Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3 Motherboard Review

The Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3 is a mid-range motherboard based on the latest Z68 Intel chipset. The Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3 was eagerly anticapted by the Random Reviews. We heard many good things about this motherboard and were all excited by the many onboard features all of which came at an extremely good price point.

We were not disappoint when we received the GA-Z68XP-UD3. It came as described with motherboard, 4 sata cables, sli-bridge, motherboard back-plate and the usual manuals/warranty documents.

We quickly went ahead and started assembly our newest motherboard, with an Intel  i7 2600K CPU, 16GB Kingston HyperX 1600mhz DDR3, an older graphics card (GTX 260) – since we don’t use this machine for gaming, followed by 5 hard drives and one optical drive.

Everything ran well and smoothly. We installed Windows 7 64bit, no dramas. Temperatures were low (~33°C) and stable.  Then after windows had finished installing, we found that the system kept restarting every 10mins. It was at about this point that we started getting worried. So we quickly checked in bios and found the computer was set to over-clock, straight out of the box! The 3.4Ghz Intel i2600K  was running at 3.7ghz, non boosted and on boost jumped up a lot higher! We had not touched any of the bios settings and were extremely surprised to see this.

We then started searching through discussion forums and found that many people had problems with Gigabyte motherboards, in particular the P67 chipset boards. They would restart unexpectedly, do boot cycles (non-stop booting) etc.. Which naturally got the team worried. We then tried a few things and nothing. 5 Days later, we had all given up and it was being packed to be returned to the computer shop it was bought from.

Here the news gets more exciting! The computer shop would not take our motherboard back, stating that there was one bent pin and one slightly bend pin on the motherboard socket, which was not present when we checked (suspicious..hmm). With this, they would not accept a return on the motherboard, but only a RMA, which meant we are stuck with this motherboard, that did not work and gave us headaches and nightmares for nearly 5days. We are awaiting to hear back from the computer shop regarding if this is going to be fixed or not. They mentioned that if it is fixed, they won’t take it back, but if it is replaced, they will refund us our money.

This whole process has been very frustrating to the Random Reviews Team. We had to deal with the computer shop (PLE Computers) who were very rude and having tried Gigabyte after such a long time, we were left overall very disappointed.

After dropping off the Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3 for RMA, we promptly bought a ASUS P8Z68-V PRO motherboard. You can see the review for this motherboard here.

*Note* – About PLE Computers, we have nothing against them, we have bought tens of thousands of dollars worth of computer parts from them and we love their prices and sales service. But after going to their service department for the first time in nearly 10+years, we have to say, a companies true colours sometimes shows through  their service department and we were well and truly disappointed. We later went again to return another item and had no dramas, but the first impressions on service has made a big enough negative impression for the whole team and will be remembered for many more years to come.

– Random Reviews Team –

RELATED REVIEWS:
– Intel Core i7 2600K Review
– Asus P8Z68-V PRO Motherboard Review
– Kingston Hyper X 8GB 1600mhz DDR3 Review
– Corsair HX1050 – 1050W PSU Review

*UPDATE* – We received our money back from the online store, PLE Computers. The motherboard was replaced and hence they refunded our money. Overall not a pleasant experience. We can’t fault Gigabyte, they replaced the motherboard and PLE held up their end of the bargain. All we can say is that we got a lemon of a motherboard, which has unfortunately left a sour taste in our memories when thinking about Gigabyte motherboards.

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