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Item#: N82E16813128495
GIGABYTE GA-Z68MA-D2H-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
  • Intel Z68
  • Core i7 / i5 / i3 (LGA1155)
  • DDR3 2133/1866/1600/1333/1066

Pros:

Great feature set; Crossfire/SLI with 8x on each slot

Cons:

Bad BIOS version F10?

Other Thoughts:

I had this board for almost a year, before I finally got around to using it. I had the board rev 1.0, which NewEgg might not be selling anymore. Anyways, I installed Windows and was up and running great! I then noticed there was a new F10 BIOS, so updated it. Things still were fine. I then added two cards in crossfire, and things got weird. I had BSODs, drivers were not being found for USB 3 (even though they were installed properly before) and the Intel Management Engine Interface (MEI) was not starting (exclamation point in device manager). I tried fresh windows install, on-board graphics, reinstalled Intel MEI, etc. but still had flaky operation. I then remember the BIOS update to F10, and noticed that the description mentions MEI. I downgrade to F9 BIOS, and just like that, no problems! Cards in crossfire, running Furmark at 100% per card with Prime95 running on all four cores of i5-2500k. Whew, finally! Just not sure what that F10 bios was doing to me, but be warned.

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  • John D.
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year


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