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ASRock Z68 Extreme 7 Gen 3 LGA 1155 Motherboard Review

Author: Steve Grever
Subject: Motherboards
Manufacturer: ASRock

PCMark Vantage

Futuremark's benchmark suite, PCMark Vantage, was released in 2010 we published an initial article on the new software that looked at some CPU performance as well as providing overviews for all the individual testing suites it uses and what kind of applications they emulate.  The new Vantage software takes a much more real-world user-scenario approach to testing that previous PCMark software and as such deserves more time our benchmark analysis. 


 

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PCMark Vantage evaluates every aspect of a motherboard, and the Z68 Extreme 7 Gen 3 is the only board to top 10,000 out of the five we tested. In fact, this board posted strong numbers in several categories, including communications, music, and productivity. The gaming scores were also very respectable, but nothing earth-shattering like what we saw in 3DMark11. These inconsistencies between PCMark Vantage and 3DMark11 in the gaming category makes me question which benchmark is actually portraying the Z68 Extreme 7 Gen 3's gaming capabilities.

In our real-world gaming benchmarks, the Z68 Extreme 7 Gen 3 was actually a few FPS slow than every other board we tested. These results confirm that while the Z68 Extreme 7 Gen 3 performs well under synthetic gaming conditions, it actually runs a tad slower in real-world games than a couple of its competitors.

December 2, 2011 | 12:36 AM - Posted by VISHNU COMPUTERS (not verified)

detail rate.....?
Good motherboard

December 2, 2011 | 04:01 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 | 03:53 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 | 02:19 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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