Gigabyte Z68XP-UD4 Intel Z68 Motherboard Review

Specifications

CPU

  1. Support for Intel® Core™ i7 processors/Intel® Core™ i5 processors/ Intel® Core™ i3 processors/Intel® Pentium® processors/Intel® Celeron® processors in the LGA1155 package
  2. L3 cache varies with CPU

(Some Intel® Core™ processors require a graphic card, please refer “CPU support List” for more information.)

Chipset

  1. Intel® Z68 Express Chipset

Memory

  1. 4 x 1.5V DDR3 DIMM sockets supporting up to 32 GB of system memory
  2. * Due to Windows 32-bit operating system limitation, when more than 4 GB of physical memory is installed, the actual memory size displayed will be less than 4 GB.
  3. Dual channel memory architecture
  4. Support for DDR3 2133/1866/1600/1333/1066 MHz memory modules
  5. Support for non-ECC memory modules
  6. Support for Extreme Memory Profile (XMP) memory modules

(Please refer “Memory Support List” for more information.)

Onboard Graphics

Integrated Graphics Processor:

  1. 1 x HDMI port, supporting a maximum resolution of 1920×1200

Audio

  1. Realtek ALC889 codec
  2. High Definition Audio
  3. 2/4/5.1/7.1-channel
  4. Support for Dolby® Home Theater
  5. Support for S/PDIF Out

LAN

  1. 1 x Realtek RTL8111E chip (10/100/1000 Mbit)

Expansion Slots

  1. 1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x16 (PCIEX16)
  2. * For optimum performance, if only one PCI Express graphics card is to be installed, be sure to install it in the PCIEX16 slot.
  3. 1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x8 (PCIEX8)
  4. * The PCIEX8 slot shares bandwidth with the PCIEX16 slot. When the PCIEX8 slot is populated, the PCIEX16 slot will operate at up to x8 mode.
  5. (All PCI Express x16 slots conform to PCI Express 3.0 standard.)
  6. * To support PCI Express 3.0, you must install an Intel 22nm CPU.
  7. 2 x PCI Express x1 slots
  8. (All PCI Express slots conform to PCI Express 2.0 standard.)
  9. 2 x PCI slots

Multi-Graphics Technology

  1. Support for AMD CrossFireX™/NVIDIA SLI technology
  2. * The PCIEX16 slot operates at up to x8 mode when AMD CrossFireX™/NVIDIA SLI is enabled.

Storage Interface

Chipset:

  1. 2 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors (SATA3_0, SATA3_1) supporting up to 2 SATA 6Gb/s devices
  2. 4 x SATA 3Gb/s connectors (SATA2_2~SATA2_5) supporting up to 4 SATA 3Gb/s devices
  3. Support for RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, and RAID 10
  4. * When a RAID set is built across the SATA 6Gb/s and SATA 3Gb/s channels, the system performance of the RAID set may vary depending on the devices being connected.

2 x Marvell 88SE9172 chips:

  1. 2 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors (GSATA3_6, GSATA3_7) supporting up to 2 SATA 6Gb/s devices
  2. 2 x eSATA 6Gb/s connectors (including 1 eSATA/USB Combo connector) on the back panel supporting up to 2 SATA 6Gb/s devices
  3. Support for RAID 0 and RAID 1

USB

Chipset:

  1. Up to 14 USB 2.0/1.1 ports (8 ports on the back panel, including 1 eSATA/USB Combo connector, 6 ports available through the internal USB headers)

2 x Etron EJ168 chips:

  1. Up to 4 USB 3.0/2.0 ports (2 ports on the back panel, 2 ports available through the internal USB header)

IEEE 1394

VIA VT6308 chip:

  1. Up to 2 IEEE 1394a ports (1 port on the back panel, 1 port available through the internal IEEE 1394a header)

Internal I/O Connectors

  1. 1 x 24-pin ATX main power connector
  2. 1 x 8-pin ATX 12V power connector
  3. 4 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors
  4. 4 x SATA 3Gb/s connectors
  5. 1 x CPU fan header
  6. 2 x system fan headers
  7. 1 x power fan header
  8. 1 x front panel header
  9. 1 x front panel audio header
  10. 1 x S/PDIF Out header
  11. 3 x USB 2.0/1.1 headers
  12. 1 x USB 3.0/2.0 header
  13. 1 x serial port header
  14. 1 x IEEE 1394a header
  15. 1 x Trusted Platform Module (TPM) header
  16. 1 x clearing CMOS jumper

Back Panel Connectors

  1. 7 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports
  2. 1 x PS/2 keyboard/mouse port
  3. 1 x coaxial S/PDIF Out connector
  4. 1 x optical S/PDIF Out connector
  5. 1 x IEEE 1394 port
  6. 1 x eSATA/USB Combo connector
  7. 1 x eSATA 6Gb/s connector
  8. 2 x USB 3.0/2.0 ports
  9. 1 x HDMI port
  10. 1 x RJ-45 port
  11. 6 x audio jacks (Center/Subwoofer Speaker Out/Rear Speaker Out/Side Speaker Out/Line In/Line Out/Microphone)

I/O Controller

  1. iTE IT8728 chip

H/W Monitoring

  1. System voltage detection
  2. CPU/System temperature detection
  3. CPU/System/Power fan speed detection
  4. CPU overheating warning
  5. CPU/System/Power fan fail warning
  6. CPU/System fan speed control
  7. * Whether the CPU/system fan speed control function is supported will depend on the CPU/system cooler you install.

BIOS

  1. 2 x 32 Mbit flash
  2. Use of licensed AWARD BIOS
  3. Support for DualBIOS™
  4. PnP 1.0a, DMI 2.0, SM BIOS 2.4, ACPI 1.0b

Unique Features

  1. Support for @BIOS
  2. Support for Q-Flash
  3. Support for Xpress BIOS Rescue
  4. Support for Download Center
  5. Support for Xpress Install
  6. Support for Xpress Recovery2
  7. Support for EasyTune
  8. * Available functions in EasyTune may differ by motherboard model.
  9. Support for Dynamic Energy Saver™ 2
  10. Support for Smart 6™
  11. Support for Auto Green
  12. Support for eXtreme Hard Drive (X.H.D)
  13. Support for ON/OFF Charge
  14. Support for Cloud OC
  15. Support for 3TB+ Unlock
  16. Support for TouchBIOS
  17. Support for Q-Share

Bundle Software

  1. Norton Internet Security (OEM version)
  2. Intel® Smart Response Technology
  3. LucidLogix Virtu
  4. * Make sure the monitor cable has been connected to the integrated graphics port on the back panel.

Operating System

  1. Support for Microsoft® Windows® 7/Vista/XP

Form Factor

  1. ATX Form Factor; 30.5cm x 24.4cm

Remark

  1. Due to different Linux support condition provided by chipset vendors, please download Linux driver from chipset vendors’ website or 3rd party website.
  2. Most hardware/software vendors may no longer offer drivers to support Win9X/ME/2000/XP SP1/SP2. If drivers are available from the vendors, we will update them on the GIGABYTE website.

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