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Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3-iSSD Intel Z68 Motherboard & Intel 20GB SSD Review

Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3-iSSD Intel Z68 Motherboard & Intel 20GB SSD Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: There are four key features that make the Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3-iSSD a real killer among Intel Z68 motherboards - a bundled 20GB Intel mSATA SSD, Virtu, SLI/Crossfire and onboard HDMI video output.
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IGP Motherboard Benchmarks: Call of Juarez, Crysis, Video Transcoding

PCSTATS Benchmark ReportCall of Juarez - DX10 - (On IGP Graphics)
1024x768 Low Settings: Points Ranking
Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3-iSSD (Intel HD 3000 IGP) 18.1
Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 (Intel HD 3000 IGP) 25.7
Intel DH67BL (Intel HD 3000 IGP) 21.1
Biostar TH67XE (Intel HD 3000 IGP) 27.3
ECS H67H2-M (Intel HD 3000 IGP) 24.5
Intel DG45ID (Intel GMA X4500HD IGP) 5.8
Asus P5Q-EM (Intel GMA X4500HD IGP) 6.5
Gigabyte GA-A75M-UD2H (Radeon HD 6550D IGP) 54.6
Biostar TA890GXE (Radeon HD 4290 IGP) 13.1
ASUS M4A89GTD-Pro (Radeon HD 4290 IGP) 12.6
ASUS M3A78-T (Radeon HD 3300 IGP) 15.6
Foxconn A7DA-S (Radeon HD 3300 IGP) 13.2
Gigabyte GA-MA785GMT-UD2H (Radeon HD 4200 IGP) 11.8
MSI 785GM-E65 (Radeon HD 4200 IGP) 12.3
ASUS M4A785TD-V Evo (Radeon HD 4200 IGP) 12.5
1600x1200 High Settings: Points Ranking
Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3-iSSD (Intel HD 3000 IGP) 5.9
Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 (Intel HD 3000 IGP) 5.9
Intel DH67BL (Intel HD 3000 IGP) 4.6
Biostar TH67XE (Intel HD 3000 IGP) 6.1
ECS H67H2-M (Intel HD 3000 IGP) 5.5
Intel DG45ID (Intel GMA X4500HD IGP) 2.2
Asus P5Q-EM (Intel GMA X4500HD IGP) 2.4
Gigabyte GA-A75M-UD2H (Radeon HD 6550D IGP) 15.6
Biostar TA890GXE (Radeon HD 4290 IGP) 3
ASUS M4A89GTD-Pro (Radeon HD 4290 IGP) 2.6
ASUS M3A78-T (Radeon HD 3300 IGP) 3.1
Foxconn A7DA-S (Radeon HD 3300 IGP) 2.3
Gigabyte GA-MA785GMT-UD2H (Radeon HD 4200 IGP) 2.4
MSI 785GM-E65 (Radeon HD 4200 IGP) 2.6
ASUS M4A785TD-V Evo (Radeon HD 4200 IGP) 2.4

Call of Juarez is a tough DX10 title for IGPs, at least it was until the AMD Fusion A8-3850 APU arrived. The Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3-iSSD motherboard and its Intel HD 3000 IGP mange 18.1 FPS at 1024x768, just 5.9FPS at 1600x1200. It's a good thing the Gigabyte made the GA-Z68XP-UD3-iSSD motherboard Virtu compliant so users can ditch the IGP graphics in favor of a discreet graphics card. The AMD A8-3850 socket FM1 system dominates here but doesn't support Virtu so there's no chance to seemlessly switching between discreet and integrated graphics.

PCSTATS Benchmark ReportCrysis - DX10 - (On IGP Graphics)
1600x1200 HQ Points Ranking
Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3-iSSD (Intel HD 3000 IGP) 6.6
Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 (Intel HD 3000 IGP) 6.6
Intel DH67BL (Intel HD 3000 IGP) 5.7
Biostar TH67XE (Intel HD 3000 IGP) 7.2
ECS H67H2-M (Intel HD 3000 IGP) 6.4
Intel DG45ID (Intel GMA X4500HD IGP) 1.7
Asus P5Q-EM (Intel GMA X4500HD IGP) 2.8
Gigabyte GA-A75M-UD2H (Radeon HD 6550D IGP) 14.8
Biostar TA890GXE (Radeon HD 4290 IGP) 3.1
ASUS M4A89GTD-Pro (Radeon HD 4290 IGP) 2.8
ASUS M3A78-T (Radeon HD 3300 IGP) 3.6
Foxconn A7DA-S (Radeon HD 3300 IGP) 3.2
Gigabyte GA-MA785GMT-UD2H (Radeon HD 4200 IGP) 2.7
MSI 785GM-E65 (Radeon HD 4200 IGP) 2.7
ASUS M4A785TD-V Evo (Radeon HD 4200 IGP) 2.2

Crysis is a tough one on IGP's and as you might have guessed, kills the Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3-iSSD test platform with a paltry score of just 6.6FPS. In situations like this it's good to know this Z68 board supports Virtu so users can dynamically switch over to a discrete graphics card for gaming and rely on IGP graphics for standard desktop work or to take advantage of transcoding acceleration technologies like Intel QuickSync.

Video Transcoding - Cyberlink MediaShow Espresso 6

In this test a 450MB 1080i high definition MPEG2 video is transcoded via Cyberlink MediaShow Espresso 6 to a 640x360 MP4 video format suitable for the Apple iPhone 4.

Video Transcoding Test
Without Intel QuickSync

With Intel QuickSync

Intel Core i5 2500K /
Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3-iSSD

47 sec 14 sec

Using an Intel Core i5 2500K / Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3-iSSD test system this video transcoded in about 48 seconds. Not bad, but with this same test platform reconfigured to run off the Intel HD3000 integrated graphics core, the video transcoded in 14 seconds!

To use Intel QuickSync you either need to plug your display into the HDMI port on the Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3-iSSD motherboard and run off the Intel HD3000/2000 graphics IGP, or configure LucidLogix Virtu to virtualize the HD3000/2000 graphics through a discreet videocard.

Last but not least, Power Draw figures are next along with the full conclusion breakdown!

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Contents of Article: Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3-iSSD
 Pg 1.  Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3-iSSD Intel Z68 Motherboard & Intel 20GB SSD Review
 Pg 2.  Bundled-in 20GB SSD - Intel Smart Response Technology
 Pg 3.  360-Degree Motherboard Gallery: Board Layout
 Pg 4.  360-Degree Motherboard Gallery: Continued
 Pg 5.  BIOS and Hybrid-EFI Touch BIOS
 Pg 6.  Overclocking Test Report and Test System Details
 Pg 7.  Configuring Intel Smart Response Technology
 Pg 8.  Testing Intel SRT: PCMark Vantage
 Pg 9.  Sysmark 2007 Motherboard Benchmarks
 Pg 10.  SiSoft Sandra: CPU Motherboard Benchmarks:
 Pg 11.  Sandra: Memory Motherboard Benchmarks:
 Pg 12.  PCMark Vantage Motherboard Benchmarks
 Pg 13.  3DMark 11 Motherboard Benchmarks
 Pg 14.  3DMark Vantage Motherboard Benchmarks
 Pg 15.  3DMark 06 Motherboard Benchmarks
 Pg 16.  FEAR Motherboard Benchmarks
 Pg 17.  IGP Motherboard Benchmarks: 3DMark Vantage, 3DMark06, FEAR
 Pg 18.  — IGP Motherboard Benchmarks: Call of Juarez, Crysis, Video Transcoding
 Pg 19.  System Power Draw and Final Conclusions

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