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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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BIOS and Hybrid-EFI Touch BIOS

The Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3-iSSD motherboard uses a traditional text-based BIOS augmented with a Windows based hybrid-EFI BIOS called 'Touch BIOS.' While novice users may not know what the BIOS is or how to use it, I think most enthusiasts prefer the quick responsiveness of the text-based UI and its familiar menu structure. It's an interface that's been refined for decades and it simply works - at the end of the day that's all we want.

The main overclocking controls for adjusting the CPU multiplier (and BCLK frequency) are found in the Advanced Frequency Settings page.

The BIOS has extensive memory control options, timings can be set down to the individual clocks cycle, per channel.

Users can adjust pretty much every electrical setting they want in the BIOS, although this feature is only recommended for expert usage.

Gigabyte Touch BIOS

Gigabyte's Touch BIOS fills a new role without replacing the existing BIOS at POST, so it's a good mix. PCSTATS especially likes the ability to do a BIOS update from within Windows and the way settings are largely presented in a textual drop-down format. There are some added features in Touch BIOS for taking screen shots, inserting bookmarks on certain BIOS pages and organizing the BIOS icons to suite a users individual needs.
This is what it looks like from within Windows 7:


Gigabyte Touch BIOS runs in the Windows 7 environment.

Gigabyte's Touch BIOS has big graphical buttons and is accessible from within Windows, putting it on more familiar ground for users who may have never opened up their BIOS at POST. Best of all, if you're NOT a fan of UEFI BIOS interfaces you're not forced to use a sluggish UEFI BIOS!

On a side note, I have to say that PCSTATS has been really disappointed in every UEFI BIOS from the likes of ASUS and MSI we've tested to date. The graphical user interface is way too sluggish, each motherboard maker has confusing interfaces and random iconography which only complicates things further. Anyway, with the BIOS covered, let's move onto overclocking!

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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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