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ASRock Z68 EXTREME4 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) / 1866(OC) / 1600 / 1333 / 1066

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The ASRock Z68 EXTREME4 GEN3 is an amazing platform which supports the next-gen PCI-E 3.0, offering more bandwidth to enable faster communication between components inside a system. Coming with 2x PCIe 3.0 x16 slots (single at x16 or dual at x8/x8 mode) and 1x PCIe 2.0 x16 slot (x4 mode), the Z68 EXTREME4 GEN3 supports NVIDIA Quad SLI and AMD 3-way CrossFireX to multiply your graphics performance. With PLX PEX8608 chip embedded, the Z68 EXTREME4 GEN3 ensures all PCI-E devices work at proper speed simultaneously.

Manage your priorities of internet application with the XFast LAN tool and boost your USB performance with the XFast USB technology. The advanced V8 + 4 Power Phase design, premium Gold Caps and 100% Japan-made high-quality Conductive Polymer Capacitors provide top quality, extreme performance and ultimate stability, while the Combo Cooler Option enables you to adopt different CPU cooler types. This PCIE Gen3 board also offers native SATA 6Gb/s connectivity, as well as ASRock’s latest innovations like Graphical UEFI. 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 EXTREME4 GEN3 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. (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 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 386.14%!
  • newegg PLX PEX8608 Chip Onboard ASRock Z68 EXTREME4 GEN3 breaks the limitation and offers a sufficient PCI-E lanes solution by embedding the 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 Graphical UEFI – the Revolutionary BIOS Interface Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) is a revolutionary BIOS utility which offers tweak-friendly options in an advanced viewing interface. Compared with traditional BIOS design, the latest UEFI utility provides lots improved functions. The major features of UEFI include: graphical visual experience, mouse enabling and support for 3TB bootable HDD.
  • newegg SLI and CrossfireX Support The ASRock Z68 EXTREME4 GEN3 provides leading-edge graphics performance and flexibility with support for NVIDIA Quad SLI and AMD 3-way CrossFireX on demand.

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Warranty, Returns, And Additional Information
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 2 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 2 years
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Ownership: more than 1 year
1/ 5
Stay away

Pros: Great when it runs

Cons: Highly unreliable. RMA 3X blue screen of death, other breakdowns and finally no sound

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Ownership: more than 1 year
5/ 5
nice motherboard

Pros: Lots of good slots. Had it for 2 years now. Nothing died, still going strong. Easy installation.

Cons: Nada

Other Thoughts: Buy it

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Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Awesome board for Linux

Pros: Everything seems to work with Linux out of the box (Ubuntu 12.04). This includes firewire, sound, gigabit ethernet, ... SATA3 is insanely fast with a 6GB/s SSD. Lots of expansion capability, includes all of the cables, etc. that you need. User manual with header and connector diagrams VERY helpful.

Cons: None yet!

Other Thoughts: Ubuntu was great, had an existing install on the SSD, swapped motherboards to the ASRock and on first boot I was looking at a login prompt in under 10 seconds! No Windows Activation annoyance or installing new drivers, thank you very much. After getting away from building computers for a while, ASRock Extreme3 and Extreme4 boards have made system building a piece of cake.

Other bits:
Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-2400 CPU @ 3.10GHz
Crucial Ballistix 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
Kingston HyperX 3K SH103S3/120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC SSD

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5
GREAT!!

Pros: Great price for this board! I have an i7 2600k overclocked to 4.6 on a coolermaster Hyper 212+. She flys!

Cons: NONE!

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Manufacturer Response:
Dear AsRock Customer

Thank you for your purchase and review. Your feedback is important to us. 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
Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
3/ 5
CODE 55, READ ME

Pros: 3 stars, because I'm still getting it to work.
If you have a Ivy Bridge processor, you have to either
1. Get a friends Sandy Bridge processor and update the bios
or
2. Call their tech support phone number and they will send you an updated bios chip. (you replace it using pliers).

The call went VERY FAST...Less than 8 minutes I was done..and they sent notification that I would receive my bios-chip in the mail soon.

Cons: I can't talk about any yet.

Other Thoughts: I will try to update this review when I get everything installed.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
4/ 5
OC easy

Pros: over clocks easy bios laid out nicely

Cons: driver cd came with some extra shtuff but I expected that had to use it for the lan drivers go figure removed the unwanted programs and finished downloading from the website

Other Thoughts: paired with a 2500k clocked at 4.5 on air for around three months, very happy so far time will tell

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5/ 5
Great motherboard
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2/ 5
one bad ram slot
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Manufacturer Response:
Dear AsRock Customer

We sincerely apologize for the mainboard's one of the RAM slot has defective after 3 months of use which’s nature of electronic product it can be happen. For the replacement mainboard we’re glad to do the service under RAM policy at " http://www.asrock.com/support/index.asp?cat=Policy". If you have any technical questions or warranty issues please contact our Tech Support at 909-590-8308. We can assist you shortly.

Thank you

AsRock SUPPORT
Tech Support Email: user@asrockamerica.com
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