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Gigabyte Intel Z68 ATX DDR3 2133 LGA 1155 Motherboard GA-Z68A-D3H-B3


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  • Storage Interface: Chipset: 2 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors, 4 x SATA 3Gb/s connectors, Support for SATA RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, and RAID 10
  • Expansion Slots:1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x16. 1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x8. 1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x4 . 2 x PCI Express x1 slots. 2 x PCI slots. Support for ATI CrossFireX/NVIDIA SLI technology.
  • 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
  • CPU: Intel Core i7/i5/i3 processors, Intel Pentium processors, Intel Celeron processors in the LGA1155 package . Chipset: Intel Z68 Express Chipset
  • 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)
  • Back Panel Connectors:1 x PS/2 keyboard/mouse port/1 x D-Sub port/1 x DVI-D port/1 x HDMI port/1 x optical S/PDIF Out connector/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 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/4 x USB 2.0/1.1 headers/1 x serial port header/1 x clearing CMOS jumper/1 x Trusted Platform Module (TPM) header
  • USB: Chipset: Up to 12 USB 2.0/1.1 ports. Etron EJ168 chip: Up to 2 USB 3.0/2.0 ports on the back panel

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Technical Details

  • Processor Socket: LGA 1155
  • Form Factor: ATX
  • Chipset Type: Intel Z68
  • RAM Memory Technology: DDR3 2133;DDR3 1866;DDR3 1600;DDR3 1333;DDR3 1066
  • Ram Memory Maximum Size: 32.00 GB
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 11 x 3 inches ; 2.9 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 pounds
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B00518M77U
  • Item model number: GA-Z68A-D3H-B3
  • Batteries 1 Nonstandard Battery batteries required. (included)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: May 17, 2011

Product Description

From the Manufacturer

Combining the advantages of the Intel® P67 and H67 platforms in one complete package, the GIGABYTE Z68 series offer the best of both worlds; users can take advantage of the system tuning and overclocking features found in the Intel®P67 platform as well as the built-in visual features of the H67 platforms when combined with 2nd generation Intel® CoreeTM processors.

Key Feature

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  • Supports for LGA1155 2nd Generation Intel® CoreTM Processors
  • Supports VirtuTMGPU virtualization software for extreme display
  • Touch BIOSTMdelivers No Need for Reboot to more easily modify BIOS settings
  • 4X performance boost with the Intel® Smart Response Technology
  • Supports USB 3.0 with superfast transfer rates of up to 5 Gbps
  • GIGABYTE 3x USB Power with On/Off Charge USB ports
  • High speed SATA3 storage interface with superfast 6Gbps link speed
  • SLI and CrossFireX multi-graphics support for ultimate graphics performance
  • Hybrid EFI technology with DualBIOS for 3TB HDD support
  • HDMI/ DVI/ DisplayPort interface for smoother HD video playback
  • XHD technology accelerating hard drive performance with ease



Overview


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.



Supports Intel® Smart Response Technology
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Faster than HDD-only system


GIGABYTE Z68 series motherboards are equipped with the much anticipated Intel® Smart Response Technology, allowing users to experience system performance similar to SSD only systems. Intel® 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 Intel® Smart Response Technology are able to outperform hybrid drive systems by more than 2X (PC Mark Vantage) and HDD-only systems by as much as 4X (PC Mark Vantage).



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.



DualBIOSTM 3TB+ HDD Support (Hybrid EFI Technology)
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Hybrid EFI Technology combines the benefits of GIGABYTE's mature BIOS platform including stability and compatibility with 3rd party products with 3TB+ HDD support from EFI technology, allowing GIGABYTE to offer the best of both worlds through a quick and easy BIOS update using GIGABYTE's @BIOS utility that is freely available from the GIGABYTE website.
GIGABYTE DualBIOSTM is a patented technology that automatically recovers BIOS data when the main BIOS has crashed or failed. Featuring 2 physical BIOS ROMs integrated onboard, GIGABYTE DualBIOSTM allows quick and seamless recovery from BIOS damage or failure due to viruses or improper BIOS updating. In addition, GIGABYTE DualBIOSTM now supports 3TB+ (terabyte) hard drive booting without the need for partitioning, and enables more data storage on a single hard drive.

HDMITM / DVI
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HDMITM-The Next Generation Multimedia Interface

HDMITM is a High-Definition Multimedia Interface which provides up to 5Gb/s video transmitting bandwidth and 8-channel high quality audio all through a single cable. Able to transmit superior, uncompressed digital video and audio, HDMITM ensures the crispest rendering of digital content up to 1080p without the quality losses associated with analog interfaces and their digital-to-analog conversion. In addition, HDMITM is compatible with HDCP (High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection), allowing the playback of Blu-ray/HD DVD and other protected media content.


DVI Support

DVI (Digital Visual Interface) is a video interface standard designed for carrying uncompressed digital video data and to maximize the visual quality of digital display devices, such as LCD monitors, digital projectors, and so on. In addition, the DVI interface is compatible with HDCP (High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection).



Specifications

Model: GA-Z68A-D3H-B3
CPU Support 2nd Generation Intel Core Processors
CPU Socket LGA1155
DMI 20Gb/s
Chipset Intel Z68 chipset
Onboard Graphics Intel HD Graphics
Graphics Interface 2*PCI-E 2.0x16 slot(2 PCIEx8)
Memory Type Dual Channel DDR3 2200+/1333/1066 MHz
Memory DIMM 4*DDR3(Max 32GB)
Expansion Slots 1*PCI-Ex4+2*PCI-Ex1+2*PCI
ATA connector 2*SATA 6Gb/s+4*SATA 3Gb/s
ASTA RAID RAID 0,1,5,10
USB 4*USB3.0+12*USB2.0
Audio 8-channel HD
1394 / LAN - / GbE LAN
Features & Software Touch BIOS, Smart Response,Lucid Virtu, On/Off Charge,Ultra Durable 2, Smart6, ATi CrossFireX, DualBIOS 3TB+ HDD Support, HDMI, DVI, RGB, Turbo USB3, Turbo XHD, Hotkey OC, Cloud OC, Dolby Home Theater,ErP Ready
Form Factor ATX (305x244)
*The specification and pictures are subject to change without notice.

Product Description

Gigabyte GA-Z68A-D3H-B3 Socket 1155/Intel Z68/DDR3/ATI CrossFireX & nVidia SLI/SATA3&USB3.0/A&GbE/ATX Motherboard

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Customer Reviews

With all of the features of this board I doubt I will be disappointed.
Brandon
Do yourself a favor: the boot-loop issue isn't rare and it isn't user error - it's an issue with the hardware and Gigabyte hasn't dealt with it.
Bradford Schmidt
I didn't even get the boot loop problem either time - the machine simply would not power on.
Corey Brown

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Brandon on August 22, 2011
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Picked this up for a new PC build, was going to go with an Asus at a similar price but it wasn't available for immediate shipment so I decided to give Gigabyte a try. With all of the features of this board I doubt I will be disappointed. Everything installed smoothly. The one complaint I've seen is the placement of the SATA ports. While it does seem sort of strange, it didn't cause a problem in my case (Antec 900). Now, that is a large case so some people doing a build in a smaller case might have some problems but I had several inches of open space in front of the board; didn't even need the 90 degree cables.

The motherboard also comes with 4 SATA cables (2-90 degree, 2-straight) which I though was generous...that might be standard practice but I haven't done a build in a while and thought it was nice.

Good board for a good price!
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 19, 2012
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This is the second Gigabyte motherboard that I have purchased from Amazon that has failed not long after the 30 day return period. The first board was returned to Gigabyte directly after contacting their customer service dept by email. There was about a 2 day delay between contacting them and getting an RMA. Once they had my board, they claimed it was damaged by me and sent photographs of damage that was not on the board I sent them. Warranty coverage was denied on that first board. I tried this model after reading good reviews here and at New Egg. It was easy to install and fast until it failed yesterday. It started with an apparent failure of the ATI HD5770 video card I am using. On boot up, the video signal was suddenly reported by my monitor as a resolution and frequency that was not supported. I pulled the video card and connected the monitor to the HDMI port on the motherboard. This enabled me to boot to the bios and check my settings. Nothing seemed wrong so I proceeded to install the video drivers for the Intel HD 3000 on chip video. After a reboot, the on chip video would not display anything either and I could not get the motherboard to boot into the bios. It looks like it is an infinite boot loop and all I get out of the HDMI port is garbage. I tried swapping in a known good power supply but that made no difference. I have owned this motherboard for 55 days. I am a 54 year old electrical engineer with 1000's of hours experience building and testing sensitive electronic devices. I was a fan of Gigabyte motherboards for the past 5 years and built good systems for myself, friends and family with their products. The quality control and good customer service that was once a hallmark of this company is clearly gone.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Eric from Montreal on March 17, 2012
Rock solid stable using Bios F12. It seems the F12 was developed to cure the boot-looping problems which some of these boards were having. I O/C my i5 2500K with 16GB GSkill Ram to 4.47 GHz using Gigabytes Smart QuickBoost with one click from inside Win7 ... no need to go into the bios. Runs Prime95 and Malwarebytes anti-spyware scan at the same time without problem at 4.47Ghz on air at about 59C at the lowest fan revolutions of my Thermalright MUX-120 ... completely SSD silent. The QuickBoost keeps Intel's power savings features enabled and simply manipulate the multiplier and voltage used by Turbo Boost technology so it throttles back to low power saving mode when more isn't needed ... really good stuff. The Vcore when O/C is about 1.32V and when not O/C its about 1.03V. Runs very cool and its still quite responsive when needed. I did try some manual O/C (I was able to get it to a stable 4.9GHz without super tweaking) but decided it wasn't worth the time and trouble considering how well the QuickBoost worked. Click it and forget it ... but for those who enjoy such sport you can manipulate the Vcore etc manually. Using the provided Gigabyte software you can also change other bios settings from inside windows ... and while the traditional bios itself is not UEFI I personally don't see the big deal about UEFI. All in all ... good clear documentation and great software.

Lucid Virtu is fun and useful switching between the on-board CPU based Intel HD Graphics 3000 and my Powercolor HD 5770. Gigabyte Smart Recovery 2 software is great and saved my Win7 installation once after a nasty virus attack. Use it ... it works ! I also liked that there are two PCI slots because I have an Asus sound card and an add-on 4X usb card ... also the one PS/2 comes in handy because my fav. mouse is PS/2 ...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bradford Schmidt VINE VOICE on August 2, 2012
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First of all, I've been building computers for over a decade. I'm not claiming to be a professional, but I've successfully built a dozed or so, some for use as Windows boxes, some for Linux, and a few even for FreeBSD (yes, really).

I've sworn by Gigabyte boards for that entire time (in fact I still have two boxes in my house built off Gigabyte boards - just not THIS one), but no more. The boot-loop issue that's detailed here is the issue.

My first board I bought late last year, and it was fine for 6 months or so. I figured the boot-loop issue was resolved (I'd updated my bios to F13 and had never had an issue), so I purchased a second one. No joy though: almost immediately it started boot-looping and never even making it to the point at which I could get into the bios. I took it out of the computer and sent it back for a refund.

Now, a month later, my original board has started to boot loop as well - though this one started with a few random reboots for no reason while I was using it - shoulda seen the writing on the wall at that point. A couple of days after the first random reboot, it fell into the boot-loop cycle and I've had to pull it as well.

I understand these things happen, and I've had no issues with othe GB boards. However, with such a pervasive problem, you'd think GB would deal with it. They have not, and thus I'm leaving them as a customer.

I've replaced it with an ASRock: ASRock Z68 PRO3 GEN3 Intel Z68 ATX DDR3 1066 Intel - LGA 1155 Motherboard and I'm so far extremely happy.
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