Gigabyte Z68X UD5 B3 Review


Gigabyte Z68X UD5 B3 Review


CPU Benchmarks

Despite AIDA64 being updated more often than a teenagers Facebook status, it hadn't quite caught up to our Z68X UD5 at the time of testing. As you can see some scores fair better than others, but we're surprised at how poorly it performs at stock and that there is barely a breath of movement in the overclocked AES result. It's near enough to what we'd expect when we look at other benchmarks though. The lesson as always is to not live and die by a certain benchmark or a certain score, but take things as a whole. We're not saying AIDA64 is misreporting, merely that we're not absolutely sure it's getting the best out of the setup at the moment.

Memory Benchmarks

Memory results are good indeed with the normal LGA1155 quality of not being particularly bias towards either read speeds nor write speeds, ensuring your workflow is smooth at all times.

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Most Recent Comments

12-05-2011, 11:12:12

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

12-05-2011, 11:51:08

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

12-05-2011, 11:54:58

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

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

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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