Gigabyte Sticks 20GB SLC SSD On Z68 Mobo

There are lots of models, all ranging in sizes, commodity features, and brands, producing "me-too" products. Rarely do we see features that really command excitement. Enter Gigabyte's GA-Z68XP-UD3 series. There are two types, a GA-Z68XP-UD3 and a GA-Z68XP-UD3-iSSD.

Both models come with an integrated mSATA interface (essentially mini PCIe), allowing users to actually install mobile-SSD modules directly onto the motherboard. The difference is, with the GA-Z68XP-UD3-iSSD, Gigabyte is bundling a 20GB Intel SLC SSD module. Gigabyte told us that they skipped over MLC based modules to ensure higher levels of reliability and speed. While this is true, SLC modules cost significantly higher than MLC modules, and so we expect the iSSD bundle to command a steeper price.

If used, the module can be configured as a drive for your OS, or as a cache drive to be used in conjunction with Intel's Smart Response.

Gigabyte also mentioned that because a module is bundled with the iSSD board, Gigabyte will handle the RMA duties for the module should it ever fail within the motherboard's warranty period -- no need to go to Intel for coverage.

  • yzfr1guy
    Great Idea! 20Gig is perfect for OS install.
  • applegetsmelaid
    I want one.
  • Transsive
    My Windows 7 folder (2 years old) is 22GB... maybe perfect for XP.
  • kilo_17
    This is a pretty cool idea from Gigabyte
  • avi0013
    yzfr1guyGreat Idea! 20Gig is perfect for OS install.Is 20G enough with windows bloat? Or how about dual boot?
  • pabeader
    win 7 OS is only 3.5 gig. just make sure everything else goes to data drive.
  • sceen311
    perfect place for my Photoshop cache? and the files I'm currently working with? how bout upgradeable swapable?
  • fir_ser
    Good feature in a motherboard and I believe the SSD is upgradable.
  • Horhe
    pabeaderwin 7 OS is only 3.5 gig. just make sure everything else goes to data drive.How did you manage to trim it so much? Mine's 17.7 GB (only the Windows folder) and it is a recent installation (about 3 months). Windows 7 Professional x64
  • thrasher32
    I really like Gigabyte, their mobos are top-notch, and they are true innovators. This is a good example of that innovation at work.