On the storage front there are two 6Gb/s SATA III and
four 3Gb/s SATA II ports from the Intel Z68 chipset; RAID 0, 1, 5 and 10 modes
are supported across these ports. A Marvell SE9172 controller adds an extra pair
of 6Gb/s SATA III ports into the mix
and SATA III ports.
Gigabyte's GA-Z68XP-UD3-iSSD motherboard supports
DDR3-1066/1333/1600/1866/2133 memory in a dual channel configuration. The
largest memory density for 64-bit operating systems is 32GB, for Windows 32-bit
you're capped at 4GB max. The four 1.5v DIMMs support Extreme Memory Profiles
Four DDR3 memory
slots are available for population on the Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3-iSSD
LGA1155 for Intel 2nd-Generation Core i3/i5/i7 2xxx-series
Like all Intel Z68 platforms, the Gigabyte
GA-Z68XP-UD3-iSSD accommodates Intel socket 1155 2nd Generation 'Sandy Bridge'
Core i3/i5/i7 processors. It is not compatible with socket 1156 CPUs. Socket 1155 heatsink mounting holes
are different than socket 775 and socket
1366 platforms, but mercifully compatible with LGA 1156
thermal solutions. If in doubt, just look at Frostytech's Top 5 Heatsink chart.
slot spacing: extra wide.
Spacing between the two videocard PCI Express 2.0 x16
slots is wide. A single dual-slot wide videocard will only block the second
PCIEx1 slot. If you opt for SLI or CrossFireX, it will likely cost at least one
PCI slot. With either videocard scenario there is lots of space to go around.
The PCI Express slots are clearly marked with bandwidth values.
The Intel Z68 Express chipset is located off to the side
of the expansion slots under a low profile aluminum heatsink that won't block
long videocards. Gigabyte's trademark dual-BIOS' is tucked away in this region
EJ168 USB 3.0 controller.
A pair of Etron EJ168 controllers connect over PCI
Express x1 bus' to the Intel Z68 chipset to supply four USB 3.0 ports. While USB 2.0's 480Mb/s maximum
bandwidth was quick enough for smaller flash-memory based devices in the past,
USB 3.0 expands that bandwidth to a whopping 4.8Gb/s!
Next up, PCSTATS tries its hand overclocking a Core i5
2500K processor on the Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3-iSSD motherboard, but first a quick
look at the BIOS features and Gigabyte Touch BIOS.