There has been some "concern" from Gigabytes competitors that the company wasnt going to offer any Z68 motherboards with display connectivity, in fact, some of its competitors have been so "concerned" that theyve sent out material stating this to media in certain parts of the world. Well, it turns out that it couldnt be further from the truth and yesterday you saw the GA-Z68MX-UD2H-B3 and today we have a few hands on pictures of the GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 for your ogling pleasure.
In fact, we were told by Gigabyte that theyre confident to grab something close to 80 percent of the Z68 motherboard market at launch, with or without having display connectivity on its boards. Thats a pretty bold figure, although considering that Gigabyte has already unveiled it will have no less than 11 different boards to choose from once the Z68 chipset launches. On the other hand, Gigabyte isnt exactly going to be the only company launching boards this week, so itll be interesting to hear if the company manages to reach its goal in the end or not.
But enough talk about market share, lets take a look at the board. The Z68X-UD3H is Gigabytes only full ATX board with display connectivity at launch as far as were aware, with the more affordable Z68A-D3H set to follow somewhat later down the line. Its a fairly feature rich board and we cant see too many users complaining about whats on offer. The slot layout is pretty standard with two x16 PCI Express slots that operate in dual x8 mode when both are in use, three x1 PCI Express slots and two PCI slots.
There are headers for two USB 3.0 ports (via an Etron controller), eight USB 2.0 ports, a FireWire port and a serial port. Gigabyte has added a pair of extra SATA 6Gbps ports to the board, although you only get seven ports in total, as one of the Intel SATA 3Gbps ports have been used as an eSATA port. The VRM design is of a 6+1 type and were not sold on the heatsink which is held in place by two push-pins, but thats really a minor issue.
Around the back we have four USB 2.0 ports, a PS/2 port, two USB 3.0 ports, a FireWire port, the aforementioned eSATA port, a Gigabit Ethernet port, 7.1-channel audio with optical S/PDIF out and a full set of display connectors which includes D-Sub, DVI, HDMI and DisplayPort.
On the downside this isnt going to be a super cheap board as weve found it listed online already for US$179 (S$221). The Z68A-D3H is a fair bit cheaper at around US$138 (S$170); although we still dont know what features Gigabyte has dropped apart from using a standard PCB (read less copper per layer). On a side note we also spotted pricing for the Z68MA-D2H, Gigabytes budget mATX Z68 board which was listed for US$131 (S$162).