreaded rendering, tessellation, and triple display output.
For networking, Z97-MACHINE adopts Intel I218V Ethernet, which offers speed for gaming, ultra low power consumption and lower latency.
Z97-MACHINE implements new EZ BIOS UEFI and M.I.B. X Motherboard Intelligence functions, such as the new pre-configured overclocking profiles. Functional software is bundled with Sound Blaster Cinema 2, which delivers professional live performance-quality surround audio for music, movies and games.
Also provided, is ECS's EZ Charger technology, which recharges modern mobile devices three times as fast as standard USB ports, even if the system is shut down, as long as the PC is still connected to a wall socket. EZ charger can safely provide up to 3 times the current of standard USB ports. Additional software includes Norton Anti-virus software, Muzee, Cyberlink Media Suite, and the ECS iEZ utility, which combines the eBLU BIOS Live Update Utility, the eDLU Drivers Live Update Utility and the eSF Smart Fan Utility.