ASRock’s Z68 Extreme4 motherboard smiles for the camera

 

z68 extreme4 ASRocks Z68 Extreme4 motherboard smiles for the camera

We're getting very close to the launch of Z68 chipset based motherboards now and details of the first boards are already starting to arrive en masse. A picture of ASRock's Z68 Extreme4 motherboard has turned up over at TechPowerUp and we're looking at a pretty feature packed board that has a couple of interesting things of note.

We're getting very close to the launch of Z68 chipset based motherboards now and details of the first boards are already starting to arrive en masse. A picture of ASRock's Z68 Extreme4 motherboard has turned up over at TechPowerUp and we're looking at a pretty feature packed board that has a couple of interesting things of note.

The base configuration is actually quite similar to that of Asus' P8Z68-V Pro as both boards have three x16 PCI Express slots in a dual x8 and one x4 configuration, as well as two x1 PCI Express slots and two PCI slots. Both boards also feature a pair of additional SATA 6Gbps ports as well as on-board power and reset buttons. However, things start to look up for ASRock once we take a look at the rear I/O as the Z68 Extreme4 is loaded to the brim with features here.

For starters and maybe most importantly to a Z68 board is the fact that we have a DisplayPort, an HDMI port, a DVI port and a D-sub connector here, although only two of them can be used simultaneously. Then we have a PS/2 port, four USB 2.0 ports, and eSATA port, a FireWire port, two USB 3.0 ports, Gigabit Ethernet, 7.1-channel audio with optical S/PDIF out and even a clear CMOS button. The only thing potentially missing here would be a Bluetooth dongle, but we can manage without it.

z68 extreme4 ASRocks Z68 Extreme4 motherboard smiles for the camera

ASRock has also added support for a pair of front USB 3.0 ports, just like Asus, but ASRock has gone for host controllers from Etron rather than ASMedia if it makes any difference. The rest of the front connectors include three headers for six USB 2.0 ports (one designed to work with ASRock's Smart Remote), a FireWire header and for some reason a parallel and serial port header which we don't really think is of much use on a board like this. We're also curios about the inclusion of a PLX bridge chip as ASRock is using an ASMedia PCI Express to PCI bridge, so the PLX bridge is intended for something to do with the PCI Express peripherals.

Overall so far this looks like one of the better Z68 boards for anyone that's looking at taking advantage of the video out options on offer as ASRock hasn't cut any corners here. It's not hard to see why ASRock has gained the number three spot in the motherboard market space, as the company is starting to make some really appealing motherboards with overall good features.

Source: TechPowerUp

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