Gigabyte Z68X-UD3H and Z68P-UD4
As we’ve seen with the Z68 chipset, it’s not some sort of earth-shattering difference from P67 in terms of performance; it’s more of an evolution, marrying the performance of P67 with the onboard graphics capabilities of H67. In that sense, we remain impressed with Z68 and the new generation Intel Core platform. And with LGA2011 not far off, Intel appears to have a stranglehold on the performance processor market after AMD’s Bulldozer letdown.
We’ve seen in the past that motherboards with onboard graphics were largely budget selections that offered sub-par performance in comparison to the enthusiast boards with discrete graphics. That no longer appears to be the case with Z68, as its performance has been pretty much on par with P67. While H67 truly occupies the budget-oriented range, and the P67 occupied the performance sector, the Z68 is a successful hybrid of sorts, combining the best of H67 and P67 into one.
In terms of performance features, Gigabyte continues to offer great additions that bring convenience and power to users. The Ultra Durable 3 designation isn’t just marketing hype; these boards are solidly built. The overclocking was very good and will harness the horsepower of a great CPU. On the implementation side of things, the introduction of the Touch BIOS interface is a boon to novice users to operate within the Windows environment, but we still wish a graphical UEFI BIOS interface was implemented at the core level; most other manufacturers have already adopted this. The only thing lacking we could not was any sort of auto overclocking feature that a few competitors have implemented.
With the UD3H costing about $170 and the UD4 coming in at $200, these are very competitive prices for what you get, placing them solidly in the middle of the pack in terms of similar features in the Z68 market. We continue to be impressed by the strides made by Gigabyte with each successive chipset lineup, and these Z68 motherboards are winners.