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Z68 Review: Gigabyte Z68XP-UD3-iSSD vs ASUS P8Z68-V Pro

By on July 6, 2011
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The Sandy Bridge platform is fully unleashed.

Good: Combining the features of P67 & H67 motherboards; Lucid Virtu allows for multiple GPU configurations and Quick Sync use; SSD Caching allows cheap speed upgrades
Bad: Setting up SSD caching is not a straightforward process (need to reinstall Windows 7); CUDA is still faster than QuickSync; iGPU doesn't allow SLI or CF in Lucid Virtu
Price: AED 1,050 (P8Z68-V Pro) and AED 1,250 (Z68XP-UD3-iSSD)
* The price is the Suggested Retail Price at the time of review. Please call a retailer to confirm the latest price for this product.

For testing these motherboards, we have used our resident testbed components:

CPU: Intel Core i7-2600K

GPU: Zotac GTX 580 AMP! Edition

RAM: Kingston HyperX T1 4GB DDR3-2133 MHz

PSU: Cooler Master 1200W Silent Pro Gold

HDD: Western Digital VelociRaptor 300GB with Windows 7 Ultimate SP1

For comparisons between the Gigabyte Z68XP-UD3-iSSD and ASUS P8Z68-V Pro I have used our resident testbed Gigabyte P67A-UD7 motherboard.

The Gigabyte Z68 board has the clear lead in all the benchmarks, reminding me once again why I decided to use the Gigabyte P67A-UD7 as the motherboard of choice for our resident testbed. It seems that Gigabyte’s stock settings seem to squeeze out every little drop of performance from all components. That said the ASUS Z68 board isn’t far behind either.

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Comments
  • 157653913

    Z68XP-UD3-iSSD ~nice

  • carlo

     Asus P8Z68 is better with the DIGI+ VRM digital power design compare to gigabyte analog 4-phase. What are the benefits of digital PWM for motherboard, are they common-used, why some manufactures don’t have it, what solution do they have currently?

  • gerald

    I got a Gigabyte board without iGPU functionality , can I exchange it with the new version and use Lucid Virtu?

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