Gigabyte Z68AP-D3 LGA1155 Intel Z68 DDR3 ATX USB 3.0

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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.

Onboard mSATA connector and Smart Response Technology

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.

Built-in 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.

SuperSpeed USB 3.0

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.

SATA 6 Gbps

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.



Product Description
Gigabyte GA-Z68AP-D3 - 1.0 - motherboard - ATX - LGA1155 Socket - Z68
Product Type
Motherboard - ATX
Chipset Type
Intel Z68 Express / ITE IT8728
Processor Socket
1 x LGA1155 Socket
Compatible Processors
Pentium, Celeron, Core i5, Core i3, Core i7
Max RAM Size
32 GB
RAM Supported
4 DIMM slots - DDR3, non-ECC
Storage Ports
2 x SATA-600 (RAID), 4 x SATA-300 (RAID)
USB / FireWire Ports
2 x USB 3.0 + 4 x USB 2.0 + (6 x USB 2.0 via headers)
HD Audio (8-channel)
Gigabit Ethernet
Microsoft Certification
Compatible with Windows 7



Product Type
Motherboard - ATX
Chipset Type
Intel Z68 Express / ITE IT8728
Processor Socket
LGA1155 Socket
Max Processors Qty
Compatible Processors
Pentium, Celeron, Core i5, Core i3, Core i7

Supported RAM

Max Size
32 GB
Bus Clock
1600 MHz, 1333 MHz, 1066 MHz, 1866 MHz, 2133 MHz
PC3-17600, PC3-14400, PC3-12800, PC3-10600, PC3-8500
Supported RAM Integrity Check
Dual channel memory architecture, Intel Extreme Memory Profiles (XMP)


HD Audio (8-channel)
Audio Codec
Realtek ALC889
Compliant Standards
High Definition Audio


Network Controller
Realtek RTL8111E
Network Interfaces
Gigabit Ethernet

Expansion / Connectivity

Expansion Slots
1 x CPU , 4 x DIMM 240-pin (1.5 V) , 1 x PCIe 2.0 x16 , 1 x PCIe 2.0 x16 , 3 x PCIe 2.0 x1 , 2 x PCI
Storage Interfaces
SATA-300 -connectors: 4 x 7pin Serial ATA - 4 devices - RAID 0 / RAID 1 / RAID 10 / RAID 5 , SATA-600 -connectors: 2 x 7pin Serial ATA - 2 devices - RAID 0 / RAID 1 / RAID 10 / RAID 5
1 x PS/2 keyboard / mouse , 4 x USB 2.0 , 1 x serial , 1 x parallel , 1 x TOSLINK , 2 x USB 3.0 , 1 x LAN (Gigabit Ethernet) , 1 x audio line-out - mini-jack , 1 x audio line-in - mini-jack , 1 x microphone - mini-jack , 1 x HDMI
Internal Interfaces
6 x USB 2.0
Power Connectors
4-pin ATX12V connector, 24-pin main power connector


BIOS Features
DMI 2.0 support, ACPI 1.0b support, SMBIOS 2.4 support, Touch BIOS, Xpress BIOS Rescue
Hardware Monitoring
CPU core temperature, chassis temperature, CPU fan tachometer, chassis fan tachometer, system voltage, CPU overheating protection, power supply fan tachometer
Hardware Features
DualBIOS, Q-Flash, Trusted Platform Module (TPM), Smart 6, GIGABYTE eXtreme Hard Drive (XHD), AutoGreen, 3x USB Power Boost, On/Off Charge, GIGABYTE Turbo XHD, Lucid Virtu, Voltage Regulator Down 12 (VRD) compliant, AMD CrossFireX technology support


Software Included
Norton Internet Security, @BIOS, Xpress Recovery 2, Q-Share, Cloud OC, EasyTune
Compatible with Windows 7
"Compatible with Windows 7" software and devices carry Microsoft’s assurance that these products have passed tests for compatibility and reliability with 32-bit and 64-bit Windows 7.
Compliant Standards
Plug and Play, ACPI 1.0b, Energy-Related Products (ErP) Lot 6
30.5 cm
21.5 cm

Customer reviews

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5* Very nice
Reviewed by Jordan on 23/01/2012
Slapped an i5 2500K CPU and 16G of vengeance ram etc.

Very easy to use. Overclocking has never been so simplified!

The Audio device settings are little confusing at first (due to the several audio output methods eic S/PDIF, rear line out and HDMI out etc.).

But over all, very pleased!
4* Bit of dissapointment
Reviewed by Qjpus on 25/03/2012
Bought one since Asus MoBos were reported having problems with more sophisticated processor coolers.

There were Gigabyte GZ-G2 case plus in offer.
Nice - I thought - gigabyte MoBo + Gigabyte case - what could go wrong?
Well - it could and it went.

I was tempted by that particular case since it boasts USB 3.0 external sockets. MoBo supports USB 3.0 and case provides sockets - nice.
Well - there is a little catch. MoBo truly supports USB 3.0 but ONLY by its own integrated sockets located typically at the back.
So actually there is nothing on a MoBo I could connect these lovely external USB 3.0 sockets, and their cables sagging useless inside the case.

Want external USB 3.0 support? Buy different MoBo.
Reviewed by Bergamot Eng. on 23/09/2013
A motherboard at that price (£42 in August 2013) was a bit too good to be true and I found out why when I got it: There are potential issues with its original bios from factory settings. I received the rev2.0 board. I wanted to use it with an i5-3470 processor. I got boot issues at it would crash between going through the post and accessing the bios. There are potential "compatibility" issues with certain processors (well documented on internet, even another review on BT mentions it). As not super clued up on bios settings it took me hours to solve my problem. 1 internet post suggested to leave the boot loop (i.e. crash - restart - crash etc... routine) running hoping that the computer might boot up at 1 point. It did. I took advantage of it to install Windows 8. I then downloaded the D version of the bios from the Gigabyte website. I left the boot loop running again while pressing "del" at regular intervals to access the bios. I installed the D bios with the "At Bios" application.
3* BIOS version
Reviewed by Anonymous on 09/07/2012
Great board BUT BEWARE!

Some processors require a newer version of the BIOS, therefore BIOS may need updating prior to use.

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