Gigabyte Z68X UD5 B3 Review

PC Mark

Gigabyte Z68X UD5 B3 Review

PC Mark 7

As PC Mark 7 is so brand-spanking new we've obviously only got today's sample for our results. However you can see that in pure workflow terms the IRST provides a bigger benefit than overclocking does! Even so, using both together (and why wouldn't you) gives us a 66% increase in score over a stock setup. Outstanding.

 

PC Mark Vantage

We have to say we're pleased that PC Mark 7 has been released. Not only has it removed the epilepsy inducing tests of PC Mark Vantage, but frankly our PC Mark Vantage graph is becoming unwieldy.

At stock the Z68X UD5 is frankly a disappointment giving some of the poorest scores we've seen from our Core i5 2500K setup. Thankfully it takes to an overclock well and uses the IRST to get right up there with our Best In Class P67A, the ASUS Sabertooth.

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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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