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Z68XP-UD5 Firmware

Round-Up: Four Z68 Motherboards From $220 To $280

Many of Gigabyte’s competitors have disparaged the company’s use of a BIOS in an era of UEFI. But, at the same time, the only significant drawback we've seen associated with the older technology is complications with hard drives larger than 2 TB. We’re told that Windows 8 will make UEFI a more significant factor in motherboard selection, but that's still speculation until we see otherwise.

Gigabyte’s M.I.T. menu is little more than a placeholder for overclocking submenus, though repetitions from the power menu can help to simplify the overclocking process.

Advanced Frequency Settings include CPU and DRAM multipliers, plus base and graphics clocks. We used X.M.P. Profile 1 to test the board’s memory overclocking capability.

The Advanced Memory Settings menu includes redundant multiplier controls. Setting DRAM Timing Selectable to Quick allows both channels to be manually configured simultaneously.

Primary and secondary timings are easily adjusted from either or both of the Timing Settings submenus, depending on the DRAM Timing Selectable setting.

Graphics core and DRAM reference voltage are added to the traditional array of voltage settings. We achieved 1.35 V under full load by setting Multi-Steps Load-Line to Level 6.

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