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Asus P8Z68-V Gen3 review

Last-gen Intel chipset with PCIe 3 aspirations

Our Verdict

A well priced, well featured board that has some future proofing in the form of its support for the next generation of PCIe slot.

For

  • Performance Feature set Easy overclocking Pricing

Against

  • The last dance of Z68

Intel's Z68 chipset, which is at the heart of this Asus P8Z68-V Gen3, has been around for a little while now, so what's with a new motherboard built around it?

Especially from a technology leader like Asus - it's not like it hasn't got a least half a dozen boards in its Z68 range already. There's even a couple that, like the P8Z68-V Gen3, already have PCIe 3.0 support…

The launch of yet another Z68 board is also puzzling when you realise that fast approaching on the horizon is Intel's latest chipset, the Z77.

Despite launching before the new CPUs it will be the lead chipset for the upcoming Ivy Bridge processors, with proposed native support for both PCIe 3.0 and USB 3.0 (finally!).

At a guess all this will come at a premium price, as it always does with a new chipset launch.

And there in a nutshell is what the Asus P8Z68-V Gen3 is all about: offering the latest PCIe specifications on an already pretty well-featured board at a more affordable price for those whose budget can't cater for a board with the latest upcoming technology.

Tech Specs

Product TypeDesktop Motherboard
Chipset ManufacturerIntel
Chipset ModelZ68 Express
Multi GPU SupportedSLI, CrossFireX
Onboard VideoCPU Dependent Video
Number of PCI Express x16 Slots3
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Processor SocketSocket H2 LGA-1155
Brand NameAsus
Form FactorATX
Processor SupportedCore i5, Core i7, Core i3, Celeron Dual-Core, Pentium Dual-core
Total Processor Supported1
Maximum Memory32 MB
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS, WEEE
64-bit ProcessingYes
Number of Memory Slots4
Number of PCI Slots2
Audio Channels7.1
BluetoothYes
Gigabit EthernetYes
Number of SATA Interfaces6
RAID SupportedYes
Number of Total Expansion Slots7
eSATAYes
HDMIYes
DVIYes
Number of Network (RJ-45) Ports1
Network (RJ-45)Yes
Total Number of USB Ports8
Number of USB 3.0 Ports2
Total Number of Onboard USB Ports8
Number of Onboard USB 2.0 Ports6
PCI Express StandardPCI Express 3.0, PCI Express 2.0
Total Number of PCI Express Slots5
Memory Form FactorDIMM
Number of eSATA Ports1
Processor TechnologyTurbo Boost Technology 2.0
Width304.8 mm
Depth243.8 mm
ManufacturerASUS Computer International
Product ModelP8Z68-V/GEN3
Product NameP8Z68-V/GEN3 Desktop Motherboard
Controller TypeSerial ATA/600, Serial ATA/300
Manufacturer Part Number90-MIBGC5-G0EAY00Z
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://uk.asus.com
Marketing Information

This motherboard supports the latest Intel second generation Core i7/Core i5/Core i3/Pentium/Celeron Processors in the LGA1155 package, with memory and PCI Express controllers integrated to support 2-channel (4 DIMM) DDR3 memory and 16 PCI Express 2.0 lanes. This provides great graphics performance. Intel second generation Core i7/Core i5/Core i3/Pentium/Celeron Processors are among the most powerful and energy efficient CPUs in the world.

Package Contents
  • P8Z68-V/GEN3 Desktop Motherboard
  • User's Manual
  • ASUS Q-Shield
  • 2 x SATA 3Gb/s Cable(s)
  • 2 x SATA 6Gb/s Cable(s)
  • 1 x SLI Bridge(s)
  • 1 x Q-Connector(s) (2 in 1)
  • 1 x Support DVD