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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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BIOS and Hybrid-EFI Touch BIOS

Gigabyte's GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 motherboard features both the traditional text-based BIOS and a Windows based hybrid-EFI BIOS called 'Touch BIOS.' While most enthusiasts prefer the quick responsiveness of the text-based BIOS and are familiar menu structure, the hybrid-EFI BIOS which is accessible through Windows is a nice compromise over the pure UEFI BIOS approach taken by MSI and ASUS.

Gigabyte left the traditional BIOS alone and so it's still accessible at POST by pressing the 'Del' key. 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.

Finally, you can also adjust pretty much every electrical setting you want in the BIOS, although this feature is only recommended for expert usage. You don't want to fry your motherboard!

Overclocking the Intel HD 3000 graphics on the Intel Core i5 2500K processor. The default is 1100MHz.

The speed of the Intel HD 3000 graphics can be adjusted to as high as 3000MHz, though 1500MHz is a more realistic.

Gigabyte Touch BIOS

Gigabyte's Touch BIOS fills a new role by enabling BIOS access from the Windows desktop, without replacing the existing BIOS at POST. 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's Touch BIOS has big graphical buttons that put it on more familiar ground for users who may have never opened up their BIOS at POST. 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 interfaces we've seen so far are way too sluggish and each motherboard maker has confusing interfaces and random icons which only complicates things further.

With the BIOS covered, let's move onto overclocking!

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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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