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Gigabyte GA-Z68A-D3 Motherboard (Intel Z68, S 1155, PCI-E 2.0 (x16), DDR3 1866/2133, SATA 3Gb/s, RAID, ATX) - £78.82 @ Scan
Gigabyte GA-Z68A-D3 Motherboard (Intel Z68, S 1155, PCI-E 2.0 (x16), DDR3 1866/2133, SATA 3Gb/s, RAID, ATX)  - £78.82 @ Scan

Gigabyte GA-Z68A-D3 Motherboard (Intel Z68, S 1155, PCI-E 2.0 (x16), DDR3 1866/2133, SATA 3Gb/s, RAID, ATX) - £78.82 @ Scan

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Been shopping around for an entry level Socket 1155 motherboard, and have mainly come across budget micro-ATX H67 boards (£65-80). This is regular ATX, and obviously is the newer Z68 Series. Best choice for people who don't rely on integrated graphics and are more concerned with overclocking.
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GIGABYTE Z68 series motherboards provide all the advanced overclocking features users have come to know and love about the GIGABYTE P67 series motherboards including increasing processor core ratios, increasing DDR3 memory ratios and increasing power and current limits. In addition, GIGABYTE Z68 motherboards also allow users to increase the graphics core clock speed, for even greater graphics performance.

Supports Intel® Smart Response Technology
GIGABYTE Z68 series motherboards are equipped with the much anticipated Intel® Smart Response Technology, allowing users to experience system performance similar to SSD only systems. Intel® Smart Response technology works by using intelligent block-based caching of frequently used applications to improve system performance and responsiveness. In fact, GIGABYTE Z68 motherboards with Intel® Smart Response Technology are able to outperform hybrid drive systems by more than 2X (PC Mark Vantage) and HDD-only systems by as much as 4X (PC Mark Vantage).

New 100% Hardware VRD 12 Compliant CPU Power Design
GIGABYTE 6 series motherboards incorporate an Intel® approved Intersil PWM controller that is VRD 12 (Voltage Regulator Down) compliant. This means that it offers new features that include SerialVID (SVID) which transfers power management information between the processor and voltage regulator controller, allowing more robust and efficient signaling control between the CPU and PWM controller – hence, delivering a more energy efficient platform.

10 Comments

Is this the one with No Video socket?

Yep I was right! No vga/dvi/hdmi out socket.

waste of time buying a 1155 cpu for this because you can't use the on-board graphics.

Big mistake by Gigabyte if you ask me.

Original Poster

Well I got my 1155 i5 for a bargain... the cpu's integrated graphics are useless to me, and I can't find anything else with similar specs for around this price (z68, crossfire support, 4x memory slots, usb 3.0, sata III, full size atx).


Edited by: "mamboboy" 13th Jun 2011

(Waiting patiently for a SATAIII motherboard deal)

Good deal nontheless, though a little sceptical of the claim about near SSD performance. Couldn't find any reviews on Google for this model, so know any links?

Original Poster

ShaunnyBwoy

(Waiting patiently for a SATAIII motherboard deal)



This has x2 SATA III connections?

Ah yes this is the one with the parallel and serial port. What were they thinking of?

Retro?
Edited by: "iandhind" 13th Jun 2011

Good price for the board.

Parallel & serial but no HDMI though? I have been an avid PC builder for over a decade & have never ever had the use for a parralel or serial port? Come on Gigabyte WTF?

As mamboboy says, it does have 4 x memory slots and 2 x PCI-E for graphics in a full size ATX format. Also 2 x SATA3 so overall a weird combo.

For this price, it seems good if you don't need the graphics output. I need to find some reviews to see what has been sacrificed for the price.

Pigbristle

Yep I was right! No vga/dvi/hdmi out socket.waste of time buying a 1155 … Yep I was right! No vga/dvi/hdmi out socket.waste of time buying a 1155 cpu for this because you can't use the on-board graphics.Big mistake by Gigabyte if you ask me.



Why is it a mistake? I bought a Asus P55e-Evo last year for my brandnew i5 750 and that had no video as the last gen i series apart from the low end one didn't have the facility for video and that cost me for the board alone £169.99 and was near the best board there was. Most people who buy the new Sandybridge CPU's will not be using the onboard graphics anyway as they will have there own high end GPU so those connections wouldn't be used anyway.

Im not upgrading Just yet as i spent nearly £600 less than a year ago on board, CPU, and 8gig of Ram for what i thought would be future proof setup as it was a brandnew socket only to be **** over with Intel releasing the 1155 socket and essentially replacing the 1156 socket with it, i think its disgusting for now im just upgrading my graphics card either with a Nvidia 560ti or a AMD 6950 and am going to wait and see what the new AMD chips are like as im not pleased with Intel. If i where you i would not be buying this budget board or any other budget board as its the most important piece of the puzzle and 2 months down the line you will have wished you had paid the extra £20 make sure the new board is rev3 or B3 if your going for a P67
MSI P67A-G45 £94
MSI P67A-GD53 £107.60
Asus P8P67-M PRO Rev3 £110.00 my personal choice can push the unlocked i5 to nearly 5ghz on air.

The Gigabyte GA-Z68A-D3 is rubbish and the price reflects this with it being a lot less than the other Z68 boards.


Edited by: "polly69" 13th Jun 2011

Nuwidol

Good price for the board.Parallel & serial but no HDMI though? I have … Good price for the board.Parallel & serial but no HDMI though? I have been an avid PC builder for over a decade & have never ever had the use for a parralel or serial port? Come on Gigabyte WTF?



If you're in Engineering they are very useful, lots of older development kit and tools that are too costly to replace use these interfaces.

Not saying you can't buy cards to do the same job, but they still have their uses.
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