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GIGABYTE GA-Z68XP-UD3-iSSD LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

  • Intel Z68
  • Core i7 / i5 / i3 / Pentium / Celeron (LGA1155)
  • DDR3 2133/1866/1600/1333/1066
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The GA-Z68XP-UD3-iSSD motherboard is based on the Intel Z68 Express chipset and supports the new 2nd generation Intel Core processors. Delivering the very best that Intel 6 series chipsets have to offer, including a significant performance boost with Intel Smart Response technology, pre-bundled with the 20GB Intel Solid-State Drive 311 series, and GIGABYTE's proprietary Touch BIOS technology, GIGABYTE Z68 series motherboards put users in the drivers seat, allowing them to take total control over how their system operates and performs to best match their individual computing needs.

  • newegg Intel mSATA 20GB SLC SSD Onboard for Intel Smart Response Technology GIGABYTE Z68 motherboards are equipped with the much anticipated Intel Smart Response Technology, allowing users to experience system performance similar to SSD-only systems. Intel Smart Response technology works by using intelligent block-based caching of frequently used applications to improve system performance and responsiveness. In fact, GIGABYTE Z68 motherboards with Intel Smart Response Technology are able to outperform hybrid drive systems by more than 2X (PC Mark Vantage HDD test) and HDD-only systems by as much as 4X (PC Mark Vantage HDD test) and deliver a 60% performance improvement over HDD-only systems in PC Mark Vantage Suite. The Z68XP-UD3-iSSD motherboard is pre-bundled with the 20GB Intel Solid-State Drive 311 Series. The included mSATA-based single level cell (SLC) solid-state drive (SSD), allows users to take advantage of the performance benefits of Intel Smart Response Technology straight out of the box.
  • newegg GIGABYTE EZ Smart Response The GIGABYTE EZ Smart Response utility is a convenient application that allows users to quickly and easily configure their system for Intel Smart Response technology. In the past, enabling Intel Smart Response technology meant users needed to enter BIOS in order to configure their system for RAID mode, which then required a complete reinstall of the operating system. Once that processes was completed, users then needed to install the Intel Rapid Storage Utility as well as configure Intel's Smart Response Technology. GIGABYTE EZ Smart Response does all of this automatically, without users having to perform a complicated install process. This allows them to quickly and effortless enjoy a significant boost in system performance.
  • newegg GIGABYTE Touch BIOS Navigating through the BIOS to change system settings can a daunting task for users not familiar with control "F" functions and mouse-less navigation. While some EFI BIOS try to address this with a mouse friendly environment, many implementations still lack a certain ease-of-use necessary for most people. With GIGABYTE Touch BIOS, GIGABYTE engineers have completely re-imagined how users interact with their BIOS, allowing for a more intuitive user experience. In fact, with a touch screen monitor, GIGABYTE Touch BIOS is as easy to use as most apps on you iPhone.
  • newegg Switchable Graphics with LucidLogix Virtu GPU Virtualization GIGABYTE Z68 motherboards are enabled with LucidLogix Virtu GPU Virtualization technology which allows users to dynamically switch between their built-in graphics and their high-end, 3D discrete graphics cards. This is ideal for gamers who require high-resolution gaming and still want to enjoy the built-in media features of 2nd generation Intel Core processors. In so doing, switchable graphics helps to dramatically reduce PC graphics power consumption.
  • newegg Ultra Durable 3 The GIGABYTE Ultra Durable 3 design features twice the copper for both the power and ground layers of the PCB, dramatically lowering system temperature by efficiently spreading heat from critical areas of the motherboard (such as CPU power zone) throughput the entire PCB. The GIGABYTE's Ultra Durable 3 also lowers the PCB impedance by 50%, which helps to reduce electrical waste and further lowers component temperatures, A 2x Copper layer design also provides improved signal quality and lower EMI (Electromagnetic Interference), providing better system stability and allowing for greater margins for overclocking.
  • newegg Multi-GPU support with CrossFireX and SLI Flexible graphics capabilities supported for either CrossFireX or SLI action, delivering the ultimate in graphics performance for gaming enthusiasts who demand the highest frame rates without compromising on resolution.

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years


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  • Aaron S.
  • 12/2/2011 2:48:05 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsLatency Spikes

Pros: The Gigabyte GA-Z68 seemed to be a good board, with all the the specs I was looking for on this chipset.

Cons: About 3 months I suddenly started experiencing latency spikes. They come out the speakers too, sounds like a short.

Other Thoughts: I have swapped out everything, updated the bios, and fresh installed Win7 64, and still get the spikes. Hoping for an RMA after several weeks of back and forth with Gigabyte.

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  • Anonymous
  • 11/2/2011 11:34:00 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggssame on gigabyte

Pros: If it had worked, has it all built-in.

Cons: Won't pass POST. Starts to power up and shuts down. Got it thru once but never again.

Other Thoughts: Although Newegg worked around this RMA, it is implied as a once in a lifetime thing. When there are ongoing issues with a product (see other reviews on this mobo) Newegg needs to look carefully at how they are enabling the manuf. to continue selling a bad design. Newegg has more leverage than we do and ultimately will loose business if what they sell is not backed. Yes, I still love you Newegg, I just want you to continue to be the best!

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  • Christopher T.
  • 10/1/2011 5:41:23 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsiSSD is Useless

Pros: It's a Gigabyte board, most are great. This one is as good as it can be.

Cons: Intel SRT, which would be the only reason to pay this much for this board, is useless. Standard lockups or crashes, say something you might experience while playing a game, can cause the system to become unbootable. This happens regularly. I originally configured a RAID10 with SRT enabled on the high performance setting. Performance was great. The first crash however left the machine not only unbootable but Windows 7 no longer sees the disk (regardless of what drivers you install). That made an image based backup impossible. ..reinstall.

On the next pass I used the iSSD in compatibility mode (writes to disk and SSD at the same time). Performance took a hit but was still good. A couple weeks later Rift crashed, same thing happened. I was able to restore though by disabling SRT completely; something I learned on this pass.

After doing some testing with SRT on a single disk and still losing data I now I have the iSSD configured as a standard disk and use it for my pagefile

Other Thoughts: Want SSD performance? Buy a large enough SSD for your OS and apps and don't waste your time dealing with SRT.

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  • Adam S.
  • 9/15/2011 12:08:59 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome board

Pros: Quality construction
Great for OC'ing, good BIOS features

Set up with GSkills Ripjaw 1833mhz 4x4gb 9-10-9-28 and they work fine at 1833.

Cons: Setting up SRT is not easy
RAM is a little to close to CPU, can make it difficult to find a cooler that fits
Price for 20GB SRT drive is expensive (but supposedly made up for in stability)

Other Thoughts: Mobo is great. SRT is a pain in the petute. It took me about 2 hours of fiddling to figure out how to get it run on a secondary drive (not the main OS).

Also, setting up SRT makes it difficult to swap drives, I wouldn't do it without backing up first. The RAID settings pretty much wipes any drive you connect to it. Use a USB or eSata connector to be on the safe side.

Be careful on what aftermarket cooler you get because the RAM slots are very close to the CPU. I used the thermaltake silent clp0552 and it worked without hitting the RAM sticks.

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  • Jason L.
  • 9/15/2011 1:40:20 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggssolid mobo

Pros: The board works. Be sure to read the manual about enabling raid to use SSD to cache a normal HD.

Cons: none.

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  • J O.
  • 9/9/2011 3:10:37 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsThere are better alternatives

Pros: Continued from my review a few weeks ago...

After that review, I installed a Ceton InfiniTV4 digital cable TV tuner card. Result: Infinite boot loop. I.e. OS would not boot, and would immediately restart the machine.

Long story short, this was very likely a problem with Intel's Rapid Storage Technology (RST) driver. I don't know for sure because I ended up RMA'ing this motherboard.

I swore I wouldn't buy ASUS again, but it looked like the best alternative, so I got a P8Z68-V LE. That board had the same issue.

After many support emails with Ceton, I decided to see if Intel had an update for the chipset and other drivers for components on this board. Sure enough, an update for the RST driver fixed it.

Cons: Since I've been able to compare to an ASUS board, I'd have to say that this internal SSD was a bit overpriced. I got the ASUS board plus a 64GB SSD for almost the same price.

The EFI BIOS on the ASUS is hands down a better experience than Gigabyte's old-school DOS-like BIOS.

And the ASUS board did not have any problem detecting my memory speed properly.

Other Thoughts: Kudos to newegg for crediting me with store credit, even though this was under replacement-only return policy. The thing is, at the time, I had no idea how to resolve this problem as both Gigabyte and Ceton tech support were unable to identify the problem. So I got newegg to credit rather than replace.

Note that I did not have any problem with some PCIe cards - just this Ceton InfiniTV 4. Also, with this Gigabyte board, I had installed the RST driver that came with the board's install DVD *before* installing the InfiniTV 4. Had I skipped the RST install, I most likely would not have seen this problem (as was the case with my ASUS board). So, if users are giving good reviews and are not seeing problems, then they either never installed the RST driver that came with the board, or they didn't install a PCIe card that causes problems with Intel's old RST driver. Again, get the latest RST driver, and things will probably just work.

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  • Jameson B.
  • 9/7/2011 11:46:04 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsLured by the built in SSD

Pros: The SSD caching made it really fast for the 30 minutes it worked.

Cons: After getting Windows 7 and Gigabyte utilities loaded, I started experienced the boot loop problem that an earlier review mentioned. It would POST every 2 or 3 restarts, but I could not even get into the BIOS, much less Windows. Gigabyte seems to be having a lot of issues with this lately.

I put in a trouble ticket with Gigabyte, but it has been over a week, and according to their website, my message has not even been read.

Other Thoughts: This is the first product from Newegg that I have ever had to RMA. This is also the first time I have bought a Gigabyte product, and it will probably be my last. Hopefully I will have better luck with the 2nd board.

Newegg's customer service has been great, though, so I'll leave an extra egg for them.

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  • Omar D.
  • 9/6/2011 3:32:30 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks great

Pros: Works great, love the intel SSD.

Cons: none

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  • Ronald C.
  • 9/4/2011 3:13:54 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDissapointed

Pros: The system has been running OK for the past week, but it was tough getting there.

Cons: I selected this board because I was hoping to save some money on a SSD by using the Smart Response Technology (SRT). The SRT worked very well, and I was impressed. However, when tried to restore a drive image the restored image failed. I tried Acronis and Windows system drive image. Both failed to restore a successful image. I have to have reliable back images. I abandoned SRT and spent $200 on a OCZ as my boot drive. Subtract one Egg

Like another reviewer, I had to manually set the memory frequency.

The USB 3.0 ports were intermittent for both USB 2.0 and 3.0. Sometime they worked when plugged in, but not restored after a system restart. The ports were enabled in BIOS, drivers were updated, and I only used one know good portable hard drive. Gigabyte support said there was no issue with these ports, so I assume there is a defect. Rather than send the Mobo back I ordered a PCI USB 3.0 Card for $20. Subtract another Egg

I recommend avoiding the Gigabyte utility soft

Other Thoughts: Since I am stuck with the board, I am trying to think positive, and I am keeping my fingers crossed.

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  • mario s.
  • 9/4/2011 9:35:36 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsSSD Setup Beware!

Pros: Quality product, easy instructions, working good, easy to overclock with software on CD. Take a look at other software on CD, very useful tools...

Cons: Just a note: You must install HDD on Z68 SATA port for ISRT to work properly! Z68 SATA ports are outlined in the manual. Don't make the mistake I did by installing HDD on SATA port controlled my Marvel chipset. Also, Configure video PCI-E video card right after OS installation. Otherwise, Intel onboard graphics tend to interfere with external GPU, causing the "Blue Screen of Death".

Other Thoughts: PC Build:
GIGABYTE GA-Z68XP-UD3-iSSD LGA 1155 Intel Z68
Intel I5, 2500k
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 1333, Model F3-10666CL7D-8GBXH
Galaxy 60XGH3HS3CUD GeForce GTX 465
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB
Rosewill CRUISER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Side Panel Window, comes with Four Fans
Thermaltake tr2 rx 850w
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" CPU Cooler

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