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GIGABYTE Z68X-UD3H-B3 (Intel Z68) Motherboard Review (Page 13)

By Shawn Baker from May 26, 2011 @ 4:30 CDT
TweakTown Rating: 92%Manufacturer: GIGABYTE

Final Thoughts

At $169.99 US the Z68X-UD3H-B3 is just under half the price of the Z68X-UD7-B3 which comes in at $349.99 US. This really paints a picture to what GIGABYTE have done with the Z68 platform. With 10 different models listed on the Newegg site starting at $119.99 US and going up to $349.99 US, they've really covered every budget and user.

This compares to companies like ASUS who have two boards at $199.99 US and $209.99 US, or someone like ASRock on the other end of the scale who have three boards with the most expensive being $189.99 US and the cheapest being $114.99 US.

The Z68X-UD3H-B3 and Z68X-UD3P-B3 at $169.99 US are the prices you'll pay to get in on the sexiness that's associated with an all-black PCB. Below that you'll be looking at a blue PCB and that light blue / white setup when it comes to connections.

With so many boards, though, it can be a little confusing as to what is what. There are only really a few things you need to know when it comes to the naming. If the model number carries a H then you're looking at a board with onboard video, exactly like the Z68X-UD3H-B3 we looked at today. If a board carries the UD label instead of just the D label then it's an Ultra Durable board and carries all those yummy features associated with the UD label. Then there's just the numbers after the UD or D. As you climb up in numbers you're looking at higher end boards, UD2, UD4, UD5 and UD7.

GIGABYTE has got a Microsite for the Z68 platform and if you want to find out which model is exactly for you based on features, I'd highly recommend you look at the page which compares all the models; it will really help when deciding which board to buy.

The Z68X-UD3H-B3 brings with it some great features. The big thing is from an aesthetics point of view, the all black design looks great and while the UD3H doesn't carry as large a setup when it comes to the heatsink, it still looks great. You've then also got the advantages of the Touch BIOS system which bridges the gap for people who want to become a bit adventurous.

Alongside those shared features, the UD3H carries with it onboard video which means Lucid Virtu can be used and also means you don't need a video card to get up and running. I'd love to see this board in an mATX version; a nice mATX case with a window looking into an all-black mATX board with no video card would look fantastic.

The UD3H sounds so wonderful, though. Why bother with the UD7 at twice the price? The same reason you'd choose the UD3H over the Z68A-D3-B3 at $119.99 US. More features, stronger overclocking and just overall, you're getting a board that's designed for a higher end user who has some more cash to splash.

The GIGABYTE Z68X-UD3H-B3 carries with it a look that is better than more expensive options including easy overclocking via EasyTune6 and the latest BIOS editing software, Touch BIOS. This is a great option for people who want a great looking board that carries onboard video and won't break the bank.


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