Gigabyte Z68X UD5 B3 Review

Hybrid Touch

Gigabyte Z68X UD5 B3 Review

Hybrid Touch BIOS

The EFI Hybrid Touch BIOS is, without the flowery name, just a standard desktop tweak utility. The only difference is this one can inject your settings back to the BIOS. Although it isn't the first one capable of that.

It's so much like the other EFI BIOS' that we've seen it's even more infuriating that it isn't installed as the actual BIOS. The icon front end moves you to each sub-menu, exactly as you'd expect in a standard BIOS. From top left to bottom right we have Overclocking, Boot Settings, Quick Boost, Hardware Status, @BIOS, Hardware, Power Settings, Load Optimised Defaults and Set Password. Across the bottom are Save and Quit, Back, Adjust, Take Screenshot, Bookmark and Main Menu. 

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Once you've clicked each icon you get taken to a screen that is just like those you'd get in your BIOS, but with drop-down menus. Updates to temperatures and fan speeds are in real-time as you'd expect.

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If that doesn't float your boat, you can instead use the standard EasyTune6 software that we're sure you've all seen before. This does many of the features the Touch BIOS does, but with the ability to overclock "live" once in Windows. As getting into Windows has been the downfall of many a high overclock, this can almost prove more useful for those seeking the really high scores.

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Most Recent Comments

12-05-2011, 11:12:12

adamjamesroe
Looks ok, but a bit expensive, nice review though. Quote

12-05-2011, 11:51:08

dugdiamond
nice mobo - but for the price i would rather have a sabertoothQuote

12-05-2011, 11:54:58

SieB
Not as impressive as I thought it was going to be but as said it's not a bad motherboard. Z68, apart from the addition of SSD caching doesn't really seem worth it tbh, I know some of the boards offer the use of the IGP but if you are spending over £150+ on a motherboard it seems a waste to use the IGP and not a proper GPU.

With the IGP you also get the Lucid chip (on some boards) and the ability to overclock the CPU where as on H67 you only get use of the IGP which can be overclocked but no CPU overclocking and P67 no use of the IGP and only CPU overclocking.

Combining the use of the IGP and being able to overclock both IGP and CPU is good, but again if you are spending money on a decent motherboard i'd say it's best to go with P67 with a proper GPU or a high end Z68 motherboard with a proper GPU. The SSD caching is good but i would like to see the tech mature a bit to see what it is fully capable of on future motherboards.

Good review anyway Bryan Quote

18-05-2011, 02:16:09

Luger718
the igp can also be used for encoding

ive seen mediashow espresso 6 benchmarks that show it encoding twice as fast then a gtx 560 tiQuote

18-05-2011, 05:34:04

SieB
Quote:
Originally Posted by Luger718 View Post

the igp can also be used for encoding

ive seen mediashow espresso 6 benchmarks that show it encoding twice as fast then a gtx 560 ti
I read about that in this months Custom PC, not about the 560s but the igp. You can only use it on boards with the Lucid chip though but still it's a good feature to have. You can also switch between using you GPU to using the IGP or you can use it to boost the performance of the GPU, on the Asus boards with the Lucid chip anyway.

Also in Intels key notes at CES they showed the Quick Sync encoding being faster than a 580 .Quote
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