ZOTAC Readies Monster LGA1155 Motherboard

Okay, who of you hardware enthusiasts told Zotac "more phases is better" ?!

ZOTAC entered the motherboard scene as yet another vendor of reference NVIDIA nForce motherboards, which the like of EVGA, XFX, and BFG also sold. After the fall of nForce, ZOTAC attempted a LGA1366 motherboard, and went dormant with motherboards. Later, it picked up interest in the mini-ITX form-factor as it gained popularity in Asian markets like China and India, manufacturing motherboards based on Intel Atom, Atom with NVIDIA ION, and eventually socketed mini-ITX motherboards as it became a 2-chip affair with Intel's Ibex Peak platform (LGA1156). It looks like Zotac is making a comeback into full-size ATX motherboards that target the very top tier of the market, to woo gamers, professional overclockers, and enthusiasts.

Seen here is what the Chinese press is referring to as "ZT-Z68 Crown Edition-U1DU3", we may have lost the correct name in translation, but let's call it ZT-Z68-U1DU3 for now. It is a full-size ATX motherboard that takes socket LGA1155 Intel Sandy Bridge and future Ivy Bridge processors, and is based on the Intel Z68 Express chipset. It combines a strong VRM to support extreme overclocking, with graphics expansion, adding 4-way NVIDIA SLI and AMD CrossFireX capabilities using an NVIDIA BR-03 bridge-chip that sits on the processor's PCI-E x16 link, to give out two PCI-Express 2.0 x16 links, which are then spread between four slots in x16/NC/x16/NC, x16/NC/x8/x8, or x8/x8/x8/x8 lane configurations.


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Belgium Massman says:

Or said that "Crown Edition-ZT-Z68 U1DU3 SuperOverclocking" is a catchy name :p

Nice to see another vendor try, though. Hope the BIOS / performance is okay!

TaPaKaH says:

with so many phases (=things to go wrong) I wonder what the RMA rate for these boards is going to be :D

South Africa Vivi says:

i like it!

Looks badass :)

United States Wumpus says:

hope its a good alternative to gigabyte/Asus/MSI....makes everyone put out better stuff :)

United States Gunslinger says:

Is there an alternative socket 1155 quad SLI board in the market place now?

Canada Vinster says:

how would you do Quad SLI/xfire on that MB? the two center PCIe Slots are too close together? or am I missing something... but it's a good looking board none-the-less.

Belgium Massman says:

Gunslinger said: Is there an alternative socket 1155 quad SLI board in the market place now?


No 4-Way SLI 1155 boards at the moment, I think. Marshall could do it, in theory, but I'm not sure if the Hydra already supports 4-Way.

Norway knopflerbruce says:

I like the idea of high-end 1155 boards, but we all know how little these CPUs push the boards anyway, so why bother with all those damn phases?:D

I guess the answer is marketing... hehe.

United States sin0822 says:

Massman said: No 4-Way SLI 1155 boards at the moment, I think. Marshall could do it, in theory, but I'm not sure if the Hydra already supports 4-Way.


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Belgium Massman says:

Just realized Zotac has bought two NF200 licences but failed to get the PCIE layout so it can actually run 4-Way SLI. FAIL !

Germany Hyperhorn says:

You can cut the slot bezel and use single-slot-containers, can't you? :)

Oh right, these don't exist. :D Aren't there PCI-E-risers for about 100 € or so which actually work? That would be a solution for die-hard-Zotac-fans if they really prefer 1155 over 1366 for 4-way SLI.

Belgium Massman says:

Can't wait for the marketing slides promoting 4-Way SLI 'capabilities' :D

Spain Predator says:

Massman said: Can't wait for the marketing slides promoting 4-Way SLI 'capabilities' :D


UD9 will disapprove :D

K404 says:

Hyperhorn said: You can cut the slot bezel and use single-slot-containers, can't you? :)

Oh right, these don't exist. :D Aren't there PCI-E-risers for about 100 € or so which actually work? That would be a solution for die-hard-Zotac-fans if they really prefer 1155 over 1366 for 4-way SLI.



Risers are ~10 euros bro :D

But.... risers should be un-necessary on a top-end board. TOP-end boards (like the UD9!!!) have a layout that fits the price tag.... right....? RIGHT???? :D

Germany Hyperhorn says:

K404 said: Risers are ~10 euros bro :D
Several guys had told me/us that the cheap ones don't work properly most of the time if used for extreme OC. I remember someone had found risers for a much higher price and hadn't such a hard time with them. Unfortunately I am not able to find the thread anymore, but I think it was a thread at the hwbot forum in 2010, maybe even 2009. I mean if there are risers for ~10 € which work fine all the time, that would be much better of course. ;)

United States Gunslinger says:

K404 said: Risers are ~10 euros bro :D

But.... risers should be un-necessary on a top-end board. TOP-end boards (like the UD9!!!) have a layout that fits the price tag.... right....? RIGHT???? :D


I'm not sure the UD9's original price tag fit any segment of the market. :p

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