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    Default Gigabyte motherboard decision, best suited for overclocking, Purchase reccomendations please.

    Hi all.

    Just about ready to upgrade my full system.

    I am currently in a dilema for which mobo to buy.

    I have narrowed my choices down to 3. Starting out I was looking into an asus z68 deluxe but decided the extra cash just isn't worth it and since I have had no problems from my beloved gaep45 ud3p rev 1.1 I shall once again delve into the world of gigabyte.

    I am aware that the z68 chipset supports onboard video but naturally will have a dedicated video card.

    My question here is what would suit my needs better? and in this order they are.
    1. Need to have solid overclocking ability. Such as the 16 phase power design of the Z68 UD4-B3
    2. Completely Compatle with IVY BRIDGE (I can't recall where but have read not all z68 chipset configurations will work!)
    3. Prefer to have compatible PCI-E 3.0 gen support ( the real support )

    When the price difference is nominal what would be the better buy?
    Gigabyte motherboard decision,  best suited for overclocking, Purchase reccomendations please.-mobo-choice-jpg

    Z68 UD4-B3.
    Z68 UD4.
    Z68 UD3P. 15-20 euro cheaper

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    Default Re: Gigabyte motherboard decision, best suited for overclocking, Purchase reccomendations please.

    personally i would wait a while,im not 100% sure bout the ivy bridge and pcie-3 support, i know asus has the z68 v pro/gen3 board which does support one pci-e3 card and ivy bridge so maybe gigabyte will be releasing new z68 boards that support those?

    EDIT : i think the gigabyte will support one card @pci-e3 as long as you have an ivy bridge chip,but its best to email them directly and make sure
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    Default Re: Gigabyte motherboard decision, best suited for overclocking, Purchase reccomendations please.

    I'm waiting to see what added features and/or performance improvements are offered with the Ivy Bridge motherboards.
    Check out G1.Sniper 2, post #12 where I show an example of some of the restrictions that apply to the current Z68 motherboards. I'm hoping that the Z77 Ivy Bridge motherboards will provide more sataIII Intel ports so that the Marvel sataIII ports can be avoided. USB 3.0 support is another thing to consider.

    Ivy Bridge "compatibility" is fine as far as it goes, but I'm a bit leery as to what this really means. Check out the OEM web pages for each motherboard to see what restrictions apply to each motherboard that you're considering. Download the mobo user manual to confirm what limitations and/or restrictions apply to each motherboard. Hopefully the early bios versions with the Ivy Bridge motherboards will OK because they will be similar to the current Z68 boards.

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    Default Re: Gigabyte motherboard decision, best suited for overclocking, Purchase reccomendations please.

    Thanks Prof Jim.

    My understanding is that PCI-E gen 3 is supported only on the Z68 UD4 rev1.3 not the Z68 UD4-B3
    Also,. next gen IVY Bridge boards (z77) will in fact (from what I've read elsewhere) support more native USb 3.0 and SataIII.

    Thing is I can't establish if the new z77 boards will be backwards compatible with Intels I5 2500k CPU. My concern here is whether the price point for the new 1155 socket IVY BRIDGE Cpu is going to be to high for me.

    So If we were to say that two external USB 3 ports along with 2 native sata 3 ports were enough. Would I still wait?
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    Default Re: Gigabyte motherboard decision, best suited for overclocking, Purchase reccomendations please.

    Currently reviewing asus boards.

    Can I say that here???
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    Default Re: Gigabyte motherboard decision, best suited for overclocking, Purchase reccomendations please.

    Good question.
    All we have right now is speculation, and the Ivy Bridge release will probably be around the end of March or early April.
    The advantage to waiting for an Ivy Bridge motherboard is that you could later upgrade your cpu to Ivy Bridge and be guaranteed that the new cpu will be fully supported.

    An Ivy Bridge cpu will be "compatible" with some Sandy Bridge motherboards, but we won't know for sure if a Sandy Bridge cpu is 100% supported and functional with the Z77 or Z75 Panther Point chipsets until one of the major review sites performs this test.
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    Default Re: Gigabyte motherboard decision, best suited for overclocking, Purchase reccomendations please.

    No problem mentioning a different brand, the goal of the forum is to share information in a constructive manner.

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    Default Re: Gigabyte motherboard decision, best suited for overclocking, Purchase reccomendations please.

    Hmm interesting,

    I'm finding myself over budget right now (will spare the details as I'm working with the euro)
    and after reviewing the asus line up (which support 22nm cpu's ; IvyBridge) as well as offering 3 models all fullfilling my prerequistes.
    I find myself in an awkward position.

    I am seriously concerned with gigabytes 16 phase power design compared with Asus. I want/need as much beneficial stability from overclocking that I can get. The sole purpose of this motherboard decision is now revolving around stability and length of lifetime.

    So:

    1. Quality board for stable (4.5 -5Ghz overclock on I5 2500k).
    2. Support for 22nm process (Ivy Bridge).
    3. As much "headroom" around CPU socket and ram for an aftermarket cooler.
    4. Onboard Video jack (HDMI will suffice) for use of Pc whilst GPU is removed/uninstalled.
    5. Decent Stable Bios platform.

    Asus line up:

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    Z68 Deluxe comes in around 220 euro
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    Default Re: Gigabyte motherboard decision, best suited for overclocking, Purchase reccomendations please.

    I just PM'd Mr.Tweak and suggested that the TweakTown writers perform compatibility 2-way tests when the Ivy Bridge boards and processors are available for testing; IB cpu with Z68 motherboard and SB cpu with IB motherboard tests.
    Time to hurry up and wait

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    Default Re: Gigabyte motherboard decision, best suited for overclocking, Purchase reccomendations please.

    Thought I'd pop this link in that provides an insight to differences in mainboards.
    Interestingly not much is sacrificed from V Pro gen 3 all the way down to the V gen 3
    The Best Z68 Motherboard - Which One Is Best For You?

    The only real sacrifice for (me) is the extra 2x sata3gb's on the marvel chip. (Not many people like those marvel chips)-in raid that is
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