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So I am not getting this.....

Whats the main differences between the P67 chipset and the Z68?

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Discrete Video + IGP (allows using of encoding engine QuickSync)
Rapid Storage Technology (SSD Caching)
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Discrete Video + IGP (allows using of encoding engine QuickSync)
Rapid Storage Technology (SSD Caching)
So one is not better than the other?

Do I need a SSD if I go for a Z68?
    
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The question is to buy P67 or Z68 if you currently don't have 1155.
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So one is not better than the other?

Do I need a SSD if I go for a Z68?
You don't have to have an SSD to use a Z68. SSD caching pretty much just speeds up your existing boot drive by allowing data to be stored on an SSD for quick access. (or so I've read)
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The question is to buy P67 or Z68 if you currently don't have 1155.
I'd wait a month to see what AMD has to offer, then make a decision personally. If bulldozer is better than SB, then grats! to the wife, she just got an upgrade! (Best reason ever. ) If not, I'd look at what features best suit your needs.
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The question is to buy P67 or Z68 if you currently don't have 1155.
I need 4 pci-e slot support so going P67 was the only choice for me.
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Discrete Video + IGP (allows using of encoding engine QuickSync)
Rapid Storage Technology (SSD Caching)
This.

Z68 doesn't overclock any better than P67, all that separates them are these two features.

So.. Basically, if you do a lot of encoding, get Z68. Otherwise, P67 is the way to go. I personally like P67 because it seems a lot less complex than Z68.
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I am in the same boat as the OP, confused between P67 and Z68 though I understand the differences between them. Would there be any disadvantage if I opted to buy a Z68? It has all the features anyway.
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I find the features in Z68 useless for me. And that SSD caching feature is a good thought, while not as smart in practice... You have to run a SSD and a Harddrive in Raid for this to work. You will loose all TRIM support in the SSD and you will compromise your data by running Raid. There will be good performance, but not as good as a single SSD, of course.

I find it smarter to use one SSD for OS, programs and installed games, and use a Harddrive for storage. Faster and safer. And you get TRIM support enabled on the SSD.
    
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[rant]What i dont get is why Gigabyte gave the p67 u4 and u5 only 6 sata ports, but on z68 gave them more. You would think that the ud5 being a higher end board would have a marvel controller on it to allow for an additional 2 sata ports. I was a bit dissapointed about that, hence the reason I bought an asus board this time around.
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so the p67 chipset doesnt have ssd caching? What are the benefits of this feature? I have an ssd and I own a p67 board, am I missing out on something spectacular??
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