Intel’s Z68 chipset isn’t exactly new, but it’s not old, and certainly packs a performance punch, marrying much of the advantages of what we saw in P67 and H67 into a hybrid of sorts. Motherboards with onboard video have historically been lackluster performers for those with enthusiast tastes, but that changed with Z68. And while the latest and greatest X79 is attracting most of the hype, it’s the mid-range market that often quietly brings in the profits. After all, not everyone can afford dropping a small fortune on a LGA2011 platform setup, not to mention a new 7000 series Radeon or 600 series GeForce graphics card on top of that. So for those consumers who want performance but have more modest budgets to work with, Z68 can still provide an excellent option.
Gigabyte has been one of those manufacturers looking to bring performance to the masses, as we’ve seen them completely revamp their lineup in terms of aesthetics, BIOS interface, and new features, while looking to maintain peak performance at competitive prices. And we’ve been impressed with Gigabyte’s direction on that front.
The Z68 board from Gigabyte we’re looking at is the Z68XP-UD5. It has many of the enthusiast features Gigabyte is known for, but lacks the high price tag of its X79 counterparts. Can this board measure up? We think so.
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