Intel Z68 Chipset Launch Gigabyte Z68X-UD7-B3 and Asus P8Z68-V Pro Review
Intel Z68 Express Chipset Launch Review
featuring ASUS P8Z68-V Pro Motherboard
Gigabyte Z68X-UD7-B3 Motherboard and
Intel SSD Larson Creek 20GB
It is probably fair to say that Intel have had a tough time with their H67 and P67 chipsets since launch. The SATA issue which caused a recall of all products shortly after launch has only in the last month or been resolved fully with the arrival of B3 revision boards on retail shelves (and eShelves). That may have led some to believe that it would be some time before we saw any refresh or update to the socket 1155 platforms chipsets however that isn’t the case.
Today we have the launch of Intel’s new socket 1155 chipset, the Z68, which brings with it a plethora of new motherboards. On our test bench we have two separate approaches; the first is Gigabyte’s enthusiast Z68X-UD7-B3 and the second, the ASUS P8Z68-V Pro which is aimed at mainstream consumers. Let’s find out how they compete against the P67 and 890FX… especially when combined with Intel’s new Larson Creek SSD and Smart Response Technology.
Last month Intel launched their Z97 chipset, essentially an evolution of Z87, which in many cases brought new features such as SATA Express and M.2 compatibility to the mainstream desktop market. There was of course no new CPU at that time with the existing socket 1150 processors working without issue in the new boards. Since then though Intel launched (along with some lower spec models) the Core i7-4790K, a model which sits at the top of their mainstream platform. Today we see how it compares to various other models when installed on Gigabytes Z97X Gaming 5 and paired with PowerColors new dual core 290X Devil 13.
Gigabyte Z97X-Gaming G1 WiFi-BK vs. MSI Z97 Gaming 5 vs Asus Maximus VII Hero
It is probably fair to say that Intel don't stealth launch their products... sure they have NDAs but by the time those expire we know pretty much everything about a new product. Part of this is of their own...