Some growing Pains for 3rd generation intel boards...
Oracle of Delphi, Amazon
25 April 2013
Summary: This board was originally made for the 2nd generation intel processors but is fully compatible for some 3rd generation processors provided that the bios is updated. In my case, when I put in an i5 3470, all I got was a 3beep memory error code. Pissed me off quite a bit. To fix this I had to buy a $35 Celeron processor and format a usb stick to iflash an updated bios to the board.
Summary: This DZ68DB board was never designed for the i7 processors. I found this out the hard way. This purchase is part of a new computer build with the i7-3770K processor and 16 GB of RAM. I am not a gamer, but I use graphics heavily for Autocad and other design software where 3D capability is needed.
One of the Few MBs That Had All The Ports I Wanted
P. Chun, Amazon
5 June 2012
Summary: Just built a new rig with an Core i5 Ivy Bridge cpu and it has been working great! I picked this board because I wanted the Firewire and eSata ports. Using the onboard video for now to save money and quite satisfied with the performance looking at 14 MP raw images from my Nikon in Photoshop. Even the onboard audio is pretty decent. Fortunately, the board had the latest firmware installed so it is compatible with the new Ivy Bridge chips. Happy so far!
Summary: I have been using Intel Boards without incident for the last 10years without incident There really isn't anything that I can report negatively. Go ahead and take the plunge, you won't be disaapointed.
Summary: Very nice features for the price. Lack of internal USB3 headers (onboard/rear only) is forgivable. Virtu support is cool but of questionable utility unless you encode video alot. You can't change RAM while a Graphics card is installed, and the RAM slot are too close to the CPU for big aftermarket coolers (not a problem for Intel's boxed i5 cooler), and are also too close together for good airflow. Decent for a HTPC or basic PC, overclockers look elsewhere.
Summary: A total loss of this card .... the seller sent a motherboard that does not work .. The BIOS does not boot in any way or form .. Everything was installed correctly. Memory, processor, hard drive, video card, power supply certified. The card only starts but crashes at 3 or 4 seconds. . The box was open and without any precinct outside. Unfortunately it is an international purchase, which invalidates the warranty conveniently by time and the cost of returns ....
Summary: I bought this board for a home theater PC that I also use to encode HD movies/tv shows. I bought it for the USB 3.0 connectivity, SATA 3.0, built-in RAID controller, and to update to an LGA 1155 CPU socket. This board is not really built for overclocking, but is capable of doing so with the right processor. There are no fancy heat sinks for the chipset, or light up skulls (like the Intel Extreme series boards), but I don't need any of that stuff.
Stable mobo, Virtu software for Windows 7 runs smoothly
Terry R. Umbenhaur "Video Gaming Ninja", Amazon
27 January 2012
Summary: I am not going into the details of the motherboard itself, as my purchase was completely motivated by the advertised power saving capabilities of Lucid Virtu. I purchased my DZ68DB in July 2011 along with the i7-2600K, and paired it with an NVIDIA GTX 460, and using Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit. The motherboard has headers for DVI, DisplayPort, and HDMI (there is no VGA port), and I believe the maximum number of displays is two.