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GIGABYTE GA-Z68XP-UD5 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

  • Intel Z68
  • Core i7 / i5 / i3 / Pentium (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 Intel Smart Response Technology & GIGABYTE EZ Smart Response 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. 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.
  • 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 Industry's Leading 20 Phase Power Design GIGABYTE's cutting edge 20 phase power VRM design utilizes the highest caliber components to provide unadulterated, smooth power to the CPU. The innovative 20 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 20 power phases, resulting in a cooler, more stable platform.
  • 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 Durable™ 3 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 Evolved Connectivity The SuperSpeed USB 3.0 technology provides blazing fast data transfer speed of up to 5Gbps between your USB peripherals and system. SATA III technology offers up to 6Gbps link speeds for twice the data transfer rates of SATA Revision 2.0 (3 Gbps). 3x USB power boost delivers greater compatibility and extra power for USB devices by efficiently regulating output over the full voltage range. And as part of its box kit, the motherboard features a convenient Front Access Control Panel that allows quick and easy access to 2 USB 3.0 ports. The back panel also includes Power eSATA and a Quick Boost button that allows gamers to instantaneously overclock their system with a single press of a button.
  • 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.

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


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  • Sergey S.
  • 9/16/2012 11:49:28 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsTh best

Pros: Durable, handles just about everything you can imagine.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: Simply said it's the best! in it's price category, top of the line card for quad core processor. Never overheats no matter what I've done to it:).

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  • Dave N.
  • 12/15/2011 10:38:28 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsbooted windows 7 x64 - no issues

Pros: lots of features. motherboard was not bent/warped/bowed like a certain competitor's board. Intel Rapid storage tech works great and was easy to setup. See "other thoughts" below.

Cons: the 3.5" front panel USB 3.0 kit they have will not work with standard 3.5" to 5.25" converter and a tooless case. The 3.5" kit they provide is too flimsy and requires reinforcement in the rear to be viable. Otherwise, if you install in the case using a 3.5" to 5.25" converter (which is NOT supplied with the motherboard) when you press on the face, like you would if you were to plug in a 3.0 USB connector, then the face will push into the case.

Note that the same thing will happen if you do not use a 3.5" to 5.25" converter and you install the 3.5" kit into a tooless 3.5" bay.

The reason why is that the tooless bay only "grabs" the drive on one side and not both sides and relies on the rigidness of the drive for the right side of the drive face to not collapse into the case.

The above is the entire reason why this mobo did not get 5 stars from me. It would have been 4.5 stars if that was possible.

Other Thoughts: for those that are having difficulty setting up the SSD cache drive, here are some notes that you might have missed when you read the extra manual that gigabyte provided which explains how to setup Intel Rapid storage, or whatever it is called.

0) update the bios from gigabyte's website
1) you have to set the controller to RAID (XD) (I think it is XD... it is X - something)
2) I enabled XD, or whatever it is called, which is the line in the BIOS directly above the RAID setting. I don't know if this had to be set to enable or not, but the default setting is disable. Note that this is NOT in the instructions that I could see, so maybe this is the problem?
3) now install windows 7 on your hard drive and not the SSD. Note that if you did not set the controller to RAID (XD) and installed windows you would have to REINSTALL windows after setting to RAID
4) update all the drivers, install the Intel RST from gigabyte's website
5) run the Intel RST and enable the caching.
6)

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  • Anonymous
  • 12/6/2011 8:26:38 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

1 out of 5 eggsNot PCIe3 compatible so

Pros: probably it's a good board but...

Cons: Beware that this board it's not full PCIe3 compatible, Gigabyte released a press release in august stating their entire 6 series of boards are ready to support Intel 22nm CPUs and PCI-E gen 3.0 with a BIOS update but this is not true.The BIOS isn't the only thing needed but the board itself needs also revision of PCB 1.3 with new switches for PCIe3 and gigabyte NEVER release a new PCB 1.3 for this one so...all the ones that gigabyte produce are 1.0 and so...

Other Thoughts: because I'm also searching a board that is ready for next gen3 CPU and GPU I think it could be useful to all to know what I have discovered about this board.Linking it's not permitted by the rules but you can find information about this if you are interested in know more about PCIe3 and this board.So for me 1egg because of gigabyte didn't say the true about this product

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  • Steven B.
  • 12/4/2011 1:07:44 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSolid Board

Pros: Full size board, plenty of features, great for overclocking! I haven't had any boot loop issues or anything that leaves a sour taste in my mouth.

The RAM slots are numbered right to left. [Socket 1155]
[Ram4] [Ram3] [Ram2] [Ram1]
So when using a dual channel kit you would have the slot closest to the CPU socket empty (ram4). This is good for anyone looking to use a larger heatsink that may extend over the closer ram sockets.

Flashed the Bios to F5 without a hitch.

Cons: While the bios does work with a USB keyboard it takes the board a little while to power it and can make it hard to get into boot menu / bios / q-flash options. There is a PS/2 port, so I am willing to believe that if you have an old PS/2 keyboard lying around that will be less a less annoying option to use when going in to adjust bios settings.

Other Thoughts: I'm perfectly happy with it. Instal went really clean. Using an Antec300 case and managed pretty clean cable management. Didn't boot from my windows 7 disk (the disk could simply be bad) but went right along with a server 2008 R2 x86-64 installation and installed Win7 over the server install.


Intel Core i7-2600k
G-Skill RipjawsX series 2x4GB cas 8
Sapphire Radeon HD 4830 (waiting to see if 7000 series comes out soon or not)
Seasonic x650 Gold PSU (modular)
Antec300 Illusion Case

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  • robert s.
  • 11/27/2011 11:10:03 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsWorst newegg and gigabyte experience ever!!!

Pros: blued screened every 2 weeks or so but other than that good board while it lasted.

Cons: Only worked for 2 months then it died. it is overpriced. I have been a huge Gigabyte fan for years but after this horrable experience i may never go back. I have heard horrable things about gigabyte's RMA but i will write back after i get a new board. lets see how they treat a life long customer.

Other Thoughts: should have gone with ASUS.... even biostar or foxcon would have lasted longer than 2 month and would have been a lot cheaper. if gigabyte doesn't treat me right on the RMA i will switch to ASUS.

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  • Anonymous
  • 11/14/2011 11:06:02 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSolid

Pros: As mentioned by nearly everyone, this board is physically solid, which makes assembly easier and instills confidence. I have a 2600k and 16gb 12800, everything as expected, no problems at all.

I'm after stability over slight speed increases, but with a simple multiplier bump to 40(4.0ghz) on the stock cooler I'm still perfectly stable. BIOS couldn't make it much easier.

SATA III works perfectly, as did USB3.

Cons: For the price (and considering similar models) I'd expect another 2-4 SATA ports on a separate on-board controller. I just added a PCIe card.

BIOS is 'old fashioned', which was a bit surprising after using a biostar bios with a mouse(!) the week earlier.

With a large graphics card like mine (6870OC) you do block the next two PCI slots, but there are still plenty for my uses, and it's not gigabyte's fault.

Other Thoughts: Built a hackintosh with the board. Very easy, and awfully close to the experience on my mac pro...except about twice as fast rendering video at less than half the price. Simple to get USB3 working too, which no mac has now except the pro with an aftermarket card.

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  • Douglas T.
  • 9/20/2011 5:58:18 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat board, but under-featured for the price

Pros: Solid PCB. Not thin, not likely to warp or sag.
20-phase power with bolted-down heatsinks; no push-pins.
Tons of port headers (two USB3, two USB2, FireWire)
Full-featured BIOS, with no bugs to speak of, like the Z68 mainboard I returned
Rock-solid stability under load, and great performance

Cons: -Realtek NIC on an upper-end board. ASUS offers Intel gigabit on boards costing nearly $100 less.
-Only six SATA ports. Gigabyte's UD4 board underneath this has a Marvel controller and adds two more, and costs far less. This board ought to have that.
Only one CPU fan header. A board in this range should have two for push/pull fans on today's tower heatsinks.
-Top PCIe x1 slot is worthless due to positioning of heatsinks. Enthusiasts would be better served by having that space blank, and replacing one of the PCI slots with the PCIe x1, leaving one PCI slot.
-Gigabyte should have had a UEFI BIOS ready for this board.
-Not a huge thing, but for a board released this recently, Gigabyte should have used the ICs that would offer PCIe 3.0 support for upcoming Ivy Bridge processors. Some of their competitors have.

Other Thoughts: This is a good board -fast, stable, and a real workhorse. But Gigabyte ought to look at their competitors and see what the same dollar buys. It might not get their 20-phase power, but it currently gets a better NIC, a more friendly BIOS, and two more SATA ports.

I'm very happy with the performance of this board, but it shouldn't be priced quite this high. If they were to throw Z68 owners a bone and give them an update to a quality UEFI BIOS during the product life-cycle, it'd be a step in the right direction.

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  • Ronald V.
  • 9/16/2011 8:57:19 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsNever worked properly

Pros: SATA 3, USB3.0 support, easy to use for overclocking

Cons: Never allowed Windows 7 to properly recognize my harddrives (tested 3 different ones including an SSD). Vertical lines started to appear in BIOS. The backpanel doesn't align very well causing one of the USB ports to be partially blocked.

Other Thoughts: Will now go through the RMA process with GigaByte, as I wasn't able to put the system together within the NewEgg warranty period.

My System:
Corsair 600T-White Case
Intel 2500K
16GB Corsair Vengeance DDR3
Asus GTX570 Graphics Card
Corsair 850AX PSU
Corsair H80 Cooler
Hitachi 2TB HD
Cordair Force 3 120GB SSD

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  • Michael P.
  • 9/14/2011 12:15:37 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsBeefy Board

Pros: This thing is like a tank. I think you could try to snap it in half and it won't break. The PCB is a lot thicker than what you would find on a cheaper board. I am just tickled with the way Gigabyte built this board. It's really over-engineered but that's what I'm paying for.

Nice VRM cooling and it does have quite a few VRMs. You would be less likely to burn the board up.

The only thing I really tweaked was the memory and I've become an overnight pro at doing this with this board. I would buy RAM that's designed for the 1155 chipsets.

This is a very good overclockers motherboard. If you're looking to push the chip you can't go wrong with the Z68 chipset and the UD5 boards.

Cons: Yeah, this thing does have a limited amount of PCI-E lanes. You should be able to run SLI or X-Fire without much of a performance hit. I dunno, If I was going to buy two 6990's or GTX 590 cards I would get a board with an NF200 chip than runs the two top slots at x16/x16. With this board you would be fine with two 6870's.

It's picky with the RAM. You had better make sure you're buying or using RAM that will work. I got it to work with the G.Skill RAM that's optimized for the Z68 and P67 boards. It won't work with some of that X58 era DDR3 RAM.

Other Thoughts: A little pricy for a board with no NF-200 chip. Other than that, you can't complain.

A big case like the 932 and a H100 would be a K.O. combo. Just make sure you use a fan to keep the VRM cool. I think that's one thing that's real important for system stability.

Core i5-2500k
Z68X-UD5
16gb DDR3-1600 CL8 G.Skill
XFX Radeon HD 5870 1gb reference card.
850w Antec
H50
HAF 932
2x Samsung Spinpoint F3 Raid 0
Corsair Performance 3 SATA3 64gb SSD
Windows 7 Pro

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  • Peter W.
  • 8/26/2011 5:19:34 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsThis board is Amaz-za-zing!

Pros: I put this board in my new build an am thoroughly impressed. The primary motivation for picking this board over others was to future proof my system. With a lot of USB3.0 ports (4 internal, 4 external), XMP support, Hybrid EFI Bios, and many other features, there is nothing that this board cannot do, at least that I can think of.

I guess I got off to a good start with this board because when I built my system, my GPU had not arrived yet, and I was able to use the 2600k built-in graphics to run my monitor. Additionally, when my mouse broke, I was able to bust out my old mouse that came with my Dell about 10 yrs ago :) Plugged it right into the PS/2 port and kept on going.

The documentation that came with this board is great. The manual is well-written and covers this boards features very well. There are a lot of cool features with this board that aren't listed under the "overview" section on newegg.com. I highly recommend DL-ing the manual from Gigabyte and looking at them

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: If you don't buy this board, I feel sorry for you.

My system:
Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-Z68XP-UD5
CPU: Intel 2600k @ 4.2GHz
Cooling: ZALMAN CNPS9900
GPU: Zotac AMP! GTX480
Power Supply: Corsair AX850
Memory: G.Skill 8GB 2133Mhz
Case: LIAN LI PC-V1020A (B-e-a-utiful!)
Hard Drive: WD Cav. Black 500GB

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