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Approximately how much time is needed before all good reviews and recommendations will emerge for the Z68 mobos? Planning to buy but not sure which one
post #2 of 29
Give it a month or two, and there should be a few out there. People just need time to get the units and test them
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Oh ok, another month of waiting
post #4 of 29
they are already out man NDA lift was wednesday 12am PST, i did a quick overview of the Z68X-UD7 in the intel general section.
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Yup I know they're already out. I'm just eyeing for the most recommended board right now since there are a lot to choose from
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AFAIK, Gigabyte has a full line of Z68 boards on Newegg.
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Thoug they aren't yet well tested? Don't wanna be a guinea pig
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When you buy 2 day old tech you are always the guinea pig, lol... If they are anything like the b3 p67 boards then you are really paying for features and not so much as performance. If you are not going to be using the on board graphics or care for SSD cache then there is no real reason to purchase the z chip set boards, this is what I have read. How it breaks down

H67: You can over clock the integrated gpu but not the cpu. You can over clock the base clock of the cpu but the chips really don't like going over 105 so you are not going to get much out of them.

P67: you do not get the use of the integrated gpu but you can over clock the cpu.

z68: you can over clock the cpu and the gpu. It also comes with SSD cache that seams like a really nice feature, but unless you are using like a 30gig SSD then there is no use for it. It also has lucid hybrid graphics where you can use the integrated gpu and the gpu card that you purchase. But from a test at toms hardware I think it was noticed a 10% drop in performance. Now the big win for the z chip set is if you do a lot of video encoding and you use the integrated gpu it will do this much faster.
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I'm in love




I've been waiting for Bulldozer for two years, how can I wait another month for benchmarks, when I know that NO AM3+ board will come close to looking this good, they never do.

Once performance is all equal (across boards), you go for aesthetics, and this has got it.
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post #10 of 29
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Originally Posted by leichtwork View Post
It also comes with SSD cache that seams like a really nice feature, but unless you are using like a 30gig SSD then there is no use for it.
Actually a 64gb SSD is even better to use for that SSD Caching because you will be able to setup more space for cache for better performance Being explained here... http://www.bjorn3d.com/read.php?cID=2056&pageID=10555

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Originally Posted by leichtwork View Post
It also has lucid hybrid graphics where you can use the integrated gpu...
I love the fact that if my GPU kicks the bucket, I can continue to use my rig while waiting through the RMA process

And it's not like they are so expensive over the price of the P67 mobos. If you can get about 80% to 90% of your money back (depending how long you had it), I see nothing wrong upgrading to the Z68 as long you can find use for the new features.
Edited by drBlahMan - 5/13/11 at 8:01am
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