Gigabyte Z68AP-D3 Review

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Storage options are well catered for with two SATA 6Gbp/s ports and four SATA 2. We also have something new on the Z68AP-D3 and that's the inclusion of an M-SATA port.

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mSATA is something far more often to be found in Netbooks. It's a 1.8" form factor but with SATA2 speeds. Useful if you've got a spare tiny drive somewhere, or want to migrate from a portable option onto the D3.

The CPU area is the one place on the D3 motherboard where the difference between this and the more enthusiast motherboards is clear. Only a single CPU fan header, a 4pin rather than 8pin CPU power connector and a lot less power-phases.

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Yes those really are a parallel port and serial port on the rear of the D3. With a reasonably short amount of USB ports and the many other things we've come to expect on the back of our motherboards something has to fill the space, and it does follow on from the general upgrade design philosophy. Although if you've still got a LPT printer then you'll probably experience future-shock when you realise it's 2011.

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Most Recent Comments

26-10-2011, 14:19:36

whoa! dirt cheapQuote

26-10-2011, 17:33:09

It's very nice to see Gigabyte keeping quality and value to their motherboards. Go Gigabyte! Quote

26-10-2011, 18:14:38

Nice budget MB.Quote

27-10-2011, 03:54:36

you were using 1.14 volts to get 4.6, did it not like 1.3-1.35 for a higher clock?

and as other's have said, it real nice for the priceQuote

29-10-2011, 20:51:48


I got one question for this mobo and i post it on the forum here and i would like to know your opinion on this.


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