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ASRock Z68 Extreme 7 Gen 3 LGA 1155 Motherboard Review

Author: Steve Grever
Subject: Motherboards
Manufacturer: ASRock

Testing Configuration and Benchmarks Used

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We threw together a couple P67 and Z68 motherboards to taken on ASRock's Z68 Extreme 7 Gen 3. We used three boards from MSI - the Z68A-GD80, P67A-GD80 and  P67A-GD65 - to see if there were any performance boosts to be gained from the improvements to the board's chipset and feature set. We also used another one of ASRock's boards that was released this year - the Fatality P67 Professional. All of these motherboards are between the mid-range and high-end classes and should provide adequate competition for the Z68 Extreme 7 Gen 3 in our gauntlet of benchmarks.

 

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CPU-Z screenshots 

 

Test System Setup

CPU

Intel i5-2500K (running at 3.3GHz, 100x33)

Motherboards

MSI Z68A-GD80

MSI P67A-GD65

MSI P67A-GD80

ASRock Fatality P67 Professional 

ASRock Z68 Extreme 7 Gen 3

Memory 

Patriot Sector 5 (2 x 2GB) DDR3-2000 Dual Channel

Hard Drive

Western Digital Raptor 150GB 10,000 RPM SATA 3GB/s 

Sound Card

Onboard sound

Video Card

XFX Radeon HD 5770 512MB

CPU Cooling

Zalman CNPS10X Flex

Video Drivers

AMD ATI Catalyst 11.9
Power Supply PC Power and Cooling Silencer 750w 

DirectX Version

DX11/ DX10 / DX9c

Operating System

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

 

Our 64-bit test bench for the LGA 1155 Sandy Bridge processors includes 4GBs of dual-channel DDR3 2000 memory, an XFX Radeon HD 5770 512MB graphics card, and a Western Digital Raptor 150GB SATA 3GB/s hard drive for storage. This configuration is based off a typical mid-range users LGA 1155 system and focuses on evaluating the motherboard's capabilities and less on the rest of the hardware components.

 

Benchmarks used:

- SiSoft Sandra 2011 

- CineBench 11.5 64-bit 

- Handbrake DVD compression

- 3DMark Vantage 

- 3DMark11 Professional

- Metro 2033

- Just Cause 2 

- PCMark Vantage

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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