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GIGABYTE Z68XP-UD3-iSSD (Intel Z68) Motherboard Review - Final Thoughts

GIGABYTE brings us a board that makes use of Intel's Smart Response Technology with an SSD onboard. Let's check it out.

By: | Socket LGA 1155 in Motherboards | Posted: Sep 17, 2011 4:26 am
TweakTown Rating: 93%Manufacturer: GIGABYTE

Final Thoughts


The general consensus over ISRT is that it's a good technology that will become more mainstream over time, especially when we see more and more Intel chipsets make use of the technology. The first thing I think we need to really cover, though, is the price of the board.


To be honest, I thought the price would be kind of ridiculous. At $239.99 US, though, it's not. The Z68XP-UD3 will set you back $149.99 US; it's essentially the same board as we have here today, minus the included SSD. A 20GB SLC Intel 311 SSD is going to set you back $113.99 US. To buy the two items separately it's going to set you back $263.98 US.


While we of course would expect it to be cheaper, to be honest I thought it would be slightly more as you're paying for that convenience. Instead, it comes in nearly 10% cheaper.


Remove the iSSD from the board and you've got a really good, well priced $149.99 US motherboard that performs well for people who want something that's going to perform strong out of the box and offer some nice overclocking headroom.


Say you want to make the jump to SSD, but you can't afford to go down the path of separate $300 US drives, then this is a fantastic option and it's really nice to see that GIGABYTE was thinking outside the box with this board. For $239.99 US, you're getting a good performing board that offers something different to everyone else.


If you're not interested in going down the path of ISRT, the non -iSSD version of the board we're looking at today is a great option. On the other hand, if you're looking to jump on the SSD bandwagon and want to see what all the fuss is about, then this a great option. It's probably the best board on the market when it comes to making use of ISRT because of the way GIGABYTE have chosen to offer it as an "All in One" like solution.



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