Gigabyte Z68XP-UD4 Intel Z68 Motherboard Review

Overclocking
There are a few different ways you can overclock your system with the tools Gigabyte provides.  The easiest way is with the EasyTune 6 software.  It gives you 3 pre-defined Quick Boost overclocks.  For our processor the Core i5-2500K they are 3.60GHz, 3.80GHz, and 4.10GHz.

Gigabyte Z68XP-UD4 Intel Z68 Motherboard

You can also use the Touch BIOS to easily change the BIOS settings for an easy overclock.  Being that I like doing everything in the BIOS I opted to do all over my overclocking there.  Overclocking on Intel’s second generation processors is really easy.  First I went ahead and changed the multiplier to 40 to get the CPU up to 4.0GHz.  That was simple and a ran a stability test to see if the system was stable.  From there I kept on moving up at 100MHz intervals until the system would not boot.  I was able to get all the way up to 4.7GHz before the system would not boot.  This was without any voltage adjustments.  I went into the voltage settings and I bumped the CPU voltage up and just like that the system would not accept my BIOS settings and would always go back to the stock settings.  It did this if I changed any of the voltage settings for the CPU.  It was very annoying and I could not explain why I was doing this.

Going back to our 4.7GHz overclock it was not very stable so I started going down 100MHz intervals to find the best stable overclock.  It ended up being 4.4GHz, which was a little disappointing.

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