Let’s face it technology prices are never going to come down unless the technology in question is a total fail, and in that case we don’t want it anyway. In shopping for new gear, the latest and greatest is certainly the most appealing, but it’s also the most expensive. And the changes are often incremental, not entirely revolutionary and orders of magnitude faster. So in that sense, staying just off the bleeding edge can be a very wise (and more affordable approach.) Z68 isn’t the newest chipset on the block, that title belongs to X79, but it’s not old. There’s plenty of performance and life to be found in Z68, and its cost effectiveness is stellar. So it should come as no surprise that the Gigabyte Z68XP-UD5 is such a compelling option as well.
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. But that’s not the case with Z68, and it’s another value-added feature in that regard to the consumer, especially considering performance isn’t lost.
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; this board is solidly built. The overclocking was very easy and stable, and will appeal to a range of users, particularly novices who may be a bit hesitant to push voltages around. On the implementation side of things, the Touch BIOS interface is a boon to novice users to operate within the Windows environment. The only thing lacking we could not was any sort of auto overclocking feature that a few competitors have implemented.
We continue to be impressed by the strides made by Gigabyte, and for those who are looking for great value without compromising performance, there is plenty of life left in Z68, proving the Z68XP-UD5 is a great option.