Gigabyte Z68X-UD3H-B3 review
Author: Vedran Dakic
Date: 12 May 2011
Overclocking-wise, we were able - without any effort whatsoever, do a quick 5GHz system. Just increased the multiplier to 50x and bus to 100MHz, a couple of touches here and there and there it was. After that it wouldn't work, but since we had a limited testing run time-wise, we were actually very happy with this result.
First off, this motherboard is rock-solid, offers excellent build quality, doesn't crash and is just an excellent product overall. All of the support in terms of new technologies are there so it's just up to you to (ab)use it. All day long. And then again. USB 3.0? No problem. SATA 6Gbps? No problem. DVI, VGA, HDMI, DisplayPort? This one has it all. Also, additional 5 PCI-Express and 2 PCI slots so you can upgrade it with whatever insanity you could possibly think of. With 2xPCI Express x16, as well. Overall, it just looks very mature for a first product on a new chipset that was just introduced today.
Overclockers will surely be happy with Z68 in general, and although this isn't the highest-end product in Gigabyte's product line, it's still very good with it. We can't wait to see what the high-end models can do.
On a slightly different note, something completely unrelated to overclocking and gaming, but just as important... We like the fact that newer chipsets support up to 32GB of memory, as more and more people start to play around with hardware-assisted virtualization where the the difference between 16, 24 and 32GB memory support can be a decisive factor for a buyer. I've had a number of questions from our readers and a dozen of my coleagues from the IT world looking heavily into what I call "virtualization at home". For anyone doing any kind of serious IT work - whether it's testing or just systems integration - this is becoming a key point for buying a desktop PC at home. And from my personal experiences, based on relentless cycle of testing of a lot of products in this 24/7 mode in the past six months, 24hrs a day for some testing platforms that I've built for my customers - Gigabyte's products have shown to be the best for this kind of usage.
Overall, this motherboard is awesome, so Editor's choice it is: