John Gillooly at PC Authority has spent some time getting to know our Z68X-UD3H board, and by extension the new Intel Z68 platform. By all accounts he seems impressed with both, giving the board an overwhelming thumbs up.
“The Z68X-UD3H-B3 is Gigabyte’s highest end Z68 that supports integrated graphics, and as such has a pretty impressive list of features. On the I/O backplane sit D-Sub, DVI, HDMI and Displayport outputs for the processor graphics. There are two USB 3 and five USB 2 ports (one is a hybrid eSATA one). There are also single PS/2, Gigabit Ethernet and FireWire ports, and the usual array of audio outputs (including optical). The board itself supports seven SATA drives (only two ports are SATA 6Gbps however), front panel USB 3 as well as multiple USB 2 front panel connectors, and both SLI and CrossfireX via the two x16 PCI-Express slots. The area around the CPU socket is remarkably sparse, thanks to a move to space-saving ‘Driver MOSFETS’ for power regulation.”
“We do have to applaud Gigabyte for aggressively moving its products to the Z68, because we can’t help but feel that this is the chipset Intel should have released for Sandy Bridge. It puts to rest some of our concerns over being unable to use Quicksync with discrete graphics, while also bringing with it features that should have turned up the first time around.”
Check out Mr Gillooly’s article in full at PC Authority.
Read the Chinese version (中文版) here.