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Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3-iSSD Intel Z68 Motherboard & Intel 20GB SSD Review
Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3-iSSD Intel Z68 Motherboard & Intel 20GB SSD Review - PCSTATS
There are four key features that make the Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3-iSSD a real killer among Intel Z68 motherboards - a bundled 20GB Intel mSATA SSD, Virtu, SLI/Crossfire and onboard HDMI video output.
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Testing Intel SRT: PCMark Vantage

The following benchmark table offers direct comparisons using the Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3-iSSD test system with Windows 7 installed to an OCZ SSD, a Western Digital Raptor hard drive, and to the Raptor HDD with Intel SRT enabled on the bundled in Intel 20GB mSATA SSD.

While testing out Intel SRT PCSTATS noticed that it consistently takes at least two iterations to kick in, the first run being slightly faster than the native-HDD configuration. Generally speaking, by the second iteration the performance advantage from Intel SRT is about 4/5ths that of an SSD.

Test Description:
Win7 system running off the OCZ Vertex 2 solid state drive.
HDD: Win7 system running off the Western Digital WD740 hard drive.
HDD + Cache SSD (Enhanced): Win7 system running off the Western Digital WD740 hard drive with a 20GB Intel 311 mSATA SSD configured via Intel SRT to Enhanced mode.

PCSTATS Benchmark ReportFuturemark PCMark Vantage
Overall: Points Ranking
SSD 15863
HDD 9850
HDD + Cache SSD (Enhanced) RUN 1 10812
HDD + Cache SSD (Enhanced) RUN 2 14028
Memory: Points Ranking
SSD 11010
HDD 7365
HDD + Cache SSD (Enhanced) RUN 1 8827
HDD + Cache SSD (Enhanced) RUN 2 9292
TV and Movies: Points Ranking
SSD 6549
HDD 5445
HDD + Cache SSD (Enhanced) RUN 1 5983
HDD + Cache SSD (Enhanced) RUN 2 5848
Gaming: Points Ranking
SSD 15882
HDD 7811
HDD + Cache SSD (Enhanced) RUN 1 14483
HDD + Cache SSD (Enhanced) RUN 2 14605
Music: Points Ranking
SSD 17697
HDD 9143
HDD + Cache SSD (Enhanced) RUN 1 15152
HDD + Cache SSD (Enhanced) RUN 2 13568
Communications: Points Ranking
SSD 15873
HDD 11887
HDD + Cache SSD (Enhanced) RUN 1 14779
HDD + Cache SSD (Enhanced) RUN 2 13949
Productivity: Points Ranking
SSD 18955
HDD 7242
HDD + Cache SSD (Enhanced) RUN 1 12827
HDD + Cache SSD (Enhanced) RUN 2 14952
HDD: Points Ranking
SSD 32833
HDD 4501
HDD + Cache SSD (Enhanced) RUN 1 17052
HDD + Cache SSD (Enhanced) RUN 2 16562

PCMark Vantage yields pretty clear results; quickest is the PC with Windows 7 installed directly to the SSD and slowest is the PC with Win 7 installed to the HDD. No big surprise there, still, these two tests form the reference points from which to judge Intel SRT's impact when frequently accessed data blocks are read directly off the SSD cache, bypassing the hard disk entirely.

As you can see in the Vantage results chart above, the first run with Intel SRT enabled demonstrates better results than the pure HDD scenario, but generally speaking the second run offers the nearest to like-SSD performance. PCSTATS' expanded look at Intel Smart Response Technology dives into what it can and cannot improve, in greater depth. Generally speaking, applications that aren't storage intensive see much less of a positive impact.

Is it any good? Certainly! If you're putting together a PC system built around a mechanical hard drive, adding Intel Smart Response Technology into the mix via Gigabyte's GA-Z68XP-UD3-iSSD motherboard and the bundled in 20GB SSD cache is a worthwhile measure that can yield speed benefits to data intensive applications.

Next up, Sysmark 2007 benchmark results.

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Contents of Article: Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3-iSSD
 Pg 1.  Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3-iSSD Intel Z68 Motherboard & Intel 20GB SSD Review
 Pg 2.  Bundled-in 20GB SSD - Intel Smart Response Technology
 Pg 3.  360-Degree Motherboard Gallery: Board Layout
 Pg 4.  360-Degree Motherboard Gallery: Continued
 Pg 5.  BIOS and Hybrid-EFI Touch BIOS
 Pg 6.  Overclocking Test Report and Test System Details
 Pg 7.  Configuring Intel Smart Response Technology
 Pg 8.  — Testing Intel SRT: PCMark Vantage
 Pg 9.  Sysmark 2007 Motherboard Benchmarks
 Pg 10.  SiSoft Sandra: CPU Motherboard Benchmarks:
 Pg 11.  Sandra: Memory Motherboard Benchmarks:
 Pg 12.  PCMark Vantage Motherboard Benchmarks
 Pg 13.  3DMark 11 Motherboard Benchmarks
 Pg 14.  3DMark Vantage Motherboard Benchmarks
 Pg 15.  3DMark 06 Motherboard Benchmarks
 Pg 16.  FEAR Motherboard Benchmarks
 Pg 17.  IGP Motherboard Benchmarks: 3DMark Vantage, 3DMark06, FEAR
 Pg 18.  IGP Motherboard Benchmarks: Call of Juarez, Crysis, Video Transcoding
 Pg 19.  System Power Draw and Final Conclusions

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