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Gigabyte GA-Z68MX-UD2H-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard


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  • CPU: Intel Core i7/i5/i3 processors, Intel Pentium processors, Intel Celeron processors in the LGA1155 package
  • Memory: 4 x 1.5V DDR3 DIMM sockets supporting up to 32 GB of system memory, Dual channel memory architecture
  • Audio: Realtek ALC889 codec, High Definition Audio, 2/4/5.1/7.1-channel, Support for Dolby Home Theater
  • Expansion Slots: 1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x16. 1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x8
  • Storage Interface: Chipset: 2 x SATA 6Gb/s, 3 x SATA 3Gb/s, 1 x eSATA 3Gb/s on the back panel
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 27.9 x 27.9 x 7.6 cm ; 1.3 Kg
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 Kg
  • Item model number: GA-Z68MX-UD2H-B3
  • ASIN: B005484N9W
  • Date first available at Amazon.ca: Sept. 20 2011
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #136,008 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
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Product Description

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Supports for LGA1155 2nd Generation Intel Core Processors/Supports Virtu GPU virtualization software for extreme display/Touch BIOS delivers No Need for Reboot to more easily modify BIOS settings/4X performance boost with the Intel Smart Response Technology/Ultra Durable 3 technology with 2oz copper PCB design/Supports USB 3.0 with superfast transfer rates of up to 5 Gbps/High speed SATA3 storage interface with superfast 6Gbps link speed/GIGABYTE 3x USB Power with On/Off Charge USB ports/SLI and CrossFireX multi-graphics support for ultimate graphics performance/Hybrid EFI technology with DualBIOS for 3TB HDD support/HDMI/ DVI/ DisplayPort interface for smoother HD video playback/Enhanced Intel HD Graphics 2000/3000 integrated with the processor/XHD technology accelerating hard drive performance with ease.

From the Manufacturer

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® CoreeTM processors.

Key Feature

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  • Supports for LGA1155 2nd Generation Intel® CoreTM Processors
  • Supports VirtuTMGPU virtualization software for extreme display
  • Touch BIOSTM delivers No Need for Reboot to more easily modify BIOS settings
  • 4X performance boost with the Intel® Smart Response Technology
  • Ultra Durable 3 Technology with copper cooled quality for lower working temperature
  • Supports USB 3.0 with superfast transfer rates of up to 5 Gbps
  • GIGABYTE 3x USB Power with On/Off Charge USB ports
  • High speed SATA3 storage interface with superfast 6Gbps link speed
  • SLI and CrossFireX multi-graphics support for ultimate graphics performance
  • Hybrid EFI technology with DualBIOS for 3TB HDD support
  • HDMI/ DVI/ DisplayPort interface for smoother HD video playback
  • Enhanced Intel HD Graphics 2000/3000 integrated with the processor
  • XHD technology accelerating hard drive performance with ease



Overview


GIGABYTE Touch BIOSTM (Patent Pending)
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An Innovative New Way to Modify BIOS Settings


Navigating through the BIOS to change system settings can be a daunting task for users not familiar with control "F" functions and mouse-less navigation. While some EFI BIOS try to address this with a mouse friendly environment, many implementations still lack a certain ease-of-use necessary for most people. With GIGABYTE Touch BIOSTM, GIGABYTE engineers have completely re-imagined how users can interact with their BIOS, allowing for a more intuitive user experience. In fact, with a touch screen monitor, GIGABYTE Touch BIOSTM is as easy to use as most apps on your iPhone.



Supports Intel® Smart Response Technology
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Faster than HDD-only system


GIGABYTE Z68 series motherboards are equipped with the much anticipated Intel® Smart Response Technology, allowing users to experience system performance similar to SSD only systems. Intel® Smart Response technology works by using intelligent block-based caching of frequently used applications to improve system performance and responsiveness. In fact, GIGABYTE Z68 motherboards with Intel® Smart Response Technology are able to outperform hybrid drive systems by more than 2X (PC Mark Vantage) and HDD-only systems by as much as 4X (PC Mark Vantage).



Built-in Visuals
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Built-in Visuals GIGABYTE Z68 motherboards offer support for several 2nd generation Intel® CoreTM Built-in Visual Features.

Intel® Quick Sync Video

Up to 2X faster media processing than any other solution for incredibly fast conversion of video files for portable media players or online sharing.


Intel® InTruTM 3D

Users can enjoy the ultimate 3D visual experiences–seamlessly–from their PC. Now you they can watch their favorite 3D movies with Blu-ray Stereo 3D playback using active shutter 3D glasses. It delivers it all in 1080p full, high-definition resolution on the TV over HDMI 1.4.

Intel® Insider
Allows users to view premium 1080p HD content on their GIGABYTE Z68 series system.



Switchable Graphics with LucidLogix Virtu GPU Virtualization

GIGABYTE Z68 motherboards are enabled with LucidLogix Virtu GPU Virtualization technology which allows users to dynamically switch between their built-in graphics and their high-end, 3D discrete graphics cards. This is ideal for gamers who require high-resolution gaming and still want to enjoy the built-in media features of 2nd generation Intel® CoreTM processors. In so doing, switchable graphics helps to dramatically reduce PC graphics power consumption.



DualBIOSTM 3TB+ HDD Support (Hybrid EFI Technology)
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Hybrid EFI Technology combines the benefits of GIGABYTE's mature BIOS platform including stability and compatibility with 3rd party products with 3TB+ HDD support from EFI technology, allowing GIGABYTE to offer the best of both worlds through a quick and easy BIOS update using GIGABYTE's @BIOS utility that is freely available from the GIGABYTE website.
GIGABYTE DualBIOSTM is a patented technology that automatically recovers BIOS data when the main BIOS has crashed or failed. Featuring 2 physical BIOS ROMs integrated onboard, GIGABYTE DualBIOSTM allows quick and seamless recovery from BIOS damage or failure due to viruses or improper BIOS updating. In addition, GIGABYTE DualBIOSTM now supports 3TB+ (terabyte) hard drive booting without the need for partitioning, and enables more data storage on a single hard drive.

HDMITM / DVI / Display Port Support
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HDMITM-The Next Generation Multimedia Interface

HDMITM is a High-Definition Multimedia Interface which provides up to 5Gb/s video transmitting bandwidth and 8-channel high quality audio all through a single cable. Able to transmit superior, uncompressed digital video and audio, HDMITM ensures the crispest rendering of digital content up to 1080p without the quality losses associated with analog interfaces and their digital-to-analog conversion. In addition, HDMITM is compatible with HDCP (High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection), allowing the playback of Blu-ray/HD DVD and other protected media content.


DVI Support

DVI (Digital Visual Interface) is a video interface standard designed for carrying uncompressed digital video data and to maximize the visual quality of digital display devices, such as LCD monitors, digital projectors, and so on. In addition, the DVI interface is compatible with HDCP (High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection).

Display Port Support
Selected GIGABYTE motherboards feature DisplayPort, a next generation graphics display interface that delivers up to 10.8 Gbps of bandwidth over standard cables, providing billions of colors with the fastest refresh rates and the greatest color depths.




Specifications

Model: GA-Z68MX-UD2H-B3
CPU Support 2nd Generation Intel Core Processors
CPU Socket LGA1155
DMI 20Gb/s
Chipset Intel Z68 chipset
Onboard Graphics Intel HD Graphics
Graphics Interface 1*PCI-E 2.0x16 slot(2 PCIEx8)
Memory Type Dual Channel DDR3 2200+/1333/1066 MHz
Memory DIMM 4*DDR3(Max 32GB)
Expansion Slots 1*PCI-Ex4+1*PCI-Ex1
ATA connector 2*SATA 6Gb/s+5*SATA 3Gb/s+1*eSATA
ASTA RAID RAID 0,1,5,10
USB 4*USB3.0+14*USB2.0
Audio 8-channel HD
1394 / LAN - / GbE LAN
Features & Software Touch BIOS, Smart Response,Lucid Virtu, On/Off Charge,Ultra Durable 3, Smart6, SLI+CrossFireX, DualBIOS 3TB+ HDD Support, HDMI, DVI, Display port, RGB, Turbo USB3, Turbo XHD, Hotkey OC, Cloud OC, Dolby Home Theater,ErP Ready
Form Factor mATX (244x244)
*The specification and pictures are subject to change without notice.

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Amazon.com: 12 reviews
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Great product July 22 2011
By Randy Meyer - Published on Amazon.com
Verified Purchase
I was using the GA-H55M-USB3 version MotherBoard with a Core i7-860 just before this. I installed this MB with the Core i7-2600k and it just rocks.

One thing to note, the SATA ports are at an angle. If you have a small case you'll need to watch out for that. I am also using a Cooler Master 212 cpu cooler with a Noise Blocker 120mm Cpu cooling fan. I have one for a case fan as well and I can't ever hear the thing even when rendering in Premier Pro. This combination is unbeatable for the price.

I have Virtual Box and VMware Player installed with WHS 2011 and several other virtual machines and they run just as fast as a native install on any machine I have ever had.

I am also using it as a Hackintosh with Lion Server. Works great!

I would highly recommend this product to anyone I know. No installation problems whatsoever with Windows 7 64 bit.

It runs cool and blazing fast, nothing even makes it burp. Get one, you won't have any regrets.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Great Micro ATX board with perfect Mac OSX compatibility Sept. 7 2011
By Jonathan - Published on Amazon.com
Verified Purchase
Okay, first off, I bought this motherboard knowing it would work perfect with a "hackintosh" system aka run Mac OSX Lion/SL on it and pretty much get out of box support.
My rig:
GA-Z68MX-UD2H-B3
Intel i5-2500k
nvidia GTX 570 ECS
8gb g. skill 1600
Lian Li v354 mico ATX case
Antec 620 h20 cpu cooler
OCZ 700w modXstream PSU

I think those are the basics. Anyway, only had to mod a few files for the GTX 570 to work (up to AMD 6870 will work without hassle). The mobo has some good overclocking tools, I just did a very basic OC to the 2500k by upping the multiplier to 4.2Ghz and the vcore to 1.32 and that's all ya need to do to get good OC out the CPU/mobo. Anyway, solid board, made of military grade stuff.

Comes with 4 SATA cables I think, two are right angled and 2 are straight through, really nice for the options. This board has a ton of options, but like I said I was most concerned about full compatibility with Mac OSX and I dual boot into Windows to game as well.

Only complaint is the CMOS battery is in between the main PCI-e 16x slot so when I screwed up some overclock setting when I was first doing it, I had to reset cmos but i was basically under my huge GPU so I had to remove that to remove the battery to reset CMOS.

But great board, no complaints everything is fairly standard fair on it. Also if you want to SLI/cross fire note that is it the top PCI-e slot and the bottom PCI-e slot that will do 8x and not the middle one, that one is 4x.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Don't order Gigabyte if you hate downtime. Sept. 27 2011
By osx86lover - Published on Amazon.com
Verified Purchase
I received this board last week and installed it, configured it, and after a little trial and error had OSX Lion and Windows 7 x64 running side by side. It worked fine for a few days, and then suddenly when I went to turn the computer on one day, it was stuck in an endless boot loop. Well I googled around and found that Gigabyte boards are notorious for this failure, and it's been rampant for several years!

Well that's not THAT big of a deal; I'll just call tech support right? WRONG! There IS no tech support number! You have to log on to their website and play 20 emails with someone in order to get an answer, and they take HOURS to respond. I sent an email 2 days ago tell the person what happened and I told them that I unplugged everything and removed all but one stick of ram and rebooted, and even tried clearing the CMOS, and it still is stuck in an endless boot, and what does he tell me to do? put it on a piece of cardboard and do everything I'd already done. I'm STILL waiting for a follow up. So yesterday I got tired of waiting and assumed that I'm going to get an RMA anyway, so I filled out an RMA request form. Today I get an email that it's being reviewed and I should here back in TWO DAYS!

So at this point, I've had a broken board longer than I've had a healthy one, and I have a feeling I won't be back on my computer by mid october. I thought that Gigabyte was one of the better made companies, but this customer service is HORRENDOUS! It's not like a bought a cheap board! I give them 3 stars only because when the board DID work, it did so well and it suited my needs for a reasonable price. Now I think I'm going to find an ASUS board that is DSDT compatible.

-UPDATE- They actually DO have a tech support at their main number een though the manual says they don't, and the guy was very helpful. After determining that it was either my board or CPU, he told me to contact Amazon and they would replace it. I hope my new board doesn't have this problem.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Perfect for Hackintosh! March 6 2012
By Ciaran - Published on Amazon.com
Verified Purchase
I purchased this motherboard for a OSX Lion/Windows 7 dual boot and so far I have been VERY happy!

At first, I thought all was lost when I put in my i7 and 16GB of RAM and it was cycling the boot process incessantly. A quick call to Gigabyte (FAST to answer customer service calls) and I reset the CMOS and we were good to go! I set the memory profile to 1600mhz and the bios to AHCI and I had nothing else to set up!

Contents
Inside the box was motherboard, manuals, SATA cables including eSATA and of course the I/O shield.

Overclocking
It has enough OC options to satisfy most moderate users like myself. A quick adjustment and I had a .7ghz increase on air with my i7!

Hackintosh
One of the more popular hackintosh websites has a DSDT (motherboard driver basically) for this board, and it took me all of 10 minutes to research and download everything I needed to install OSX lion from the retail USB. Feel free to contact me via the comments for easy instructions on how to build a Mac with this board, or head over to whatthetech.info for a tutorial!

Overall
Gigabyte gets a bad rep for their boards some time, but I have never had an issue nor a need to RMA. Their boards are stable, without too many problems, and they are always coming out with BIOS updates, which shows their dedication not only to R&D, but to current line development too!

Highly recommended! 5/5!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
beware of ETRON USB 3.0 chip on this motherboard Feb. 7 2012
By Handyman - Published on Amazon.com
Verified Purchase
I purchased 4 of SIIG's USB 3.0 HUB with card reader and none worked with this gigabyte motherboard, so I decided to dig a little deeper and what a surprise !! It turns out the problem lies with the ETRON USB 3.0 controller chip used on many of the motherboards (regardless of nama brands)

A quick google serach on the Asus, Gigabyte, Asrock motherboard forum shows many users having compatibility issues with this specific ETRON chip and I can testify to that problem myself.

I tried Patriot USB 3.0 flash drives, SIIG USB 3.0 Hubs and Eagle Tech external USB 3.0 hard drives. NONE worked reliably on this motherboard'd usb 3.0 port !! It is a shame Gigabyte chose to go with this inmature ETRON USB 3.0 chip because all other aspects of this motherboard are excellent. As of this writing, etron only offers driver update version 1.05 but it is still plagued with stability issues. All the usb 3.0 products I tried will get detected like only 10% of the time, the other 90% of the time they simply show up as a yellow exclamation mark under Window's device manager and are not usable. When they do get detected, they will quit working after I copied 2GB or so of data. My gosh, i have never seen such a unstable USB 3.0 chip before. My other gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD5 motherboard uses the more mature NEC/RENESSA usb 3.0 chip and has no such problems.

All other aspects of this motherboard has been working great. Its just the USB 3.0 port that really let me down.
Hope you all amazonians find this review useful. Don't get stuck with this poorly designed etron usb 3.0 chip. You might want to consider other motherboards that incorporate the more mature USB 3.0 controller chip by NEC/Renessa or buy a separate USB 3.0 card.

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