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Gigabyte Z68X-UD3H-B3: Z68 Done Right

 

Company: Gigabyte Technology

Product: GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3

Price: ~$170 CAD

Availability: Global

Warranty Period: Three Years

Introduction

The much riled and awaited Sandy Bridge platform and Cougar Point chipset were released at the beginning of January, signalling the start of a dominant new era for Intel. Indeed, with AMDs upcoming Bulldozer lineup still in the process of rolling out, Intel theoretically had six months to saturate and hold a firm grip in the consumer market. The timing could not have been better; a new year, the start of a new decade, and a new architecture released during the holiday season, a time when most consumers are ready to spend their saved up money on a new build, or upgrade. The pieces were in place…but not all of them fell in the right places.

The Cougar Point chipset turned out to be the culprit of the woes that were to follow for Intel. Cougar Point, the backbone of P67 and H67 motherboards, was revealed to have had issues with the SATA 3GBPS ports, the primary problem being faster degradation of the ports/controller. This led to mass recalls of the P67 and H67 motherboards, a move which not only cost Intel billions of dollars upfront, but also cost three months worth of obtaining a significant lead over Bulldozer. Not only that, but by the time the new B3 revisions started making their way out to retailers in March,  the beefier, upgraded Z68 motherboards were starting to expose themselves for the same 1155 socket.

This puts Intels motherboard manufacturers in a sticky situation, as logically, the Z68 would steal revenue that was originally intended to be produced from the H67 and P67 boards. One essential and efficient way to combat this, as Gigabyte illustrates, is to aggressively release a plethora of different motherboards made for specific consumers at many different price ranges, with the Z68X-UD3H-B3 being the first to test the waters.

NEXT: Specifications, Overview, and Features

Page 1: Introduction

Page 2: Specifications, Overview, and Features

Page 3: Closer Look, Specifications, and Benchmark Testing Platform

Page 4: CPU Benchmarks

Page 5: Computation and Productivity Benchmarks

 

 

Page 6: Storage and Peripheral Benchmarks

Page 7: Memory Benchmarks

Page 8: Gaming Benchmarks

Page 9: Overall System Benchmarks

Page 10: Z68 Chipset-Specific Benchmarks

Page 11: Temperature, Power, and Efficiency

Page 12: BIOS and Overclocking

Page 13: Final Words and Conclusion

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About Deepak Sharma

I am a big PC enthusiast, and avid gamer. If I'm not tinkering with parts, or reviewing products, you can be 100% certain I'll be on Steam playing something. I love learning about new tech, and teach myself as much as I can, so I can present it to every techie out there!
  • http://twitter.com/RxUrien Deepak Sharma

    Thanks for the input Amy! A lot of people are loving this board, and it’s no surprise why :)

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