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GIGABYTE GA-Z68AP-D3 Intel Z68 (REV B3) Socket 1155 DDR3 PCI-Express Motherboard


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LGA1155 socket for Intel® 2nd Generation Core™ i7/ Core™ i5/ Core™ i3 Processors, ATX Form Factor, DDR3 2200(O.C.)/2133/1866/1600/1333 (max 32GB), 2x USB3.0, 10x USB2.0, 2x SATA 6Gb/s, 3x SATA 3Gb/s, 2x PCI-E x16 (single at x16, or dual x16/x4), Supports ATI® Quad-GPU CrossFireX™ Technology, 8 Channel HD Audio, Multi VGA Output options: HDMI.

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This item is currently discontinued and at present, we have no replacement on order.
Quickcode: 45563  
Stock code: MBD-Z68-GA-Z68AP-D3
Manuf. code: GA-Z68AP-D3
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The GA-Z68AP-D3 motherboard, based on the Intel Z68 Express Chipset and supporting the new 2nd generation Intel Core processors. Delivering the very best that Intel 6 series chipsets have to offer, including a significant performance boost with Intel Smart Response Technology, the first ever mSATA drive connectors on a standard desktop PC motherboard, and GIGABYTE's proprietary Touch BIOS technology, GIGABYTE Z68 series motherboards put users in the driver seat, allowing them to take total control over how their system operates and performs to best match their individual computing needs.

Onboard mSATA for Intel SLC SSDs and Smart Response Technology
GIGABYTE Z68 series motherboards are equipped with the much anticipated Intel Smart Response Technology, allowing users to experience system performance similar to SSD only systems. Intel Smart Response technology works by using intelligent block-based caching of frequently used applications to improve system performance and responsiveness.

GIGABYTE Z68 motherboards are equipped with the much anticipated Intel Smart Response Technology, allowing users to experience system performance similar to SSD-only systems. Intel Smart Response technology works by using intelligent block-based caching of frequently used applications to improve system performance and responsiveness. In fact, GIGABYTE Z68 motherboards with Intel Smart Response Technology are able to outperform hybrid drive systems by more than 2X (PC Mark Vantage HDD test) and HDD-only systems by as much as 4X (PC Mark Vantage HDD test) and deliver a 60% performance improvement over HDD-only systems in PC Mark Vantage Suite.

108dB Signal-to-Noise ratio playback
GIGABYTE strongly believes that in 2011, HD audio playback is a standard specification, and as such, we have made Blu-ray audio playback a standard for all of our motherboards.
All of GIGABYTE's 2011 motherboards feature higher capability audio solution with 108dB Signal-to-Noise ratio (SNR) playback quality to deliver high-performance, multi-channel HD audio. SNR is a comparison of the amount of signal to the amount of noise such as hiss present in the signal (expressed in Decibels). A higher SNR equals a better audio experience. For example, 108dB, is a high audio specification, as this means the audio signal is 108dB higher than the level of the noise.

DualBIOS 3TB+ HDD Support (Hybrid EFI Technology)
Hybrid EFI Technology combines the benefits of GIGABYTE's mature BIOS platform including stability and compatibility with 3rd party products with 3TB+ HDD support from EFI technology, allowing GIGABYTE to offer the best of both worlds through a quick and easy BIOS update using GIGABYTE's @BIOS utility that is freely available from the GIGABYTE website.
GIGABYTE DualBIOS is a patented technology that automatically recovers BIOS data when the main BIOS has crashed or failed. Featuring 2 physical BIOS ROMs integrated onboard, GIGABYTE DualBIOS allows quick and seamless recovery from BIOS damage or failure due to viruses or improper BIOS updating. In addition, GIGABYTE DualBIOS now supports 3TB+ (terabyte) hard drive booting without the need for partitioning, and enables more data storage on a single hard drive.

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Manufacturer gigabyte
Warranty Type Manufacturer via Aria
Manufacturer Website
Manufacturer Phone 01908 322878
Warranty Period (yrs)3

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Question  Case by paulrawr

Would this fit into a Coolermaster elite 430 case?

Answer by joebe on Wednesday, March 14, 2012
It certainly would.

Question  IDE by alaneje

Is it possible to use an IDE Hardrive with this Motherboard?

Answer by danielw on Thursday, February 16, 2012
With a converter.

Question  Question by Kieran

Highly considering this motherboard but first I need to know if it can support dual SLI, it only mentions crossfire in the description and I have two GTX560ti that I would be using. Would this support them?

Answer by joebe on Monday, February 13, 2012
I dont believe this board supports SLI im afraid

Question  Over-clock potential by Meaty


Just wondered whether you can OC the CPU, GPU & RAM through this mobo? Also, what is the difference between this and the 45188 (in a nutshell)

2nd of all just wondered if I purchase some other bits under my name within a similer time frame e.g. 3 hours. Would I have to pay another delivery charge?


Answer by andrewn on Wednesday, February 1, 2012
You can certainly overclock a 'K' series CPU, yes. Overclocking the GPU is not dependent on motherboard, that's done directly with the GPU. Ram should be overclockable, yes. For real details on what kind of overclock I'd suggest asking on our forums at Obviously it depends on a number of factors such as your CPU, cooler, case etc.

Generally orders will get dispatched seperately if ordered seperately, yes. Best thing would probably to buy them all together.

Best powerpack by Guy

Hi, just wondering what powerpack would you recommend to run this motherboard? Ive got a low budget so best for money would be very much appreciated! Thanks

Response by danielw
Anything that is branded such as Corsair, XFX etc.
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