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ey guys,

Workin on a new build, but I'm having trouble distinguishing/deciding between P67 & Z68.

I plan to run:

i5 LGA1155 [until ivy-bridge LGA1155 come out in Q2 2012 and upgrading/swapping out proc then for a high-end IvyBridge]
16GB RAM min
2x gtx 560ti in SLI (Performs better for same price as gtx 580),
2x OCZ Vertex 3 120GB RAID 0 Boot drive w/ 2TB 7200RPM storage.


I definitely plan to OC both CPU & GPUs.
Recommendations for this configuration? What are the advantages/disadvantages of Z68 v P67?
post #2 of 17
Z68 has onboard GPU and SSD caching, if those features don't appeal to you then the P67 is just as good.

Get the P67
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ey guys,

Workin on a new build, but I'm having trouble distinguishing/deciding between P67 & Z68.

I plan to run:

i5 LGA1155 [until ivy-bridge LGA1155 come out in Q2 2012 and upgrading/swapping out proc then for a high-end IvyBridge]
16GB RAM min
2x gtx 560ti in SLI (Performs better for same price as gtx 580),
2x OCZ Vertex 3 120GB RAID 0 Boot drive w/ 2TB 7200RPM storage.


I definitely plan to OC both CPU & GPUs.
Recommendations for this configuration? What are the advantages/disadvantages of Z68 v P67?
Z68 is just a gimmick. It (theoretically) adds the onboard GPU property of H67 to P67.

But in reality, most high-end Z68 boards don't even have onboard video outputs, so there is literally no point to getting Z68.

You also have no use for SSD caching, since you have two SSDs and are not using an HDD as a boot drive.

The only reason to buy a Z68 board, is if it has a certain feature you want - such as more USB 3.0 ports, and the like.

To find out which board is right for you, head on over to the link in my sig

P.S. You can find an HD 6950 for as low as 180$ at eBay or Newegg Open-Box. At that price, for 540$, you get Triple-Crossfire.
Now, since a single HD 6950 can unlock to an HD 6970 and have performance within 5-10% of the GTX 580, you'd potentially have GTX 580 Triple-SLi.
Also, [H] did a review of Triple-CF vs GTX 580 SLi, and found that for the same price, it is far better.
In all, I would, as always, advice against the GTX 560 Ti - it's just a GTX 460 overclocked.
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id stick with P67
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post #5 of 17
Their performance is equal, get whatever is cheapest that has the specs you want. If you need/want quicksync or ssd caching then get a Z68 board.

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Originally Posted by Track View Post
Now, since a single HD 6950 can unlock to an HD 6970..
Don't buy a 6950 with the intention of unlocking it. A lot of the newer ones don't unlock to a 6970.
Edited by HWI - 8/8/11 at 8:50pm
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post #6 of 17
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Thanks guys for weighing in. So the P67 is going to be compatible with ivy-bridge?
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P67 and Z68 will be IB compatible.
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Get whichever you fancy more, ivy bridge will use a new chipset that support native usb3 and other feature you might wanna upgrade later when they finalise the specs.
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P67 and Z68 will be IB compatible.
I thought it was only Z68 that could support IB?
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I thought it was only Z68 that could support IB?
See that's exactly what I'm trying to verify before diving in

Also, I've had strange/poor experience in the past swapping mobos in a build. From the expressions, I'm contemplating buying a low-end option now, then swapping mobos for the newer chipset? Any tips on swapping mobos? Whats the ETA on these new chipsets?

And USB 3.0? I thought that was already out?
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