Intel® Smart Response Technology
Faster than HDD-only system
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 2X (PC Mark Vantage) and HDD-only systems by as much as 4X (PC Mark Vantage).
GIGABYTE Touch BIOS™
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.
* Touch BIOS Utility and BIOS download
GIGABTYE has created easy to recognize icons to represent the main BIOS features. Users can change voltages and CPU ratios using the Overclock icon, or can monitor their system using the PC Status icon, just to name a few. GIGABYTE has also included icons to quickly access GIGABYTE applications such as Quick Boost and @BIOS, allowing for even greater levels of system customization.
Easy to Navigate
GIGABYTE has designed Touch BIOS™ from the ground-up to make it as easy as possible to navigate. Large icons allow users to navigate with a mouse or finger on a touch enabled monitor. GIGABYTE has also added several touch-friendly features including easy-to-read fonts, enlarged navigation panes and wider side scroll bars to more easily modify BIOS settings.
One of the key benefits of GIGABYTE Touch BIOS™ is that users can customize the Touch BIOS™ homepage according to their needs. Users can easily rearrange icon order using a mouse or finger and can also add frequently used icons or delete unused ones.
No Need to Enter BIOS to Modify BIOS Settings
Maximum CPU Power Delivery
Like the pistons and cylinders of a car engine, the design of the motherboard Voltage Regulator Module (VRM), component quality and number of power phases greatly affects motherboard performance. GIGABYTE engineers were first to realize not only the importance of using the best quality components for this critical area, but also that with more power phases there can be more power available to your CPU. GIGABYTE Z68 series motherboards with their new redesigned VRM, promise to deliver first class system performance and power stability. With only the best quality components and unique design, incorporating Dual Power Switching and Power Phase Boost with Multi-gear Switching, your CPU can enjoy more unadulterated power from the motherboard than from previous motherboards.
What is the GIGABYTE Ultra Durable™3 design?
The signature specifications for GIGABYTE Ultra Durable™ 3 motherboards are Japanese Solid Capacitors featuring 50,000 hr. operation time, 2x Copper PCBs, Ferrite core chokes with higher energy efficiency compared to more common iron core chokes and Lower RDS(on) MOSFETs that feature lower resistance, i.e. reduced power consumption and heat.
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 you 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.
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.