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ASRock Z68 Extreme7 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

  • Intel Z68
  • Core i7 / i5 / i3 (LGA1155)
  • DDR3 2133(OC) / 1600 / 1333 / 1066 / 800
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The ASRock Z68 EXTREME7 GEN3 is the ultimate Z68 platform which supports the next-gen PCI-E 3.0, offering more bandwidth to enable faster communication between components inside a system. Coming with NF200 chip and 5 x PCI Express x16 slots, the Z68 EXTREME7 GEN3 supports NVIDIA 3-way SLI and AMD 3-way CrossFireX to multiply your graphics performance. With PLX PEX8608 chip embedded, the Z68 EXTREME7 GEN3 ensures all PCI-E devices work at proper speed simultaneously.

Manage your priorities of internet applications with the XFast LAN tool and boost your USB performance with the XFast USB technology. With the superb XFast Charger USB port, you can charge your mobile devices via PC quickly. The advanced V8 + 4 Digi Power Phase design, premium Gold Caps and 100% Japan-made high-quality Conductive Polymer Capacitors provide top quality, extreme performance and ultimate stability. This PCIE Gen3 board also offers native SATA 6Gb/s and 6x USB 3.0 connectivity, as well as ASRock’s latest innovations like Graphical UEFI and ASRock Extreme Tuning Utility (AXTU). It’s time for GEN 3.

  • newegg Next-gen PCI-E 3.0 Support By adapting PCI-E 3.0 quick switch IC onboard, the ASRock Z68 EXTREME7 GEN3 can support the next-generation PCI-E 3.0! PCI Express 3.0 can maximize the bandwidth for the next-gen PCI Express 3.0 VGA cards, provide ultimate graphics performance. (Note: To run the PCI Express 3.0 slots in Gen 3 speed, CPU supporting PCI Express 3.0 is required. If you install the Sandy Bridge CPU, the PCI Express 3.0 slots will run only at Gen2 speed.)
  • newegg XFast LAN Technology ASRock XFast LAN is a smart productivity tool to help you manage your priorities of internet applications, simplify your digital life and accomplish more. The innovative features include: Internet Application Prioritization, Lower Latency in Game, Traffic Shaping and Real-Time Analysis of Your Data. It's the smartest way to control your web programs.
  • newegg ASRock XFast Charger XFast Charger is the best and fastest technology to charge your mobile devices via PC. With the superb XFast Charger USB port, you are assured to enjoy the quick charging experience anytime. In addition to Apple devices, it is also capable of Charging the BC 1.1 standard smart devices.
  • newegg ASRock XFast USB Technology - Faster Than Your Imagination! ASRock XFast USB Technology redefines the new standard in high performance computing. Proving once again to be the pioneer in motherboard industry, ASRock XFast USB Series Motherboards integrate with the latest XFast USB Technology which delivers the world's fastest USB data transfer speed. The ASRock XFast USB technology can even boost USB 3.0 performance up to 302.99%!
  • newegg PLX PEX8608 Chip Onboard ASRock Z68 EXTREME7 GEN3 breaks the limitation and offers sufficient PCI-E lanes solution by embedding PLX PEX8608 chip onboard. With PLX PEX8608 chip, it generates more PCI-E lanes for PCI-E devices, so that all PCI-E devices are able to work at the proper speed simultaneously!
  • newegg NVIDIA NF200 Chip Onboard And the onboard NVIDIA NF200 chip generates more PCI-E lanes for you! The ASRock Z68 EXTREME7 GEN3 provides leading-edge graphics performance and flexibility with support for NVIDIA 3-way SLI and AMD 3-way CrossFireX on demand. With this chip onboard, ASRock motherboard is capable of running dual VGA cards at PCI-E x16 / x16 mode and three VGA cards at x16 / x8 / x8 mode to get maximum graphics performance.

Learn more about the ASRock Z68 Extreme7 Gen3

Model

Brand
ASRock
Model
Z68 Extreme7 Gen3

Supported CPU

CPU Socket Type
LGA 1155
CPU Type
Core i7 / i5 / i3 (LGA1155)
Supported CPU Technologies
Supports Intel Turbo Boost 2.0 Technology
Supports Intel K-Series unlocked CPU
Supports Hyper-Threading Technology

Chipsets

Chipset
Intel Z68

Memory

Number of Memory Slots
4×240pin
Memory Standard
DDR3 2133(OC) / 1600 / 1333 / 1066 / 800
Maximum Memory Supported
32GB
Channel Supported
Dual Channel

Expansion Slots

PCI Express 2.0 x16
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 tripple at PCIE 2.0 x16 (PCIE1) / PCIE 2.0 x8 (PCIE4) / PCIE 2.0 x8 (PCIE6) mode; PCIE5: PCIE 2.0 x4 mode)

(PCIE 3.0 is only supported with Intel Ivy Bridge CPU. With Intel Sandy Bridge CPU, it only supports PCIE 2.0.)
PCI Express x1
1
PCI Slots
1

Storage Devices

SATA 3Gb/s
4
SATA 6Gb/s
2 x SATA3 6.0 Gb/s connectors by Intel Z68
4 x SATA3 6.0 Gb/s connectors by ASMedia ASM1061 (SATA3_A4 connector is shared with eSATA3 port)
SATA RAID
2 x SATA3 6.0 Gb/s and 4 x SATA2 3.0 Gb/s support RAID (0, 1, 5, 10) by Z68

Onboard Video

Onboard Video Chipset
Supported only by CPU with integrated graphic

Onboard Audio

Audio Chipset
Realtek ALC892
Audio Channels
8 Channels

Onboard LAN

LAN Chipset
Broadcom BCM57781
Second LAN Chipset
Broadcom BCM57781
Max LAN Speed
Dual 10/100/1000Mbps

Rear Panel Ports

Video Ports
D-Sub + DVI
HDMI
1 x HDMI
DisplayPort
1 x DisplayPort
USB 3.0
4 x USB 3.0
USB 1.1/2.0
2 x USB 2.0
IEEE 1394
1 x IEEE 1394
eSATA
1 x eSATA 6Gb/s
S/PDIF Out
1 x Optical
Audio Ports
5 Ports

Internal I/O Connectors

Onboard USB
2 x USB 3.0 + 8 x USB 2.0
Onboard 1394
1 x 1394
Other Connectors
1 x IR header
1 x CIR header
1 x COM port header
1 x HDMI_SPDIF header
1 x Power LED header
CPU/Chassis/Power FAN connector
24 pin ATX power connector
8 pin 12V power connector
SLI/XFire power connector
Front panel audio connector
1 x Dr. Debug with LED

Physical Spec

Form Factor
ATX
Dimensions
12.0" x 9.6"
Power Pin
24 Pin

Features

Features
Premium Gold Caps (2.5 x longer life time), 100% Japan-made high-quality Conductive Polymer Capacitors

Digi Power, Advanced V8 + 4 Power Phase Design

NVIDIA NF200 Chip Onboard (Dual VGA cards at PCI-E x16/x16; three VGA cards at x16 / x8 / x8)

1x PCIe 3.0 x16 Slot, 4 PCIe 2.0 x16 Slots, Supports AMD 3-Way CrossFireX and NVIDIA 3-Way SLI

Supports Intel HD Graphics Built-in Visuals

Multi VGA Output : D-Sub, DVI-D, HDMI, DisplayPort

Supports Dual LAN with Teaming function

Dr. Debug, Smart Switch Design: Power/Reset/Clear CMOS Switch with LED

Support Intel Smart Response, Lucid Virtu Switchable Graphics

Supports ASRock XFast USB, XFast LAN Technologies

Supports ASRock On/Off Play, graphical UEFI, ASRock Extreme Tuning Utility (AXTU)

Combo Cooler Option (C.C.O.)

7.1 CH HD Audio with Content Protection (Realtek ALC892 Audio Codec), Supports THX TruStudio

Free Bundle : 1 x Front USB 3.0 Panel, 1 x Rear USB 3.0 Bracket, 1 x 3.5mm Audio Cable, CyberLink MediaEspresso 6.5 Trial, ASRock MAGIX Multimedia Suite

Manufacturer Warranty

Parts
3 years limited
Labor
3 years limited

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years


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  • Joshua M.
  • 6/22/2012 9:18:21 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsVery good z68 board

Pros: Best aesthetics on a z68 board out there, in my opinion.

Overclocks my 2600k up to 5.2 GHz stable. I run at 4.8 GHz for 24/7.

UEFI BIOS is easy to use

Overall layout of the board is nice and seems well thought out.

Feature set is very nice for a z68:
(PCI-e 2.0 x16/x16 crossfire or SLI support/USB 3/PCI-e 3.0/LED readout for POST errors etc)

Cons: Definitely does not have enough USB ports for a high end motherboard. It only has 6, and IMO 10 should be the minimum for a $200+ board. I had to buy a USB 2.0 hub to connect all my devices. It loses an egg for this.

Minor quibbles not worth docking an egg:
-The placing of the PCI-e power connector for running multi-GPU setups is obnoxious and difficult to connect. And why is it a 4-pin molex? Weird.

-Has a couple of different SATA 6 controllers on board, and you have to be careful which port you connect your boot drive to (the board and manual have ample warnings/instructions about this).

-Much of the bundled software is just bloat/crapware. For example, Xfast USB and Xfast LAN seem to do nothing. Just install the drivers and leave the rest of the stuff off.

-Built in OC presets set the voltages too high. You're better off doing all your overclocking manually.

Other Thoughts: Great board. Very happy with it; I refuse to spend $200 on super-generic black/blue boards from the competition. ASRock has a board that immediately stands out visually and delivers on all the desired features.

If you want to run an overclocked socket 1155 CPU with a multi-GPU setup, and you can live with too few USB ports, this is the board for you.

My rig:
i7-2600k @ 4.8 GHz
Noctua NH-D14
2x MSI Lightning 7970
8GB DDR3-1600
OCZ Agility 3 240GB
Corsair AX1200
CM Storm Trooper

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  • Sergey F.
  • 6/22/2012 11:21:06 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsResponse to Gavel

Pros: MB has been great so far, no real problems that I could blame it for.

Cons: No real ones so far.

Other Thoughts: Gavel, while it's possible you got a bad MB, I've had two things that gave me BSODs. Keep in mind that before I ever got even ONE, months had passed and my system was rock solid.

The first thing that caused them was new drivers from ATI (3x 6950). All of the 12.X series for me had caused problems when activating/de-activating monitors or crossfire. I went back to the 11.12 drivers and everything has been peachy - no more image corruption in Solidworks either.

The second thing is those m4 SSDs. You bought yours before I did, meaning you got the old firmware. All m4 SSDs had a bug in the firmware. Once the drive reached 5182 operating hours, the drive to become unresponsive after an hour. A power cycle solves the problem but it of course returns again after an hour.

If you haven't already, use CrystalDiskInfo to check the on-time of your SSDs and the firmware version. If needed, update to the newest one. It's straightforward and may be your problem.

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  • Brock D.
  • 5/5/2012 9:30:32 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent Service

Pros: The board is fast and feature rich with everything a user could want. I was able to overclock my i5 2500k to 4.5ghz in about 10 seconds. Board booted up on the first try. My first board had a issue where only one of the PCIE slots was recognized. I RMA'd the board and the new one works completely flawlessly. Besides the unrecognized PCIE's the board was great. With them, it was fantastic.

Cons: Besides having to RMA the board once, nothing. I'm very happy with this purchase.

Other Thoughts: I've purchased about four Asrock motherboards and this is the first that has had issues. The reason this is a five star rating is that the service I recieved to get my board replaced was stellar. I talked to real people, who were interested in helping me solve the problem. Stephanie at Asrock kept up communication throughout the whole process and let me know what was going on at their end. I'm very pleased. Excellent product, excellent company, and excellent service.

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  • Candy M.
  • 4/15/2012 12:05:54 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsThis board can be a gamble, but it just may pay off.

Pros: Build quality is a 9 out of 10
USB 3.0 ports galore
Plenty of Sata3 ports
Decent PCIe lane setup
OC'ing in the Bios is very easy
Dr. Debug can be helpful

Cons: First board I got, I was impressed when I first saw the board with my eyes, but after installing correctly I turned it on the first time and two small chips near the ATX connector burned out and smoke emitted from the board!

It could have been the fact that it was a tight fit inside the case I was using, but I am not clear about that. RMA process was painless and since I am in California, the time it took to recieve my 2nd board was less than the painful wait of 2 weeks or so.

2nd board came with dead ethernet ports and I was angry, beyond belief. I did extensive trouble shooting to no avail... I decided on NOT RMAing this board because I ended up breaking down and buying a network card.

After buying, installing and getting the internet going with this network card, I updated all drivers and the board is doing it's job. WORKING and making me happy.

Other Thoughts: I am running this board with
1 MSI GTX560ti 2G OC'ed 1120 voltage, 1003 core, 2006 shader, 2400 memory
Intel Core i7 2600k; OC'ed to 4.0ghz
12 gigs of Gskill Sniper series Gaming Ram @ 1600
Not-so-good WD 160G HD (only bottle neck)
Ultra X3 1000w PSU
Connected to a 40 inch Samsung HD TV @ 1900x1080p

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  • Andrew C.
  • 4/14/2012 3:37:07 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat at first.. but not even a year in..

Pros: Great overclock on air. Solid Board, Great Spacing, Looks Great

Cons: The downside is that my USB 3.0 ports have died after owning it for only around 5-6 months. I feel that with the amount of money I spent on this board, it should work longer. Highly disappointed and annoyed.

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3 out of 5 eggsAwesome board, but a pain!

Pros: 10 SATA ports, dual lan, great spacing, nice solid board...I wanted to combine a Windows Home Server with 13 drives with my main machine - thus I needed a board with a lot of ports, nice overclocking, and the ability to host so many devices (GTX 570 SLI, a third VGA card, and a RAID card). This board can do all that.

Cons: BIOS, BIOS, and BIOS. Uggh...

First board, I had to return to another merchant because the PCI-E 1 stopped working. The second board had the dreaded keyboard problem (it wouldn't register numbers only the shifted key - thus 4 = $...makes it hard to manually overclock). I fixed that with a beta bios. Then went to install Win7 x64 via the AHCI SATA optical drives (all my Intel ports are SSD), turns out that when you load the ASMedia Option ROM it makes the Intel RAID Rom unbootable despite identifying it as so. I had to put Win7 install on a USB thumbdrive, make the ASmedia ports unbootable, then load windows. This board has been a pain from the get-go. The only reason I'm keeping it is because it packs so much stuff.

Other Thoughts: i7 2600K oc'd to 4.8ghz, cooled with H100 push/pull
GTX 570 SLI
8x3TB Green SATA drives
6xOCZ Agility 3 (Raid 0) - Win7 x64
Coolermaster Cosmos II

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  • Anthony M.
  • 4/11/2012 9:01:15 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsGood board, doesn't fit.

Pros: Board has plenty of nice features and does everything I would want (except have the 2011 chipset :P)

Cons: BLOATWARE they want you to install, which is normal for most motherboard manufactures, but the thing is most of theirs doesn't work and causes your board to lose functionality. They need to hire new software company. Doesn't fit in my NZXT Phantom case properly. As in my review for the case, I don't know if this is ASRocks fault or NZXT but seriously causes some issues if I ever wanted to swap out CPU coolers. Also, it doesn't sit flush with the backplate which is annoying as well.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear AsRock Customer

We sincerely apologize for that you having difficulty with mainboard. For the mainboard dimension and mounting, this mainboard's complied with standard ATX form factor to meet the most of the case on the market. However, the mainboard form factor can be found at "http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=Z68 Extreme7 Gen3&cat=Specifications". If you have any technical questions or warranty issues in the future please contact us at user@asrockamerica.com

Thank you

AsRock SUPPORT
Tech Support Email: user@asrockamerica.com

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  • Eric O.
  • 4/10/2012 5:57:55 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Powerful motherboard. Cool that its next generation. Looks pretty.

Cons: I bought RAM on the QVL. It will not run at the manufacturer's timings. As a result I get a artifacts during gameplay in SLI and without SLI.

Solution: I got a new motherboard via RMA. Same issue. Not surprised but I am disappointed. I don't like to be bias but this is my first time not getting ASUS. Looks like its the last.

Other Thoughts: Look how many 1 egg reviews their are. It means something

Manufacturer Response:

Dear AsRock Customer

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you. This might be potential issue with VGA setting and memory. Please contact us at 909-590-8308. We can assist you shortly.

Thank you

AsRock SUPPORT
Tech Support Email: user@asrockamerica.com

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  • Reuben M.
  • 3/30/2012 1:10:43 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat Low
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFirst Impression...

Pros: WOW! Just WOW when I opened it up! I dont think they left anything out of this motherboard. I'll never outgrow it. Supports Ivy Bridge and the new GTX 680 series cards.

Cons: CPU was a scarry install. I installed it once, removed it to check for bent pins, and reinstalled it. Made creaking and PCB cracking noises while installing it. The spring-loaded bar was NOT easy to move. It took some force to slowly move it but everything POSTed fine.

Other Thoughts: Not sure how 32 lanes of PCIe is going to work for me yet. Board looks good and has too many bells & whistles. Very happy with this purchase. Dont let my cons or the price stop you from buying this thing!

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  • Michael L.
  • 3/26/2012 8:11:19 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent Board!

Pros: -Tons of features
-Excellent overclocking room (the BIOS even has preset overclocks for your CPU)
-Customer support rocks at ASRock
-Booted up the very first try

Cons: None

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