Memory Setup Page
It has 800, 1066, 1333, 1600, 1866 and 2133.
Advanced DDR3 Parameters Setup Page
The setting below is DDR3 2133 CL7 10-7-27 1T
Milti-Steps Load-Line Disabled/Level 1~Level10
CPU Vcore 0.750~1.700V
QPI/Vtt Voltage 0.800~1.700V
PCH Core 0.840~1.940V
CPU PLL 1.520~2.520V
DRAM Voltage 0.900~2.600V
PC Health Status
Z68 BIOS OC tuning is same as P67.
CPU just needs to adjust the ratio and fine tune voltage by CPU quality.
For DDR3 OC setup, you just need to adjust the frequency, CL and voltage to fit your memory.
Sandy Bridge BIOS OC is much easier than the past. Of course you only can use 2500K/2600K two CPUs.
The setup above is windwithme using 2600K. CPU/DDR3 set as 5GHz/2133you’re your reference.
CPU: Intel Core i7-2600K
MB: GIGABYTE Z68X-UD7-B3
DRAM: CORSAIR DOMINATOR-GT CMT4GX3M2B2133C9
VGA: msi N560GTX-Ti Twin Frozr II
HD: Seagate Momentus XT 500G/ CORSAIR CSSD-F40GB2
POWER: Thermaltake TR2 450W
Cooler: CORSAIR Hydro Series H70
OS: Windows7 Ultimate 64bit
The cooler I use special CORSAIR Hydro Series H70 water cooler.
Hydro Series has 5 models and the latest models are H80 and top H100.
Most user image for water cooler is hard to install, but the cooling performance is better.
However, CORSAIR water cooling kit emphasizes easy to install and no extra space need.
During test, H70 can install in standard ATX Case which is very convenient.
All black design make cooling pipe be better texture. You can install 2 12cm fan in both sides. Rotation speed set at 1600/2000rpm.
The bottom is big dimension cooper sink which is good for heat conduction.
The original thermal paste quality is very good. I suggest you can use it directly.
Just like me install CPU very often, so I use Arctic Sliver or higher grade one instead.
The temperature is still 3~5 ℃ higher than H70 original one. You have to beware it.
GIGABYTE provides many tools in OS. Most is familiar with the users.
This time, I pick 2 new applications to test. The first is fresh new Touch BIOS.
It provides multi-language interface. The pic is Traditional Chinese version.
The key feature is you can adjust BIOS in OS.
Even though not all items can find, for the OC and standard setup are included which means you can find 80% BIOS items in Touch BIOS.
If you are using the hottest touch panel LCD, you can use Touch BIOS more easily.
Sandy Bridge DDR3 bandwidth is 20~30% higher than LGA 1156 in most software.
Advanced Memory Controller technology frees the DDR3 install limitation and the bandwidth is even same as LGA 1366 3-channel platform.