|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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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.Read more ›
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.
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).Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
4 years and still going strong. Bad reviews suggest that sometimes we suffer from something called 'Bad luck'.Published 2 months ago by Gavin
Well, I just saw this in my list of things I needed to review here on Amazon. I bought this in March, 2012 and it still is running just fine. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Steve Williams
Have to agree with other reviews -- Asus customer support is now soooo bad that I'll probably never buy anything from them again. Read morePublished 17 months ago by netizen
This motherboard is totally stable and very reliable. I really think this is one of the best boards ASUS built in the last 5 years and I have worked with a dozen or so.Published 22 months ago by J. Sorensen
Great Product, Horrible/Non Existant Warranty. Excellent product until it failed under warranty. Asus RMA dept instructed my to fax RMA forms at my own expense. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Chuck Wagon