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Offline Ray  
#1 Posted : Saturday, May 28, 2011 7:49:39 PM(UTC)
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We've seen some fairly unusual motherboards, and some fairly advanced ones as well. But what about a mainboard with an SSD infused onto it? It's true, and it's real. Gigabyte has just announced a new mainboard with an SSD on it, the Z68XP-UD3-iSSD. The board has a 20GB Intel SSD 311 built right onto it, which enables users to take advantage of Intel's Smart Reponse technology for a serious performance boost. It's an mSATA-based SLC SSD, and while the company doesn't make clear if you could load an operating system onto it, it should hasten the transfer of frequently used files.

The new Z68 board should ship in June, but a price has yet to be disclosed. So, how long before this trend trickles over onto other mainboards?

GIGABYTE Offers Bundle on Z68XP-UD3-iSSD Motherboard featuring 20GB Intel® SSD 311 Series
SSD Bundle Enables Users to Effortlessly Take Advantage of Intel® Smart Response Technology for an Instant System Performance Boost
2011/05/27

Taipei, Taiwan, May 27, 2011 - GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co., Ltd, a leading manufacturer of motherboards, graphics cards and computing hardware solutions today announced the new GIGABYTE Z68XP-UD3-iSSD motherboard based on the Intel® Z68 Express chipset and pre-bundled with the 20GB Intel® Solid-State Drive 311 Series. The included mSATA-based single level cell (SLC) solid-state drive (SSD), allows users to take advantage of the performance benefits of Intel® Smart Response Technology straight out of the box. The package is expected to be available to end-users in early June from selected online retailers internationally.

"We are thrilled to deliver the world's first motherboard to come pre-bundled with an IntelSSD 311," commented Richard Chen, VP of Worldwide Sales and Marketing at GIGABYTE. "Our customers realize the performance benefits that Intel Smart Response Technology has to offer, and the Z68XP-UD3-iSSD is the easiest way for them to instantly take advantage of the performance boost."

"By offering the Intel SSD 311 Series, optimized for Intel Smart Response Technology, with GIGABYTE's Z68XP-UD3-iSSD MOTHERBOARD, we can bring the benefits of increased system responsiveness to more users," said Pete Hazen, director of marketing for Intel's Non-Volatile Memory Solutions Group. "A bundle such as this offers users an easy, plug-and-play entry into the quicker response environment of caching with an SSD."

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 4X (PC Mark Vantage HDD test score) and deliver a 60% performance improvement over HDD-only systems in PC Mark Vantage Suite.

GIGABYTE will display the GA-Z68XP-UD3-iSSD package at Computex 2011. To find out more about the GA-Z68XP-UD3-iSSD, please visit: http://www.gigabyte.com/...oduct-page.aspx?pid=3896
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#2 Posted : Sunday, May 29, 2011 5:25:51 PM(UTC)
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How does this Smart Response Technology work, and how does the motherboard/processor use the SSD?

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#3 Posted : Monday, May 30, 2011 6:10:27 AM(UTC)
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genius! this is great.

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#4 Posted : Monday, May 30, 2011 6:21:18 AM(UTC)
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Super Dave wrote:

How does this Smart Response Technology work, and how does the motherboard/processor use the SSD?

http://hothardware.com/Reviews/Intel-Z68-Express-Chipset-With-Smart-Response-Technology/

and I think it wont be that much expensive ,I expect it in $250 range or less.

 

 

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#5 Posted : Monday, May 30, 2011 6:55:56 AM(UTC)
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Odds are that this will be normal fare in a year because everyone is going to want the performance boost, and having it built-in means that it will work, and be easy to set up. Board makers will provide whatever is popular too. Of course, this assumes that the on-board SSD version performs as well as one that's not, and I'll be looking for reviews here on HH.

Intel's Smart Response Technology can work with up to 40GB SSD's, and now I wonder if there will be much difference between using 20GB as opposed to 40GB? (does size really matter?) The final price of having it already built-in to the Mainboard will be a factor too. If any of you buy into this right away, I'd like to have you post on your results.

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#6 Posted : Monday, May 30, 2011 7:31:22 AM(UTC)
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O it better let us load an OS on to it! :D

Its pretty cool though :)

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#7 Posted : Monday, May 30, 2011 7:51:59 AM(UTC)
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Sweet... one less drive bay taken up.

Offline realneil  
#8 Posted : Monday, May 30, 2011 8:49:24 AM(UTC)
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Inspector wrote:
it better let us load an OS on to it

A Win-7 installation would just about use up a 40GB drive, but this Smart Response Technology uses the SSD in a Hybrid fashion, effectively making it a cache for a larger drive that's also installed. Technically, the OS is installed onto the larger drive and the mainboard's chipset serves up the files that you use the most because they're stored on the SSD. The more you use the computer, the faster it gets, because it "learns" your usage patterns and stores that data in the faster Solid State Drive.

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#9 Posted : Monday, May 30, 2011 9:28:26 AM(UTC)
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20 gig's of cache talk about speedboost

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#10 Posted : Monday, May 30, 2011 9:38:02 AM(UTC)
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dadodgeson wrote:
20 gig's of cache talk about speedboost

And it's on a faster SATA data path than SpeedBoost's USB bus.

 

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#11 Posted : Monday, May 30, 2011 10:38:08 AM(UTC)
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when we first had seen these smaller form ssd's i thought it would be for lap top /tab's but this is a good use for them

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#12 Posted : Monday, May 30, 2011 11:06:49 AM(UTC)
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Yeah, a 40GB SSD is perfect for UBUNTU Linux. Talk about a fast OS on a fast drive,............

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#13 Posted : Monday, May 30, 2011 12:55:52 PM(UTC)
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This isnt all that different from the Hybrid drives Seagate has been making. A small amount of flash memory plus the mechanical hard drive. Now if Seagate could only get ahold of a decent controller that could handle the complex task of managing that hybrid drive you might see a lot more of these out there. Instead you now have motherboards now going to be headed that way of shoving flash memory and using some fancy chip to handle all the caching. In the end i see this as a fad for desktop mobo's and a mainstream thing for laptops as laptops need all the performance boost they can get.

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#14 Posted : Monday, May 30, 2011 1:43:45 PM(UTC)
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Drago wrote:
This isnt all that different from the Hybrid drives Seagate has been making.

I have a Seagate 7200RPM 500GB hybrid drive. It's a 2.5" small form factor installed into a Dell Notebook PC. It has 4GB of Cache RAM and it has the capability to learn your usage patterns too. It stores your most frequently used files in flash memory to speed up the system. It's faster than the 5400RPM drive that came in the Laptop, but not Earth shattering at all.

Offline rrplay  
#15 Posted : Monday, May 30, 2011 3:53:17 PM(UTC)
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It would be very beneficial for those that work on a project for hours on end to have those files [working / build  directories ] cached to the faster SSD..turned into blink of the eye can alleviate a bit of user fatigue as well.

depending on the need.. 20GB could be plenty.

 

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