Originally Posted by answ3r;13590629
If you aren't planning on going SSD, then it isn't worth it to go Z68 over P67.
I don't get why people say something like this. I have the P67 and an i7 2600k and TBH, I'm disappointed in the speed. I thought it was going to be super fast, especially with 16gb of ram, too, but it's not. It can't use the Intel Quick Sync Video feature in my video converter software. For now, i have to rely on CUDA for encoding and converting to speed up the process. With z68 I'll be able to use both CUDA and Quick Sync. Having SSD and P67 isn't the same as being able to use Intel Quick Sync. The way people hype SSD I'll assume it's really fast, but IMO, it ain't worth the price. I can get a decent home gym for the price of a 120GB SSD. I'll stick with my SATA III. BTW, Z68's costs less than P67's, too, and have the best of both worlds (p67 & h67).
I ordered the GIGABYTE GA-Z68A-D3H-B3 on Saturday from Superbiiz.com for $115. It was on sale and had a 15% discount code (for the "surviving the Rapture). I went back and forth with the many Gigabyte models but settled on the D3H-B3 because it not only had the features I desired, but for the price it made complete sense. I'm tired of paying top dollar for features I would not be using when I can pay a little less and get the same results. I'll OC it just enough where it's stable. The MSI P67 board I have, I can't even use the OC Genie II feature without the system crashing as the CPU gets too hot. Anyhow, I bought a Noctua CPU cooler to take care of this and bought a HAF 922 to get better airflow than my current HTPC case i'm using.Edited by BishopLord - 5/30/11 at 8:10pm