Gigabyte Z68X-UD3H-B3 review

Z68 motherboards don't come much more attractive

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Compared to the older P67 chipset there's not a lot to distinguish Gigabyte's Z68X-UD3H-B3 in terms of raw performance. It's the extra features such as Lucid's Virtu and Intel's Smart Response Technology that make it the more futureproof platform.

Video encoding

Cyberlink MediaEspresso (1080p clip with QuickSync) - Time: quicker is better

Gigabyte Z68X-UD3H-B3: 18secs
ASUS P8P67Pro: 90secs

X264 V3 (no QuickSync) - Frames per second: higher is better

Gigabyte Z68X-UD3H-B3: 32.5fps
ASUS P8P67Pro: 36.0fps


Overall platform performance

PCMark Vantage - Index score: higher is better

Gigabyte Z68X-UD3H-B3: 10967
ASUS P8P67Pro: 11362


1080p gaming performance

Just Cause 2 (high) - Frames per second: higher is better

Gigabyte Z68X-UD3H-B3: 54.87FPS
ASUS P8P67Pro: 54.92FPS


Tech Specs

Product TypeDesktop Motherboard
Chipset ManufacturerIntel
Chipset ModelZ68(B3) Express
Multi GPU SupportedSLI, CrossFireX
Onboard VideoCPU Dependent Video
Number of PCI Express x16 Slots1
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Processor SocketSocket H2 LGA-1155
Brand NameGigabyte
Form FactorATX
Processor SupportedCore i5, Core i7, Core i3, Pentium Dual-core, Celeron
Total Processor Supported1
Maximum Memory32 GB
64-bit ProcessingYes
Number of Memory Slots4
Number of PCI Slots2
Audio Channels7.1
Gigabit EthernetYes
Number of SATA Interfaces5
RAID SupportedYes
Number of Total Expansion Slots7
Number of Network (RJ-45) Ports1
Network (RJ-45)Yes
Total Number of USB Ports6
Number of USB 3.0 Ports2
Total Number of FireWire/i.LINK Ports1
PS/2 PortYes
Number of PS/2 Ports1
Total Number of Onboard USB Ports10
Number of Onboard USB 2.0 Ports8
Total Number of Onboard FireWire/i.LINK Ports1
PCI Express StandardPCI Express 2.0
Total Number of PCI Express Slots5
Memory Form FactorDIMM
Number of eSATA Ports1
Processor TechnologyEnhanced SpeedStep Technology, Turbo Boost Technology
Width305 mm
Depth244 mm
ManufacturerGIGABYTE Technology, Inc
Product ModelGA-Z68X-UD3H-B3
Product NameUltra Durable 3 GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 Desktop Motherboard
Product LineUltra Durable 3
Controller TypeSerial ATA/300, Serial ATA/600
Manufacturer Part NumberGA-Z68X-UD3H-B3
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Combining the advantages of the Intel P67 and H67 platforms in one complete package, the GIGABYTE Z68 series offer the best of both worlds; users can take advantage of the system tuning and overclocking features found in the Intel P67 platform as well as the built-in visual features of the H67 platforms when combined with 2nd generation Intel Core processors.

Package Contents
  • Ultra Durable 3 GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 Desktop Motherboard
  • Motherboard Driver Disk
  • User's Manual
  • Quick Installation Guide
  • 4 x SATA Cables
  • I/O Shield
  • 1 x 2-Way SLI Bridge Connector
Limited Warranty3 Year