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ASRock Z68 Extreme 7 Gen 3 LGA 1155 Motherboard Review

Author: Steve Grever
Subject: Motherboards
Manufacturer: ASRock

Gaming Tests

3DMark11

3DMark11 measures your PC’s gaming performance and makes extensive use of all the new features in DirectX 11 including tessellation, compute shaders, and multi-threading.


 

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3DMark Vantage

A reliable and popular benchmark, 3DMark Vantage can provide a good insight into the overall gaming performance of a system.


 

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Metro 2033

Metro 2033 is an action-oriented video game with a combination of survival horror and first-person shooter elements. This title is one of the most system intensive PC games available today, which makes it a perfect benchmark for our reviews.


 

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Just Cause 2

Just Cause 2 is an open world action-adventure video game created by Swedish developer Avalanche Studios and Eidos Interactive and was published by Square Enix. Just Cause 2 employs the Avalanche Engine 2.0, an updated version of the engine used in the original Just Cause game title.


 

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The Z68 Extreme 7 Gen 3 gave us a run for our money in 3DMark11; scoring almost 600 points higher than the MSI Z68A-GD80 G3. What's a bit confusing about this overall score is the fact that both the graphics and physics scores are almost identical to the GD80. However, in the other gaming benchmarks, the Z68 Extreme 7 Gen 3 actually gave us a few less frames per second than other boards we tested with the same CPU, GPU, and other components. This makes me wonder a bit about our 3DMark11 results, so I'll call this one a push until I get a more definitive result in our other benchmarks.

December 2, 2011 | 03:36 AM - Posted by VISHNU COMPUTERS (not verified)

detail rate.....?
Good motherboard

December 2, 2011 | 07:01 AM - Posted by BugSmashR (not verified)

Second Page:
"Expansion / Connectivity
5 x PCI Express x16 slots (single at PCIE 3.0* x16 (PCIE2) mode, dual at PCIE 2.0 x16 (PCIE1) / PCIE 2.0 x16 (PCIE4) mode, or triple at PCIE 2.0 x16 (PCIE1) / PCIE 2.0 x8 (PCIE4) / PCIE 2.0 x8 (PCIE6) mode; PCIE5: PCIE 2.0 x4 mode)"

Last Page:
"Strengths
Good overclocker
Five PCI Express 3.0 slots with SLI/CrossfireX support
Excellent overclocking utility
Tons of accessories"

Wait, I thought only one slot is PCIe 3.0 ready. And even it reverts back to the 2.0 spec once more than one graphics card is inserted. Or am I reading this wrong?

March 26, 2012 | 06:53 AM - Posted by Nicholas (not verified)

Hi all,

Im using a i5 2500K on a Asrock Z68 extreme 4 gen3
cooling: Noctua NH-D14
I'm overclocking through AXTU do i need to increase the cpu voltage as i increase the multipler? if so what is a guide?

April 23, 2012 | 05:19 AM - Posted by Amithlon (not verified)

I have the same Mobo, i just got my 2600K to 4.90GHz (definitely doesn't like 5.0 on the voltages i can feed it without overheating). I have 4 x 4GB Ripjaw Z 2133 Cl9 ram,
how do you overclock the memory ? - i have seen a review wher eit's out at 2414MHz using 10-12-11-28 T? but i can't find wher ein the bios to alter these.

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