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I've been vetting parts for my next build and was wondering what the community thought about the Gigabyte UD4 series.

I am specifically looking at the GA-Z68XP-UD4.

Initially I will be installing a 2500k but will eventually upgrade to 2600k/2700k. I want a mildly aggressive (relative term) 4.5 GHz overclock.

From what I understand the board can also support PCIe 3.0 with Ivy Bridge which I like a lot. It has a host of other features such as the Ultra Durable label and their new MOSFET design which is kind of cool.

Oh, and it also has a 16 phase power design, how much will this actually help me when overclocking?

Tell me what you think and why!
post #2 of 12
i think you should wait for Z77 boards smile.gif They come out very soon.
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Originally Posted by Sin0822 View Post

i think you should wait for Z77 boards smile.gif They come out very soon.

I thought about that, but I couldn't see a real difference or advantage over the Z68 chipset:
http://www.anandtech.com/show/4830/intels-ivy-bridge-architecture-exposed

I just can't justify spending the money on the new tech when the 'old' is so good. I don't really see an advantage moving up when it already supports IB and PCIe 3.0. Unless I am missing something, which definitely could be the case...
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no dude, the really difference is something you will see only on launch day, but I cannot say right now what that is. But read any review on launch day. For the boards alone.
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Well, I guess I'll have to keep that in mind when the time comes.biggrin.gif

Assuming I decide to stick with z68 though, do the extra features of the UD4 justify the cost over a UD3 board? That is what I am really getting at.
post #6 of 12
yea it might. Honestly for OCing look for something with at least 8 CPU phases the UD3P is a good mode. THe UD3H for Z68 is pretty cool, it OCed to 4.5ghz easy for 24/7 but idk how much it would do more than 24/7.
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Jimbo, I suggest you check out this thread about Gigabyte P67/Z68 boards before you purchase:

Gigabyte P67/Z68 boot cycling problem
    
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I have a GA-Z68X-UD4-B3, pretty close to the one you are thinking about. I like it quite a bit, I don't know much about it's overclocking capabilities though, I have not overclocked on this board before
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Quote:
Originally Posted by BarryBadrinath View Post

Jimbo, I suggest you check out this thread about Gigabyte P67/Z68 boards before you purchase:
Gigabyte P67/Z68 boot cycling problem

This does not happen to all Gigabyte P67/Z68 mobos so don't let that thread scare you away from Gigabyte. I've had my Z68-UD4 (using f5 bios) for about 6 to 7 months and I have not experienced any problems. It's a hit or miss with any mobos these days regarding to boot-loops or any other misc. problems wink.gif
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Originally Posted by Sin0822 View Post

i think you should wait for Z77 boards smile.gif They come out very soon.

I agree with this thumb.gif
Edited by drBlahMan - 2/24/12 at 4:56pm
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also latest beta BIOS does fix the known boot issue, if it still persists I have been told it is because of hardware incompatibility. However there are some users who still have the issue. ANyways wait for Z77 you wont be sorry you did at all. I promise you smile.gif I don't usually promise people stuff.
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