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Gigabyte GA-Z68AP-D3 Intel Z68 LGA 1155 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s DDR3 2133 ATX Motherboard

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  • CPU: Support for Intel Core i7/i5/i3/Pentium/Celeron processors in the LGA1155 package. Chipset: Intel Z68 Express Chipset
  • Memory: 4 x 1.5V DDR3 DIMM sockets supporting up to 32 GB of system memory. Dual channel memory architecture. Support for DDR3 2133/1866/1600/1333/1066 MHz memory modules.
  • Audio: Realtek ALC889 codec. High Definition Audio. 2/4/5.1/7.1-channel. Support for S/PDIF Out. LAN: 1 x Realtek RTL8111E chip (10/100/1000 Mbit)
  • Expansion Slots: 1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x16. 1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x4. 3 x PCI Express x1 slots. 2 x PCI slots. Support for AMD CrossFireX technology
  • Storage Interface: 2 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors. 4 x SATA 3Gb/s connectors. Support for RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, and RAID 10.
  • USB: Chipset: Up to 10 USB 2.0/1.1 ports. Etron EJ168 chip: Up to 2 USB 3.0/2.0 ports on the back panel.
  • Internal I/O Connectors:1 x 24-pin ATX main power connector/1 x 4-pin ATX 12V power connector/2 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors/4 x SATA 3Gb/s connectors/1 x mSATA connector/1 x CPU fan header/2 x system fan headers/1 x power fan header/1 x front panel header/1 x front panel audio header/1 x S/PDIF Out header/3 x USB 2.0/1.1 headers/1 x clearing CMOS jumper/1 x Trusted Platform Module (TPM) header
  • Back Panel Connectors: 1 x PS/2 keyboard/mouse port/1 x parallel port/1 x serial port/1 x optical S/PDIF Out connector/1 x HDMI port/4 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports/2 x USB 3.0/2.0 ports/1 x RJ-45 port/3 x audio jacks (Line In/Line Out/Microphone)
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Technical Details

  • Back Panel Connectors: 1 x PS/2 keyboard/mouse port/1 x parallel port/1 x serial port/1 x optical S/PDIF Out connector/1 x HDMI port/4 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports/2 x USB 3.0/2.0 ports/1 x RJ-45 port/3 x audio jacks (Line In/Line Out/Microphone)
  • Internal I/O Connectors:1 x 24-pin ATX main power connector/1 x 4-pin ATX 12V power connector/2 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors/4 x SATA 3Gb/s connectors/1 x mSATA connector/1 x CPU fan header/2 x system fan headers/1 x power fan header/1 x front panel header/1 x front panel audio header/1 x S/PDIF Out header/3 x USB 2.0/1.1 headers/1 x clearing CMOS jumper/1 x Trusted Platform Module (TPM) header
  • USB: Chipset: Up to 10 USB 2.0/1.1 ports. Etron EJ168 chip: Up to 2 USB 3.0/2.0 ports on the back panel.

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/Supports USB 3.0 with superfast transfer rates of up to 5 Gbps/High speed SATA3 storage interface with superfast 6Gbps link speed/GIGABYTE 3x USB Power with On/Off Charge USB ports/CrossFireX multi-graphics support for ultimate graphics performance/Hybrid EFI technology with DualBIOS for 3TB HDD support/HDMI graphics output for smoother HD video playback/XHD technology accelerating hard drive performance with ease/GIGABYTE DualBIOS technology delivering highest level failure protection

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 11 x 3 inches ; 3 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
  • Domestic Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
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  • ASIN: B005M2AQQY
  • Item model number: GA-Z68AP-D3
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
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  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: September 8, 2011

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By M. Lam on March 18, 2012
Verified Purchase
Built my first PC with this motherboard. Got one of the last 8 Amazon Prime units in stock for $104.24. Perfect for a lower mid-level gaming PC. If I had to build another PC, I would go right back to a Gigabyte Z68 board.

Pros:
- More than enough PCI-E and PCI 16 slots for a network adapter, two graphics cards, and more. Can Crossfire between two ATI graphics cards.
- 4 DDR3 SDRAM slots, with enough clearance for low profile memory and a Hyper212+ CPU Cooler.
- Easy to overclock Intel K processors and adjust memory settings using the standard BIOS or TouchBIOS. The BIOS is logical and easy to navigate.
- 1 CPU FAN, 1 PWR FAN and 2 SYS FAN outputs on the board. SYS FAN locations are perfect for a side or bottom intake fan and a rear or top exhaust fan.
- 1 HDMI output, 2 USB 3.0, and 2 SATA3 6Gb/s ports included
- And the most important thing - it posted the first try.

Cons:
- Doesn't support NVIDIA SLI
- The motherboard mounting locations confused me. There are supposed to be 9 locations for an ATX board, but this ATX board only used 6, and there was a 7th left over where I could not mount a standoff into my CM Elite 430 case.
- Backplate for the rear ports was cheap and difficult to install. But most are nowadays, it seems.
- Included CD had a lot of outdated drivers/utility software. When I went to the Gigabyte website to download the latest versions, I got confused between all the different utilities and drivers. Ended up downloading all of them just in case, but only installed the ones that I thought I needed. It was a lot of work to distinguish between the useful utilities/drivers and the useless/bloatware ones.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By T. Lemelin on March 19, 2012
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I'll preface this with saying that this isn't my first build. At all. I've used mother boards from $75 to $300. My rating keeps in mind what you get for the price you pay.

The price on this motherboard is a steal for a Z68 board, especially considering everything it comes coupled with. SATA3 (6Gb/s), mSATA (for SSDs), USB 3.0, a large number of PCIe x1 slots, space between the RAM slots and the video card (too many boards smash the RAM slots up against where the video card will be once it's installed), and one thing WAY too often overlooked... optical out for digital sound! (This is HUGE considering the analog sound output is seriously lacking.)

I had no issues installing anything (hardware or software related). The drivers on the CD were sufficient enough to get the computer up and running (you should never expect drivers on a CD for any piece of hardware to ever be up-to-date) and it's very easy to overclock on the board. (I went from the stock 3.4GHz on my Core i7 2600k to 4.0GHz on my third boot up. I took it back down because I'm only running retail Intel cooling which is not enough for that sort of increase. Right now I'm at 3.7GHz and holding steady.)

Being an nVidia user I'm saddened by the inability to SLi... but truth be told I've had an SLi setup before and have no desire for it again. I'd rather have just one good solo card.

I did have the same issue as another reviewer where there was a strange number of mounting locations, and they didn't all pair up with my case. Not a big deal as I always support the motherboard when mounting anything... just found it odd.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Chris Wright on April 27, 2012
UPDATE: March 2013
Well, I did indeed RMA the board and it was returned to me after about 4 weeks. Since I had an old case and power supply laying around I decided to test it out before selling it. The results have been much better. The endless boot syndrome has not re-developed and the board is now being used with a Core i5 2500k, 8 megs of RAM, 120GB SSD, 550 watt PSU and Radeon 6790 graphics card set up. The system did not overclock very well so it is running at stock settings. No problems with the board after the RMA.

SHORT & SWEET SUMMARY:

I bought this board from CompUsa on sale for about $90. WHAT A GREAT DEAL (?)

PRO'S:

This board has lots of great features and has gotten many good professional and user reviews. The price point is an awesome value. I couldn't resist getting it to replace an older board. I love the G Z68 board when it works, the Smart Response, and easy tune features are great! Love it.

CON'S:
The problem? Why only 2 stars?

After just 3 days of running I shut my system down, then later that afternoon went to start it back up: Nothing happened, the system just started a continuous repetition of boot re-starts: no screen flash, no boot screen, no beeping, just power on cycle, cycle, cycle as it turned itself on and then off repeatedly.

It is being called "Endless Boot Cycle Syndrome", something, I just discovered, that is being discussed on several other sites and review boards as being a problem w the Gigabyte Z68 boards.

LESSON LEARNED: DON'T BUY THIS FROM COMPUSA!! BUY FROM AMAZON: THE AMAZON RETURN / WARRANTY IS MUCH, MUCH BETTER!!!
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