|RAM||32 GB DDR3 2200;DDR3 2133;DDR3 1066;DDR3 1333;DDR3 1600|
|Number of USB 2.0 Ports||6|
ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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- 2 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16 (1x16 or dual x8)
- 16-Phase Power Digital power phase
- AMD Quad-GPU CrossFireX and NVIDIA Quad-GPU SLI support
- 1 x Gb LAN featuring the latest Intel chipset
- Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR
- UEFI (Extensible Firmware Interface) BIOS
- BT GO! (BT Turbo Remote) - Beyond your Imagination of what Bluetooth can do!
- 4 x USB 3.0 (2 ports at back panel, 1 port at mid-board)
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|Chipset Type||—||Intel H81||Intel Z270||Intel Z270||Intel Z68||Intel Z170|
|Processor (CPU) Model Socket||LGA 1155||LGA 1150||LGA 1151||LGA 1151||LGA 1155||LGA 1151|
|Item Dimensions||13.1 x 10.7 x 2.8 in||3 x 9 x 7 in||1 x 12 x 9.6 in||10.62 x 13.18 x 3.14 in||3 x 11.6 x 9.6 in||0.1 x 12 x 9.6 in|
|Item Weight||3.55 lbs||1.35 lbs||2.68 lbs||2 lbs||2.75 lbs||1.76 lbs|
|Memory Slots Available||4||2||4||4||4||4|
|Ram Memory Maximum Size||—||16 GB||64 GB||64 GB||32 GB||64 GB|
|RAM Technology||DDR3 2200;DDR3 2133;DDR3 1066;DDR3 1333;DDR3 1600||DDR3 1066||DDR4||DIMM||DDR3 1333;DDR3 1066||DDR4|
|Supported Motherboard||ATX||Micro ATX||atx||atx||ATX||atx|
|Total Pci Slots Free||7||0||—||—||6||—|
|Total SATA Ports||9||2||—||—||6||—|
The ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 motherboard features the Intel Z68 chipset supporting the 2nd Generation Intel Core i7/Core i5/Core i3 Processors. The all-new GEN3 series is fully ready for true PCIe 3.0, built to be future-proof with native BIOS support for 22nm next-gen Intel processors as well as PCIe 3.0 switching IC for SLI support. ASUS’ ground breaking UEFI BIOS simplifies platform settings for users with an EZ tuning mode.
Top customer reviews
ASUS has a longstanding reputation as a quality producer of motherboards and this one surely does not disappoint.
The board itself: The board and all of its components are sturdy (quality materials) and fully functioning. It has more than sufficient options with PCI 3.0/2.0/2.1, 4 SATA 6.0 gb/s hookups (2 RAID capable), 4 3.0 gb/s, and more than enough I/O options. It has two USB 3.0 ports built in and a second front attachment that provides two more ports. I actually use those two ports as internal hookups for my case and strapped it down inside my case. From an aesthetic standpoint, it is a rather sharp board though blue is a difficult color to match. I've owned it now for two weeks and am fully happy.
The BIOS: ASUS has one of the more intuitive BIOS systems. For those who are novices, there is a graphical "easy" mode that will allow you to choose if you want your processor to achieve faster than average speeds, have a relatively normal operating dynamic, or wish to go in a more power saving mode. While those who enjoy tweaking the "finer" aspects will have access to an advanced mode with everything you could desire.
For those interested, my CPU is an i7-2700k and I have it OCed at 4.6 ghz with about 1.28 vcore and 10 hour prime stability. With a basic hyper 212+ (a relatively lower-end aftermarket cooler) and push-pull configuration, my max core temperatures are only 65.
i7 - 2600K 3.40 Ghz
4 GB Corsair DDR3 Vengeance RAM
530 w, Seasonic S12 II power supply
Corsair Hydro H60 liquid cooling system later replaced by the Deepcool's Iceedge 400 XT
Crucial 60GB Solid State Drive which runs the OS
Windows 7 Professional 64 bit edition,
CoolerMaster HAF 2 Cabinet with 5 fans (3 exhaust, 2 intake). The only complaint I have were the two USB 3 slots on the front of the case that failed after a couple of years, though I don't use them much. I updated the bios maybe once or twice and it has been quite a performer for almost 6 years now with almost "no" other hassles. Highly recommend ASUS motherboards. They are probably the best.
I've built dozens of desktop and server systems using boards and components from many of the top manufacturers. I'll never buy another ASRock board again, but even though its parent company also owns ASUS, I'll surely buy ASUS again for my motherboard needs. And the P8Z68-V PRO-GEN3 is the reason why.
Didn't really need the /Gen3 model board but was only $20 more - I've found that after about 3 yrs, enough has changed that you might as well do a new build. The Gen3 makes the PCI slots upgradeable to the faster PCI 3 standard which is not available yet. I'll probably never use it prior to new build, but for $20 got the Gen3 model anyway.
Also didn't really need the Z68 version. P67 would have been fine since I am using a dedicated graphics card. Z68 lets you use onboard cpu graphics & dedicated graphics card. Again, price difference wasn't that great, so decided to go with the newer board. P67 model allows for easy overclocking. H67 model allows for onboard graphics option, Z68 does both. I assume if you are buying a MB that you have a graphics card. So if you want to save money go with P67 board.
Manual seems better than most... good details. I haven't read too much yet. Nice to have 4 Sata 3 (6gig) drive capability. Right now I have all drive 8 drive connectors full (only 1 Sata 6gb drive) - but plan to upgrade drives with new hybred Sata3 6gig drives when drive prices come down. Would like to have 10 drive connectors, but 8 is still good (4 Sata 2 & 4 Sata 3s). Lot of USB (2 & 3) connectors plus internal USB 3 connector is nice for case front USB 3 ports.
Board is nicely laid out, memory slots far enough away from CPU that didn't have any problem with Zalman 9700 CPU cooler hitting memory. CPU avgs 25 C temp with fan running at a quiet speed of 1800 rpm. System stays at a cool avg 28c temp. GPU 51c. So board is quality made with good heat dispersement.
Bottom Line: good quality board. Easy to overclock. Good documentation. Good online help. Lot of connectors (drives & USB). Probably don't need Gen3 for future proofing yet to come PCI 3 cards. Probably would have been just as happy with a P67 card for $20-$30 less. But since the board is something you don't replace often (opposed to drives), I am glad I went with this board - even though it was about $40 more than I needed to spend. If you are like me and reviewing lots and not sure what to buy... get this board, you will not be sorry.