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Is GIGABYTE GA-Z68A-D3H-B3 a bad mobo?

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I'm looking at the GIGABYTE GA-Z68A-D3H-B3 mobo because it's cheap and I'm working on a budget build.

My question is, this mobo seems pretty cheap at $129 as far as mobos go. Is this a bad choice? What am I missing out on by not spending an extra 50 dollars and getting a better one?

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I am thinking of getting one too..

This is just pure guess but I don't think you could OC very high with it and make it very stable. The Mobo is using a 4pin connector (upper left) and a 4+3 or 4+2 VRM?

Well I don't plan to OC anyway.. but may want the SSD Cache and Virtu.

Would love more opinions abt this board..
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post #3 of 33
If you aren't planning on going SSD, then it isn't worth it to go Z68 over P67.

However, pertaining to the original question, that board is not a bad choice, it is fairly decent.

Edit: Most boards give you a pretty decent OC, but if you are looking for a heavy OC, really pushing the system, then you might want to invest a bit more in the board. Just look for a board that fits your needs in terms of ports and expandability. What are you trying to do by the way?
Edited by answ3r - 5/21/11 at 8:28pm
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Quote:
Originally Posted by answ3r;13590629 
If you aren't planning on going SSD, then it isn't worth it to go Z68 over P67.

However, pertaining to the original question, that board is not a bad choice, it is fairly decent.

LOL the only thing that's holding me back from a P67 is that it can't use the on die GPU for diagnostic purposes or even use it for transcoding. But maybe I am mistaken?
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I'm using it for mild gaming, most likely only slight overclocking (or at least the possibility to do it more in the future if my CPU is ever a bottleneck).

I am planning an SSD upgrade in a year or so when the prices drop down to $1/gb. I can't see myself spending much more than $100 on one, and I would like more than 64 gigs, so I think I can wait a year on that.
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I picked up this mobo from newegg 2 days ago. I've got my 2500k at 4.7GHz on the stock hsf biggrin.gif the board is excellent. It has the virtu software as well as some cool features like the USB on/off program so you can charge your devices while the computer is off etc. Overall I am very pleased with it, there are a ton of overclocking options in the bios. Definitely recommend it.
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Awesome. Glad you enjoyed it!
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post #8 of 33
Quote:
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.
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post #9 of 33
for 20 bucks more the asrock extreme 4 is a great great board.

if you don't want to OC or you need z68's features then get that gigabyte board.
    
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post #10 of 33
4+1+1 phase (more than likely)

Don't expect sustained 5GHz

For $10, you can get the TP67XE, which would be a much better board
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