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GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD7-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

  • Intel Z68
  • Core i7 / i5 / i3 (LGA1155)
  • DDR3 2133/1866/1600/1333/1066
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GIGABYTE Z68 series motherboards provide all the advanced overclocking features users have come to know and love about the GIGABYTE P67 series motherboards including increasing processor core ratios, increasing DDR3 memory ratios and increasing power and current limits. In addition, GIGABYTE Z68 motherboards also allow users to increase the graphics core clock speed, for even greater graphics performance.

  • newegg GIGABYTE Touch BIOS Navigating through the BIOS to change system settings can be a daunting task for users not familiar with control “F”functions and mouse-less navigation. While some EFI BIOS try to address this with a mouse friendly environment, many implementations still lack a certain ease-of-use necessary for most people. With GIGABYTE Touch BIOS, GIGABYTE engineers have completely re-imagined how users can interact with their BIOS, allowing for a more intuitive user experience. In fact, with a touch screen monitor, GIGABYTE Touch BIOS is as easy to use as most apps on your iPhone.
  • newegg GIGABYTE EZ Smart Response GIGABYTE EZ Smart Response utility is a simple application that allows users to quickly and easily configure their system for Intel Smart Response Technology. In the past, enabling Intel Smart Response meant users needed to enter the BIOS in order to configure their system for RAID mode, which then required a complete reinstall of the operating system. Once that processes was complete, users then needed to install the Intel Rapid Storage Utility as well as configure Intel's Smart Response Technology. GIGABYTE EZ Smart Response does all of this automatically, without users having to perform a complicated install process.
  • newegg Industry's Leading TRUE 24 Phase Power Design GIGABYTE's cutting edge 24 phase power VRM design utilizes the highest caliber components to provide unadulterated, smooth power to the CPU. The innovative 24 phase power VRM has been designed and engineered to deliver fast transient response times through quick and seamless power delivery during extensive CPU loading variations. In addition, heat from the VRM is effectively reduced by spreading the load between the 24 power phases, resulting in a cooler, more stable platform.
  • newegg Multi-display Support with 3-way SLI and 3-way CrossFireX Flexible graphics capabilities - Up to 3 VGA cards are supported for either 3 way CrossFireX or 3-way SLI, delivering the ultimate in graphics performance for gaming enthusiasts who demand the highest frame rates without compromising on resolution.
  • newegg Ultra Durable 3 The GIGABYTE Ultra Durable 3 design features twice the copper for both the power and ground layers of the PCB, dramatically lowering system temperature by efficiently spreading heat from critical areas of the motherboard (such as the CPU power zone) throughout the entire PCB. GIGABYTE's Ultra Durable3 also lowers the PCB impedance by 50%, which helps to reduce electrical waste and further lowers component temperatures. A 2x Copper layer design also provides improved signal quality and lower EMI (Electromagnetic Interference), providing better system stability and allowing for greater margins for overclocking.
  • newegg Smart Dual LAN GIGABYTE Smart Dual LAN technology features intelligent LAN port auto-switching between the 2 physical Gigabit LAN chips, offering hassle free, zero downtime, high speed network connectivity.

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years


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  • Jason L.
  • 7/18/2012 3:47:16 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggs1 year that is it

Pros: nothing

Cons: I have to send it back to gigabyte 1 year to the date that I bought it

Other Thoughts: Look elswhere, customer service could care less

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  • Joel B.
  • 4/19/2012 9:16:32 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsStaple and Heavy

Pros: The board is pretty. This is the first GIGABYTE board I have owned. I was a little worried to tell you the truth. I use ASUS mostly with an occasional MSI at times (Mostly for AMD). I have both the 2600K and the 2700K. I have the 2700K in this board. So far not a single issue. I have had it for about 6 months. The features and options on this board are great. From Intel's Smart Technology to the Audio. The bigger swinger for me is the ability to run x2 PCIE x16. Not a single ASUS board for LGA 1155 could do this. I'm not going to stick a 2700K into a board without lots of options. This board has blown my expectations away. It is spendy, but you get what you pay for in this board. The stats speak for themselves. I had a looping issue, but that was because I had a bad video card in it. I was able to use the onboard read out to narrow down the issue. That's worth and extra egg 5+1. I replaced the Video card and not a single issue. Wasn't the boards fault. Board looks fresh in my Cosmos II

Cons: My cons are small. First the BIOS isn't pretty like the ASUS boards are now a days. That's okay tho, I know my way around.

Can only support 32 gigs of RAM and not 64 gigs. I'll live, and knew this going into it. 32 gigs is plenty for gaming and most virtualizing.

Other Thoughts: If I understand this correctly this board might work with PCIE 3.0. Although I haven't tested yet. I was going to get the ASUS Black Rampage III edition with one of the TOP $1000 Hex-Core Intel i7, but when I was researching and seeing the numbers on the 2600K and the 2700K I went that route. I'm currently building out this board. Almost finished, here is what is under the hood

-i7-2700K Intel
-Coolermaster V6 CPU Cooler
-Coolermaster Cosmos II
-Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD7-B3 (2 x PCIE X16) (ASUS didn't have boards that can do this worth-wild for socket LGA 1155.) (I love ASUS, but GIGABYTE is working so far, I'm impressed.)
-CollerMaster 1200W Silent 80 Gold
-RAID 0 1TB SATA3 Raptorsx2 10K RPM
-1 Intel Solidstate as cache Intel® Smart Response Technology
-DVDRW/CDRW
-10 TB SATA3 Storage between 4 other drives
-Win7 Ultimate 64bit
-32 gigs ram DDR3 2133
-ATI HD4850 1 Gig X2 (To be upgraded next.) Still plays BF3, WIC, WOT and everything else. hahahhaha, but my 590s are in the

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  • Cynthia m.
  • 12/19/2011 5:19:59 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDon't buy this

Pros: none

Cons: Has a boot looping problem and have found no way to fix it;

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  • MASAAKI O.
  • 12/14/2011 11:54:43 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsSuperSpeed USB 3.0

Pros: Just a good motherboard.

Cons: I have not being able to work optical audio connection yet.
Worst thing of the motherboard is the "SuperSpeed USB 3.0". the cable to a motherboard is way to short. Especially if you have this board in a Full-tower case.

Other Thoughts: I wish the longer cable for "SuperSpeed USB 3.0" come with the board.

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  • Richard O.
  • 11/30/2011 2:40:27 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAwsome Board

Pros: Nice layout. Worked right out of the box. Everything intergrated well. Used @ BIOS to update BIOS with no problems.

Cons: None...

Other Thoughts: I have a large ATX Tower Case so the backwards facing SATA Ports are no problem. This may be a problem with a mid size case or smaller.

For those of you experiencing the loop boot problem, check the blogs online in regards to the problem. Most folks experiencing this problem either:

1. Did not hook up the 12V CPU Power to the board

2. Do not have a Power Supply large enough to power the board (Minimum 750W Recomended)

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  • Michael A.
  • 11/17/2011 7:09:15 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWow

Pros: Nice w. I7

Cons: None

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  • michael l.
  • 11/15/2011 9:02:31 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsGigabyte makes the BEST of the BEST

Pros: Gigabyte makes it! Best overclocking boards period! Second to none! This is the ONLY Z68 board with 2 x16 lanes! 24 Phase power! Simple to use! When you upgrade from Gigaboard to Gigaboard or change drives over, Raid or not, they always just work! Doesnt NEED MEMOK like ASUS BOARDS Because Everything just works!!

Cons: Never a con with a Gigaboard!

Other Thoughts: I switched to Gigabyte boards in the X48 series and have owned more then 100 of them since. Used every X58 and X48 board known. Now every Z68 and Z67 and even their low end boards still do not slack in the power deparment. I remember being scared to try Gigabyte back when i used ASUS all the time. Asus treated me wrong and sent me back a broke board on an RMA and I went and got a Gigabyte board by force. NEVER LOOKED BACK! They are always top performers!

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  • Anonymous
  • 11/3/2011 9:21:18 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsLove at first.. Umm.. 3rd boot attempt.

Pros: Runs Tri-Fire at 16-8-8 Perfectly!
Very nice voltage features
Black and Gold
Pretty much everything!!!

Cons: Well as many have stated there is a boot looping issue.. Not worth the drop of an egg in my case.

Also a DVI port would have been nice but oh well

Other Thoughts: Boot Looping is no issue for me because when I build a personal machine, after it is booted it is never turned off. First and Second boot looped but 3rd attempt was good.

I did do some tests (first machine I have that I actually shutdown since bootup) and I noticed that Boot looping (at least for me) only occurs when the mother board has booted from a cold boot after ~2 hours of being off. Reboots have never caused looping for me. So for me only doing reboots Once every 3 days or so looping was no issue.

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  • John C.
  • 10/23/2011 7:02:57 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsOn further review

Pros: Easily overclocks to plus 5GHz with touch BIOS. Rock solid stability (unless you get a bum board). NF 200 chip a huge plus. Kicks in for SLI unllike the ASUS Maximus. Runs cool when overclocking. The NF 200 is a dealmaker for me. In my tests it bat the ASUS Maximus IV I was usng as an interim board waiting on an RMA on this one.

Cons: Some boards are prone to boot looping, which I at first thought was a design flaw. After RMAing the first board, I got a good one and I can see why this board has won so many awards. TIP: If you BSOD when enabling LLC in BIOS, RMA immediately.

Other Thoughts: I gave one egg in my first review. My internet research and experience with the first board led me to believe the design was flawed as the board behaved normally 95% of the time and I did not really see any hardware faults. After experiencing my replacement board, I am in hardware heaven. I was going to give it 4 eggs, but threw in an extra egg to make up for the last review.

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  • merle f.
  • 10/14/2011 11:30:53 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsThe little big things.

Pros: Voltage system is awesome, good overall board. Decent over clocking.

Cons: Major con is does not got to gigabyte, but to newegg, paid full price for the board, and received an open box board. Utility disc is useless, get all utilities online.

Other Thoughts: Don't settle for a open box when you pay full price.

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