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Gigabyte GA-Z68A-D3H-B3 Review

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Siwini 14th July 2011, 16:06 Quote
Nice
[USRF]Obiwan 14th July 2011, 17:12 Quote
So better of with a cheap 67 board...
TheLostSwede 14th July 2011, 17:13 Quote
Considering the chipset price difference is less than US$5, this board should be cheaper than what it's retailing for...
aLtikal 14th July 2011, 17:51 Quote
Id stil go for a GD53 over this...More I/O on the back...its cheaper by £6 and seems to have better passive cooling?
Anfield 15th July 2011, 08:55 Quote
If one would actually want a cheap Z68 board there is still the GA-Z68A-D3-B3 which is more than 20£ less and all you'll loose is the third pci-e x16 slot.
xaser04 15th July 2011, 09:24 Quote
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Originally Posted by Anfield
If one would actually want a cheap Z68 board there is still the GA-Z68A-D3-B3 which is more than 20£ less and all you'll loose is the third pci-e x16 slot.

You look like you also lose the onboard VGA which might be an issue for some people. Still, £77 is an excellent price for a decent entry level SB board - especially as it still looks to overclock quite well.

I am slightly confused by this review though. What is the point in reviewing a Z68 board that has Virtu and Intel SRT and not testing, or at the very lease "reviewing" those features?

We all knew the board was going to perform (in the real world) identically to any other board using this chipset so more emphasis should have been spent on the Z68 specific features and not the performance numbers.
Lizard 15th July 2011, 09:59 Quote
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Originally Posted by xaser04
I am slightly confused by this review though. What is the point in reviewing a Z68 board that has Virtu and Intel SRT and not testing, or at the very lease "reviewing" those features?

That's because we've already written a separate article about those features, and linked to it on the first page of this motherboard review.
Xir 15th July 2011, 10:45 Quote
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Originally Posted by Lizard
That's because we've already written a separate article about those features, and linked to it on the first page of this motherboard review.
in which you didn't test the virtu mode interesting to gamers (d-mode) ;), but I understand that encoding and virtu aren't really all that important.

Anyway, it beats the Asus P8P67 and the Asus P8P67-m Pro on price and performance, but it's rated lower because of "less features" (while offering Intel SRT and (if you use it) Virtu) :|
BIOS...well it OC's to the level of both Asus mentioned above. It does have Dual-BIOS though.
Missing audio-out (SP/DIF) is a bummer, granted.
xaser04 15th July 2011, 11:42 Quote
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Originally Posted by Lizard
That's because we've already written a separate article about those features, and linked to it on the first page of this motherboard review.

Right, so how does this Gigabyte MB cope with these exact features, are there any issues surrounding the implementation, how does SRT perform? Er I have no idea because they were not looked at in this review....

I wouldn't expect exact performance numbers but a couple of paragraphs detailing the reviewers experiences with the Z68 only features would be very useful especially considering this is a Z68 board (with all of the Z68 features) for low end P67 money.
Xir 15th July 2011, 11:58 Quote
in the article: how-to-overclock-the-intel-core-i5-2500k the Gigabyte board still has the "old style" BIOS, how's the UEFI BIOS on this one?

Update..my bad, it still doesn't have UEFI-BIOS, right?
Xir 15th July 2011, 12:48 Quote
Gigabyte is driving me nuts, they've got so many different models motherboards... 17!!! MoBo's with Z68 :(

The Gigabyte Z68X-UD3H-B3 (see the difference between the testedZ68A-D3H-B3?) is a bit dearer (about 20€) but has all the features including full scale sound-out.

That price puts it between (instead of below) the ASUS P8Z68-V and ASUS P8Z68-V Pro though.
xinaes 17th July 2011, 03:31 Quote
What people really need to realise when comparing Z68 and P67 is the benefit of being able to use the IGP. For me, this means a 40W drop in power consumption running dual screen with one screen on the GPU & one on the motherboard, rather than running both on the GPU. Crazy, huh?

FWIW I have a Z68X-UD3H-B3 and am pretty happy with it apart from the seeming slight lack of control over system fan speeds which I managed to overlook. Plenty of IO etc for my needs at least. Don't use the onboard sound anyway.
DeX 19th July 2011, 19:56 Quote
Can someone explain why the SATA 3 (6Gbps) performance on this board is no where near as good as that of the Asus Sabertooth P67?
Xir 20th July 2011, 10:15 Quote
...only if you explain to me why the sabertooth has nearly doubled it's performance in tha latest reviews :D

asus-sabertooth-p67-review/5 Sabertooth P67 Intel P67 SATA 6Gbps 353 MB/sec
asus-p8p67-m-pro-review/5 Sabertooth P67 Intel P67 SATA 6Gbps 353 MB/sec
gigabyte-ga-z68a-d3h-b3-review/5 Sabertooth P67 Intel P67 SATA 6Gbps 541 MB/sec
asus-maximus-iv-gene-z/5 Sabertooth P67 Intel P67 SATA 6Gbps 541 MB/sec
:?
Was the C300 limiting the chipset?
christianminas 19th August 2011, 15:18 Quote
In the first page says:
Memory support 4 slots: max 16GB DDR3 (2,133MHz)

In the manufacturer site the maximum is 32GB.

What is correct?

And about the memory too, what is the maximum MHz without OC?

Thanks a lot!
The_EXorcist 22nd August 2011, 16:50 Quote
The only thing putting me off changing to a z68 is not knowing whether my Frio fits or not. Socket seems very close the the ram dimms
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