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for gaming.
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-493-_-Product

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-498-_-Product

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-494-_-Product (20$ more, worth it?)
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Gigabyte is having serious issues with overclocking and boot cycling (system won't boot past post screen and goes into a endless cycle of turning on and off).

I worked on two boards, P67A-UD3P-B3 and the Z68X-UD4-B3, both had boot cycling problems. RMA'ed the first assuming the Z68 will not have this problem, I was wrong, same boot cycling problem that seems to be fixed by copying the new bios to the backup bios.

Problem occurs when the PC is shutdown and all monitors go into standby mode, once all monitors go in standby mode and power on the computer boot cycling occurs.

After some tinkering the problem seems to have gone way. There seems to be no sure way on how to remedy boot cycling problem. I hope Gigabyte knows about this.
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post #3 of 18
try not to use the reset button to reset teh system, that is also a major cause of boot cycling. other than that GB boards OC like champs, and it shows on HWBot.

It depends what you want out of your Z68 board, you want video out? then you need to buy an H series board like teh UD3H, if you want top of the line it lacks any video out and only has SSD caching, which are teh features that set Z68 apart from P67.

The UD7 is a greatboard and many like the UD5. I have 4 GB P67 board, 3 of them are UD7s and one is a UD3H they all work like advertised, and yea there is a minor boot loop issue when you use the reset button instead of the power button all the time, or the BIOS is just open to it.
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post #4 of 18
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is SSD caching only good for people who are going to go the route of smaller SSD with larger HDD?...

I was planning on waiting for larger SSDs to go on sale till I bought one

currently looking at Asrock's extreme4 now, but I don't see how it's considered a budget board when it's the same price as the Ud4?
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post #5 of 18
because its asrock is considered a budget board. A lot of people like asrock now, you should give it a try. Id pick the board you like most and buy it, they will all OC the same in the end, you aren't going for 6ghz runs with a 2600K, you don;'t need a top of the line Z68 or P67 board that can do that 24/7.
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post #6 of 18
The Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 is the only Gigabyte Z68 board that looks ok. The rest don't have video output so why even consider them?

The Gigabyte boards sound like they are having QC issues and Gigabyte SB boards don't have a UEFI BIOS so that is another strike against them.

I would consider the Asrock mentioned, the Asus (P8P67 series) boards and some of the MSI (e.g. GD-55/GD-65) ones.

Just my two cents.
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post #7 of 18
I think you should wait for the Z68XP version if you want video output and all the other perks.
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post #8 of 18
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hey guys, i'm kind of lost about this. what's so great about onboard video?

and also the z68 ud3p is 30$ cheaper than the p67 ud3p for some reason haha
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post #9 of 18
there really isn't anything to gain from the onboard video unless you wanna use it to save power. Read some reviews on virtu, its kinda a let down ATM. Quick sync will become avaible with the Z68XP versions of the GB UD4, UD5, and UD7.
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isnt quicksync only beneficial for video editors?..

this rig is mainly gaming and my major selling points were SSD Caching + SLI which is why i went for a lower end ud3 board as I don't see myself using a lot of the extra features of the higher end boards.

and it was only 139.99!
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