Gigabyte Z68AP-D3 (B3) Motherboard Intel Core Socket 1155 Intel Z68 Express SATA RAID ATX Gigabit LAN (rev. 1.0)

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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. 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. Navigating through the BIOS to change system settings can be 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 Touch BIOS, GIGABYTE 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 Touch BIOS is as easy to use as most apps on your iPhone.


GIGABYTE 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. 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. 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. GIGABYTE 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. GIGABYTE 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.


Installed Processors (Max)

0 (1)

Supported Processor Manufacturer


Supported Processors

Intel Core i7 processors ? Intel Core i5 processors ? Intel Core i3 processors ? Intel Pentium processors ? Intel Celeron processors


Socket 1155



Intel Z68 Express

Input/Output Controller

iTE IT8728

RAID Supported

Yes Chipset: RAID 0, 1, 5, 10

SATA Supported


Rear Panel I/O Ports


1 x HDMI


1 x Optical S/PDIF-out

Audio Line In Ports

1 x Line in

Audio Line Out Ports

1 x Line Out

Microphone In Port

1 x Microphone Port

Keyboard/Mouse Combo Port

1 x PS/2 Keyboard or Mouse Port

RJ-45 Ports

1 x RJ-45 Port

USB Ports

4 x USB 2.0 ? 2 x USB 3.0

Parallel Ports

1 x Parallel

Serial Ports

1 x Serial

Internal I/O Connectors

SATA Connectors

2 x SATA 6Gb/s ? 4 x SATA 3Gb/s

S/PDIF Connectors

1 x S/PDIF out Header

USB Connectors

3 x USB

Cooling Fan Support

1 x CPU Fan ? 2 x System Fan ? 1 Power Fan

Front Panel Connectors

1 x front panel header ? 1 x front panel audio header

TPM Header

1 x TPM Header

Other Connectors

1 x mSATA connector


PCI Slots

2 slot(s) - PCI

PCI Express Slots

5 slot(s) - 1 x PCI Express x16 (running at x16) ? 1 x PCI Express x16 (running at x4) , 3 x PCI Express x1


Maximum Memory

32GB 1066/1333/1600/1866/2133MHz Dual Channel DDR3

Graphics Device

Graphics Adaptor

Yes AMD CrossFireX


Integrated Sound

Realtek ALC889 codec ? High Definition Audio ? 2/4/5.1/7.1-channel (To configure 7.1-channel audio, you have to use an HD front panel audio module and enable the multi-channel audio feature through the audio driver.) ? Support for S/PDIF Out


Integrated Network

Realtek RTL8111E

Network Speeds Supported


System Requirements

Operating Systems Supported

Microsoft Windows 7 ? Vista ? XP



2 x 32 Mbit flash ? Use of licensed AWARD BIOS ? Support for DualBIOS ? PnP 1.0a, DMI 2.0, SM BIOS 2.4, ACPI 1.0b

Special Features

Support for @BIOS ? Support for Q-Flash ? Support for Xpress BIOS Rescue ? Support for Download Center ? Support for Xpress Install ? Support for Xpress Recovery2 ? Support for EasyTune (Available functions in EasyTune may differ by motherboard model.) ? Support for Smart 6 ? Support for Auto Green ? Support for eXtreme Hard Drive (X.H.D) ? Support for ON/OFF Charge ? Support for Cloud OC ? Support for 3TB+ Unlock ? Support for TouchBIOS ? Support for Q-Share


Clear CMOS jumper


Power Connector

1 x 24-pin ATX main power connector ? 1 x 4-pin ATX 12V power connector



30.5cm (W) x 21.5cm (L)


  • Supports for LGA1155 2nd Generation Intel Core Processors
  • Touch BIOS delivers the innovative new way to modify BIOS
  • 4X performance boost with mSATA 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 3x USB Power with On/Off Charge USB ports
  • CrossFireX multi-graphics support for ultimate graphics performance
  • Hybrid EFI technology with DualBIOS for 3TB HDD support
  • HDMI graphics output for smoother HD video playback
  • XHD technology accelerating hard drive performance with ease
  • GIGABYTE DualBIOS technology delivering highest level failure protection

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Catalogue No: EL-04031164