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Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 Intel Z68 Motherboard Review

Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 Intel Z68 Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: Socket 1155 motherboards like the Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 which are built around it offer up a mainstream suite of capabilities and a kitchen sink full o'features. The board supports 2nd Generation Intel Core i3/i5/i7 2xxx-series socket LGA1155 processors - these CPUs are based on the Intel 'SandyBridge' architecture which includes an integrated graphics core on the CPU die.
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External Mfg. Website: Gigabyte Aug 16 2011   Max Page  
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360-Degree Motherboard Gallery: Features and Layout

360-Degree Motherboard Gallery:

Care of the Intel Z68 Express chipset, the Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 serves up the full compliment of integrated graphics options at the rear I/O. The HDMI port is good to resolutions of 1920x1200, DisplayPort to 2560x1600, DVI-D to 1920x1200 and the Analog VGA services older CRT monitors. The board can handle dual displays which is especially nice for users with twin LCD displays.

The HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) port provides an all-digital audio/video interface to transmit uncompressed HDCP compliant signals. The DisplayPort, located just below the HDMI output, delivers digital video/audio and supports bi-directional audio transmission. DisplayPort is DPCP and HDCP compliant.

The Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 motherboard features two physical PCI Express 2.0 x16 slots. A single videocard runs in x16 mode. Two-way nVidia SLI or ATI CrossfireX configurations will split the bandwidth equally and run both videocards in x8/x8 mode. Remaining expansion slots include three PCI Express 2.0 x1 slots and two legacy PCI slots.

Spacing between the two videocard PCI Express 2.0 x16 slots is good. A single dual-slot wide videocard will only block the second PCIEx1 slot. If you opt for SLI or CrossFireX, it will cost you the second PCI slot. With either videocard scenario there is lots of space to go around. The PCI Express slots are clearly marked with bandwidth values too.

Along the bottom edge of the Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 motherboard are numerous headers; the board has (4) USB 2.0, (1) USB 3.0, (1) firewire header. In short, there's a lot of connectivity here, but not even one USB bracket is supplied. Bummer.

Next to the front panel IO headers are four 6Gb/s SATA III ports (white and grey) and three 3Gb/s SATA II jacks (black). RAID 0/1/5/10 can be configured across any of these ports. The Intel Z68 Express chipset is hiding under this low profile passive aluminum heatsink, as you'll see right after the jump...

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Contents of Article: Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3
 Pg 1.  Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 Intel Z68 Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  Intel Z68 Express Chipset
 Pg 3.  Lucid VIRTU
 Pg 4.  — 360-Degree Motherboard Gallery: Features and Layout
 Pg 5.  360-Degree Motherboard Gallery: Continued
 Pg 6.  BIOS and Hybrid-EFI Touch BIOS
 Pg 7.  Overclocking on the Intel Z68 Chipset
 Pg 8.  Sysmark 2007 Motherboard Benchmarks
 Pg 9.  SiSoft Sandra: CPU Motherboard Benchmarks:
 Pg 10.  Sandra: Memory Motherboard Benchmarks:
 Pg 11.  PCMark Vantage Motherboard Benchmarks
 Pg 12.  3DMark 11 Motherboard Benchmarks
 Pg 13.  3DMark Vantage Motherboard Benchmarks
 Pg 14.  3DMark 06 Motherboard Benchmarks
 Pg 15.  FEAR Motherboard Benchmarks
 Pg 16.  IGP Motherboard Benchmarks: 3DMark Vantage, 3DMark06, FEAR, Juarez, Crysis
 Pg 17.  System Power Draw and Final Conclusions

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