TechSpot: Gigabyte Z68XP-UD3-iSSD Motherboard: 20GB SSD On-Board

Released last May, the Z68 chipset serves as Intel's enthusiast-level LGA1155 platform. In addition to combining the functionality of its H67 and P67 chipsets, the Z68 offers some impressive new features, including Intel's Smart Response Technology.

Smart Response Technology (SRT) is a hybrid storage solution that effectively marries the zero access time of a speedy flash drive with the massive storage capacity of an inexpensive hard drive. In doing so, users can expect to pay a modest price premium for significant speed gains.

We've seen many impressive Z68 boards since launch, but none are more intriguing than what we have today: the Gigabyte Z68XP-UD3-iSSD. Right out of the box, this board features an Intel SSD 311 20GB attached via an mSATA connector to take advantage of Smart Response Technology.

Read: Gigabyte Z68XP-UD3-iSSD Motherboard Review - 20GB SSD On-Board

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How many people here actually read up on Intel's SRT.

There is no reason to install the OS on the SSD. SRT pulls the most commonly accessed files and caches them to SSD.

20GB is sufficient.

the SSD needs to be 40-60GB for a realistic long term install of Win7. Win7 may install on 20GB but it grows over time especially the evil winsxs folder.

Good Idea though for my next home built PC I'll look for something like this but with more capacity.

I guess a lot of you don't see a lot a mobo boxes every day? As a seller, I see them all day long. This box is really no more cluttered than most other higher end mobo boxes out there. Yeah, most mobo boxes out there are slammed with logos, specs, etc. No different than most products in any market.

ir0nw0lf said,
I guess a lot of you don't see a lot a mobo boxes every day? As a seller, I see them all day long. This box is really no more cluttered than most other higher end mobo boxes out there. Yeah, most mobo boxes out there are slammed with logos, specs, etc. No different than most products in any market.

I guess some people want to see the type of design from video card box, i.e. Aliens, Monsters or scantily clad Xena type chatacters.

I definitely hope this trend of small SSD's on motherboards takes off. Just wish Gigabyte would change their color scheme of the mobo - it is absolutely hideous

hmm I hate the box, looks like a cheap chinese rip off. If they would want to sell this to me, the box would have to look more "professional". but features look nice

birdie-87 said,
hmm I hate the box, looks like a cheap chinese rip off. If they would want to sell this to me, the box would have to look more "professional"

Aside from being based in Taiwan, so what? It's what's in the box that matters.

birdie-87 said,
hmm I hate the box, looks like a cheap chinese rip off. If they would want to sell this to me, the box would have to look more "professional". but features look nice

This is an enthusiast motherboard, you're not likely to be walking into a shop to browse and pick up whatever takes your fancy. Chances are, you'll have nailed down which board you want and ordered it online, without ever seeing the box.

birdie-87 said,
hmm I hate the box, looks like a cheap chinese rip off. If they would want to sell this to me, the box would have to look more "professional". but features look nice

You must be new. 90% of motherboard boxes look like that.

birdie-87 said,
hmm I hate the box, looks like a cheap chinese rip off. If they would want to sell this to me, the box would have to look more "professional". but features look nice

You a Mac noob?

Chill you guys, evga or xfx's brand look better, gigabyte I never looked at them because their brand looks bad and so does their box, People are different and to some brand matters. So if evga got a similar mobo, gigabyte will not get my sale, because gigabyte brand looks bad to me

China/ese and Taiwan/ese are not the same. This has been a long debate.

Max Norris said,

Aside from being based in Taiwan, so what? It's what's in the box that matters.

birdie-87 said,
hmm I hate the box, looks like a cheap chinese rip off. If they would want to sell this to me, the box would have to look more "professional". but features look nice

I don't really care about box art. I have had a few Gigabyte boards and every single one has worked very well. Don't judge it solely on box art, unless of course it was made entirely with MS paint, then go ahead.

SPARTdAN said,
Oh, nice. So does this benefit from extra speed if you were running Windows from a SSD on SATA?

20 Gb. is not enough to install Windows 7. The one thing you can do to really accelerate your system is to put the swap file (pagesys), the temporary files and the browser cache. That will also reduce the fragmentation on your main drive.

Captain555 said,

20 Gb. is not enough to install Windows 7. The one thing you can do to really accelerate your system is to put the swap file (pagesys), the temporary files and the browser cache. That will also reduce the fragmentation on your main drive.

20GB is plenty for Win 7. It fits on 10GB drives very comfortably.

episode said,

20GB is plenty for Win 7. It fits on 10GB drives very comfortably.

Currently, my "Windows" folder is 17.1 GB. :-\

Remember Windows Update.

chago12 said,

yes it is


no it's not. 20Gb, or Gigabits = 2.5GB, or GigaBytes, you can't install windows of anything, except maybe 3.1 in 2.5GB of space.

SirEvan said,

no it's not. 20Gb, or Gigabits = 2.5GB, or GigaBytes, you can't install windows of anything, except maybe 3.1 in 2.5GB of space.

Storage is NEVER written in Gb. It's always in GigaByte (GiB vs GB is another story now). So even if they write it in little "b" they are still talking about Bytes. Bits is only used when talking about speeds.

SirEvan said,

no it's not. 20Gb, or Gigabits = 2.5GB, or GigaBytes, you can't install windows of anything, except maybe 3.1 in 2.5GB of space.

What? Its 20GB, plain and simple. And you can install Windows 7 on it.

SirEvan said,

no it's not. 20Gb, or Gigabits = 2.5GB, or GigaBytes, you can't install windows of anything, except maybe 3.1 in 2.5GB of space.
What the hell? It's not 2.5 Gigabytes (2.5 GB), it's 20 Gigabytes (20 GB). Look at the box, it's 20 GB, capital GB!

tsupersonic said,
What the hell? It's not 2.5 Gigabytes (2.5 GB), it's 20 Gigabytes (20 GB). Look at the box, it's 20 GB, capital GB!

Reading fail. If you read the guys comment, he said "20Gb is not enough to install windows". He is correct, as 20Gb is 2.5GB. I can clearly read the box says 20GB, but the guy saying 20Gb is not enough is correct.

SirEvan said,

Reading fail. If you read the guys comment, he said "20Gb is not enough to install windows". He is correct, as 20Gb is 2.5GB. I can clearly read the box says 20GB, but the guy saying 20Gb is not enough is correct.

While you are correct, the assumption is that he meant 20GB instead of 20Gb as lots of people (confusingly) write it that way. When talking about (amount of) storage it's correct to assume they mean GB (vs speed of storage which could be Gb).

SirEvan said,

Reading fail. If you read the guys comment, he said "20Gb is not enough to install windows". He is correct, as 20Gb is 2.5GB. I can clearly read the box says 20GB, but the guy saying 20Gb is not enough is correct.

It's obvious to the intelligent reader he meant GB, it's a common mistake.

Aside from that nobody answered the original question here, which I am also wondering-
So does this benefit from extra speed if you were running Windows from a SSD on SATA?

no-sweat said,

It's obvious to the intelligent reader he meant GB, it's a common mistake.

Aside from that nobody answered the original question here, which I am also wondering-
So does this benefit from extra speed if you were running Windows from a SSD on SATA?

Read the article...
There are plenty of included benchmarks.

chago12 said,

yes it is

Minimum requirements for Windows 7 Home Premium, Professional, Ultimate, Enterprise:
40GB traditional or SSD HD with at least 15GB of available space.
-- from MCTS 70-680: Configuring Windows 7

Sure you technically could put Windows 7 on a 20GB, but that would be dumb and it wouldn't take long to start hitting 20GB. The /winsxs folder grows by the gigabyte in a short amount of time, for one... many other reasons. My Windows directory is 18GB and I clean-installed Win 7 on this machine in Oct. 2010.

20GB is more than enough, just get another fast HD to install all other things and run windows from that iSSD. The hopes that Intel got all the kinks out.

Captain555 said,

20 Gb. is not enough to install Windows 7. The one thing you can do to really accelerate your system is to put the swap file (pagesys), the temporary files and the browser cache. That will also reduce the fragmentation on your main drive.