Gigabyte bakes SSD onto motherboard

Gigabyte has come up with a natty idea to create a fast booting computer by installing a 20 GB SSD into the motherboard.

The Z68XP-UD3-iSSD is based on the new Z68 Express chipset for Intel’s Sandy Bridge processors, and has a hardwired m-SATA Intel Solid-State Drive 311 unit.

According to a company press release, the 20 GB gives you enough room to place your OS a few frequently used programs so that they boot up super-fast.

The Z68 chip set has Intel’s Smart Response Technology, which improves system performance through app caching. Chipzilla claims that the technology is 60 percent faster than a hard drive-based system, and has a fourfold performance improvement over hybrid SSD-hard drives.

Gigabyte’s motherboard uses LucidLogix Virtu which is a switchable graphics technology that can switch between Intel’s integrated GPU and any discrete graphic cards you might have on board.

This means that you can set it up so that the discrete card only switches on when you need it.

There are two PCI Express x16 slots, support for CrossFireX and SLI multi-graphics card technologies, SATA 6Gbps and USB 3.0 connectors, and Gigabyte’s Touch BIOS.

Sadly, Gigabyte hasn’t announced a price for theZ68XP-UD3-iSSD, although it is supposed to be in the shops in June.

It would be an interesting bit of kit, the only downside we can see is that if the flash drive goes, it will take the entire motherboard with it.