GIGABYTE has released nineteen motherboards based on the Z68 chipset. All of these products support Smart Response Technology with SATA SSDs. A select few GIGABYTE Z68 motherboards support Intel's mSATA 311 Series model SSD. Today we'll be testing two motherboards, one with mSATA and one with an Intel 311 Series 20GB SLC SSD.
The first board we are looking at is the GIGABYTE GA-Z68XP-UD3-iSSD. The iSSD portion of the name comes from the onboard 20GB mSATA SSD that is bundled with the motherboard. GIGABYTE also sells a GA-Z68XP-UD3 board that ships without the Intel mSATA SSD. Newegg lists the iSSD model at 239.99 at the time of writing and the non-iSSD model for 149.99. Both packages are identical outside included SSD and the amounts of features included are more than what most mainstream users will utilize.
GIGABYTE also sells a budget motherboard that is capable of accepting an Intel mSATA SSD, the GA-Z68P-DS3. This product is also available at Newegg and currently sells for 99.99.
It should be noted that when using the built in mSATA that you lose a standard SATA port on the motherboard.
As we stated before, GIGABYTE has released nineteen motherboards based on the Z68 chipset. It would be impossible for us to cover each board here today, but we are an enthusiast site and want to showcase some of the higher end offerings as well.
Above we see the GIGABYTE GA-Z68XP-UD5, a premium motherboard that currently costs 269.99 USD at Newegg and includes several features not found on the mainstream targeted motherboards like the UD3 variants listed above.
In order to break down the cost of getting a working Intel SRT system together, let's first see the SSDs.
PRICING: You can find products similar to this one for sale below.
United States: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon's website.
United Kingdom: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon UK's website.
Canada: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon Canada's website.
- Page 1 [Introduction]
- Page 2 [The Motherboards]
- Page 3 [The SSDs]
- Page 4 [Intel Smart Response Technology Explained]
- Page 5 [Test System Setup and ATTO Baseline Performance]
- Page 6 [Benchmarks - PCMark Vantage HDD Tests Scaled]
- Page 7 [Final Thoughts]
Recommended for You
- We at TweakTown openly invite the companies who provide us with review samples / who are mentioned or discussed to express their opinion of our content. If any company representative wishes to respond, we will publish the response here.
Latest News Posts
- Titanfall 2 leaks: release date, grappling hooks, maps and more
- Apple's next-gen MacBook Pro will feature OLED screen above keyboard
- AMD's next-gen Polaris 10 in CF beats Titan X in leaked benchmarks
- Intel rumored to unveil its new 200-series chipset at Computex
- Ex-McDonald's USA CEO says its cheaper to hire robots, than teenagers
- Fitbit Alta Fitness Wristband Review
- Does this look like a good and compatible setup/buy?
- Error on GA-Z170X-Gaming 7, config HDD RAID w/M.2 boot drive
- OCZ RevoDrive 400 M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD Review
- Samsung Electronics expands 750 EVO SSD with worldwide availability and increases capacity to 500GB
- Free public gamer event E3 Live to debut in Los Angeles
- Cryorig teases two new cases bound for Computex 2016
- Toshiba launches the OCZ RD400 NVMe SSD series
- Colorful & Bykski announces first water block for GTX 1080 Founders Edition