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ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

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  • Intel Z68
  • Core i7 / i5 / i3 (LGA1155)
  • DDR3 2133(OC) / 1600 / 1333 / 1066 / 800
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Born to outperform, the ASRock Z68 Extreme3 GEN3 delivers the ultimate throne for the Intel Sandy Bridge processor. The Next-Gen PCIe 3.0, beyond the original specification of Z68 chipset and Intel Sandy Bridge processor, is introduced to this motherboard by adapting PCIe 3.0 quick switch IC, gearing you up for the latest graphics card such as AMD 79xx series that employ PCIe 3.0 technology (PCIe 3.0 is available only when working with Ivy Bridge processor). Smart Response technology intelligently cache the frequently used HDD content on the SSD, allowing you to experience fast response similar to SSD-only system while simultaneously enjoy large capacity of HDD.

An array of ASRock innovative technology, such as XFast RAM, XFast LAN and XFast USB, works behind the scenes to improve overall system performance and throughput, while Digi Power design and advanced V8 + 4 power phase design combined with premium gold caps and 100% Japan-made high-quality conductive polymer capacitors ensure unmatched reliability, durability and overclocking potential. The AMD Quad CrossFireX and NVIDIA Quad SLI configuration delivers the ultimate in graphics performance for gaming enthusiasts who demanding highest frame rates without compromising on resolution.

 

  

  • newegg XFast RAM - Fully Optimize Memory Usage It fully utilizes the memory space that cannot be used under Windows 32-bit OS. ASRock XFast RAM also shortens the loading time of previously visited websites, making web surfing faster than ever. And it also boosts the speed of Adobe Photoshop 5 times faster. Another advantage of ASRock XFast RAM is that it reduces the frequency of accessing your SSDs or HDDs in order to extend their lifespan.
  • newegg XFast LAN Technology ASRock XFast LAN is a smart productivity tool to help you manage your priorities of internet applications, simplify your digital life and accomplish more. The innovative features include : Internet Application Prioritization, Lower Latency in Game, Traffic Shaping and Real-Time Analysis of Your Data. It's the smartest way to control your web programs.
  • newegg ASRock XFast USB Technology - Faster Than Your Imagination! ASRock XFast USB Technology redefines the new standard in high performance computing. Proving once again to be the pioneer in motherboard industry, ASRock XFast USB Series Motherboards integrate with the latest XFast USB Technology which delivers the world's fastest USB data transfer speed.
  • newegg Next-Gen PCI-E 3.0 Support By adapting PCI-E 3.0 quick switch IC onboard, the ASRock motherboards can support the Next-Gen PCI-E 3.0! PCI Express 3.0 can maximize the bandwidth for the next-gen PCI Express 3.0 VGA cards, provide ultimate graphics performance. (To run the PCI Express 3.0 slots in Gen 3 speed, please must install the Ivy Bridge CPU which supports PCI Express 3.0. If you install the Sandy Bridge CPU, the PCI Express 3.0 slots will run only at Gen2 speed.)
  • newegg Intel Smart Response Technology For users who are tempted to connect the SSD and HDD on motherboard, the Intel Smart Response Technology can make the SSD become the "Cache of the HDD" to boost up the HDD access speed.
  • newegg Lucid Virtu With Lucid Virtu software, next-generation PCs with 2nd Generation Intel Core processor platforms will dynamically assign tasks in real time to the best available graphics resource based on power, performance and features.

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 2 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 2 years


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  • Ted
  • 7/23/2014 5:23:07 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsWorked good

Pros: Over clocked 2500k well while it lived.

Cons: First ram slot too close to after market cooler.

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Other Thoughts: Recently the analog audio went out and the digital audio started to cut in and out on Windows, on Linux the digital worked but the analog also broke. After a cross comparison with other distros I confirmed that the onboard audio had infact died. I looked online and found that there were not really many choices for fully functioning sound cards on Linux that sported a S/PDIF out that I so dearly needed. I decided to attempt to update the firmware when I ran into problem number two.

It died.
The firmware upgrade utility in the bios said successful, but when it rebooted it entered a bootloop with the Dr. Debug error code of 55 for a ram issue, which there wasn't as I tested 4 different sticks one at a time and they had all ran in memtest86.

So now I sit here with a dead board wondering if its worth it to get Asrock to send me a new bios for $15 as its out of warranty, and even then my audio is still dead.

I'm choosing to buy a different board, RIP.

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  • 7/7/2014 6:54:34 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsWorked until the warranty ran out

Pros: Cheap and ran like a champ until it didn't.

Cons: Poor RAM layout (too close to socket for larger cooling setups), on-board audio failed shortly after the warranty ran out. You get what you pay for I guess... gonna write them a letter and see how reasonable the are on the support side. I've had MOBO's and other components last for 3x this long with no issues.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear ASRock Customer

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you.
For the audio, please check the HD Audio onboard is enable in BIOS, Advanced, South Bridge Configuration.
Plug the analog speaker to rear speaker port (green), set the default playback sound to analog speaker at Control Panel/Sound/Playback.
Check the Windows volume control has not been muted.
Test with another known good speaker.
Download and install the audio driver at link below.

http://218.210.127.131/downloads/downloadsCheck.aspx?Langid=1&PNid=24&PFid=24&Level=4&Conn=3&DownTypeID=3&GetDown=false

If you have any technical support inquiry, please contact us at http://www.ASRock.com/support/tsd.asp. We will assist you shortly.

Thank you

ASRock SUPPORT
Tech Support Email: http://www.ASRock.com/support/tsd.asp

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  • 6/1/2014 2:35:50 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsASRock Z68 Extreme3

Pros: This has been the motherboard for my gaming PC for about 2 years now and besides the rough beginnings it has worked fine.

Cons: When I bought it the advertised bios firmware was not the actual bios firmware and so the board did not work with my CPU (even though it was specifically advertised to do so). They said they could ship a bios with the correct firmware in 2 weeks. 2 weeks is not even close to ok.

Other Thoughts: I called support and they confirmed that the firmware update for the bios was not going to be on their boards for a few weeks. They said they could mail me a replacement bios chip but that would take up to 2 weeks. I already waited for shipping so this was unacceptable. I asked that they use a faster shipping method and they refused. They should have shipped to me ASAP. It is very embarrassing that the best they could do to deliver firmware that was advertised to already be installed was 2 weeks..... So I borrowed a friends CPU that was compatible with the old firmware, flashed the bios with the new firmware that I downloaded online myself, and then everything worked when I re-installed my own CPU. If I can get that done in a day, ASUS should do better than two weeks when I already paid them.

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  • Roach
  • 4/10/2014 1:25:38 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAwesomeness

Pros: Lots of features. Low Price. Good Quality!

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: This is my first product from ASRock and I am very happy with it. Had this board for 2.5 years and it still works great. I don't see how some people get 2 or 3 dead items in a row. They could just have bad luck, but more than likely they are doing something wrong. Sometimes you may get a defective part once in a blue moon but if you order the same item from a respectable company and it ends up being "DOA" more than once, you probably don't know what you are doing and should have a professional install your components. ;)

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  • 12/10/2013 8:07:47 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAWESOME MOBO

Pros: I am truly impressed with this motherboard. It's definitely one of my first picks. Great caps, over clocking works as a charm. SLI ready for NVDA, what more could you want!?

Cons: I wish there was an easier way to do power pin outs.. that is the most meticulous and tedious thing to do.

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  • N/A
  • 11/5/2013 1:28:28 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: This is honestly the best mother board I have ever had or dealt with, plus the company is absolutely amazing. There is not a single thing wrong with it and I have owned it for quite some time.

Cons: None

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  • 9/18/2013 11:35:55 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsOn my 3rd board..

Pros: "Cheap" - but you get what you pay for.

Cons: This is the 3rd board they've sent me that doesn't work. First one had a faulty PCIE slot. RMA'd and received a board with faulty RAM slots. RMA'd yet again, and received another board with bad PCIE slots. Spent A LOT of time troubleshooting this issue, turns out it was the board all along.

Other Thoughts: Never buying ASROCK again. Filed a complaint with BBB, but I'm pretty sure AsRock doesn't care.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear ASRock Customer

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you.
For the RMA mainboards, we always stress test all retuning mainboards to assure working fine before shipped to avoid back and forth shipping.
Please test with another known good PCIE card to check if its resolved.
As always, we appreciate your purchase, honest and constructive reviews are welcome.
If you have any technical issues or warranty questions please contact our Tech Support at http://www.ASRock.com/support/tsd.asp. We can assist you shortly.

Thank you

ASRock SUPPORT
Tech Support Email: user@ASRockamerica.com

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  • cory
  • 8/18/2013 5:23:49 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsBad USB Ports

Pros: Great when it works.

Cons: After a year and a half my USB ports would randomly quit working during normal computer usage. A reboot would temporarily resolve the problem but it is highly irritating to deal with. As it appears there are many reviews with similar problems, I recommend staying away from purchasing this board.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear ASRock Customer

We sincerely apologize that you having difficulty with USB ports. Please reconnect the USB devices to assure they are fully contact with the ports.
Check the USB device connector is not losen.
If you have any technical issues or warranty questions please contact our Tech Support at http://www.ASRock.com/support/tsd.asp. We can assist you shortly.

Thank you

ASRock SUPPORT
Tech Support Email: user@ASRockamerica.com

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  • N/A
  • 8/2/2013 2:20:23 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsworks

Pros: great mobo, easy to install, no issues with anything, stays on 24/7 no problems.

Cons: none

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  • haloux
  • 7/22/2013 12:39:23 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsWent out after two years of light use

Pros: +Easy to use bios, OC support is great.
+Spacious, able to fit a Noctua DH-14 with room for 2 full profile sticks of RAM and 2 low profile.
+USB xfast charge actually works
+Tons of ports for virtually any device, USB3 and eSATA included
+ACHI support was quick and simple
+Mobo temp stays cool throughout. I guess that's a pro?

Cons: +USB controller firmware was 50/50 at best. There are ports on the back (USB 2) that don't work well with some devices. My mouse is intermittently shutting off as I type. Keyboard would get strange signals (random blinking of caps lock).

+PCI ports are going out. Really don't know how to explain this one. I checked with Nvidia to see if my 560ti was going out, they said that if the problem exists during the POST, it's probably the mobo. I've had this for 2 years now, and it's going out now. . .

+Tons of poorly mapped switches and ports. Fan controller ports are sporadically placed throughout the middle of the board.

+Fan controller gives random voltages to the fans. Strange, never seen this before, but my 140 Noctua varies from 140RPM to 1200RPM (tested against all ports). Noctua said it wasn't them.

Other Thoughts: When it works, it's great. Solid BIOS, lots of expandability options, tons of USB ports. I really wish ASRock would service their customers versus the distributor. Their website says that they won't deal with individual buyers. It just sucks that this mobo went out after 2 years. I've never had anything like this happen before.

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