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This has actually been a really nice board to work with. It’s true that this board doesn’t have a UEFI BIOS with a graphical user interface, but I kind of prefer the legacy BIOS platform because it’s what I’m used to. For those that really want that feature this probably isn’t going to be the board for you.
With Intel’s new Ivy Bridge processors about to come out, there are bound to be those that are looking for the right motherboard to upgrade to. One of the reasons that I would recommend this board is that it has some really nice features that you would normally have to purchase separately. To have enthusiast level audio and LAN capabilities built in, this becomes a really good value for your money. If these are things that you don’t really think you’ll need then this probably won’t be the board for you. For those that want the very best options, but don’t want to have to worry about purchasing them separately, then this board really is something amazing.
If you are looking for a new board for the upcoming Ivy Bridge processors and you really want to go all out, I highly recommend taking a look at this motherboard. Gigabyte has been really good at giving the enthusiast community the kinds of features that they really want. This board follows that trend. In terms of performance it was on par with the best Z68 board that we’ve tested and it comes with some amazing features. This board does cost quite a bit more than the ASRock board, but you don’t get nearly the amount of enthusiast level features. If you take into account the performance of this board along with all of the included features, this board stands out as being one of the top Z68 boards on the market. What it’s going to ultimately come down to is whether or not you think you will actually use the included features. If you really want maximum performance and all of the best features, then this really is the board that you’ve been waiting for. Without a doubt this board deserves our Editor’s Choice Award here at Motherboards.Org. If you’re interested in our other reviews, please check out the home page of this site. Gigabyte has really given us a great board to review and the scores and features prove that to be the case.