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Poll Results: P67A-UD7 vs. Z68X-UD7

 
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    P67A-UD7
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    Z68X-UD7
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post #11 of 25
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Originally Posted by Track;13522377 
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.

Er how many cards actually support single slot that is actually worth running Quad??? Also, the case slot limitation does not prevent running quads. However the physical slot layout on the board does!
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i didn't know the Z68X has quicksink? lol anyways id go with the P67Z if you don't need RST and SSD caching or Touch BIOS, which is in windows BIOS.

BTW i have both boards.
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I just don't know....
    
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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 smile.gif
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Would've been nice if Gigabyte included a HDMI or DP port w/ the Z68-UD7.
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post #17 of 25
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Originally Posted by ebolamonkey3;13533361 
Would've been nice if Gigabyte included a HDMI or DP port w/ the Z68-UD7.

We're currently trying to work out if that motherboard even has access to the intel 3000 via Quicksync, let alone the full integrated graphics tongue.gif

Perhaps I should just ask Gigabyte. Would probably solve the question...

EDIT:
I trawled their website and forum, came up with this:

Switchable Graphics with LucidLogix Virtu GPU Virtulization*
GIGABYTE Z68 motherboards are enabled with LucidLogix Virtu™ GPU Virtualization technology which allows users to dynamically switch between their built-in graphics and their high-end, 3D discrete graphics cards. This is ideal for gamers who require high-resolution gaming and still want to enjoy the built-in media features of 2nd generation Intel® Core™ processors. In so doing, switchable graphics helps to dramatically reduce PC graphics power consumption while boosting performance when it is needed most.

*Some GIGABYTE Z68 models do not support Intel® Z68 Built-in Visuals. For complete model specifications, please see model listing.


So yeah, if it doesn't say Lucid Logic, it aint accessible.

Not only that, but check this out:
"GIGABYTE will introduce 4 unique Z68 motherboard models with an onboard mSATA connector that can employ Intel® Smart Response Technology together with new 20GB Intel® 311 mSATA SLC SSDs to boost system performance."


Followed by:

Discrete Graphics Options
Z68X-UD7-B3
Z68X-UD5-B3
Z68X-UD4-B3
Z68X-UD3P-B3
Z68X-UD3R-B3
Z68X-UD3-B3
Z68A-D3-B3

Integrated Graphics Options
Z68X-UD3H-B3
Z68A-D3H-B3
Z68MX-UD2H-B3
Z68MA-D2H-B3

Integrated Graphics Options with onboard mSATA [for Intel SLC SSDs] – coming soon
Z68XP-UD3
Z68XP-D3
Z68AP-D3
Z68P-DS3

Additional models that are not included above are also planned for introduction before the end of Q2, 2011.


So if you want discreet graphics, you can't have Quick Sync [or Smart Response] (the biggest features in Z68). Funny, that does sound remarkably like a set of re-branded P67s, particularly since they're labelled with the B3 revision still.

EDIT2: My mistake - Smart Response is still supported in most (all?) models, mSATA models are just designed specifically for the Intel SLC SSDs which use mSATA connectors.

EDIT3: Which, naturally begs speculation as to the nature of P67. If these boards are in fact re-labelled P67s, then how do they have support for Smart Response? An extra chip, or a bios update? Could be an interesting one to look into.
Edited by zsolmanz - 5/17/11 at 10:57am
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post #18 of 25
ANyways their Z68X-UD5/UD4/UD7 do not have anything quicksink or virtu, only the SSD Caching techs like RST.

There will be a future Z68X boards released called the UD7P or something of the sorts, i forgot what she told me, but they will have mSATA and HDMI. That is all the info I was given.

For now the best board GB has for Z68X with quicksink is the UD3H. I got to play with the UD3H recently, its a great board, OCed to 5.3ghz no problem.


First I need to teach the person above somethings. If a board is called Z68 then it has a Z68 chipset. Virtu, smart response technology, quicksync, they are all firmware/software implementations. You don't need to do ANYTHING other than pop in a Z68 chipset to allow for RST and SSD Caching, as its just a reworked Intel RAID software hack.

Virtu and quicksink are firmware as well, and pretty bad quality at this moment, just like everything else lucid. Lets put is this way, the only hardware you need to implement to get DVI-DSUB-HDMI-Disaply Port out if to implement ICs made by pulse to support them.


Z68 is a gimmick in many ways, it benefits users of large SSDs, none. SSD Cacching your 64gbSSD with a 500GB HDD will slow your OS boot down if you have it happily on your 64GB ssd. If you want one large drive, or you only have a 40gb, 32gb, or 16gb SSD then it would help a lot.


Now lets move to virtu, its supposed to change over from I-mode and D-mode to determine which is best for the programs you are running. I sits in between your PCI-E controller and the PCI-E ports, adding delay if its not bypassed through D-MODE. If you have it in I-mode you can switch between IGP and DGP to really save power.

IDK its up to you, but if you have a 128GB SSD and don't need virtu BS, then get the P67A.

BTW the MSATA is for a 20GB SLC intel drive, the thing is that its not only for Intel drives,a nd there are a lot of mSATA drives out there, but its really for the bargain ppl.
Edited by Sin0822 - 5/17/11 at 4:26pm
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post #19 of 25
^^Ack... that kinda defeats the point of moving to z68 on the upper end.
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well that is hwy the high end boards from many companies ONLY have D-MODE with a single HDMI output, which is what GB should have done first, but will be doing later.

All in all you want Virtu and Quicksink in a GB board get a Z68X-UD3H you wont be disappointed, its a great board.
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