ECS continues to add to their Black Series of motherboards. Used more as branding to identify motherboards ECS has gone the extra mile to ensure the highest quality they can offer, the latest entry adds to the diversity: the new ECS Black Series Z77H2-A5X Deluxe with Thunderbolt Support.
The Z77H2-A5X comes with a nice collection of features from ECS that are now standard for the Black Series. This includes ECS Hyper Alloy Chokes, UEFI II BIOS, USB 3.0, Ethernet, 4 DIMM slots, and 8 channel audio. In addition to these, you will also find on-board wireless, Bluetooth, and 1 mSATA slot (for mini PCIe). There are also plenty of other connections on this ECS Black Series Z77 motherboard including support for up to 3-way SLI/CrossfireX.
The key feature of the ECS Z77H2-A5X Deluxe is the single Thunderbolt port which acts as the Wwiss army knife of connectors. The 10 Gbps Thunderbolt port does support Daisy chaining up to six devices and an additional DisplayPort device at the end. You could have all of your external devices for your PC connected to a single output.
There are some things I like and don't like about the Z77H2-A5X. This board does have a nice list of great features and supported technologies, but it will come down to the price for me. The right price could make this a great option for those who can leverage the Thunderbolt port and other connectivity options.