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I noticed that a Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD5 motherboard is now available, it looks like a revision of the UD5-B3 with a HDMI port, anyone have one that can give some info about performance?
    
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I just finished my build last week with a ga-z68xp-ud5.

So far it has been flawless with the F4 bios update prior to installing OS.

Very easy to work with and I had no issues installing my hardware.

Virute is working nicely and the board runs very cool.

It also comes with a USB 3.0 hub for the front of your case.

My only gripe is the Marvell Sata III controller mad.gif...I am planning on using the latest Intel rapid storage drivers with my SSD until Marvell gets their act together with Trim support/stability issues.
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Originally Posted by consumer;14433500 
I noticed that a Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD5 motherboard is now available, it looks like a revision of the UD5-B3 with a HDMI port, anyone have one that can give some info about performance?

If I remember correctly, the Z68X models don't have HDMI; the Z68XP models do. Would the original UD5 be a Z68X model? I don't think they have newer than a Rev. 1.0 of this board available.

I have the Z68XP-UD5 board, have had it for a few weeks now. I waited until I knew everything was solid to play around much. It came with BIOS F1, but I went to F4 immediately.

I don't have a fully-unlocked CPU (I wanted some virtualization features the K-series chips don't have), but it runs at 4.1GHz with no voltage changes, and my G.Skill RAM runs stable XMP Extreme settings, 1866 clock with timings of 9-10-9-28-2T. Unlike the Asrock Z68 Extreme 4 Gen3 board it replaced, it properly recognizes my Hauppauge WinTV HVR-1800 card.
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My only gripe is the Marvell Sata III controller mad.gif...I am planning on using the latest Intel rapid storage drivers with my SSD until Marvell gets their act together with Trim support/stability issues.

Are you sure you have the UD5? The UD4 and UD7 have the Marvell controller; the UD5 lacks it, and only has Intel SATA ports. I'm still not sure why they did that.
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It looks like I mixed up the sata ports...It appears the external sata ports are controlled by Marvell and all the internal ones are Intel. Which is good (whew)...I need to read things a bit closer.

Thanks for pointing that out.
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thread started almost two months ago?
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yea teh board has been out for a long time
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Well I bought one,piece of ***** was doa frown.gif
    
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Well I bought one,piece of ***** was doa frown.gif

One bad board does not equal a piece of crap. It equals one bad board. Every company has an RMA rate, and a board can get damaged in shipping.

I notice you have an Asrock Extreme 7. I myself owned the Extreme 4 Gen 3, and returned it after thirty days due to issues (probably a buggy UEFI BIOS) and lackluster support on the part of Asrock. Even with that experience, I don't label the board crap --rather, I label it a well designed and engineered piece of hardware that's let down by a buggy BIOS and a company that needs to work on its technical support.

My Gigabyte UD5 replacement has been perfectly fine (note: I'd have replaced my board with an Asrock if I thought it would fix the problem, but I've been doing this twenty years, and I'm sure the board wasn't defective, just buggy, with no BIOS fix currently available). If there were strong indicators that 5% or more Gigabyte UD5 boards were being RMA-ed due to problems, then I might be able to agree with your assessment, which reads like most of the NewEgg one-star reviews I've seen from people that had one unfortunate experience, and then buy another board rather than exchanging it with the idea that they just might have gotten the one board in 50-100 that was DOA out of the box.
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One bad board does not equal a piece of crap. It equals one bad board. Every company has an RMA rate, and a board can get damaged in shipping.

Gigabyte have known boot looping issues with Z68 boards, this is fact and IMHO they are rubbish except the UD7.
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I've seen from people that had one unfortunate experience, and then buy another board rather than exchanging it with the idea that they just might have gotten the one board in 50-100 that was DOA out of the box.

Why get bitten twice? I got sucked in by the 20 VRM's but the board lacks everything the ASrock has , UFEI bios, NF200 chpset, Tri Sli, PCI 3.0.... For the same price as a UD5 I'll take the ASrock & sell my UD5 once I get a new one back from RMA. Besides BIOS updates which I admit ASrock lacks I can't think why you would go Gigabyte.... Why wouldn't I spend my money else where knowing all these facts..
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Gigabyte have known boot looping issues with Z68 boards, this is fact and IMHO they are rubbish except the UD7.



Why get bitten twice? I got sucked in by the 20 VRM's but the board lacks everything the ASrock has , UFEI bios, NF200 chpset, Tri Sli, PCI 3.0.... For the same price as a UD5 I'll take the ASrock & sell my UD5 once I get a new one back from RMA. Besides BIOS updates which I admit ASrock lacks I can't think why you would go Gigabyte.... Why wouldn't I spend my money else where knowing all these facts..


Some of them have boot loop issues not all of them, just like some Asus boards have boot issues too and probably some others, I know this because when I was deciding which board to buy a lot more people had a lot more problems with the Asus boards and the company than with Gigabyte, which is why I bought a Gigabyte.
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One bad board does not equal a piece of crap. It equals one bad board. Every company has an RMA rate, and a board can get damaged in shipping.

I notice you have an Asrock Extreme 7. I myself owned the Extreme 4 Gen 3, and returned it after thirty days due to issues (probably a buggy UEFI BIOS) and lackluster support on the part of Asrock. Even with that experience, I don't label the board crap --rather, I label it a well designed and engineered piece of hardware that's let down by a buggy BIOS and a company that needs to work on its technical support.

My Gigabyte UD5 replacement has been perfectly fine (note: I'd have replaced my board with an Asrock if I thought it would fix the problem, but I've been doing this twenty years, and I'm sure the board wasn't defective, just buggy, with no BIOS fix currently available). If there were strong indicators that 5% or more Gigabyte UD5 boards were being RMA-ed due to problems, then I might be able to agree with your assessment, which reads like most of the NewEgg one-star reviews I've seen from people that had one unfortunate experience, and then buy another board rather than exchanging it with the idea that they just might have gotten the one board in 50-100 that was DOA out of the box.

I was saying this the other day too, it's stupid, you'd have as much chance of getting a DOA board from the other manufacturer as getting one from the same company again.
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I don't understand people who get a DOA board (or anything else) then go with a different manufacturer instead for the replacement, you have as much chance of getting a DOA board from them as getting another DOA Gigabyte one, seems a lot of people do it too, weird.

I got a DOA audio interface but I didn't return it and get a different one as a replacement, because when I bought it I'd decided that was the best one for me from all the reading I did about it, and the chances of it happenng a 2nd time were tiny.

If you don't decide to swap it for a different one just because the original one was DOA, and you decide you'd prefer a different one for other reasons then fair enough.
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