Z68 express chipset.jpg Random unreleased Z68 board sightings

Although the Z68 chipset launch has already happened, it turns out that several manufacturers only launched some of their boards while others will be trickling out over the next few weeks and months. We've been doing some digging and have managed to find out a few models names, details and even pricing of some of these upcoming boards. We'd expect most of them, if not all to be displayed at Computex in a little over two weeks' time.

Although the Z68 chipset launch has already happened, it turns out that several manufacturers only launched some of their boards while others will be trickling out over the next few weeks and months. We've been doing some digging and have managed to find out a few models names, details and even pricing of some of these upcoming boards. We'd expect most of them, if not all to be displayed at Computex in a little over two weeks' time.

First up PC Games Hardware has posted the full specs of Asus' Maximus IV Extreme-Z which on the whole appears to be the same PCB with the same layout and features as the P67 based Maximus IV Extreme. However, the Z68 chipset does of course add support for Smart Response technology and Asus has also implemented support for Quick Sync video transcoding thanks to some Lucid Logix Virtu magic, as the d-Mode is supported on this board. Currently this is also the most expensive Z68 board we've seen listings for as it's up for pre-order in Europe for around €300 (S$530)

We've also spotted two unannounced boards from MSI, the Z68A-G43 which should be MSI's most basic Z68 board for now. We have to apologize for the lack of details on this board, as all we know is that it'll retail for around €120 (S$212). MSI will also be launching the Z68A-GD65 which should be a more affordable version of the Z68-GD80, but again we don't have a lot of details to go on apart from the pricing, which is about €160 (S$283) which is a fair bit cheaper than the Z68-GD80 which is listed at around €200 (S$354).

Pricing for Asus' Maximus IV Gene-Z has also turned up in Europe and you're looking at a surprisingly affordable price here of around €140 (S$248) which is far less than what we expected this board to be selling for. Do take into account that all of these prices include 19 percent sales tax and the fact that it's hard to compare pricing between various markets and we only supply these prices to give an idea of the cost of the boards.