GIGABYTE Z68-Motherboard GA-Z68MA-D2H-B3 (rev. 1.3)



 



GA-Z68MA-D2H-B3 / (rev. 1.0) / rev. 1.3

Support-Features:
  • Supports for LGA1155 2nd Generation Intel® Core™ Processors
  • Supports Virtu™ GPU virtualization software for extreme display
  • Touch BIOS™ delivers No Need for Reboot to more easily modify BIOS settings.
  • 4X performance boost with the Intel® Smart Response Technology
  • Supports USB 3.0 with superfast transfer rates of up to 5 Gbps
  • High speed SATA3 storage interface with superfast 6Gbps link speed
  • GIGABYTE Z68 3x USB Power with On/Off Charge USB ports
  • SLI and CrossFireX multi-graphics support for ultimate graphics performance
  • Hybrid EFI technology with DualBIOS for 3TB HDD support
  • HDMI/ DVI interface for smoother HD video playback
  • Enhanced Intel HD Graphics 2000/3000 integrated with the processor
  • XHD technology accelerating hard drive performance with ease

Introduction:
Combining the advantages of the Intel® P67 and H67 platforms in one complete package is the GIGABYTE Z68 series.  Our GIGABYTE Z68 series offer the best of both worlds. The end-users can take advantage of the system tuning and overclocking features. This found in the Intel® P67 platform as well as the built-in visual features of the H67 platforms. When both of these are combined with 2nd generation Intel® Core ™ processors is Extreme.


Support Intel 22nm processors:

GIGABYTE Z68 motherboards support Intel 22nm processors.
Designed for PCI Express Gen.3 Support

The GIGABYTE Z68 motherboard is fully configured. This provides gamers with the latest Gen.3 PCI Express technology. This delivering maximum data bandwidth for forthcoming discrete graphics cards.
* PCIe Gen. 3 is dependent on CPU and expansion card compatibility.

GIGABYTE Z68 Touch BIOS™ (Patent Pending)
An Innovative New Way to Modify BIOS Settings
Navigating through the BIOS to change system settings is a daunting task. for users not familiar with control “F”functions and mouse-less navigation. While some EFI BIOS try to address this with a mouse friendly environment, many implementations still lack a certain ease-of-use necessary for most people. With GIGABYTE Z68 Touch BIOS™, GIGABYTE Z68 engineers have completely re-imagined how users can interact with their BIOS, allowing for a more intuitive user experience. In fact, with a touch screen monitor, GIGABYTE Z68 Touch BIOS™ is as easy to use as most apps on your iPhone.


Supports Intel® 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. 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.* 4X+ Faster than HDD-only system in PC Mark Vantage(HDD Score)
** The Intel Smart Response Technology requires a computer system with an Intel Z68 chipset-based motherboard and an Intel Core i3/i5/i7 series Processor.
Download : Intel Smart Response SSD Available Vender List


 

GIGABYTE Z68 EZ Smart Response:

The GIGABYTE Z68 EZ Smart Response utility is a simple application that allows users to quickly and easily configure their system for Intel® Smart Response Technology. In the past, enabling Intel® Smart Response meant users needed to enter the BIOS in order to configure their system for RAID mode, which then required a complete reinstall of the operating system. Once that processes was complete, users then needed to install the Intel® Rapid Storage Utility as well as configure Intel’s Smart Response Technology. GIGABYTE Z68 EZ Smart Response does all of this automatically, without users having to perform a complicated install process. This allows them to quickly and effortlessly enjoy a significant boost in system performance…more
* The EZ Smart Response Technology requires a computer system with an Intel Z68 chipset-based motherboard and an Intel Core i3/i5/i7 series Processor.


Built-in Gigabyte Visuals:
Built-in Visuals GIGABYTE Z68 motherboards offer support for several 2nd generation Intel® Core™ Built-in Visual Features.
Intel® Quick Sync Video
Up to 2X faster media processing than any other solution for incredibly fast conversion of video files for portable media players or online sharing.
Intel® InTru™ 3D
Users can enjoy the ultimate 3D visual experiences–seamlessly–from their PC. Now they can watch their favorite 3D movies with Blu-ray Stereo 3D playback using active shutter 3D glasses. It delivers it all in 1080p full, high-definition resolution on the TV over HDMI 1.4.
Intel® Insider
Allows users to view premium 1080p HD content on their GIGABYTE Z68 series system.


Switchable Graphics with LucidLogix Virtu GPU Virtualization:

GIGABYTE Z68 motherboards are enabled with LucidLogix Virtu GPU Virtualization technology which allows users to dynamically switch between their built-in graphics and their high-end, 3D discrete graphics cards. This is ideal for gamers who require high-resolution gaming and still want to enjoy the built-in media features of 2nd generation Intel® Core™ processors. In so doing, switchable graphics helps to dramatically reduce PC graphics power consumption.


New 100% Hardware VRD 12 Compliant CPU Power Design:
GIGABYTE Z68 6 series motherboards incorporate an Intel® approved Intersil PWM controller that is VRD 12 (Voltage Regulator Down) compliant. This means that it offers new features that include SerialVID (SVID) which transfers power management information between the processor and voltage regulator controller, allowing more robust and efficient signaling control between the CPU and PWM controller – hence, delivering a more energy efficient platform.


Intel® HD Graphics Core 2000/3000 Enhanced Visual Features:
The Glorious Intel® Quick Sync Video:
Intel® Quick Sync Video is a breakthrough media processing for incredibly fast editing and sharing.
Our Great Intel® InTru™ 3D:
2nd Generation Intel® Core™ Processors offer an outstanding Blu-Ray Stereo 3D experience in full high definition resolution (1080p) with HDMI 1.4.
Intel® Advanced Vector Extensions (AVX):
Increases the performance of Accelerated Floating Point and Vector Computing Intensive Applications with minimal power gains.
Driver MOSFETs – Integration of VRM Components:

A traditional Voltage Regulator Module (VRM) consists of a Choke, Capacitors, MOSFETs and a Driver IC. By incorporating the MOSFETs and driver IC in accordance with the Intel® Driver-MOSFET specification, we can achieve higher power transfer and increased efficiency at higher switching frequencies to satisfy the growing power requirements of today’s processors. Driver-MOSFETs also help to reduce VRM real estate requirements.
in the CPU zone.


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108dB Signal-to-Noise ratio playback:
GIGABYTE Z68 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 Z68’s 2011:
These 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 Z68’s mature BIOS platform including stability and compatibility with 3rd party products with 3TB+ HDD support from EFI technology, allowing GIGABYTE Z68 to offer the best of both worlds through a quick and easy BIOS update using GIGABYTE Z68’s @BIOS utility that is freely available from the GIGABYTE Z68 website.
GIGABYTE Z68 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 Z68 DualBIOS™ allows quick and seamless recovery from BIOS damage or failure due to viruses or improper BIOS updating. In addition, GIGABYTE Z68 DualBIOS™ now supports 3TB+ (terabyte) hard drive booting without the need for partitioning, and enables more data storage on a single hard drive.


On/Off Charge Technology:
GIGABYTE Z68 On/Off Charge technology allows you to charge your iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch regardless of whether your PC is on, in standby mode or even off. A derivative of GIGABYTE Z68’s highly acclaimed 3x USB Power feature, On/Off Charge enables devices to draw more current from GIGABYTE Z68 motherboard USB ports than standard USB ports allow, so that charging from your PC can be as fast as with a charger…more
*Due to certain mobile phone limitations, users may need to connect the mobile phone to their PC before the PC enters S4/S5 mode to enable a quick charge from non On/Off Charge USB ports. Charging results may vary by model.
*Whether to support 3X USB power design, it may vary by models.
On/Off Charge Driver download

SuperSpeed USB 3.0:
GIGABYTE Z68 motherboards boast SuperSpeed USB 3.0 technology made possible through an additional onboard host controller. With superfast transfer rates of up to 5 Gbps, users are able to experience a theoretical 10x improvement over USB 2.0. Additionally, backwards compatibility with USB 2.0 assures users of long term use of their legacy USB 2.0 devices.

SATA 6 Gbps:
GIGABYTE Z68 motherboards are High-Speed SATA Revision 3.0 compatible, delivering superfast 6Gbps link speeds for twice the data transfer rates of SATA Revision 2.0 (3 Gbps). When used in RAID 0 (Stripe) mode, they offer even faster data transfer rates of up to a theoretical 4x the speed of current SATA interfaces.

3x USB Power Boost:
GIGABYTE Z68 motherboards feature a 3x USB power boost, delivering greater compatibility and extra power for USB devices. GIGABYTE Z68’s unique USB power design is also able to efficiently regulate output over the full voltage range, which greatly enhances USB device compatibility. In addition, dedicated lower resistance fuses ensure lower voltage drops, and provide more stable and plentiful power delivery.

Turbo XHD- Full Automatic RAID 0:
GIGABYTE Z68 Turbo XHD provides a quick and easy way to boost your hard drive performance by automatically detecting 2 new SATA3 HDDs and enabling users to effortlessly set up a RAID 0 configuration via an easy to use utility. RAID 0 boosts HDD performance by up to 4X.
Turbo XHD function only enabled for the SATA controllers integrated in the Intel Z68/P67/H67 Chipset.


HDMI™-The Next Generation Multimedia Interface:
HDMI™ is a High-Definition Multimedia Interface which provides up to 5Gb/s video transmitting bandwidth and 8-channel high quality audio all through a single cable. Able to transmit superior, uncompressed digital video and audio, HDMI™ ensures the crispest rendering of digital content up to 1080p without the quality losses associated with analog interfaces and their digital-to-analog conversion. In addition, HDMI™ is compatible with HDCP (High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection), allowing the playback of Blu-ray/HD DVD and other protected media content.


DVI Support:
DVI (Digital Visual Interface) is a video interface standard designed for carrying uncompressed digital video data and to maximize the visual quality of digital display devices, such as LCD monitors, digital projectors, and so on. In addition, the DVI interface is compatible with HDCP (High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection).


Multi-display support with CrossFireX and SLI™:
Flexible graphics capabilities supported for either CrossFireX™ or SLI™ action, delivering the ultimate in graphics performance for gaming enthusiasts who demand the highest frame rates without compromising on resolution.


Smart 6 – Smarter PC system Management:

Smart QuickBoot
Speeds up booting times.
Smart DualBIOS
Personal reminder of PC passwords.
Smart QuickBoost*
One-click Overclocking
Smart Recorder
Your PC’s Watch Dog
Smart Recovery 2
Allows you to go back in time on your PC and retrieve lost files
Smart TimeLock
Time Controller for your PC.


* Whether SMART QuickBoost is supported depends on the motherboard model.


 

Cloud OC:
GIGABYTE Z68 Cloud OC is a free overclocking application that facilitates PC overclocking through any web browsing capable device such as a smart phone, iPad, iPhone, Netbooks or notebook PC. Being browser based, it connects via wireless Internet, Bluetooth or through an Ethernet cable, and its many functions are categorized into three tabs: Tuner, System Info and Control…more 
Cloud OC download
AutoGreen- Greening your PC via Bluetooth cellphone
AutoGreen technology can automatically save power by simply putting your PC in a state of sleep when your Bluetooth® cell phone is out of range of your computer.
Note: GIGABYTE Z68 motherboards do not include a Bluetooth® receiver; the addition of a 3rd party Bluetooth receiver is required.



 GIGABYTE Z68 supports ErP, Lot 6 support:
The ErP (also known as Energy-Related Products Directive) is part of the European Union’s environmental regulations policy.
ErP is based on concern for the environmental. The proliferation of electronic devices continues this assures equality. How to improve energy efficiency for a better and greener life is what ErP is all about.
GIGABYTE Z68 supports ErP and produces motherboards that help you effectively improve system efficiency:
* The entire materials provided herein are for reference only. GIGABYTE Z68 reserves the right to modify or revise the content at anytime without prior notice.
* Advertised performance is based on maximum theoretical interface values from respective Chipset vendors or organization who defined the interface specification. Actual performance may vary by system configuration.
* All trademarks and logos are the properties of their respective holders.

* Due to standard PC architecture, a certain amount of memory is reserved for system usage and therefore the actual memory size is less than the stated amount.







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