asus z68 Exclusive: Asus P8Z68 Deluxe and P8Z68 V specs leaked

There has already been a fair few previews of Asus' upcoming P8Z68-V Pro board, including our own preview of the board, however not much has been know about Asus other upcoming Z68 boards, at least not until now. Surprisingly it appears that Asus is only set to launch a total of three Z68 boards next week, although the company is planning a pair of ROG boards for a slightly later launch according to launch details we've seen.

There has already been a fair few previews of Asus' upcoming P8Z68-V Pro board, including our own preview of the board, however not much has been know about Asus other upcoming Z68 boards, at least not until now. Surprisingly it appears that Asus is only set to launch a total of three Z68 boards next week, although the company is planning a pair of ROG boards for a slightly later launch according to launch details we've seen.

Starting with the P8Z68-V, we have a "feature light" version of the P8Z68-V Pro in essence, so the board lacks FireWire and the two extra SATA 6Gbps ports. Asus has also removed the bundled USB 3.0 bracket, but kindly left the extra two ports in place. Otherwise the feature set is more or less the same, with three x16 slots that work in dual x8 more for the first two and the last one is either a x4 or a x1 slot. You still get HDMI, DVI and D-Sub connectivity, Intel Gigabit Ethernet, Bluetooth, 7.1-channel audio, an eSATA port and of course two rear USB 3.0 ports.

asus z68 Exclusive: Asus P8Z68 Deluxe and P8Z68 V specs leaked

The P8Z68 Deluxe on the other hand is a reworked P8P67 Deluxe so it lacks the display connectors. On the other hand it had dual Gigabit Ethernet and four SATA 6Gbps ports ports as well as a bundled drive bay adapter for two USB 3.0 ports. Interestingly, Asus has still managed to make this board work with Lucid Logix Virtu software, although only in what's known as d-mode, but it should allow for access to the important parts of Intel's GPU. This means that transcoding/encoding using the Intel GPU will be available on the P8Z67 Deluxe without the need of the display connectors.

Want some more ROG series info? Well, ok then, we're going to be nice and share what little we know. The first board will be called the Maximus IV Extreme-Z and we have a feeling that this will just be a Maximus IV Extreme with the Z68 chipset instead of the P67 chipset. The other board is a new addition and it's a mATX board called the Maximus IV Gene-Z and it's most likely going to launch at Computex. We might end up with display connectors on this board as it's a brand new product, so fingers crossed for something different here. Once again it simply comes down to patience being a virtue, at least if you really want to get an ROG Z68 board.