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GIGABYTE Z68X-UD7-B3 (Intel Z68) Motherboard Review

By: Shawn Baker | Socket LGA 1155 in Motherboards | Posted: May 24, 2011 3:37 pm
TweakTown Rating: 95%Manufacturer: GIGABYTE



We would like to thank the following companies for supplying and supporting us with our test system hardware and equipment: Intel, ASRock, Kingston, Mittoni, Noctua and Corsair.


Compared to recent Z68 motherboard reviews, there's nothing too different going on here today. When it comes to boards we'll comparing the GIGABYTE against, we'll be seeing how it goes against Z68 boards from ASUS, MSI and ASRock while also including our ASRock X58 board in for good measure.


When it comes to overclocking the GIGABYTE Z68X-UD7-B3, there's a few options. You can of course go down the more traditional path in the BIOS and adjust all your voltages etc. or you can use EasyTune6 and use the "QuickBoost" feature which does as the name suggests, gives you a quick boost.




Under "QuickBoost" we have three options; 1, 2 or 3. And below each you can see the CPU speed you'll be at while also seeing the BCLK. Since the BCLK doesn't change, the CPU speed is increased via the multiplier. We opted to go straight to 3 and do some testing.




With Intel SpeedStep you'll get up to 4.39GHz when your CPU is under load and running the GIGABYTE Z68X-UD7-B3 as you would expect didn't have any problems running at this speed. "QuickBoost" does exactly what it's supposed to, it gives you a quick boost. It's easy to use and you can find yourself staring down the barrel of an extra GHz with no effort.


Getting into the BIOS, we started to mess around with our multiplier, BCLK and voltage to see what we could do with our trusty 2600k.




What we ended up at as you can see above is 5241MHz or 5.24GHz. This was achieved with a 51x multiplier and our BCLK set to 103. This isn't the highest overclock we've achieved, but it's only just behind the highest which sits at around 5.36GHz. As long as we're above the 5GHz mark, though, we consider ourselves happy. The Z68X-UD7-B3 also manages to offer a couple of extra features that we haven't seen in other Z68 boards we've looked at.


Before we get onto the testing side of things, it's worth noting that if you wanted to play around a bit in the BIOS to overclock, GIGABYTE has done a video on doing a quick OC. You can check out the P67A-UD3R Quick OC and Vdroop test video on YouTube. While it's based on the chipset beforehand, the BIOS itself is very similar and it will help point you in the right direction if you want to mess around in the BIOS yourself.


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