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Hopefully we're not boring you with all the motherboard content we've been posting over the past week, but we're sorry to say that you can expect even more of it next week when Computex kicks off. However, we have one more exclusive to share with you before the show and that's Gigabyte's upcoming GA-Z68XP-UD5. That extra P in the model name is the key here, as this board is not the same as the GA-Z68X-UD5, even though at first glance you could be forgiven for thinking it was.

Hopefully we're not boring you with all the motherboard content we've been posting over the past week, but we're sorry to say that you can expect even more of it next week when Computex kicks off. However, we have one more exclusive to share with you before the show and that's Gigabyte's upcoming GA-Z68XP-UD5. That extra P in the model name is the key here, as this board is not the same as the GA-Z68X-UD5, even though at first glance you could be forgiven for thinking it was.

In fact, even a thorough visual inspection of the board doesn't reveal many differences between the two models, but if you look really carefully you'll notice that the Z68XP-UD5 sports an extra choke. This might not seem like a significant addition to a board that already has another 20 chokes, but this one small addition makes a huge difference.  If you haven't figured it out by now, the Z68XP-UD5 has gained support for Intel's HD graphics as Gigabyte did a few minor changes to the PCB.

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As far as we can tell, the lower half of the motherboard is identical and this means that we're looking at a single Renesas USB 3.0 host controller and two VLI USB 3.0 hubs for a total of two front pin-headers for four USB 3.0 ports and four rear USB 3.0 ports. There are also two pin headers for four USB 2.0 ports and one for a FireWire port. The slot layout also remains the same with three x16 slots where the first two shares bandwidth and the third slot being a x4 slot. There are of course also two x1 PCI Express slots and two PCI slots. Finally the board has two SATA 6Gbps ports and four SATA 3Gpbs ports.

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Even the rear I/O layout is almost identical to the Z68X-UD5, although gone are the red coloured USB 2.0 ports replaced by black and yellow ones. The board has as mentioned four rear USB 3.0 ports as well as four USB 2.0 ports, two eSATAp ports (powered eSATA/USB combo), a big and a small FireWire port, a PS/2 port, a Gigabit Ethernet port and 7.1-channel audio with optical and coaxial S/PDIF out. However, there have been a small addition, namely an HDMI port and this now enables Lucid Logix Virtu software to work with the board so you can not only take advantage of Intel's Quicky Sync technology, but also the power savings on offer by being able to power down the graphics card when its' not needed.

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We would expect the Z68XP-UD5 to replace the Z68X-UD5 over time, so if you've held off so far, you might want to hang on a little bit longer to get that Z68 board, at least if you're looking for a high-end Gigabyte model. We're not sure if Gigabyte is implementing this change on more of its current Z68 boards or not, but we should find out more details at Computex next week.