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Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD7-B3 review

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Overall rating 8/10
Performance:
8.5
Features:
9
Value:
7.5
THE GOOD
Supports 3-way CrossFireX and SLI without compromises
Solid build, 8-layer PCB
THE BAD
Expensive
Lacks the crucial features of the Z68 chipset


More of the Same

More of the Same

As we mentioned, this Gigabyte Z68 board is practically identical to its P67 UD7 counterpart. Outwardly, it looks identical, from the hefty, eight layer PCB enhanced with Gigabyte's Ultra Durable technology (this just means more copper content in the PCB), to the matte black color scheme with gold trimmings. It's a handsome board and it comes with many features you'll associate with the high-end segment. From extra SATA 6Gbps ports to FireWire and dual Gigabit LAN ports, they are all here. There are also a generous number of USB 3.0 ports and of course, support for 2-way/3-way SLI and CrossFireX due to the NF200 controller.

In short, we are repeating what we had said in our Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD7 review, including Gigabyte's Hybrid EFI BIOS, which looks exactly like an old-school non-EFI BIOS, but nevertheless supports the 3TB disks that users are concerned about. Further discussion with Gigabyte revealed that they'll have a brand new update to its BIOS real soon to satisfy those who've been waiting for a more modern BIOS interface. More on that when it's officially announced.

We'll also let you know how this board performed once the NDA is lifted, but for now, take a look at this board and see if you can spot the differences between this and the P67 UD7. We sure didn't manage to find any.