Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 Intel Z68 LGA-1155 HDMI SATA 6Gb/x USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3

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***Pros***: Great all black design. Good overclocker. Lots of USB3 and SATA III connectors. x8/x8 CrossfireX. Virtu compatible. Beefy heatsinks on the VRMs. ***Cons***: 7 voltage regulators. While more than the 4 - 5 on budget boards, it doesn't compare to the 12 - 20 on high-end boards. This MB is right in the middle, and will handle overclocks up to 4.5GHz on a 2500k. AHCI BIOS menu takes about 10 seconds to load. This is because Gigabyte uses an older AHCI BIOS. If using an SSD, this will add 10 seconds to boot time. ***Other thoughts***: Overclocked my 2500k to 4.5GHz easily. Further voltage increases proved unstable. Comes with SLI bridge, but not CrossfireX.

-James Headfield quote

Great motherboard with a few caveats

by James Headfield on 9/7/2011

***Pros***: Great all black design. Good overclocker. Lots of USB3 and SATA III connectors. x8/x8 CrossfireX. Virtu compatible. Beefy heatsinks on the VRMs. ***Cons***: 7 voltage regulators. While more than the 4 - 5 on budget boards, it doesn't compare to the 12 - 20 on high-end boards. This MB is right in the middle, and will handle overclocks up to 4.5GHz on a 2500k. AHCI BIOS menu takes about 10 seconds to load. This is because Gigabyte uses an older AHCI BIOS. If using an SSD, this will add 10 seconds to boot time. ***Other thoughts***: Overclocked my 2500k to 4.5GHz easily. Further voltage increases proved unstable. Comes with SLI bridge, but not CrossfireX. Read More

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Product Overview

Combining the advantages of the Intel P67 and H67 platforms in one complete package, the GIGABYTE Z68 series offer the best of both worlds; users can take advantage of the system tuning and overclocking features found in the Intel P67 platform as well as the built-in visual features of the H67 platforms when combined with 2nd generation Intel Core processors.

An Innovative New Way to Modify BIOS Settings
Navigating through the BIOS to change system settings can be a daunting task for users not familiar with control “F” functions and mouse-less navigation. While some EFI BIOS try to address this with a mouse friendly environment, many implementations still lack a certain ease-of-use necessary for most people. With GIGABYTE Touch BIOS, GIGABYTE engineers have completely re-imagined how users can interact with their BIOS, allowing for a more intuitive user experience. In fact, with a touch screen monitor, GIGABYTE Touch BIOS is as easy to use as most apps on your iPhone.

Supports Intel Smart Response Technology
GIGABYTE Z68 series motherboards are equipped with the much anticipated Intel Smart Response Technology, allowing users to experience system performance similar to SSD only systems. Intel Smart Response technology works by using intelligent block-based caching of frequently used applications to improve system performance and responsiveness. In fact, GIGABYTE Z68 motherboards with Intel Smart Response Technology are able to outperform hybrid drive systems by more than 2X (PC Mark Vantage HDD test) and HDD-only systems by as much as 4X (PC Mark Vantage HDD test) and deliver a 60% performance improvement over HDD-only systems in PC Mark Vantage Suite.

GIGABYTE EZ Smart Response
The GIGABYTE EZ Smart Response utility is a simple application that allows users to quickly and easily configure their system for Intel Smart Response Technology. In the past, enabling Intel® Smart Response meant users needed to enter the BIOS in order to configure their system for RAID mode, which then required a complete reinstall of the operating system. Once that processes was complete, users then needed to install the Intel Rapid Storage Utility as well as configure Intel's Smart Response Technology. GIGABYTE EZ Smart Response does all of this automatically, without users having to perform a complicated install process. This allows them to quickly and effortlessly enjoy a significant boost in system performance.

Specifications

Manufacturer Gigabyte Technology
Mfg Part# GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3
SKU 221632058
UPC 818313013132
UPC 14 00818313013132
Features
Intel Quick Sync Video: Up to 2x faster media processing than any other solution for incredibly fast conversion of video files for portable media players or online sharing.
Intel InTru 3D: Users can enjoy the ultimate 3D visual experiences-seamlessly-from their PC. Now you can watch their favorite 3D mvoeis with Blu-Ray Stereo 3D playback using active shutter 3D glasses. It delivers it all in 1080p full, high-definition resolution on the TV over HDMI 1.4.
Intel Insider: Allows users to view premium 1080p HD content on their GIGABYTE Z68 series system.
Switchable Graphics with LucidLogix Virtu GPU Virtualization: GIGABYTE Z68 motherboards are enabled with LucidLogix Virtu GPU Virtualization technology which allows uers to dynamically switch between their built-in graphics and their high-end, 3D discrete graphics cards. This is ideal for gamers who require high-resolution gaming and still want to enjoy the built-in media features of 2nd generation Intel Core processors. In so doing, switchable graphics helps to dramatically reduce PC graphics power consumption.
Tech Specs
Audio Channels 7.1
Product Type Desktop Motherboard
Manufacturer Part Number GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3
Manufacturer Website Address www.giga-byte.com
Manufacturer GIGABYTE Technology, Inc
Product Model GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3
Product Name Ultra Durable 3 GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 Desktop Motherboard
Product Line Ultra Durable 3
Brand Name Gigabyte
Number of PCI Slots 2
Number of Total Expansion Slots 7
Number of PCI Express x16 Slots 1
PCI Express Standard PCI Express 2.0
Total Number of PCI Express Slots 5
Maximum Memory 32 GB
Memory Technology DDR3 SDRAM
Number of Memory Slots 4
Memory Form Factor DIMM
Package Contents Ultra Durable 3 GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 Desktop Motherboard Motherboard Driver Disk User's Manual Quick Installation Guide 4 x SATA Cables I/O Shield 1 x 2-Way SLI Bridge Connector
Gigabit Ethernet Yes
Form Factor ATX
Width 12"
Depth 9.61"
Number of SATA Interfaces 5
Processor Support Core i5 / Core i7 / Core i3 / Pentium Dual-core / Celeron
Total Processor Support 1
Processor Socket Socket H2 LGA-1155
Processor Technology Enhanced SpeedStep Technology / Turbo Boost Technology
Front Side Bus Not Applicable
HyperTransport Not Applicable
64-bit Processing Yes
Chipset Manufacturer Intel
Chipset Model Z68(B3) Express
Multi GPU Support SLI / CrossFireX
Integrated Processor Manufacturer Not Applicable
Integrated Processor Type Not Applicable
Integrated Processor Model Not Applicable
Integrated Processor Cache Not Applicable
Integrated Processor Core Not Applicable
Onboard Video No
Standard Warranty 3 Year Limited
Controller Type Serial ATA/300 / Serial ATA/600
RAID Support Yes
eSATA Yes
HDMI Yes
DVI Yes
Number of Network (RJ-45) Ports 1
Network (RJ-45) Yes
DisplayPort Yes
Total Number of USB Ports 6
Number of USB 3.0 Ports 2
Total Number of FireWire/i.LINK Ports 1
PS/2 Port Yes
Number of PS/2 Ports 1
Number of eSATA Ports 1
Total Number of Onboard USB Ports 10
Number of Onboard USB 2.0 Ports 8
Total Number of Onboard FireWire/i.LINK Ports 1
Product Attributes
Product Line Ultra Durable 3
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