|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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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.
When I bought the x58 EVGA motherboard I was experiencing some issues. The GSKILL ram i used which was on the approved list wasn't showing the correct timings as well as correct RAM speed. No matter what you did to change either issues; you would get Blue Screens of Death aka instability. To keep from this happening, I just had to let the system set it's timings and this resulted in underclocking. Non gamers wouldn't care but gamers might give them headaches. Im anal, so it bothered me every time I turned on my system. Another issue was the malfunctioning USB ports. It didn't matter whether it's the front USB ports from my case or the motherboard ports on the back; I sometimes expierenced freezing if I plugged in ie. charging my phone, plugging in my printer. I registered the board and had some back and fourth tech help with EVGA's tech service. When things seemed to be running fine, I again was experiencing some issues. When I contacted EVGA they claimed that my motherboard was registered under another person. After thinking about it, I explained to them that I only registered it and it's probably under my old earthlink account that I since closed when I switched to FIOS. I even told them my old email address. They emailed me back asking for a receipt. I emailed them my receipt (from a online retailer I can't mention here). Then they requested a picture of my motherboard in my case showing the serial number. I did that. Then I get an email stating that it's registered under someone else. After pressing them; then they had the guts to say that the board was never registered.
I was going to wait for Intel's Ivy Bridge but didn't want EVGA anymore. I was researching until I saw that the Asus Gen3 boards possibly support both Sandy Bridge and Ivy Bridge. Asus as well as the vendors that sell this board do claim that both Sandy Bridge and Ivy Bridge will work on this motherboard. Until Ivy Bridge is available, I will just say that it's a possibility. Several people have recommended Asus and this time, I decided to go with Asus. I'm glad I did!
The easiest manual to ever read. Everything was clear and precise. The pictures were easy to follow. You could not mess up where the case wires attach to the motherboard and that is usually where I shine (yes, I was being a smart *butt* :) The pictures were clear and hookup was a breeze.
Where the CPU is located, if you use a aftermarket heat sink like I did, It's best to research whether or not it will block a RAMM socket. The RAM is close by. Otherwise, it's best to get LP (Low Profile) RAM. They are simply, the RAM without the huge heat sinks. My CPU heat sink is the CM Hyper 212 plus. The ram used were the Corsair 16GB (4x4GB) ddr3-1600 LP (they have what looks like blue jackets on them). The last RAM socket comes very close to the heat sink. If you put the RAM in after the heat sink (before attaching the fan) then there are no clearance issues. The SATA ports are easily accessible for your storage drives. The only possible issue you might have is if you have a SATA DVD or BLu-Ray drive in a full tower case. The distance could be an issue. I didn't though. Just throwing it out in caution. This motherboard does have 2 PCIe 3.0 slots. Surprisingly, the PCIe 3.0 (1st slot) doesn't block the PCIe x1 slot which allows you to fit a sound card (that uses PCIe) easily as the case for me. The 2nd PCIe 3.0 slot is further down. If you crossfire or do SLI, the 2 PCIe 3.0 slots will run at x8, x8.
After firing the system up, the UEFI BIOS screen is great eye candy and so much easier to read than the BIOS we are use to seeing. In my opinion, the BIOS screen doesn't look as scary and imposing as the "regular" BIOS screens we are use to seeing. Asus also included a GPU accelerator to increase performance of your video card. It also has neat tools to over clock safely. I'm not an over clocker so I can't comment on either of these tools.
All and all, this is a great motherboard. This was probably the easiest out of all motherboards I've used.
My system as of 1/6/11:
i5-2400 Sandy Bridge (until Ivy Bridge is released)
Corsair 16GB (4x4GB) ddr3-1600 (running at 1600) LP (Low Profile)
Corsair HX850w PSU modular/continuous power
CM Hyper 212 plus (heat sink and fan)
CM HAF 932 Full Tower
Auzentech Forte PCIe (XFI sound card)
Logitech Z5500 Digital 5.1 speakers
G15 Logitech Gaming Keyboard with LCD
G500 Gaming mouse
LG 24" 1080p (1920x1080) LCD
MSI PE/OC GTX570 (until Kepler is released)
Asus Gen3 Pro P8z68 motherboard
Samsung SSD 128GB (Windows 7 and drivers) SATA 3 (6GB/s)
WD SATA II 3GB/s 350GB Velociraptor w/ Steam and games
WD SATA II 3GB/s 1TB Caviar Black (not hooked up, used as a backup).
Windows Experience Score 7.5 because of the CPU which was rated at 7.5
PCI-E 3.0 support
USB 3.0 ports
SATA 6 GB/s support
Used ASUS for my past 5 builds
Really, the only difference between the PRO and the next version down from this board is the SATA 6 GB/s connectors on the board. This is worth the extra dollars if you plan on using one of the newer SSD's that support this.
The board itself was an easy install (well, easy in terms of installing a motherboard, which can take an hour or so with all the components), and I feel the quality is excellent. I had to position my Cooler Master CPU cooler towards the side of the case to avoid covering one of the RAM slots, but I was fortunate to have it pointing right at a vent anyway (Hyper 212 Plus cooler and Cooler Master HAF 912 case). Paired the board with Intel i7 2600K and Patriot Viper Extreme Division 4 1866MHz 16GB. Working well with both, no BSOD's. New BIOS is great, love the fact that you can use a mouse and the interface no longer looks like an old DOS program.