Gigabyte Z68XP-UD3P Review

Test Setup and Overclocking

Gigabyte Z68XP-UD3P Review

Test Setup

The UD3P is tested with our standard LGA1155 test kit. The addition today is of a SSD to see how the Intel Rapid Storage Technology has matured with the later driver releases.

Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3P
Intel Core i5-2500K
4GB Kingston Genesis
Thermalright Silver Arrow
EVGA GTX570 ForceWare 275.33
Be Quiet Dark Power Pro
Corsair 80GB SSD
Samsung Spinpoint F1
Windows 7 x64


Overclocking the UD3P further expresses its placement as the middle of the three main Z68 Gigabyte boards. Whilst the D2H tops out around 4.4 GHz and the Z68 UD5 is capable of 4.8 GHz, the UD3 is, yes you've guessed it, good for 4.6 GHz. It's definitely not a voltage block as no matter how much electricity we pumped through our 2500K it just wouldn't budge.

However, it was able to run the 4.6 GHz overclock at a lot lower VCore than many other boards we've tested on the Z68 platform. 1.35v was enough to keep things perfectly stable and that's great for the long-term abuse that an everyman board is likely to receive.

Gigabyte Z68XP-UD3P 2500K Overclocking  

Thankfully unlike many boards that claim one thing and deliver another the UD3P was capable of running our Kingston kit at the rated 2133 MHz.

Gigabyte Z68XP-UD3P Memory Timings  

IRST Speeds

Whilst the driver included with the CD is the 1026 variant, the Intel website has the 1027s which have been claimed to be much more stable so we felt it was time to revisit this and see how it has matured. As you can see our very plain Corsair 80GB SSD when coupled as cache to our much-loved and worn Samsung Spinpoint F1 allowed us to get 166MB/s read and nearly 59MB/s in write. We're not even using the 'Maximize' setting either, but rather the more stable and therefore slower standard setting.


Gigabyte Z68XP-UD3P IRST Speeds

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Most Recent Comments

22-07-2011, 06:14:56

I want.....Quote

22-07-2011, 06:17:51

Good review, sums the board up nicely.Quote

22-07-2011, 08:40:36

i still miss gb blue

great read that bry :thumb:

my question is mate, if it was your hard earned cash you was handing over would you be getting this or the tz68?Quote

22-07-2011, 08:59:07

If it was my hard-earned I'd get this over the Biostar. No matter how much of a bargain the Biostar is it's just so fugly.Quote

22-07-2011, 11:24:19

any plans on a review of the GA-Z68 UD4 seriously considering the UD4 for my 2600K which I should have next week (shipping from Canada ) so still looking at boardsQuote

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