Gigabyte integrates SSD to its motherboards

/ 5 years ago

Intel’s new smart response technology allows users to improve the speed which their mechanical hard drives operate at by using a small SSD to cache the mechanical drive. However, buying a small SSD can seem to be a bit of a drag considering you will have to use one of your sata ports and additional space in your hard drive bays which can be frustrating if you only have a small mid tower case.

Therefore an integrated SSD is a great idea it allows the smart response technology provided by the Z68 chipset to make your mechanical hard drives function much much faster giving better operating system load times amongst other things. The integrated SSD however is only 20GB so will not be usable for much more than the operating system and commonly used processes (it will not be able to pre cache games, large media files etc).

In response to this gigabyte have released the Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3-iSSD motherboard (the iSSD indicates the integrated SSD). This board comes with a 20GB intel 311 series SSD integrated onto the centre of the motherboard as shown below:

Other than the integrated SSD this Z68 UD3 is no different in specification to the other Gigabyte Z68 UD3 coming with the following features:



  • Support for Intel® Core™ i7 processors/Intel® Core™ i5 processors/ Intel® Core™ i3 processors/Intel® Pentium® processors/Intel® Celeron® processors in the LGA1155 package
  • L3 cache varies with CPU
  • (Please refer “CPU Support List” for more information.)


  • Intel® Z68 Express Chipset


  • 4 x 1.5V DDR3 DIMM sockets supporting up to 32 GB of system memory
  • * Due to Windows 32-bit operating system limitation, when more than 4 GB of physical memory is installed, the actual memory size displayed will be less than 4 GB.
  • Dual channel memory architecture
  • Support for DDR3 2133/1866/1600/1333/1066 MHz memory modules
  • Support for non-ECC memory modules
  • Support for Extreme Memory Profile (XMP) memory modules
  • (Please refer “Memory Support List” for more information.)

Onboard GraphicsIntegrated in the Chipset:

  • 1 x HDMI port, supporting a maximum resolution of 1920×1200


  • Realtek ALC889 codec
  • High Definition Audio
  • 2/4/5.1/7.1-channel
  • Support for Dolby® Home Theater
  • Support for S/PDIF Out


  • 1 x Realtek RTL8111E chip (10/100/1000 Mbit)


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  • RexaR

    any word on the price?

  • Dean Oldfield

    Let us know the price, I'm liking the idea of this!

  • lucas4

    brilliant idea, and it was only a matter of time after Z68 brought along the useful SRT.slap a 60Gb SSD on the higher end boards and knock a few £'s off compared to buying the board and SSD separately and the motherboard manufacturers will be onto a major winner!

  • dav532000

    Must admit that I like the Idea of an incorporated SSD, boot times would be better, if these take off I can see them putting more than 20GB on other boards as this barely holds the OS.

  • dav532000

    Nice Idea, integrated SSD and Graphics, but 20GB, a bit more might have been better.

  • lucas4

    dav532000;18215 wrote: Nice Idea, integrated SSD and Graphics, but 20GB, a bit more might have been better.

    It's probably only 20gb coz this is an entry level Z68 board.I think the higher end boards will have a larger capacity

  • aruffell

    It's only 20gb as its meant for caching, nothing else 🙂

  • omegadoom13

    I'm wondering about price as well. If it's $500.. then oh well 😉

  • lucas4

    omegadoom13;18265 wrote: I'm wondering about price as well. If it's $500.. then oh well 😉

    i think it will be a few $'s more expensive than buying separately to start off with, but then it should drop to a few $'s less expensive as the boards with this feature become more popular

  • Eternalchaos

    I think it will be around ~£150-200 hell it could be less we just don't know the price of the 311 SSD

  • lucas4

    the UD3 itself goes for ~£130, so add around £30 for that 20gb SSD and i would say ~ £160 sounds like a decent estimate

  • omegadoom13

    let's hope other competitors join in.. should help lower prices, probably not by much early on.

  • inspirearun

    RexaR;18168 wrote: any word on the price?

    Unfortunately, the price has not been disclosed, but is expected to debut in the first days of June.