7111 A look at Intel Z68 Platform with ASUS P8Z68 V Pro

When the overclocking capabilities of a P67 chipset put together with the graphics awesomeness of the H61/H67 chipset, the Z68 platform is borned. Today, we test out the new Z68 platform from Intel specifically on the ASUS P8Z68-V Pro motherboard to see if it has got what it takes to be called the best of both worlds.

A Prelook to Intel Z68 and ASUS P8Z68-V Pro

7111 A look at Intel Z68 Platform with ASUS P8Z68 V Pro

Intel Z68 chipset was launched on the 11th May 2011 and it boasts many new features that kept hardware enthusiasts excited before the launch period. Equipped with this chipset, the ASUS P8Z68-V Pro motherboard, brings out the best in Intel Technology and exemplifies technology in the modern era. Never seen before technology such as Intel Smart Response Technology and LucidLogix Virtu are the latest additions to the world of PCs and we are definitely going to take a look at that in the later part of this review.

The P8Z68-V Pro is ASUS's latest offering for the Z68 Intel chipset. Equipped with various state of the art technology such as the use of a Digital VRM and not forgetting Turbo-V Evo processor on the motherboard, it puts overclocking to a hardware level in the state of running the software in an OS. What you get is a reliable and sturdy motherboard enough to work fo you to the next century.

 

Specifications

ASUS P8Z68-V PRO

CPU Intel® Socket 1155 The 2nd Generation Core™ i7/Core™ i5/Core™ i3 Processors
Supports Intel® 32 nm CPU
Supports Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.0
* Refer to www.asus.com for CPU support list
Chipset Intel® Z68
Memory 4 x DIMM, Max. 32GB, DDR3 2200(O.C.)/2133(O.C.)/1866(O.C.)/1600/1333/1066 Hz Non-ECC, Un-buffered Memory
Dual Channel Memory Architecture
Supports Intel® Extreme Memory Profile (XMP)
* Hyper DIMM support is subject to the physical characteristics of individual CPUs. 
* Refer to www.asus.com or user manual for the Memory QVL (Qualified Vendors Lists).
* Due to CPU behavior, DDR3 2200/2000/1800 MHz memory module will run at DDR3 2133/1866/1600 MHz frequency as default.
Graphic Integrated Graphics Processor
Multi-VGA output support : HDMI/DVI/RGB ports
- Supports HDMI with max. resolution 1920 x 1200 @ 60 Hz
- Supports DVI with max. resolution 1920 x 1200 @ 60 Hz
- Supports RGB with max. resolution 2048 x 1536 @ 75 Hz
Maximum shared memory of 1748 MB
Multi-GPU Support Supports NVIDIA® Quad-GPU SLI™ Technology
Supports AMD® Quad-GPU CrossFireX™ Technology
Expansion Slots 2 x PCIe 2.0 x16 (x16 or dual x8)
1 x PCIe 2.0 x16 (x4 mode, black) *1
2 x PCIe x1
2 x PCI
Storage Intel® Z68 chipset :
2 x SATA 6Gb/s port(s), gray
4 x SATA 3Gb/s port(s), blue
Support Raid 0, 1, 5, 10
Support Intel® Smart Response Technology
Marvell® PCIe SATA 6Gb/s controller : *2
2 x SATA 6Gb/s port(s), navy blue
JMicron® JMB362 controller : *2
1 x eSATA 3G port(s), red
LAN Intel® 82579, 1 x Gigabit LAN Controller
Bluetooth Bluetooth V2.1+EDR
ASUS BT GO! Utility
Audio Realtek® ALC 892 8-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC
- Supports : Jack-detection, Multi-streaming, Front Panel Jack-retasking
Audio Feature :
- Absolute Pitch 192kHz/ 24-bit True BD Lossless Sound
- Blu-ray audio layer Content Protection 
- DTS Surround Sensation UltraPC 
- Optical S/PDIF out port(s) at back panel
IEEE 1394 VIA® 6308P controller
2 x IEEE 1394a port(s)
(2 at mid-board)
USB Ports ASMedia® USB 3.0 controller :
4 x USB 3.0 port(s) (2 at back panel, blue, 2 at mid-board)
Intel® Z68 chipset :
12 x USB 2.0 port(s) (6 at back panel, black+red, 6 at mid-board)
Overclocking Features Overclocking Protection :
- ASUS C.P.R.(CPU Parameter Recall)
Special Features ASUS Dual Intelligent Processors 2 with DIGI+ VRM:
ASUS Digital Power Design
- Industry leading Digital 16 Phase Power Design
(12-phase for CPU, 4-phase for iGPU)
- ASUS DIGI+ VRM Utility
ASUS EPU
- EPU, EPU switch
ASUS TPU
- Auto Tuning, TurboV, GPU Boost, TPU switch
ASUS BT GO! (Bluetooth)
- Folder Sync, BT Transfer, Shot & Send, BT to Net, Music Player, Personal Manager
ASUS BT Turbo Remote
- Exclusive Smartphone Interface supporting iPhone, Android, Windows Mobile and Symbian systems
ASUS Exclusive Features
- ASUS UEFI BIOS EZ Mode featuring friendly graphics user interface
- MemOK!
- AI Suite II
- AI Charger+
- Anti Surge
- Disk Unlocker
ASUS Quiet Thermal Solution
- ASUS Fanless Design: Heat-sink solution
- ASUS Fan Xpert
ASUS EZ DIY
- ASUS Q-Shield
- ASUS Q-Connector
- ASUS O.C. Tuner
- ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3
- ASUS EZ Flash 2
ASUS Q-Design
- ASUS Q-LED (CPU, DRAM, VGA, Boot Device LED)
- ASUS Q-Slot
- ASUS Q-DIMM
Back I/O Ports 1 x Bluetooth module(s)
1 x DVI
1 x D-Sub
1 x HDMI
1 x eSATA 3Gb/s
1 x LAN (RJ45) port(s)
2 x USB 3.0
6 x USB 2.0
1 x Optical S/PDIF out
6 x Audio Jack(s)
Internal I/O Ports 1 x USB 3.0 connector(s) support(s) additional 2 USB 3.0 port(s) (19-pin, moss green)
3 x USB 2.0 connector(s) support(s) additional 6 USB 2.0 port(s)
4 x SATA 6Gb/s connector(s)
4 x SATA 3Gb/s connector(s)
2 x IEEE 1394a connector(s)
2 x CPU Fan connector(s) (4 -pin)
2 x Chassis Fan connector(s) (1 x 4 -pin, 1 x 3 -pin)
2 x Power Fan connector(s) (3 -pin)
1 x S/PDIF out Header(s)
1 x 24-pin EATX Power connector(s)
1 x 8-pin ATX 12V Power connector(s)
1 x Front panel audio connector(s) (AAFP)
1 x System panel(s) (Q-Connector)
1 x MemOK! button(s)
1 x TPU switch(es)
1 x EPU switch(es)
Accessories User's manual
ASUS Q-Shield
2 x Serial ATA 3.0Gb/s cable(s)
2 x Serial ATA 6.0Gb/s cable(s)
1 x SLI bridge(s)
1 x Q-connector(s) (2 in 1)
1 x ASUS USB 3.0 Bracket(s)
BIOS 64 Mb Flash ROM, EFI AMI BIOS, PnP, DMI2.0, WfM2.0, SM BIOS 2.5, ACPI 2.0a, Multi-language BIOS,
ASUS EZ Flash 2, ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3, F12 PrintScreen Function
Manageability WfM 2.0, DMI 2.0, WOL by PME, WOR by PME, PXE
Support Disc Drivers
ASUS Utilities
ASUS Update
Anti-virus software (OEM version)
Form Factor ATX Form Factor
12 inch x 9.6 inch ( 30.5 cm x 24.4 cm )
Note *1: The PCIe x16_3 slot shares bandwidth with PCIe x1_1 slot, PCIe x1_2 slot, USB3_34 and eSATA. The PCIe x16_3 default setting is in x1 mode.
*2: These SATA ports are for data hard drivers only. ATAPI devices are not supported.