27 May 2011

Gigabyte Z68XP-UD3 motherboard with mSATA PCIe SSD interface

According to OCWorkbench Facebook fanpage, Gigabyte will introduce a new Z68 board with Intel Smart Response Technology using a PCIe based SSD connector at the centre of the mainboard. According to the post, the Z68XP-UD3 will be showcased at Computex Taipei 2011 trade show to be held next week in Taipei, Taiwan.

From the looks of the board, this board supports both SLI and CrossFireX. It also has 1394, Realtek 8 ch audio,  Dual BIOS, Dolby Home Theatre, Etrontech powered USB 3.0, DES, On/Off Charge and features a 2x copper PCB.

This is the upcoming Gigabyte Z68XP-UD3. This new board has a new feature mSATA. If you look at the centre of the mainboard, you will see a PCIe slot socket where you can insert a PCIe based SSD.

With the SSD, the Intel Smart Response System can be enabled just like any Z68 board. Instead of using a SATA port and hook it up with a SSD ...as the "cache", it now uses the PCIe based SSD.

Unfortunately such SSDs are not readily available off the shelves in this part of the world. I feel that such design is more suitable for notebooks.


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