IMG 8989 Gigabyte GA Z68XP UD3 iSSD Preview

Intel specifically designed the 20GB SSD 311 to be used as a cache drive with Z68's Smart Response Technology. Now Gigabyte has taken the mSATA version of the SSD 311 and bundled it onto a full-fledged Z68 motherboard, hoping to save you the hassle of purchasing the SSD separately. We haven't had the chance to test out this unique motherboard yet, but look inside for a quick tour.

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Above: Gigabyte's trademark blue colour scheme.

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Above: 8 USB 2.0 ports, 2 USB 3.0 ports and a single HDMI display output.

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Above: The power delivery system uses DrMOS (Driver+MOSFET)

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Above: An additional two USB 3.0 ports are accessible via header. A Marvell 88SE9172 controller provides two additional SATA 6 Gbps ports (grey).

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Above: The two x16 slots can be used in a x8/x8 configuration for SLI/CrossFire. Gigabyte has used the Realtek ALC889 audio codec and RTL8111E ethernet controller.

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Above: The key selling point of this motherboard – an onboard Intel SSD 311 20GB solid state drive.

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Stay tuned for our full review of the Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3-iSSD!