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Gigabyte Z68XP-UD3P review

Tom Morgan
15 Mar 2012
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
124
inc VAT

A mid-range board with top-end features, but it can’t justify its high price

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Specifications

LGA1155, ATX, Intel Z68 Express chipset, supports: Core i3, Core i5, Core i7 (Sandy Bridge)

The Z68XP-UD3P falls right in the middle of Gigabyte’s Z68 line-up, so it should strike a good balance between features and price. The board is sensibly laid out, having reasonably sized chipset and MOSFET heat sinks that didn’t interfere with our CPU cooler or expansion cards.

Gigabyte Z68XP-UD3P

The numerous expansion ports provide plenty of room for graphics cards or future upgrades. Its complement of one PCI-E x16, one PCI-E x8, three PCI-E x1 and two PCI slots should be more than enough for most people, although a dual-slot graphics card will obscure one of the PCI-E x1 lanes. The four memory slots can take up to 32GB of 2,133MHz RAM.

Gigabyte Z68XP-UD3P

The board has three USB headers and one USB3 header, plus six USB ports and two USB3 ports on the rear I/O panel. Four SATA2 ports are paired with four SATA3 ports for faster transfer speeds when using compatible hard disks or SSDs.

Gigabyte Z68XP-UD3P

Its single HDMI video output will prove useful if you intend to use your processor’s integrated graphics. Realtek’s ALC889 audio chip supports Blu-ray lossless audio, and outputs sound via the six analogue 3.5mm audio jacks or the digital S/PDIF output.

Gigabyte’s Touch BIOS uses elements of EFI, but it still looks like the traditional blue and white BIOS screen. The BIOS has a good range of options, but no way of saving overclocking profiles.

Considering it costs around £48 more than the Asus P8Z68-V LX, we can’t recommend the Z68XP-UD3P to PC builders looking for the best value for money. It might have a few extra features, but the user-friendly UEFI BIOS on the Asus P8Z68-V LX makes that board a better choice.

Basic Specifications

Rating****
Processor socketLGA1155
Form factorATX
Size305x244mm
Processor supportCore i3, Core i5, Core i7 (Sandy Bridge)
Processor external bus200MHz (DMI)
Chipset north bridgeIntel Z68 Express
Chipset south bridgeIntel Z68 Express
Passively-cooled north bridgeno
Integrated graphicsNo
Supported memory typeDDR3 1066/1333/1600/1866/2133
Maximum memory speedPC3-17000
Memory slots4
Maximum memory32GB
Dual-channel supportyes

Buying Information

Price£124
Supplierhttp://www.dabs.com
Detailswww.gigabyte.com

Internal Ports

Power connectors1x 24-pin ATX, 1x 8-pin ATX
PCI-E x16 slots1
Dual graphics architectureSLI 8x/8x, CrossFireX 8x/8x
PCI-E x4 slots0
PCI-E x1 slots3
PCI slots2
Fan headers4
Floppy ports0
IDE ports1
Serial ATA ports8
RAID chipset (max disks)Intel Z68 Express (RAID 0, 1, 10, 5)

Features

Wired network ports1x 10/100/1000
Sound (ports)Realtek ALC889 (6x analogue out, 1x optical S/PDIF out)
USB2 ports / headers8/4
Firewire ports / headers1/1
Legacy ports1x PS/2, serial port
Cables included4x SATA, 1x SLI bridge
Brackets includednone
Software includedNorton Internet Security 2011

Setup and Overclocking

Voltage adjustmentCPU/RAM/chipset
CPU clock max adjustment200MHz

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