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ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

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  • Intel Z68
  • Core i7 / i5 / i3 (LGA1155)
  • DDR3 2133(OC) / 1600 / 1333 / 1066 / 800

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Born to outperform, the ASRock Z68 Extreme3 GEN3 delivers the ultimate throne for the Intel Sandy Bridge processor. The Next-Gen PCIe 3.0, beyond the original specification of Z68 chipset and Intel Sandy Bridge processor, is introduced to this motherboard by adapting PCIe 3.0 quick switch IC, gearing you up for the latest graphics card such as AMD 79xx series that employ PCIe 3.0 technology (PCIe 3.0 is available only when working with Ivy Bridge processor). Smart Response technology intelligently cache the frequently used HDD content on the SSD, allowing you to experience fast response similar to SSD-only system while simultaneously enjoy large capacity of HDD.

An array of ASRock innovative technology, such as XFast RAM, XFast LAN and XFast USB, works behind the scenes to improve overall system performance and throughput, while Digi Power design and advanced V8 + 4 power phase design combined with premium gold caps and 100% Japan-made high-quality conductive polymer capacitors ensure unmatched reliability, durability and overclocking potential. The AMD Quad CrossFireX and NVIDIA Quad SLI configuration delivers the ultimate in graphics performance for gaming enthusiasts who demanding highest frame rates without compromising on resolution.



  • newegg XFast RAM - Fully Optimize Memory Usage It fully utilizes the memory space that cannot be used under Windows 32-bit OS. ASRock XFast RAM also shortens the loading time of previously visited websites, making web surfing faster than ever. And it also boosts the speed of Adobe Photoshop 5 times faster. Another advantage of ASRock XFast RAM is that it reduces the frequency of accessing your SSDs or HDDs in order to extend their lifespan.
  • 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 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.
  • newegg Next-Gen PCI-E 3.0 Support By adapting PCI-E 3.0 quick switch IC onboard, the ASRock motherboards can support the Next-Gen 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. (To run the PCI Express 3.0 slots in Gen 3 speed, please must install the Ivy Bridge CPU which supports PCI Express 3.0. If you install the Sandy Bridge CPU, the PCI Express 3.0 slots will run only at Gen2 speed.)
  • newegg Intel Smart Response Technology For users who are tempted to connect the SSD and HDD on motherboard, the Intel Smart Response Technology can make the SSD become the "Cache of the HDD" to boost up the HDD access speed.
  • newegg Lucid Virtu With Lucid Virtu software, next-generation PCs with 2nd Generation Intel Core processor platforms will dynamically assign tasks in real time to the best available graphics resource based on power, performance and features.

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 2 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 2 years
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  • Lucas C.
  • 1/14/2016 10:13:08 AM

5 out of 5 eggsStill goin strong!

Pros: Had the motherboard for several years now. I bought it with a i5-2500k processor and a whopping 4GB of RAM. It's been my main computer almost every day for several years and has been rock solid. It shall continue to be my motherboard into the near future because I honestly see no need to update.

Cons: USB ports can be finicky sometimes. If I leave them alone, they're fine, but when I start swapping things in and out, they sometimes don't recognize the first time.
The Realtek ethernet port was causing a BSOD randomly. I had to update the driver and it works fine.

Other Thoughts: I don't think they're sold new anymore, but I'd definitely recommend this board if you happen across one. I think I've had this board running longer than any other computer system I've ever had. I'm going to update my RAM and video card soon, but I see no reason to update the MOBO/processor.

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  • Richard M.
  • 12/1/2015 3:59:37 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Great value for what you get. Had this running for 4 years now and it's going strong. I bought it to futureproof my build back in 2011 with a 2500k, and it has succeeded.

Cons: Front-port audio never worked. Just hear weird static noise. Wasn't a major problem for me so I did not RMA the mobo.

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  • Alexandra T.
  • 1/8/2015 10:28:05 AM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat MOBO

Pros: I have owned this since Sept. 2011. Not a single problem. Could not recommend this highly enough.

Cons: None.

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  • Michael W.
  • 12/15/2014 8:12:59 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood board.

Pros: I have owned this board for a few years, the WORST ASRock product I've bought...

...and it still earns 4 eggs because of how great its been. Its been quirky at times, but has been reliable and flexible to my needs.

Will buy ASRock again, spending more next time though.

Cons: Weird driver issues. One RAM slot works when it feel like it. Only knocked off one egg, I don't need more than 2 slots. The box was slightly damaged when it arrived, maybe that had something to do with it.

Other Thoughts: Good heat management and lots of fan headers in the right places.

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  • James N.
  • 12/4/2014 9:31:22 AM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsBad USB ports

Pros: Went 2 years without a problem. At the time I got it, it was a great price for all the specs it came with.

Cons: After owning the MB for about 2 years, all of the USB ports (2.0 and 3.0) started to go out as others have mentioned. It seems to happen more often with some devices than others, especially my Logitech G5 mouse. Every so often the mouse and/or keyboard would cut out for 5-10 seconds. Sometimes the USB would stop altogether until I rebooted the computer. Replugging USB into the same or different ports would only sometimes fix the problem for a few minutes.

I have tried a different G5 mouse and I get the same problem. These devices do not have any problem on other computers so I know it is a problem with this motherboard. I have tried a fresh install of Windows and reinstalled the drivers from the CD, as well as the latest available drivers for this MB from the ASRock website.

This seems to be a common problem with ASRock motherboards based on various reviews I have seen for other ASRock. ASRock's recommendations to fix this problem is a joke. They state to unplug the USB device and plug it back in, or to check to make sure the USB connectors aren't loose. I'm sure people have already tried these basic steps. In my case, it is a problem with all of the USB ports. The behavior of this problem leads me to believe it is a firmware related issue.

Other Thoughts: I ended up buying a USB 3.0 PCI-E adapter to overcome this problem. It cost me $13 for one with 2 ports. Specifically, I went with this one: 3.0 barely costs more than 2.0, so I just went with the 3.0. You can get a 4 port USB 3.0 adapter for about $25. It sucks I had to go this route, but it's cheaper than buying a new motherboard.

If it wasn't for the USB issue I would have a great review, but the USB problem is a pretty big deal with how annoying it is. And it really surprises me on how many responses I saw from ASRock telling them to reconnect the USB. I'm sure they know the real reason for the problem, and they just don't want to own up to it.

I think I'm going to stick with GIGABYTE whenever possible. I've had nothing but great experiences with their motherboards.

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  • Greg S.
  • 11/28/2014 6:11:17 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsNot Reliable after more then a year

Pros: I've had this motherboard for a little more then a year now, I'll give it to Asrock they made a nice motherboard for the price. This motherboard was fast, worked well with my parts and did the jobs I tasked it with.

Cons: All was smooth until a little after a year or so of having it I started getting BSOD(blue screens of death). At first I thought it there was a problem with my memeory, SSD or my RAM. After replacing both parts I came to realize it was a faulty motherboard. As a computer techy for the past 8 years, I can honestly say that this product did not last as long as I had hoped.

Other Thoughts: I wouldn't recommend buying this because it doesn't last long. Normally you could expect a motherboard to last from 2-5 years, but this MB died before even hitting its 2 year mark

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  • Jordan W.
  • 11/12/2014 12:05:49 AM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsCorrecting Past Review

Pros: I had previously thought that the motherboard was the issue and the second graphics card slot was the reason for failure when trying to dual SLI my two video cards.

I recently tried testing the second card out again just for fun since it was still in the packaging and I figured why not use a 'new' card as opposed to the one that's been in my computer for years.

The same problem occurred that was happening to me 2 years ago.

This motherboard has done me wonders for the past (almost) 3 years. No problems and fits perfectly into a Cooler Master HAF 932 with ease.

Cons: Out of Stock!

Other Thoughts: This was my first computer build, and ASRock has not disappointed. My previous review was in haste apparently and I wish I had tested both pieces of my computer puzzle out further before writing it.

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  • Joshua J.
  • 9/27/2014 6:12:07 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsIt had a good run

Pros: Worked well for over 2 1/2 years so i would say it had a good run.

Cons: After about 2 1/2 years the on-board audio started glitching. Started getting video driver errors. Did a fresh windows install and then got black screen after video card drivers downloaded. RMAed the video card and got the same issue with the new one. Tried onboard video and would no longer run 2 monitors like it would before i got the video card. So it seems to have come down the the motherboard.

Other Thoughts: knocking off an egg not because the board crapped out. I really hate how the other pci slot is on the bottom up against the wiring. Cannot install graphics card there to test and see if the original issue is the pci slot.

A good board overall, very little to complain about while it worked.

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  • Anonymous
  • 8/13/2014 8:14:26 AM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks great

Pros: Very good mobo, no problems at all. Built my first gaming PC and a friends first gaming PC with this board. After owning it for 2 years, it still works just fine.

Cons: None

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  • Theodore C.
  • 7/23/2014 5:23:07 AM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsWorked good

Pros: Over clocked 2500k well while it lived.

Cons: First ram slot too close to after market cooler.

See other thoughts.

Other Thoughts: Recently the analog audio went out and the digital audio started to cut in and out on Windows, on Linux the digital worked but the analog also broke. After a cross comparison with other distros I confirmed that the onboard audio had infact died. I looked online and found that there were not really many choices for fully functioning sound cards on Linux that sported a S/PDIF out that I so dearly needed. I decided to attempt to update the firmware when I ran into problem number two.

It died.
The firmware upgrade utility in the bios said successful, but when it rebooted it entered a bootloop with the Dr. Debug error code of 55 for a ram issue, which there wasn't as I tested 4 different sticks one at a time and they had all ran in memtest86.

So now I sit here with a dead board wondering if its worth it to get Asrock to send me a new bios for $15 as its out of warranty, and even then my audio is still dead.

I'm choosing to buy a different board, RIP.

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