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GIGABYTE GA-Z68P-DS3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s ATX Intel Motherboard


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  • CPU: Core i7/i5/i3 in LGA 1155 package , chipset: Intel Z68 Express Chipset
  • Memory: 4 x 1.5V DDR3 DIMM sockets supporting up to 32 GB of system memory,
  • Audio: Realtek ALC889 codec , High Definition Audio ,2/4/5.1/7.1-channel, LAN: 10/100/1000 Mbit
  • Expansion Slots: 1 x PCI Express x16 slot running at x16 ,1 x PCI Express x16 slot running at x4 ,
  • Storage Interface: 2 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors , 4 x SATA 3Gb/s connectors ,Support for SATA RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5.
  • Back Panel Connectors: 1 x PS/2 keyboard/mouse port, 1 x parallel port, 1 x serial port, 1 x optical S/PDIF
  • Internal I/O Connectors: 1 x 24-pin ATX main power connector, 1 x 4-pin ATX 12V power connector,
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Product Description

Product Description

Supports for LGA1155 2nd Generation Intel Core Processors Touch BIOS delivers the innovative new way to modify BIOS,4X performance boost with mSATA Intel Smart Response, Technology Ultra Durable 2 technology with 4 Phase Power VRM design, GIGABYTE 3x USB Power ports, CrossFireX support for ultimate graphics performance, XHD technology accelerating hard drive performance with ease, Features high speed Gigabit Ethernet connection,

From the Manufacturer

The GA-Z68P-DS3 motherboard, based on the Intel® Z68 Express Chipset and supporting the new 2nd generation Intel® CoreTM processors. Delivering the very best that Intel® 6 series chipsets have to offer, including a significant performance boost with Intel® Smart Response Technology, the first ever mSATA drive connectors on a standard desktop PC motherboard, and GIGABYTE's proprietary Touch BIOSTM technology, GIGABYTE Z68 series motherboards put users in the driver seat, allowing them to take total control over how their system operates and performs to best match their individual computing needs.

Key Feature

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  • Supports for LGA1155 2nd Generation Intel® CoreTM Processors
  • Touch BIOSTM delivers No Need for Reboot to more easily modify BIOS settings
  • 4X performance boost with mSATA IntelR Smart Response Technology
  • Technology Ultra DurableTM 2 technology with 4 Phase Power VRM design
  • GIGABYTE 3x USB Power
  • CrossFireX support for ultimate graphics performance
  • XHD technology accelerating hard drive performance with ease
  • Features high speed Gigabit Ethernet connection



Overview


Onboard mSATA for Intel® SLC SSDs and Smart Response Technology
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GIGABYTE Z68 series motherboards are equipped with the much anticipated IntelR Smart Response Technology, allowing users to experience system performance similar to SSD only systems. IntelR Smart Response technology works by using intelligent block-based caching of frequently used applications to improve system performance and responsiveness.

GIGABYTE Z68 motherboards are equipped with the much anticipated IntelR Smart Response Technology, allowing users to experience system performance similar to SSD-only systems. IntelR 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 IntelR 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.



GIGABYTE EZ Smart Response
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The GIGABYTE EZ Smart Response utility is a simple application that allows users to quickly and easily configure their system for Intel® Smart Response Technology. In the past, enabling Intel® Smart Response meant users needed to enter the BIOS in order to configure their system for RAID mode, which then required a complete reinstall of the operating system. Once that processes was complete, 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 effortlessly enjoy a significant boost in system performance.


GIGABYTE Touch BIOSTM (Patent Pending)
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An Innovative New Way to Modify BIOS Settings


Navigating through the BIOS to change system settings can be 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 BIOSTM, GIGABYTE engineers have completely re-imagined how users can interact with their BIOS, allowing for a more intuitive user experience. In fact, with a touch screen monitor, GIGABYTE Touch BIOSTM is as easy to use as most apps on your iPhone.



Built-in Visuals
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Built-in Visuals GIGABYTE Z68 motherboards offer support for several 2nd generation Intel® CoreTM Built-in Visual Features.

Intel® Quick Sync Video

Up to 2X faster media processing than any other solution for incredibly fast conversion of video files for portable media players or online sharing.


Intel® InTruTM 3D

Users can enjoy the ultimate 3D visual experiences–seamlessly–from their PC. Now you they can watch their favorite 3D movies with Blu-ray Stereo 3D playback using active shutter 3D glasses. It delivers it all in 1080p full, high-definition resolution on the TV over HDMI 1.4.

Intel® Insider
Allows users to view premium 1080p HD content on their GIGABYTE Z68 series system.



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® CoreTM processors. In so doing, switchable graphics helps to dramatically reduce PC graphics power consumption.



Multi-display support with 2 way CrossFireXTM
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Flexible graphics capabilities - Up to 2 VGA cards are supported for 2 way CrossFireXTM, delivering the ultimate in graphics performance for gaming enthusiasts who demand the highest frame rates without compromising on resolution.


Specifications

Model: GA-Z68P-DS3
CPU Support 2nd Generation Intel Core Processors
CPU Socket LGA1155
DMI 20Gb/s
Chipset Intel Z68 chipset
Onboard Graphics Intel HD Graphics 2000/3000
Graphics Interface 2*PCI-E 2.0x16 slot(1*PCIEx16+1*PCIEX4)
Memory Type Dual Channel DDR3 2133/1333/1066 MHz
Memory DIMM 4*DDR3(Max 32GB)
Expansion Slots 2*PCI-Ex1+2*PCI
ATA connector 2*SATA 6Gb/s+4*SATA 3Gb/s
ASTA RAID RAID 0,1,5,10
USB 12*USB2.0
Audio 8-channel HD
1394 / LAN - / GbE LAN
Features & Software Touch BIOS, Smart Response,Lucid Virtu, mSATA, VRD12, Ultra Durable 2, Smart6, CrossFireX, DualBIOS 3TB+ HDD Support, Turbo XHD, Hotkey OC, Cloud OC, HDMI, 108dB SNR Blu-ray, ErP Ready
Form Factor ATX (305x216)
*The specification and pictures are subject to change without notice.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 11 x 3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0055QYKPK
  • Item model number: GA-Z68P-DS3
  • Batteries 1 Nonstandard Battery batteries required.
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: May 11, 2011

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. Vatev on November 5, 2011
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This motherboard is exactly as described. For the beginners out there (like myself), look at the ports carefully when choosing a motherboard. For this one, I was mislead by the talk of high quality graphics (which is true), and just assumed this motherboard would have all of the display ports I needed. This motherboard only comes with an HDMI port, and nothing else (no VGA, and no DVI). Make sure you have an HDMI monitor (or a separate video card) if you decide to buy this motherboard. However, it performs great, and you can't go wrong with Gigabyte boards (my friend's words, not mine).
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By Drew L. on March 13, 2012
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Bought this board about four months ago and haven't had a problem with it at all. Running a GTX 560 Ti, i5-2500k, with 8gigs of ram. Granted, everything is stock speed so I haven't really delved into the bios just yet. For what I need, a basic gaming/everyday pc, it is great.
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By John25 on February 11, 2012
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When I first built my PC this motherboard would keep rebooting... I figured out I forgot to plug in a certain cable. I plugged in the cable and the board worked for a month. After my return window closed, my motherboard began to keep rebooting and I'd have to reset the bios every time. This motherboard is extremely unstable and is now broken. When it worked it worked great, though. Hopefully I can get this motherboard RMA'd... it'd be a shame to lose $100.
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Works perfect. Intel video is of course crap; noone should be surprised. couldnt even do 1366x768 resolution in win7 64bit. Not gigabytes fault of course. Nice to see a parallel port onboard again; and dual pcie. Solid build. Defaulted overclocking out of box for 2600k to 3.6ghz! and runs perfect! raid is awesome (intel)

Best bang for buck. Slaughters my p67 asus pro.(stupid worthless bios, overclocking settings, idiotic layout and menu system and english - did they even go to school?) Wish I could trade with client I got this for.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By RSarfaty on January 20, 2012
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The cancellation is a bit slow. I decided I don't need to spend the extra cash and would rather just get a power supply with my graphics card. Hopefully they cancel. If not i'll be back to make a few statements :P
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