Z68 Express Roundup: Three Motherboards Do Battle Around $200

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Crashman

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[citation][nom]user 18[/nom]ASrock comes with 4 eSATA cables?[/citation][citation][nom]Kisakuku[/nom]The first UEFI screenshots for ASRock and Asus are switched.[/citation]Fixed, thanks!
 

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->Thomas

"Gigabyte’s Quick Boost application sets our processor at 200, 400, or 700 MHz beyond its rated frequency."

Just so you know. Anyways, keep up the good work!

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hmm .. was thinking of getting an Asus P8Z68-V Pro .. not so sure now knowing that the other boards offer the same performance and are both cheaper.
 

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One additional feature of the ASRock card that isn't mentioned is its set of holes matching a socket 775 cooler. That feature was the main reason I ordered one of these cards three days ago, since I won't have to spend money on a new CPU cooler.
 

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[citation][nom]Olle P[/nom]One additional feature of the ASRock card that isn't mentioned is its set of holes matching a socket 775 cooler. That feature was the main reason I ordered one of these cards three days ago, since I won't have to spend money on a new CPU cooler.[/citation]

ermm thats pro, since i have a socket 775 core 2 duo atm. Any other motherboards out there that suport this?? i would love to know

 

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[citation][nom]mayankleoboy1[/nom]a USB 3.0 speed comparison between them would be more informative[/citation]
Agree. A USB 2.0 speed comparison would have been nice as well. Otherwise, nice review.
 

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[citation][nom]crisan_tiberiu[/nom]... socket 775 core 2 duo atm. Any other motherboards out there that suport this?[/citation]The other two (cheaper) ASRock Z68 mobos do support it as well, but I haven't seen it with any other manufacturer.
 

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It would be interesting to experiment with having multiple graphics cards, adding hard drives, using controllers, basically testing how performance between all motherboards is affected by eating up bandwidth by using the pci-e slots and controllers.
 

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Thanks for the excellent review. How appropriate for me, since I was just in the market for a Z68.

Also, thanks (to the commentor) for the info about the LGA 775 compatibility with coolers - I was wondering if I was going to have to replace mine...not it looks like I might be able to use it still.
 

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16/0/4 pcie is a joke. that really doesnt leave you room for much of anything. video card, i cant even use my raid card properly (x8) at that point. i hope x68 hurries up and gets here fast.

 

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I sure do love motherboard roundups. Incidentally, when I ordered my 2500k, the only motherboard in stock at the time was a H67 uATX board. So I bought it, and figured that the Z68 chipset would certainly be worth the wait. I think that it is for the most part. I'm using a pretty stripped down H67 board to boot. Even running at stock speeds, the 2500k and 2600k are pretty damn fast, so I really haven't regretted the decision. It sure feels like an upgrade from an aging Phenom II/Athlon II. The Z chipset might be icing on the cake.
 

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In previous reviews of various chipsets, I've noticed that ASrock consistently has boards with slower than normal bus speeds. Perhaps this is why they are slightly off the performance of other boards (especially the ones with faster bus speeds ie over 100Mhz)
 

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[citation][nom]huron[/nom]Thanks for the excellent review. How appropriate for me, since I was just in the market for a Z68.Also, thanks (to the commentor) for the info about the LGA 775 compatibility with coolers - I was wondering if I was going to have to replace mine...now it looks like I might be able to use it still.[/citation]
 

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[citation][nom]JohnnyLucky[/nom]I spent some time reading half a dozen chipset and half a dozen motherboard reviews. It appears as if I currently have no specific reason to upgrade which is fine with me.[/citation]Z68 isn't the upgrade for people who already have P67, it's for those who were about to upgrade from something even older and would like to have its extra features.
 
Crashman wrote:

"Z68 isn't the upgrade for people who already have P67, it's for those who were about to upgrade from something even older and would like to have its extra features."

I read about that too. I've got an Intel Core i7 860 system that I use for semi-professional work. I'm okay with it. My bottleneck is my typing skills when I'm creating code.
 
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