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Difference from GA-Z68XP-UD4 and GA-Z68X-UD4-B3?

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Hi, I was just wondering if anyone knew the differences between these two boards, and which is better of the two. The B3 is being sold for 169, and the other is being sold for 199.

Thanks in advanced.
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Seems like they're both the same except one is discontinued and the other is not...

Probably a new revision of the board with a new name...

GA-Z68XP-UD4, FTW!


EDIT: the B3 has video, the other needs a video card... That's the only difference... But not available on the egg.
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Did some searching around, apparently the B3 is the one that doesn't have onboard video, and the GA-Z68XP-UD4 does. Does anyone know if Lucid Virtu/Quick Sync is worth it to spend an extra $30? I plan to have two 570's running in SLI, and will probably do some video editing/encoding down the road. Will Virtu/Quick Sync help in rendering times? Or is it obsolete since I have dedicated cards?

Also, I have also read that UD5 is better for overclocking as to a UD4, is this true? I have a i7 2600k and plan to overclock it to 5GHz+, picked up a XSPC Raystorm kit a week ago.
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Did some searching around, apparently the B3 is the one that doesn't have onboard video, and the GA-Z68XP-UD4 does. Does anyone know if Lucid Virtu/Quick Sync is worth it to spend an extra $30? I plan to have two 570's running in SLI, and will probably do some video editing/encoding down the road. Will Virtu/Quick Sync help in rendering times? Or is it obsolete since I have dedicated cards?
Also, I have also read that UD5 is better for overclocking as to a UD4, is this true? I have a i7 2600k and plan to overclock it to 5GHz+, picked up a XSPC Raystorm kit a week ago.

I got my old 2600 up to 5.3 on my UD-4. Is the UD-5 better for overclocking? Probably. Is it better by a noticeable amount to anybody but the best of overclockers? Probably not.

Plus past 4.5GHz you really cannot notice any differences except in folding or benching. And gigabyte boards (at least the UD4 and UD5 in the XP series) have a terrible BIOS for benching anyway. Expect to be behind an equivalent Asus board by about 500 points in 3DMark11 with identical settings and hardware.

Oh and quicksync is sooooo fast for encoding. Does it faster than my 590.
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I got my old 2600 up to 5.3 on my UD-4. Is the UD-5 better for overclocking? Probably. Is it better by a noticeable amount to anybody but the best of overclockers? Probably not.
Plus past 4.5GHz you really cannot notice any differences except in folding or benching. And gigabyte boards (at least the UD4 and UD5 in the XP series) have a terrible BIOS for benching anyway. Expect to be behind an equivalent Asus board by about 500 points in 3DMark11 with identical settings and hardware.
Oh and quicksync is sooooo fast for encoding. Does it faster than my 590.

Damn.. haha, I should probably go exchange this board for the XP then.

As far as Gigabyte vs Asus, going with this board because its a black color scheme, as to the blue and black that asus offers. Although it will be 500 points behind, there wont be any noticeable differences in terms of real life performance will there? Unless someone knows how to paint the blue heatsinks that asus has.
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Damn.. haha, I should probably go exchange this board for the XP then.
As far as Gigabyte vs Asus, going with this board because its a black color scheme, as to the blue and black that asus offers. Although it will be 500 points behind, there wont be any noticeable differences in terms of real life performance will there? Unless someone knows how to paint the blue heatsinks that asus has.

Nope! I got the XP-UD4 because I'm super picky about aesthetics and it was all black. It's a very very sexy board. Performance differences will be bench-only really. In games you might be half an fps to one fps behind, but that's about it.
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Haha, exactly the same as me tongue.gif I mean, picky about aesthetics. I'll have pictures of my new build up this week hopefully! First non-budget build, so quite excited about it. Anyways, thanks for your help, gonna go exchange my board for the GA-Z68XP-UD4.

Trying to find out how the guy in this thread painted his ASUS board, if it's not too hard I might end up getting that board and painting it.
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