- Intel Z68
- Core i7 / i5 / i3 (LGA1155)
- DDR3 2133/1866/1600/1333/1066
Great feature set for the price. 06/10/2011
Gorgeous matte black design.
On board video, with HDMI, DVI and VGA outputs, giving you plenty of connectivity, and meaning you can make use of Virtu and Intel Quick Sync if you choose.
2 way SLI & X-fire support.
The onboard audio is surprisingly rich. I don't feel the need to install a discrete sound card at all.
Everything is clearly labeled so you don't really even need the manual when setting everything up.
Gigabyte uses legacy BIOS, which is a bit disappointing considering UEFIs are steadily becoming the norm. But, that is kind of offset by their TouchBIOS (which you can download from Giga's website) which gives you full access to BIOS tweaking from within Windows.
The front panel audio header is placed in a really awkward position, just above the PCI slots near the rear IO.
Unfortunately, that means it takes some fairly creative routing (and possibly an extension cable) to connect to it, and with a high powered gpu installed in the top PCIEx16 slot there is fairly significant static interference when running 3D apps.
A word of advice, try to avoid running your front panel cables parallel to any active power cables. It should help reduce some of the interference, but IDK if there's any way to eliminate it completely with the positioning on this board.
For the price, you'll be hard pressed to find a much better value in the Z68 lineup. It has all the bases covered when it comes to features, and holds up well against much more expensive competing boards.
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