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Gigabyte currently offers thirteen motherboards based on the Intel’s latest Ivy Bridge chipset. Ranging from the GA-Z77-D3 to the new G1.Sniper 3. Offering features ranging from firewire to Wi-Fi. The Z77X-UD3H offers much of the features of the higher end boards but at a great $160 price point. Crossfire, SLI, four DIMM slots, SATA III and USB 3.0 are just a few of the options this new board has. But we want to know is overclocking an invisible no added cost to manufacturing feature of this board? Hmmmmm, we will find out.
Asrock wants to remain in the mouths of buyers after the successful release of the X79 Extreme9. And in order to do you they would have to put out another great board. And we do believe they have done so with the upcoming Z77 Extreme6. Looking at it for the first time all I could think about was the X79. A awesome looking motherboard with features galore. But with all the new motherboards being released is this a keeper? We will see.
The X79 Extreme9 shares the spotlight with the newly released X79 Professional which is under the Fatal1ty line. The Extreme9 has the features and options that the hard-core overclocker and enthusiast will look for in a new board to play around with. It begins with the 16+2 power phase configuration along with high-end caps and full featured AXTU overclocking software. But the overclocker isn’t the only people Asrock is aiming the Extreme9 at. There are the gamers as well. But what is it in for them? Read on and find out.
For the gamer there is the great G1.Assassin2, for the bencher there is the X79-UD7 and for the enthusiast there is the X79-UD5. But for those that are a little bit more budget minded there is the X79-U3. At about $260, the UD3 has quite a bit of wanted features like SLI/X-Fire support, high quality components and decent overclocking abilities. Just what one would want without having to broke the bank.
The Rampage III Black Edition offers more than what would normally come with a motherboard. First, there is the ThunderBolt add-in card that gives the user the Killer E2100 chipset as well as outstanding Xonar audio with headphone amp. Is that alone enough to charge the heavy price tag the motherboard caries? OK, what if we told you the motherboard supports four GPUs, out-of-this-world overclocking capability; as well as BlueTooth, Wi-Fi, and ways to enable or disable PCIe slots in real-time to do things like graphics hot-swapping? Well then, if that still didn't manage to impress you then read on and find out what else this motherboard has to offer.
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.
Today, we will take on the Sapphire Pure Platinum H67. Yes, Sapphire is making motherboards again. If you weren't aware of this, then we suggest taking a look at our exclusive on their P67 offering here. Getting back to the matter at hand, the Pure Platinum H67 takes advantage of everything the H67 chipset has to offer like SATA III, PCIe 2.0, built-in graphics and support for the Sandy Bridge processor. Sapphire is entering every phase of motherboard manufacturing, but lets see if the Pure Platinum H67 is worthy of your dollar bills.