As Intel moves forward with their new Z68 Express chipset, Gigabyte always a forerunner of technology has a few new motherboards that sport the new Z68 Express, including the GA-Z68X-UD5-B3, which we are taking a look at here on the Motherboard HomeWorld today. Packed with an abundance of features and supporting the new 2nd Generation Core CPUs, this motherboard is aimed the enthusiast market and the user who does not intend to use the embedded graphics processor, or GPU for their video solution.
Although the Z68 Express natively supports the embedded 1000 and 2000 series GPUs that are embedded in the 2500k and 2600k processors, but gamers and enthusiasts alike will never use this solution and may even feel it daunts their overclocking efforts on the whole. That said: Gigabyte chooses to omit the onboard graphics on all their mid and high-end Z68 solutions so that that user group can concentrate on overclocking and their gaming. I think many users who were previously dissuaded by the folly of the P67, will find themselves flocking back to the Intel campground with the Z68 Express Chipset as the 2500k and the 2600k are CPUs that overclock to up to 5.0Ghz in many cases on Air cooled systems alone, making them a coved processor to the gamer who likes to tweak their system, their way.
Both memory and CPU advanced features will offer better and more flexible settings that take the unlocked 2nd Gen Core i5 and i7 CPUs to their maximum performance values. The Z68 Express takes the features of both the P67 and H67 chipsets and adds a new flexibility by the SRT Smart Response Technology that allows the combination of a standard HDD in RAID or standalone Mode and uses an SSD as a cache drive to give you almost SSD performance values using your old HDD and a 20GB SSD. Gigabyte has taken all the features and more as they have added future support for the all-new mSATA drives coming in quarter 2 of 2011, which is a little card that utilizes the PCIe bus instead of the standard SATA 3.0 connection for even faster read and write speeds using an SSD. This will be a very interesting little twist when this technology hits the shelves and I personally am a bit impatient and wish it was working here on launch day, but alas I must test the new X58X UD5-B3 with Intel’s latest and greatest next generation 311 series SSD. The new 311 series is made to take advantage of the new SRT option of the Z68 Express Chipset. Okay we have scratced the surface, let’s dig a bit deeper and see what all the fuss is all about, and if the X68X-UD5 lives up to all the hype.