Gigabyte Z68 AP-D3 Overclocking Motherboard w/FREE £25 Cooler - £51.99 @ ebuyer
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Gigabyte Z68 AP-D3 Overclocking Motherboard w/FREE £25 Cooler - £51.99 @ ebuyer

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Found 31st Jul 2013
Not only very cheap and even better value with a free cooler at about £25 cost, but also one of the best boards to overclock with a 2500k or 3570k. Lots of cheap 1155 i5 & i7s about on ebay or amazon recently to pair up with this.

FREE GlacialTech H58 Cooler with purchases from 31st July only whilst stocks last limited to 100.

The GA-Z68AP-D3 motherboard, based on the Intel Z68 Express Chipset and supporting the new 2nd generation Intel Core processors. Delivering the very best that Intel 6 series chipsets have to offer, including a significant performance boost with Intel Smart Response Technology, the first ever mSATA drive connectors on a standard desktop PC motherboard, and GIGABYTE's proprietary Touch BIOS technology, GIGABYTE Z68 series motherboards put users in the driver seat, allowing them to take total control over how their system operates and performs to best match their individual computing needs.
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Good little budget board, a shame there's rarely deep discounts on older chips but they can be bought used if your careful.
Not a bad deal, but beware, eBuyer might not send you the free cooler.
great board tbh, got one from ocuk as a bundle deal with an I5, kingston ram & an akassa evo cooler (stable board for a 4.4ghz oc)



Edited by: "tipsy1973" 31st Jul 2013
will also take ivybridge cpus with latest bios F8
Not sure what the exact difference is, but I have the GA-Z68A-D3-B3 so probably very similar. Had it two years now and never had a problem. i5 2500k running @ 4.3 GHz.
The only let downs are no USB 3.0 headers and only two system fan connections so you'll need a fan controller if you plan on having more more than two variable fans.
Edited by: "mamboboy" 31st Jul 2013
alasdairgray

will also take ivybridge cpus with latest bios F8



What do you mean?
Not a bad price for the board, if you get the cooler too. Heat.
alasdairgray

will also take ivybridge cpus with latest bios F8



F8 is for Revision 1.0 of the board and it was F7 that introduced Ivybridge CPU compatibility. BIOS versions are named differently for Revision 2.0 of this board. Check which revision you have, if you have this board.
Will it be reasonable to match it with something like gtx680 and i5-3470 for gaming?
***CAUTION***

This series has two BIOS chips, so if your first BIOS fails, 2nd BIOS kicks in. Problem is system restarts before 2nd BIOS has a chance to take over.
You need a G620 or like basic processor to upgrade the BIOS to support the latest i7 chips, if the board doesn't come with the latest BIOS.

This is a widely known issue.

I personally bought this board sometime ago and tried to use a i5 2310 and fans spun for a second and switched off. Took everything out of the case and same thing. All other components I used were already tested to be working. Had to send back to retailer as I couldn't get POST to update the BIOS!


this seems good but is it good ?
Really good deal, tempted to build a cheap gaming rig to sell to a friend.
The cooler seems pretty good if I'm reading this page right: Frostytech Test results
Just installed one of these today with a 2500k for my nephews computer. Used a hyper 212 and pushed it straight to 4.4ghz. This is a great deal
drewdibble

50p cheaper on … 50p cheaper on Amazon...http://www.amazon.co.uk/Gigabyte-XKT-1155-Z68AP-D3-Motherboard-Rev/dp/B0054X4I4M/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1375308384&sr=8-1&keywords=Gigabyte+GA-Z68AP-D3



True, but the Igloo is worth £23 on its own (if Ebuyer honour that)... OTOH the BIOS problems reported do seem troubling. I'm hoping they're on top of the issue by now?
Good motherboard. Do keep in mind that if the bios has not been upgraded you will not be able to put an Ivy bridge processor on it out of the box. You would first need to upgrade the bios, which might be problematic if you don't have a Sandy Bridge cpu handy.

Edit: what zahidworld said, basically.

If you do run into problems with the Bios, do make a topic on the official Gigabyte forums. The members there are a friendly bunch and will point you in the right direction (normally towards the latest Beta Bios).
Edited by: "skakruk" 31st Jul 2013
what zahid said so maybe change your blurb a bit.
drewdibble

50p cheaper on … 50p cheaper on Amazon...http://www.amazon.co.uk/Gigabyte-XKT-1155-Z68AP-D3-Motherboard-Rev/dp/B0054X4I4M/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1375308384&sr=8-1&keywords=Gigabyte+GA-Z68AP-D3


No free cooler with Amazon though and its not direct from them?
IIRC the revision 2.0 is PCI express 3 whereas rev 1.0 is PCI express 2
Great offer - add an i5 2500k and overlclock it to 4.4 ghz and you have a killer set-up for approx £150. Newer boards and chipsets aren't really adding that much to the equation and you certainly wouldn't be bottleknecked with this setup for a good few years ...
Currently using this with my i7 3770k, took a little tweaking (BIOS update that i knew nothing about) but wasnt too bad as i had an older 1155 chip laying about to install it with. Not had a problem with it, would recommend it for people wanting an amazing system at a budget price.
Doesn't deserve this heat. Z68 is quite old, came out at the start of sandy bridge. Lacks PCI-Expres 3.0, lacks native USB3 from the later Z77.

And, more importantly:

If you're building a new "premium" ish system you should be choosing haswell, different socket, different chipsets.

If you're saving money, this is too expensive! Pick up an H61 for £30 ish and use the intel stock cooler.

Who is this really for :P And I got myself a gigabyte Z77 for £35 6 months ago, from novatechs ebay outlet (open box stock). Much better deal.
£42.99 @ dabs.

Would make a good Hackintosh - hot!
Awaken

Doesn't deserve this heat. Z68 is quite old, came out at the start of … Doesn't deserve this heat. Z68 is quite old, came out at the start of sandy bridge. Lacks PCI-Expres 3.0, lacks native USB3 from the later Z77.


It seems to advertise PCI 3.0, otherwise I agree. The market for this board has disappeared with Haswell, and it only really makes sense if you already have a CPU looking for a board.
I love my gigabyte board it is awesome a bit old now. But been ultra reliable.
410 degrees?

Ebuyers gonna love all you upvoters helping them clear old stock!

Awaken: The performance advantages between PCI E 2.0 and 3.0 are minuscule, certainly something you wouldn't notice unless benchmarking.

To quote HARDOCP's comparison between them:

With real-world gameplay performance advantages under 10% it doesn't … With real-world gameplay performance advantages under 10% it doesn't change the actual gameplay experience. It in no way allows us to improve in-game quality settings nor does it give us any advantages over the PCIe 2.0 system. As we've stated previously in this evaluation, the technical performance advantages are "benchmarkable" but not relating to the gameplay experience.So do not fret if you are on a Sandy Bridge PCI Express 2.0 system, you aren't missing out on a bunch of performance compared to an Ivy Bridge PCI Express 3.0 system. Most of our readers will likely benefit from higher CPU overclocks on Sandy Bridge anyway if you are truly pushing the CPU clock and this alone will likely negate any "advantages" from PCIe 3.0 or Ivy Bridge IPC when it comes to real-world gaming scenarios. PCIe 3.0 is a great evolution, one day it may actually support a better gameplay experience compared to PCIe 2.0, but that day is not today.



Also why do you say Z68 is 'quite old', but then go on to recommend the budget H61? Newer, yes... but It lacks USB 3.0 ports, Sata III, RAID and they don't allow overclocking if I remember rightly! It'd be an even worse choice than Z68 by far. One was brought out for gaming, the other for media center/HTPC builds...

As others have said, this is for people who already have, or can get hold of a cheap 2500k or something. Coupled with a good GPU, you'd barely notice the difference between it and a haswell gaming rig.

2 years after upgrading my PC (and recently going from a 6870 to 7950) I'm still enjoying playing at 2560x1440... so why would I feel the need to upgrade to Haswell?

It's not as if the jump in performance improvements is like going from 775 to 1155...

However if you are on a strict budget, so much so that you don't want normal warranties, then Dabs' refurb/used stock section is pretty good for getting cheap parts...


Edited by: "mamboboy" 1st Aug 2013
I've got this board in my desktop - works fine now, but I had to send back the first board as it just kept getting stuck in a reboot loop.
The second board they sent me has been fine but it took me several weeks worth of effort to get to the bottom of the problem swapping components etc.
amazon.co.uk/P8H…+LE

help. z77 asus or h77 what is the the differce please. cant find a comparison
from wikipedia is it just the gpu and ram thats overcloackable in a z77 the only real difference?
its £20 cheaper than asus z77.
ebuyer.com/363…-lx
Z77 can overclock, H77 can't...

Z77 is the best choice out of the 1155 chipsets...
Edited by: "mamboboy" 1st Aug 2013
Awaken

Doesn't deserve this heat. Z68 is quite old, came out at the start of … Doesn't deserve this heat. Z68 is quite old, came out at the start of sandy bridge. Lacks PCI-Expres 3.0, lacks native USB3 from the later Z77.And, more importantly:If you're building a new "premium" ish system you should be choosing haswell, different socket, different chipsets.If you're saving money, this is too expensive! Pick up an H61 for £30 ish and use the intel stock cooler.Who is this really for :P And I got myself a gigabyte Z77 for £35 6 months ago, from novatechs ebay outlet (open box stock). Much better deal.



Mine does have PCI 3.0. It is revision 3. you also have to factor in Gigabytes great UK based warranty.
DE4L3R

help. z77 asus or h77 what is the the differce please. cant find a … help. z77 asus or h77 what is the the differce please. cant find a comparison



Extreme series (X ) e.g. X79
Performance series (formerly the "P" prefix, currently "Z") e.g. Z87 = Haswell, Z77 = IvyBridge
Mainstream series (H)
Value series (also H, though different numbering - like H61)

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Edited by: "foxabcd1234" 1st Aug 2013
hmm should i buy this to replace my gigabyte b75? i should be able to over-clock with this, i have an i7 3770k and sell the cooler
Hot. Amazing value actually .... Decent quality overclocking board with what looks like an effective tower heatsink. Bought one, thanks OP Yes, no USB3 header, but at this price that's fine. Now just need an i5 unlocked on special ... hopefully now ppl are after Haslams.
zahidworld

***CAUTION***This series has two BIOS chips, so if your first BIOS fails, … ***CAUTION***This series has two BIOS chips, so if your first BIOS fails, 2nd BIOS kicks in. Problem is system restarts before 2nd BIOS has a chance to take over.You need a G620 or like basic processor to upgrade the BIOS to support the latest i7 chips, if the board doesn't come with the latest BIOS.This is a widely known issue.I personally bought this board sometime ago and tried to use a i5 2310 and fans spun for a second and switched off. Took everything out of the case and same thing. All other components I used were already tested to be working. Had to send back to retailer as I couldn't get POST to update the BIOS!

I have this board and I can confirm the bug exists ,I have to remove all power and board battery before it will boot into the backup bios .Bios has crashed on me around a 12 times over the past 2 years .Not to bad a board for over-clocking ,quite a mid range board ,I paid £70 for it over two years ago .I cannot find any cheap chips for this so good luck with that . 6 out of 10 @£70 7 out of 10 at this price with added cooler (if you get it)
Edited by: "madmarman" 1st Aug 2013
madmarman

I have this board and I can confirm the bug exists ,I have to remove all … I have this board and I can confirm the bug exists ,I have to remove all power and board battery before it will boot into the backup bios .Bios has crashed on me around a 12 times over the past 2 years .Not to bad a board for over-clocking ,quite a mid range board ,I paid £70 for it over two years ago .I cannot find any cheap chips for this so good luck with that . 6 out of 10 @£70 7 out of 10 at this price with added cooler (if you get it)



ok i cancelled my order, any z77 board you would recommend for cheap overclocking of my i7 3770k? thanks
(ehsan111)No unfortunately for the first time in 15 years I haven't felt the need to go better than what I have now i5 @4.4 with the above board . Guru3d is a good site for reviews .
madmarman

(ehsan111)No unfortunately for the first time in 15 years I haven't felt … (ehsan111)No unfortunately for the first time in 15 years I haven't felt the need to go better than what I have now i5 @4.4 with the above board . Guru3d is a good site for reviews .

ok im buying this then thanks. Should get my i7 to 4.7 ghz hopefully
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