Gigabyte Z68X UD5 B3 Review

3D Mark

Gigabyte Z68X UD5 B3 Review

3D Mark 11

Finally we'll look at 3D Mark to ensure there are no nasty surprises awaiting us, and sure enough there aren't. Both the latest 3D Mark 11 and the old hand 3D Mark Vantage churn out approximately the same scores no matter what the underlying system, as they both rely so heavily on the GPU, which is the GTX570 in all cases.


3D Mark Vantage

It's worth noting that the P-score of Vantage, which is so hopelessly low in resolution and detail that it takes a greater advantage from the underpinning system, seems to really enjoy the IRST to scrape a few extra 3D Marks out. Although of course this dissipates once the GPU load becomes a larger factor.

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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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