ASUS P8Z68-V Pro Motherboard Review

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First Look at the ASUS P8Z68-V Pro Z68 Motherboard

ASUS P8Z68-V Pro Motherboard Performance Review

In the middle of last week, Intel launched the new chipset for the Socket LGA1155 platforms. Dubbed the Intel Z68 chipset, it brings some new features to the table, as well as merges a few from the Intel H67 and the Intel P67. In our first article on the Intel Z68 chipset Joe took an in-depth look at Intel’s Smart Response Technology. In short, Intel’s Smart Response Technology… Well, I’ll let Joe, the resident SSD expert at Legit Reviews, explain that for me:

Using the latest version of Rapid Storage Technology drivers (10.5) and adjusting some easy settings in the Intel Control Center you essentially create a RAID configuration which treats the SSD as a cache for the most frequently used data. Access then comes via the faster SSD rather than the slower HDD, increasing performance markedly. Right now, some are thinking, wait, this isn’t new…we’ve seen a version of this before! The voices in your head are correct. A while back we had a look at the Seagate Momentus XT Hybrid drive which essentially employs the same concept, albeit all bundled on a single drive.

Along with giving us an in-depth look at Intel’s Smart Response Technology, we also got a peek at the ASUS P8Z68-V Pro motherboard! This particular board is going to be the primary focus of our article today. At the launch of the Intel Z68 chipset, ASUS launched a pair of boards based on the Z68 chipset. The first is the ASUS P8Z68-V Pro that we are looking at today which has an expected retail price of $209.00. The second of the pair is simply the P8Z68-V which will cost a bit less at only $189.00.

Likely the biggest change, aside from the Intel Smart Response technology, is the addition of integrated graphics to what is basically the Intel P67 chipset. Just adding in the integrated graphics isn’t what makes this a drastic change. What makes the addition of the integrated graphics such a grand change is the technologies associated with the Intel integrated graphics. The new Sandy Bridge processors have the graphics integrated directly onto the processor.

Intel Core i7 2600K Sandy Bridge Die

With the addition of the Intel integrated graphics we can now access the features that are tied to it. Features like Intel Quick Sync Video, Intel InTru 3D Technology and Intel Insider are now available on the top tier boards like the ASUS P8Z68-V Pro. Now, what makes this different than the Intel H67 Chipset? Well, you can access this while you run the latest discrete graphics card from AMD or NVIDIA! This not so small feat is accomplished by Lucid Virtu software.

ASUS P8Z68 Specifications

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
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)
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)
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 x SATA 6Gb/s port(s), navy blue
JMicron JMB362 controller :
1 x eSATA 3G port(s), red
LAN Intel 82579, 1 x Gigabit LAN Controller
Bluetooth Bluetooth V3.0+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
– EPU, EPU switch
– 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 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
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

The ASUS P8Z68-V Pro motherboard is totally packed with features that gamers, enthusiast, and everyone in-between have come to love and expect on top tier boards. These are features such as BT GO!, which is an onboard Bluetooth module that allows you to sync folders, transfer data, and several other functions that are all available from an easy to use interface!

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There are a number of features that we will be looking at as we go through our tour of the ASUS P8Z68-V Pro motherboard. That being said, before we delve into the ASUS P8Z68-V Pro too much further, let’s take a look at the new Intel Z68 Chipset!

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