Introduction to the Gigabyte Z68XP-UD5 Socket 1155 Motherboard
Gigabyte is arguably one of the most visible motherboard manufacturers in the overclocking community. If you are doubtful of this, we encourage you to look around at some of the larger forums on the internet. Chances are you will find many posts featuring Gigabyte motherboards with UD5/7 in the model name. As of late Gigabyte have also been getting a lot of press on the X58A-OC, with many websites labeling it as the best X58 overclocking motherboard currently available. Our next Gigabyte product on our bench is also aimed at overclocking, CPU and GPU wise. But unlike the X58A-OC, for this good time you will not have to pay $500 in order to own it.
The Z68XP-UD5 is obviously based on Intel’s Z68 chipset and is designed to take your Sandy Bridge processor to the next level. Designed with Intel’s own iGPU, the user can overclock it as well as the CPU. Gigabyte upgraded the Z68XP-UD5 to include an HDMI connection, something the original Z68X-UD5 did not have. These few features along with Gigabyte’s transition to an all-black PCB, along with the SLI and CrossFire, support the new and improved Z68XP-UD5 looks to be a winner.
Gigabyte’s take on the Z68XP-UD5
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.