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GIGABYTE GA-Z68A-D3H-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI 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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Combining the advantages of the Intel® P67 and H67 platforms in one complete package, the GIGABYTE Z68 series offer the best of both worlds; users can take advantage of the system tuning and overclocking features found in the Intel® P67 platform as well as the built-in visual features of the H67 platforms when combined with 2nd generation Intel® Core ™ processors.

  • 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 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 Supports Intel Smart Response Technology GIGABYTE Z68 series motherboards are equipped with the much anticipated Intel Smart Response Technology, allowing users to experience system performance similar to SSD only systems. Intel Smart Response technology works by using intelligent block-based caching of frequently used applications to improve system performance and responsiveness. In fact, GIGABYTE Z68 motherboards with Intel Smart Response Technology are able to outperform hybrid drive systems by more than 2X (PC Mark Vantage HDD test) and HDD-only systems by as much as 4X (PC Mark Vantage HDD test) and deliver a 60% performance improvement over HDD-only systems in PC Mark Vantage Suite.
  • newegg GIGABYTE EZ Smart Response The 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. This allows them to quickly and effortlessly enjoy a significant boost in system performance.
  • newegg Switchable Graphics with LucidLogix Virtu GPU Virtualization GIGABYTE Z68 motherboards are enabled with LucidLogix Virtu GPU Virtualization technology which allows users to dynamically switch between their built-in graphics and their high-end, 3D discrete graphics cards. This is ideal for gamers who require high-resolution gaming and still want to enjoy the built-in media features of 2nd generation Intel Core processors. In so doing, switchable graphics helps to dramatically reduce PC graphics power consumption.
  • newegg Multi-GPU support with CrossFireX and SLI Flexible graphics capabilities supported for either CrossFireX or SLI action, delivering the ultimate in graphics performance for gaming enthusiasts who demand the highest frame rates without compromising on resolution.
  • newegg On/Off Charge Technology GIGABYTE On/Off Charge technology allows you to charge your iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch regardless of whether your PC is on, in standby mode or even off. A derivative of GIGABYTE's highly acclaimed 3x USB Power feature, On/Off Charge enables devices to draw more current from GIGABYTE motherboard USB ports than standard USB ports allow, so that charging from your PC can be as fast as with a charger.

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


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  • Daniel H.
  • 9/24/2014 1:25:58 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

2 out of 5 eggsCompatibility and Reboot Issues.

Pros: Works Great With My Amd 6850.

Cons: Bios reboots over and over. Will not support my new nvidea 760 so either I have to get a new mother board. Or send the card back....

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Customer,

Thank you for your comments. We apologize for your difficulty with your GIGABYTE product. Please contact us at newegg-support@gigabyteusa.com with the case number 114334 in the e-mail subject line. We will provide personalized service and analysis to help solve your issue ASAP. If the matter is urgent, please send us your contact number, and we will contact you.


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  • Adrian P.
  • 6/10/2014 8:00:41 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsloop boot and virtualization problems

Pros: Runs nice, nice EFI BIOS config options, the specs fit all my requirements - would have been 4 eggs if no loop boot issues

Cons: The loop boot problem for GA-Z68A-D3H-B3 is real. I had my system working fine for more then 5 months untill one day when it started continuously booting every 2-4 seconds, without beep (no POST).

In my case resetting CMOS via jumpers (per manual) didn't work. I removed the CMOS battery for more then 30 min (... and put it back in^^). Still boot loop. The PSU is fine (I had the luxury to test the board with another compatible PSU). I removed every single component (except the i7 CPU and its fan/heatsink) and unsuccesfully tried all memory combinations (I had 4 memory chips) including no memory at all. I bread-boarded the system (basically got it outside of the box and run it on a cardboard) to rule out any shot-circuit with the case. The results: still boot loop and no POST beeps.

Maybe I should try with a different CMOS battery - but I doubt results will change (and even if this is the case and a discharged battery causes such problems on this board I would still recommend you to avoid buying it).

One extra problem - few month ago I had some problems with WiFi (on this machine that was otherwise working fine at that time). The problems happened after I had installed some virtualization software. That's fine I looked on the forums for that software and surprise - it turns out that the issue was well documented and was manifesting only on two Gigabyte mother boards with - one of them being... (you guessed it): GA-Z68A-D3H-B3.

The fix for the motherboard problem was in that case to install newer firmware - which I did using the Q-Flash embedded in the BIOS. The computer still worked for a while after the Q-Flash update. Was that the cause for the boot loop that I am experiencing now? Or maybe it was a driver update for the i7 integrated HD3000 graphics card? I don't know... But another question is raised here - why only the Gigabyte mobo-s had issues with their firmware?

Also - if you want to overclock your board, buy something else - gamers dont use this board - I bought it because I was cheapo and didnt needed a real graphics card (wanted to relay on the integrated Intel HD 3000). The boot loop is not related to overclocking though. This system was never overclocked.

Anyway - maybe you will get luckier then me, however I will not take any other risks with Gigabyte.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Customer,

Thank you for your comments. We apologize for your difficulty with your GIGABYTE product. Please contact us at newegg-support@gigabyteusa.com with the case number 110678 in the e-mail subject line. We will provide personalized service and analysis to help solve your issue ASAP. If the matter is urgent, please send us your contact number, and we will contact you.

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  • Joan K.
  • 2/19/2014 8:44:08 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDoes not support 4 RAM cards

Pros: Works great with 2 RAM cards

Cons: Won't work with 4 identical RAM cards. Used it for a couple years with G.Skill Ripjaws DDR3 1600 2X4GB, then upgraded to Ripjaws DDR3 1600 4X8GB and it brought the machine to a snail pace, removed 2 of the 8GB cards and it works fine - now I see lots of other posts with unhappy people. They claim it will support 32G but it does not. Probably will never buy a Gigabyte product again!

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Customer,

Thank you for your comments. We apologize for your difficulty with your GIGABYTE product. Please contact us at newegg-support@gigabyteusa.com with the case number 106403 in the e-mail subject line. We will provide personalized service and analysis to help solve your issue ASAP. If the matter is urgent, please send us your contact number, and we will contact you.

1. Please inspect the motherboard CPU socket for visible bent pins.

2. Have you tested each DIMM slots using a single stick of RAM to make sure all slots work?

GIGABYTE VIP Support Team

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  • Laurence S.
  • 12/12/2013 7:18:48 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsMotherboard has its quirks

Pros: Great performance, extensive BIOS options, GIGABYTE durability, extensive ports

Cons: No USB 3.0 header, sometimes shuts itself off and shuts off during use (seldom), BIOS fails on startup a lot more than it should

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  • Raymond C.
  • 4/4/2013 2:10:39 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsLife is Short

Pros: Worked OK while it lasted, and not too expensive for a Z68 board.

Cons: No header for USB 3.0 port on front case panel.

Died this past Saturday, just less than 14 months after purchase; I have built quite a few PCs and have never had a motherboard die on me.

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  • Sara J.
  • 1/1/2013 6:39:09 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggs

Pros: It works as long as you don't want to change anything in the BIOS.

Cons: The BIOS will switch back to defaults on its own. The only way to get your settings back is to load defaults, boot to windows, reboot, then put in your settings again and hope they stay.

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  • Darryl A.
  • 12/28/2012 7:14:18 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsPower on then off then on again loop!!

Pros: Inexpensive, "works", but only with 8 GB (2x 4GB), see below.

Cons: Same as others; encountering the no POST boot loop. Boots and runs fine with memory installed in slots 3 & 4, will boot loop with any combo that includes RAM in slots 1 & 2. I got this board Christmas 2011 and just used RAM in 3&4 for a year, got 2 more identical 4GB sticks of Corsair Vengeance 1600 for Christmas this year and cannot use them because of the issue with slots 1 & 2. I had hoped it would be resolved with all 4 slots occupied but no go. Shame on me for not returning it last year. Tried several things: setting BIOS fail safe defaults (with TWO sticks of RAM since at least it boots then), clearing CMOS and updating to latest BIOS did not help. Not happy with this board for this reason alone. No reply from Gigabyte yet sadly.

Other Thoughts: I would be %100 percent happy if the board worked with RAM in slots 1 through 4. Even. Set memory to 1333 with no result. As it is I'm not able to upgrade my PC which is disappointing.

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  • GIFT R.
  • 12/26/2012 9:52:27 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Works great. Gives some nice leg room for upgrading later on.

Cons: Having some issues getting the USB 3.0 ports working correctly.
I might have figured it out by now if I didnt procrastinate, but I installed the drivers for them. I read USB 3.0 should support a USB 2.0 device, but so far they havent.

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  • mark d.
  • 10/29/2012 8:29:57 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsLooks good

Pros: Arrived in good packaging, seemed like it was in good condition but did not check the pins. Packaging looked as though it had been through a tough drive though.

Cons: Arrived dead on arrival, tried to explain that it was not working and that the pins seemed funny. CPU bed had just one funny looking pin. Could not get a replacement nor repair. They kept bouncing me back and forth between newegg and Gigabyte saying that both had the warranty and neither would cooperate. After six calls someone finally just said they wouldn't replace it since pins are not covered.....Should have just said it was dead on arrival and sent it back.

Other Thoughts: If you just say DOA on issues and RMA you will get a new one. Don't waste your time trying to be explanatory and telling them what is wrong. Do not even bother calling. Just RMA it if it's messed up and no problem at all. I build computers constantly and that has been my experience.

Ended up getting an older Giga board froma friend that is still up to date. Just wish my 130 dollars had not went towards nothing.

It almost cost me an extra 250 in other parts.

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  • wyatt b.
  • 9/10/2012 5:22:54 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood homeserver

Pros: decent board with ok options. Nothing really special but I purchased it as a home server so I just need it to work with no hiccups. So far its been sitting on a cardboard box running lsi hardware just fine.

Cons: No error lcd as many of todays mobos do. I guess this isnt' such a con, but it would have been nice to see.

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