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Asus P8Z68-V LX review

A bargain motherboard with a serious chipset

Our Verdict

A very solid Z68 board from Asus at a price you can afford. But limited multi-GPU support.

For

  • Aggressively priced
  • Great performance

Against

  • Poor multi-GPU support
  • No-frills feature set

A budget board with a premium chipset. Is that the most effective combination for achieving maximum bang-for-buck? If so, the Asus P8Z68-V LX is positioned perfectly.

It sells for as little as £75 but it packs Intel's Z68 chipset.

OK, that means at best you're stuck with mainstream LGA1155 processors and a quad-core cap, rather than the six (like the Intel Core i7 3960X) and eight-core (the latter in the form of Xeon CPUs) beasts available for the monstrous LGA2011 bucket of pins.

But as LGA1155 chipsets go, the Z68 is easily the pick of the bunch.

Asus P8Z68-V LX
An absolute Z68 bargain

You get full access to overclocking features, the ability to run a discrete graphics card and still use Intel's QuickSync video transcode engine and some nice little extras including Intel's SmartResponse SSD caching tech.

Asus has also thrown in some of its own particular treats, including a TPU processor for automatic overclocking, a pukka UEFI BIOS and a couple of USB 3.0 ports.

Tech Specs

Product TypeDesktop Motherboard
Chipset ManufacturerIntel
Chipset ModelZ68 Express
Multi GPU SupportedCrossFireX
Onboard VideoCPU Dependent Video
Number of PCI Express x16 Slots2
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Processor SocketSocket H2 LGA-1155
Brand NameAsus
Form FactorATX
Processor SupportedCore i3, Core i5, Core i7, Pentium Dual-core
Total Processor Supported1
Maximum Memory32 GB
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS, REACH, WEEE
64-bit ProcessingYes
Number of Memory Slots4
Number of PCI Slots3
Audio Channels7.1
Gigabit EthernetYes
Number of SATA Interfaces6
RAID SupportedYes
Number of Total Expansion Slots7
HDMIYes
DVIYes
Number of Network (RJ-45) Ports1
Network (RJ-45)Yes
Total Number of USB Ports6
Number of USB 3.0 Ports2
Total Number of Onboard USB Ports8
Number of Onboard USB 2.0 Ports8
PCI Express StandardPCI Express 2.0
Total Number of PCI Express Slots4
Memory Form FactorDIMM
Processor TechnologyTurbo Boost Technology 2.0, Smart Response Technology, Enhanced SpeedStep Technology
Width304.8 mm
Depth228.6 mm
ManufacturerASUS Computer International
Product ModelP8Z68-V LX
Product NameP8Z68-V LX Desktop Motherboard
Controller TypeSerial ATA/300, Serial ATA/600
Manufacturer Part Number90-MIBH80-G0EAY0KZ
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://uk.asus.com
Marketing Information

This motherboard supports the latest Intel second generation Core i7/Core i5/Core i3 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 processors are among the most powerful and energy efficient CPUs in the world.

Package Contents
  • P8Z68-V LX Desktop Motherboard
  • 2 x SATA 6Gb/s Cable
  • 1 x I/O Shield
  • 1 x User Manual
  • 1 x Support DVD
Limited Warranty3 Year