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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

The prospect of a Z68 board for just £75 is a question begging for an answer. What has been chopped from the Asus P8Z68-V LX to bring it in on budget?

The first thing you'll notice is a whole bunch of bare MOSFETs and VRMs.

That would tend to suggest this board isn't the best overclocker out there. The same goes for the 4+2 power phase design.

No doubt, if you're aiming to break records, you probably need to spend more.

Back in the real world, we had no problem hitting 4.5GHz with a 2700K, so it's a moot point.

That's all we're after.

Asus P8Z68-V LX

Possibly more painful is the PCI Express arrangement. You get a pair of 16-lane ports, but the second slot is only four-lane electrical, which far from ideal.

What's more NVIDIA's SLI isn't supported, period. This is an AMD CrossfireX-only board.

Other omissions include on-board power, reset or Clear-CMOS switches and eSATA ports. Asus hasn't added to the Z68's compliment of six SATA ports, only two of which are 6Gbps capable.

It's not all bad news, however.

All the standard Z68 goodness is present. That means support for Intel's Smart Response SSD caching, LucidLogix Virtu and Intel XMP profiles along with both HDMI and DVI connectivity if you plan on using integrated graphics.

Asus has also included its TPU chip for easy auto overclocking via a motherboard dip switch and a USB chip with two ports.

You also get Asus's lovely UEFI BIOS and all the menus, options and ease of use that comes with the territory.

We liked

The Z68 is clearly the chipset of choice for the LGA1155 socket, so it's great to see one at an affordable price point, especially from Asus. It's also good to find Asus hasn't purged all of our favourite features, with items like the UEFI BIOS and TPU chip surviving the cut.

We disliked

The biggest downside to the cost cutting is limited multi-GPU support. Asus also hasn't exactly gone to town with the chipset cooling or power supply engineering. The limited availability of 6Gbps SATA ports will become more limiting with time, too.

Verdict

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

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