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GIGABYTE GA-Z68XP-UD3P LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

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  • Intel Z68
  • Core i7 / i5 / i3 / Pentium (LGA1155)
  • DDR3 2133/1866/1600/1333/1066
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GIGABYTE Z68 series motherboards provide all the advanced overclocking features users have come to know and love about the GIGABYTE P67 series motherboards including increasing processor core ratios, increasing DDR3 memory ratios and increasing power and current limits. In addition, GIGABYTE Z68 motherboards also allow users to increase the graphics core clock speed, for even greater graphics performance. A wealth of engineering advancements in power delivery, including 12 phase power design, dual CPU power technology, new 100& hardware VRD 12 compliant CPU power design and driver MOSFETs, help provide robust energy supply for your processor and increase the stability and reliability when overclocking. Unleashing the potential and driving your system to the limit would be much easier than ever.

  • newegg Intel Smart Response Technology Gigabyte Z68 series motherboards are equipped with the much anticipated Intel Smart Response technology allowing you to experience performance similar to SSD-only systems. Intel Smart Response technology works by using intelligent block-based caching of frequently used applications to improve system performance and responsiveness. In fact, Gigabyte Z68 motherboards with Intel Smart Response technology are able to outperform hybrid system by more than 2x (PC Mark Vantage HDD Test) and HDD-only system by as much as 4x (PC Mark Vantage HDD Test) and deliver 60% performance improvement over HDD-only system in PC Mark Vantage Suite.
  • newegg GIGABYTE EZ Smart Response The GIGABYTE EZ Smart Response utility is a convenient application that allows users to quickly and easily configure their system for Intel Smart Response technology. In the past, enabling Intel Smart Response technology meant users needed to enter BIOS in order to configure their system for RAID mode, which then required a complete reinstall of the operating system. Once that processes was completed, users then needed to install the Intel Rapid Storage Utility as well as configure Intel's Smart Response Technology. GIGABYTE EZ Smart Response does all of this automatically, without users having to perform a complicated install process. This allows them to quickly and effortless enjoy a significant boost in system performance.
  • newegg GIGABYTE Touch BIOS Navigating through the BIOS to change system settings can a daunting task for users not familiar with control "F" functions and mouse-less navigation. While some EFI BIOS try to address this with a mouse friendly environment, many implementations still lack a certain ease-of-use necessary for most people. With GIGABYTE Touch BIOS, GIGABYTE engineers have completely re-imagined how users interact with their BIOS, allowing for a more intuitive user experience. In fact, with a touch screen monitor, GIGABYTE Touch BIOS is as easy to use as most apps on you iPhone.
  • newegg Maximum Power Delivery Like the pistons and cylinders of a car engine, the design of the motherboard Voltage Regulator Module (VRM), component quality and number of power phases greatly affects motherboard performance. GIGABYTE engineers were first to realize not only the importance of using the best quality components for this critical area, but also that with more power phases, there can be more power available to your CPU. GIGABYTE 6 series motherboards with their new redesigned VRM, promise to deliver first class system performance and power stability. With only the best quality components and unique design, incorporating Dual CPU Power and Power Phase Boost with Multi-gear Switching, your CPU can enjoy better power than what was available from previous motherboards.
  • newegg Ultra Durable 3 The GIGABYTE Ultra Durable 3 design features twice the copper for both the power and ground layers of the PCB, dramatically lowering system temperature by efficiently spreading heat from critical areas of the motherboard (such as CPU power zone) throughput the entire PCB. The GIGABYTE's Ultra Durable 3 also lowers the PCB impedance by 50%, which helps to reduce electrical waste and further lowers component temperatures, A 2x Copper layer design also provides improved signal quality and lower EMI (Electromagnetic Interference), providing better system stability and allowing for greater margins for overclocking.
  • newegg Multi-GPU support with CrossFireX and SLI Flexible graphics capabilities supported for either CrossFireX or SLI action, delivering the ultimate in graphics performance for gaming enthusiasts who demand the highest frame rates without compromising on resolution.

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years


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  • Barnassey
  • 1/21/2014 8:13:06 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsWorked great for one year then...

Pros: Fast stable and lots of expansion options.

Cons: Started having the bootloop issues as others then today it wouldnt post. Im Waiting on gigabyte to contact me but im not too sure its going to happen.

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  • 1/17/2014 7:11:19 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsPretty Bad

Pros: What works, works well.

Cons: Top unit had to be replaced, SATA port never worked, rear jack for speakers failed and it has a boot loop if some external drives are plugged in.

Other Thoughts: Very disappointing.

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Thank you for your comments. We apologize for your difficulty with your GIGABYTE product. Please contact us at newegg-support@gigabyteusa.com with the case number 104920 in the e-mail subject line. We will provide personalized service and analysis to help solve your issue ASAP. If the matter is urgent, please send us your contact number, and we will contact you.

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  • 1/13/2014 10:31:24 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Full featured board. It has a lot of things I like such as an abundance of SATA ports, PCI-E 3.0 support, dual bios, easy headers, lots of USB3.0, etc etc etc. The board runs well when it's running.

Cons: I don't even know where to begin. This board just cannot make up its mind what it wants to do. I understand this board is now out of production, and for a very good reason. It doesn't bother me too much that the BIOS isn't a full featured GUI with mouse support, but the menus are really just a pain to try to get through. Overclocking rarely works unless you try their program that configures everything for you in Windows. I was able to get my 2600k up to 4.3GHz stable, but I really feel like I can push it even further. This board won't let me. If you go into the settings and adjust anything (even the same settings their Windows application sets) it yells at you and says you have an improper configuration. Overclocking isn't necessary, but this board seems to think it is. It brags that it supports DDR3 all the way up to 2133MHz. Right now however my Corsair 2133MHz RAM is only running at 1600. In order to actually use the speed my RAM natively runs at, I have to convince this board to "overclock" the RAM. And even when you do that it still yells at you for an improper configuration! It amazes me that Gigabyte could put out a board as bad as this. I bought an Asrock H77M last year for my HTPC and it has way more features and stability and way more overclocking stability than this piece of junk. I will not be buying Gigabyte again.

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Thank you for your comments. We apologize for your difficulty with your GIGABYTE product. Please contact us at newegg-support@gigabyteusa.com with the case number 104648 in the e-mail subject line. We will provide personalized service and analysis to help solve your issue ASAP. If the matter is urgent, please send us your contact number, and we will contact you.

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  • 1/2/2014 5:36:57 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsAn Honest and Constructive Opinion

Pros: Like many others state here, works great when it's not having the boot/loop/power on/power off issues.

Cons: See "Pros" above. Why can't Gygabyte just admit that this board is faulty and stop giving us generic advice how to fix the problem. I can fix the problem---I've had to like hundreds of times---but it's a real drag having to jump through hoops to get my computer to power up/shut down correctly.

Other Thoughts: For my next build, Gygabyte products will play no part.

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  • Burner5
  • 12/7/2013 5:26:33 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsits a mobo

Pros: too bad they dont sell this at newegg anymore, but its a great mobo!

Cons: none so far

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  • Bagheera
  • 10/13/2013 8:17:23 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsMy Last Gigabyte Board...

Pros: I've owned this board for 2 years now. It's a fairly stable board when it's running - as in when it's not throwing boot loop or refusal to power-on tantrums.

Overclockability is great - I originally purchased a Z68XP-UD3 (non-P version) in combination with my Core i5 2500K and the UD3P was able to achieve the same OC speeds (both 4.7GHz and 5.0GHz) at slightly lower voltage settings.

The Dynamic VCore feature (equivalent to Asus' "Offset" OC move) works pretty well, and the processor stays pretty cool.

Cons: Tons of boot issues.

Aside from the widespread boot loop problem posted by everyone else, this board is prone to being stuck at the BIOS screen whenever it's unhappy about something (bad OC settings, new BIOS update... in fact, changing the boot logo using Face Wizard breaks the BIOS most of the time).

My particular board actually developed an issue where it would sometimes refuse to power on altogether after an AC power loss (which I sometimes purposefully induce to make the Dual BIOS feature kick in when the board gets stuck at POST... which, trust me, happens FAR too often with this board).

Last but not least, Gigabyte is seriously behind its main competitor, Asus, in terms of software & BIOS implementations. When this board was released, Gigabyte was one of the few motherboard manufacturers who had yet to implement UEFI BIOS. Not only that, but the software utilities are just downright awful compared to Asus' rich offerings (such as the sleek and well-integrated AI Suite). Gigabyte is very slow when it comes to updating their utilities - in fact they often just leave them broken after release.

Examples? The "AutoGreen" utility (which controls CPU power phases) NEVER worked, and crashed my computer whenever I tried turning it on. After the U1E UEFI BIOS was released last year, NONE of the utilities worked (Touch BIOS, AutoGreen, Easy Tune, etc.) due to incompatibility with the UEFI structure.

What did Gigabyte do to update those utilities? Absolutely nothing. Which meant I was stuck with absolutely no motherboard tweaking/monitoring utilities while I drooled over Asus' AI Suite II on my wife's Sabertooth board.

While I am on the subject of terrible software utilities... Gigabyte, PLEASE update the artwork on the Face Wizard utility. I don't think you guys ever changed it since the early 2000's - it looks awful, like something straight out of the mid-90's. Learn from Asus and make a sleek, well-integrated software control center for your boards. Seriously. I recently tried out a MSI board and even their software suite is looking a lot better than yours.

Other Thoughts: Gigabyte used to be one of my favorite motherboard brands - I have been buying their boards for almost a decade now (in my early days I had very bad experiences with Asus and Soyo boards, and Gigabyte always offered stable, feature-rich boards at good price points).

Unfortunately things have changed and I sadly find Gigabyte lagging behind the competition in a lot of aspects. Their boards are still very feature-rich, but the stability isn't there anymore and the poor software implementation borders on being inexcusable.

Brands like Asrock and MSI offer feature-rich boards at similar prices to Gigabyte. And people who actually want a good, issue-free board with solid BIOS and software suite (that are actually frequently updated) go with Asus.

My board is, thankfully, still under warranty, so I am sending it in for replacement (since it's currently stuck refusing to power on again) - but since the boot loop issue was never resolved, and all the software utilities are just being left to rot, I am switching over to an Asus board for a change (especially seeing how rock solid my wife's build has been, and how frequently her board still received updates).

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  • 7/24/2013 8:20:35 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: This is a great board to have. Bought it 2 years ago and it's still functioning fully. I did have the boot loop when I first got it but did flash the bios. Since then I've had absolutely no problem at all.

Cons: Not really a big thing but I really do absolutely hate that screen on start-up. I'd rather see the post instead of watching the giant logo for gigabyte that says touch and yet I can't get it to work.

Other Thoughts: This is a good board but I would've maybe gotten a different board instead of this because of the boot problems that it did have. If you can fix that and take care of your computer, then you'll have no problems.

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  • lilkruse
  • 6/15/2013 1:01:11 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggs

Pros: It was great for the last 18 months. It didn't fail, it's being retired. It will make a good gift for someone.

Cons: Never could get more than 8 GB of RAM to work.

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  • N/A
  • 5/14/2013 4:34:50 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsYet another boot loop review

Pros: The system as a whole runs perfectly, that is when it works.

Cons: Like 40% of the other reviews for this mother board and other Gigabyte models, I have had boot problems which have increased in frequency over the first year. Now just one week before the end of my first year I am stuck in permanent 2 ~ 3 second boot loops more often than not. Using default 1333mhz setting for my ram, removing the CMOS chip, and updating the BIOS as recommended in the faq had literally no effect.

Other Thoughts: So far the tech support has suggested that any speed over 1333mhz is unsupported. This is despite the board being advertised here on Newegg as "4×240pin DDR3 2133/1866/1600/1333/1066 ".

Apparently, if you operate with your RAM at the marketed speeds you are "overclocking" and not supported.

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  • eLunatic
  • 4/3/2013 7:43:17 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNice

Pros: First pro... I have yet to experience any of the boot looping issues since I got this board in December of 2011.
Everything works except easy tune, that program just sucks.. No big deal though. (I do not care about that)

Cons: I tried updating the bios once, from version F6 to I believe F10, it did not work out at all. That is ok though, everything is still running as awesome as it was on day 1.

Other Thoughts: It sucks that so many people have this boot looping issue... Though I sort of question user error in some way...

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