- Intel Z68
- Core i7 / i5 / i3 / Pentium / Celeron (LGA1155)
- DDR3 2133/1866/1600/1333/1066
Very Happy 06/15/2011
This review is from: GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD5-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
-Around $100 cheaper than the UD7 model with almost all the same features.
-Easy to overclock with plenty of documentation online available for this board (usually referring to the p67 version but works the same way)
-Dual bios is a lifesaver during setup!! Specially using any of the new sata III SSD's. They tend to crash a ton in the beginning until you get everything tweaked out but each crash tends to reset the bios. With dual bios is a couple clicks and all settings are back to normal.
-Looks Great and built super tough
-Tons of usb 3.0 and super powered usb ports as well as super powered esata ports for quick charging and items with high power demand.
-Built in pin-out for front panel usb 3.0
-Decent sound for on-board
-Overall IMO a lot more bang for your buck than the ud7 version.
-No support for quick sync which is 99.99% of the reason I held out for the Z68 chip.
(I will just have to upgrade later when Gigabyte makes a high end board that supports quick sync as well. Although many won't use it the ability to compress video at crazy speeds and still be able to use my own graphics card as well would be very helpful for me. I work a ton in 3d and video so a discrete card works for rendering and visuals then I would like to be able to switch over to compress it all once I finish.)
The usb 3.0 adapter and on-board pin-out is a really nice bonus. My case comes with front usb 3.0 ports already but like many cases out on the market require you to run a wire outside the case to plug into one of the back usb 3.0 ports. I just mounted this adapter internally and ran the cords from the usb 3.0 slots on the front of my case into the gigabyte adapter that I mounted inside. This let me avoid having to run cables outside my case and use up on of my back slots.
Great purchase. The only real downfall is a lack of quick sync support and I am still not sure why Gigabyte figured that high end users wouldn't want this ability. At least give me the option to use it if I want to. Although yes I do have a much better discrete graphics card quick sync is a specialized process that I would really like to be able to use.
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