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Poll Results: P67A-UD7 vs. Z68X-UD7

 
  • 41% (16)
    P67A-UD7
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    Z68X-UD7
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post #1 of 25
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P67 is proven, revised and classic.
Z68 has QuickSync and is only a bit more expensive.

Which would you choose, today?
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post #2 of 25
I am pondering the very same thing atm, though mine is with the GA-Z68X-UD3P-B3 and the GA-P67A-UD4-B3.
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I Just hope this doesn't turn into another flame war.

But until Gigabyte fixes the multi step LLC's vcore swings (target load stable vcore of 1.440v-----> 1.440v BIOS LLC7 = 1.440v idle, 1.476v very light load, 1.452-1.464v light load, 1.440v heavy load), I'd much rather have the old two step LLC and use 1.415v BIOS, 1.428v idle, 1.440v light load, 1.452v max load, predictable without strange vcore spikes).

And using LLC6 instead gives: 1.440v BIOS, 1.452v light load, 1.404v max load ->BSOD, and STILL random spikes to 1.464v at light load.

And the VRM's on the Z68 are IDENTICAL to the P67, so the same 10 step LLC bugs affecting UD5 and UD7 will affect this too, until fixed in BIOS.

And with Z68 board, no way to downgrade to the stable 2-step LLC.
Once this is fixed Z68 all the way.
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post #4 of 25
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Z68 UD7 has QuickSync
Can you confirm that? Cos it sure doesn't have the onboard video outputs, nor is Lucid mentioned in the accompanying specs like it is in the 'H' models...
There's a fair few people who'd be interested in the answer
Edited by zsolmanz - 5/15/11 at 11:09am
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I looked long and hard at the ud7 but it's lack of 4 real pci-e slots turned me off. I went with a ws revo instead. I do miss the option to go fullcover block on it though, compromises are never easy.
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I looked long and hard at the ud7 but it's lack of 4 real pci-e slots turned me off. I went with a ws revo instead. I do miss the option to go fullcover block on it though, compromises are never easy.
I don't know what you mean by "real pci-e sots" but the WS revolution also uses a nf200 chip which performs the same as the P67/Z68 at x8/x8 in crossfire/sli. It's only useful when running quad sli/crossfire so that all pci lanes run at x8
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post #7 of 25
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I don't know what you mean by "real pci-e sots" but the WS revolution also uses a nf200 chip which performs the same as the P67/Z68 at x8/x8 in crossfire/sli. It's only useful when running quad sli/crossfire so that all pci lanes run at x8
The slot layout on the ud7 and m4e makes 4 way card craziness not really feasible.
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The slot layout on the ud7 and m4e makes 4 way card craziness not really feasible.
No ATX motherboard can support air-cooled Quad-card SLi. And under water all the NF200 boards are the same.

Oh, and I decided to go with the P67A-UD7.
I'm against Z68, and I'd feel like a hypocrite otherwise.
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post #9 of 25
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No ATX motherboard can support air-cooled Quad-card SLi. And under water all the NF200 boards are the same.

Oh, and I decided to go with the P67A-UD7.
I'm against Z68, and I'd feel like a hypocrite otherwise.
Wrong. Look at the boards. The only way you could fit 4 cards in a ud7 is if you hacked the dvi ports off, not literally. The physical slots prevent 4 way use. The ws revo doesn't have this problem.
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Wrong. Look at the boards. The only way you could fit 4 cards in a ud7 is if you hacked the dvi ports off, not literally. The physical slots prevent 4 way use. The ws revo doesn't have this problem.
Yes, I know what you're referring to.

The WS Revolution has a slot between the PCIe slots, which allows for the stock dual-slot bracket.

But this can easily be solved with a single-slot bracket, which costs pennies on eBay.

Moreover, you're wrong about the WS Revolution supporting Quad-SLi.
It has the same limitation that the UD7 has because its last PCIe slot can only support a single-slot bracket.

So UD7 needs single-slot brackets for two of the cards and WS needs it for one - small difference.

The only way the WS Revolution supports Quad-SLi with the stock brackets is with an >ATX case that allows for at least 8 expansion slots.

That way you can even keep the stock coolers. Which I agree, is the best option for air-cooled Quad-SLi.

But for Triple, there's no difference, and Quad-SLi is not technically supported in the drivers, possibly requiring a hack.
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