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ASRock Z68 PRO3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

  • Intel Z68
  • Core i7 / i5 / i3 (LGA1155)
  • DDR3 2133(OC)/1866(OC)/1600/1333/1066
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 2 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 2 years


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  • shae c.
  • 3/7/2013 6:58:47 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsVery Stable MOBO

Pros: Easy setup and install. Plenty of options. Bios are good

Cons: none so far

Other Thoughts: this mobo has been up and running in my sons PC for over a year with a I3 2100 used mostly for gaming. Its not a beastly gaming mobo but it gets the job done and does not cost a beastly sum

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  • Daren W.
  • 7/18/2012 11:05:00 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Rock solid stability - I haven't had a motherboard this reliable since my Abit NF7-S. BIOS is well laid out. ASRock extras like XFast USB & LAN, RAM drive software, etc.

Cons: Fan control is a bit weak - lets you set fan levels (e.g. Level 6) without any indication what that means. Used to have trouble staying asleep (it would go to sleep, then wake right back up), but the latest BIOS has fixed that.

Other Thoughts: Running my i5 2500K at 4.0GHz. Haven't even tried going higher. Using 16GB (4x4GB) GSkill Ripjaw DDR3 1600. Had to update the BIOS before it would boot using more than 1 stick of memory, but it works fine now.

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  • Anonymous
  • 1/21/2012 11:31:06 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsUSB Problem

Pros: No complaints except for the one in the "Cons" section.

Cons: When I plug into any of the USB ports a portable card reader with a SD card inserted, I get an immediate "boing-boing" indicating that Windows sees that the device has been plugged in, but it takes Windows another 45 to 50 seconds to assign a drive letter to the device. IF I plug this same card reader into any of my other computers, Windows assigns a drive letter to the device almost immediately. Of course none of my other computers have an Asrock motherboard. All of my BIOS settings are set to default except for the AHCI sata mode.

Other Thoughts: If anyone can suggest a remedy for this, I will be sure to report back that the problem has been resolved.

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  • ray g.
  • 12/21/2011 8:36:24 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAmazing as always

Pros: Built-in video scored a 5.9 on Windows 7 experience index. My other wuad core with an nvidia geforce 8800 only scores 6.8 so having the option of actually gaming with a built in video board is again something few mobos can do but asrock nailed it.

Cons: Two of the internal USB plugs on the back panel aren't working - all the others work as do the ones I plugged in on the optional USB plugs. I'm actually here at the reviews to see if anyone mentioned having to find drivers for some of the ports (guessing those might be the USB 3.0 ones maybe?) device manager does have one problem device which is of course the USB so I go in search of WIN 7 - 64 bit drivers for those two USB ports that are inactive for me.

Other Thoughts: If these guys ever slow down and get these just right they will rival the best most expensive boards costing much more at a fraction of the cost. Maybe we should be happy they are not quite 100% because they are very affordable and awesome as is.

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  • Aidan W.
  • 12/15/2011 8:36:28 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDOA

Pros: Lots of PCI slots, solid board, great layout.

Cons: DOA. Installed everything correctly, double checked. Turned the computer on and all the fans (powered by the MB) turn on, but it doesn't POST. Whether it is a bad DVI or port or the entire board is bad is unknown. Using intel HD 3000 graphics from an i5 2500k with Corsair Vengeance 8GB of Ram. RMA'd.

Other Thoughts: Whether it is a bad DVI or port or the entire board is bad is unknown. Using intel HD 3000 graphics from an i5 2500k with Corsair Vengeance 8GB of Ram. RMA'd. Other then it being dead, it was a very nice board.

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  • David B.
  • 12/13/2011 7:13:59 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat MB

Pros: Great BIOS and flexibility in settings and hardware supported.

Cons: extremely minor BIOS issues - wireless mouse not supported (??) numbers in the names of saved settings not saved correctly.

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  • Michael W.
  • 12/12/2011 5:39:01 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat price

Pros: Bought on Black Friday 2011. Shipping was extremely quick. Board was simple to install and worked correcly. Recognized the memory speed correctly

Cons: Need XP SP2 or higher to load windows from fresh install

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  • Ernest J.
  • 12/9/2011 9:01:51 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNice board.

Pros: Very nice board for 100.00. I was building another desktop for just all around home use....... I love the new bios .... After assembly, board fired right up and has performed flawlessly ....

Cons: None ... So far it has been running very nicely ... Absolutely no problems at all ..

Other Thoughts: Come on people, it's a 100.00 board, dont buy it and then complain that it doesnt have all the options that a 300.00 board has ....
The people who are complaining that they didnt get any mounting screws with the board ??? I believe that the screws and stand-offs come with the computer case when you buy it, not the motherboard ..

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  • Dave O.
  • 12/7/2011 2:13:53 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsP O S

Pros: Z68 & Cheap

Cons: I bought two & have one in service so far. It runs great until it randomly BSODs on our general manager. I'm running a 2500K on it & Prime95d it for 4 days straight prior to switching it for his old P4. On day 2 of his usage (MS Office & Firefox only...) he told me it rebooted on him. I did some digging & found that using the onboard video can cause random BSODs. People had many varied suggestions, but most agree that the MB doesn't gracefully handle speed stepping & the voltage requirements at various loads.

Other Thoughts: Do not buy. Spend $30 extra & get an ASUS. That's what I built my new workstation on & I'm running perfectly stable (2 weeks uptime) at 4.738GHz out of a 2500K.

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  • Anonymous
  • 12/7/2011 1:55:36 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Very simple yet budget motherboard. Since I don't plan to CF/SLI I can't see myself paying extra $30 for Extreme3 Gen3. Has many PCIe/PCI slots.

Cons: * PCIe x16 slot should've been placed in the first slot. Its location is blocking the first PCIe x1 slot when you are using dual slot GPU.
* There is cutout for USB3 internal header, yet no headers is placed there.
* Should have use right angle SATA slot seen in Extreme3 Gen3
* MOSFET heatsink wiggles, not secured firmly.

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