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


  • 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.

Learn more about the ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3


Z68 Extreme3 Gen3

Supported CPU

CPU Socket Type
LGA 1155
CPU Type
Core i7 / i5 / i3 (LGA1155)
Supported CPU Technologies
Supports Intel Turbo Boost 2.0 Technology
Supports Intel K-Series unlocked CPU
Supports Hyper-Threading Technology


Intel Z68


Number of Memory Slots
Memory Standard
DDR3 2133(OC) / 1600 / 1333 / 1066 / 800
Maximum Memory Supported
Channel Supported
Dual Channel

Expansion Slots

PCI Express 3.0 x16
2 x PCI Express 3.0 x16 slots (PCIE2/PCIE4: single at x16 (PCIE2) / x8 (PCIE4), or dual at x8 (PCIE2) / x8 (PCIE4)) (PCI Express 3.0 with Intel Ivy Bridge CPU, PCI Express 2.0 with Intel Sandy Bridge CPU)
PCI Express x1
PCI Slots

Storage Devices

SATA 3Gb/s
SATA 6Gb/s
2 x SATA3 6.0 Gb/s connectors (SATA3_1 connector is shared with eSATA3 port)

Onboard Video

Onboard Video Chipset
Supported only by CPU with integrated graphic

Onboard Audio

Audio Chipset
Realtek ALC892
Audio Channels
8 Channels

Onboard LAN

LAN Chipset
Realtek 8111E
Max LAN Speed

Rear Panel Ports

Video Ports
D-Sub + DVI
1 x HDMI
USB 3.0
2 x USB 3.0
USB 1.1/2.0
4 x USB 2.0
1 x eSATA 6Gb/s
1 x Optical
Audio Ports
5 Ports

Internal I/O Connectors

Onboard USB
8 x USB 2.0
Other Connectors
1 x IR header
1 x CIR header
1 x COM port header
1 x HDMI_SPDIF header
1 x Power LED header
CPU/Chassis/Power FAN connector
24 pin ATX power connector
8 pin 12V power connector
Front panel audio connector
1 x Dr. Debug with LED

Physical Spec

Form Factor
12" x 8.6"
Power Pin
24 Pin


Premium Gold Caps (2.5 x longer life time), 100% Japan-made high-quality Conductive Polymer Capacitors

Digi Power, Advanced V8 + 4 Power Phase Design

2 x PCIe 3.0 x16 slots, Supports AMD Quad CrossFireX and NVIDIA Quad SLI

Supports Intel HD Graphics Built-in Visuals

Dr. Debug, Smart Switch Design: Power/Reset/Clear CMOS Switch with LED

Support Intel Smart Response, Lucid Virtu Switchable Graphics

Supports ASRock XFast USB, XFast LAN Technologies

Supports ASRock On/Off Play, graphical UEFI, ASRock Extreme Tuning Utility (AXTU)

Combo Cooler Option (C.C.O.)

7.1 CH HD Audio with Content Protection (Realtek ALC892 Audio Codec), Supports THX TruStudio

Free Bundle : 1 x 3.5mm Audio Cable, CyberLink MediaEspresso 6.5 Trial, ASRock MAGIX Multimedia Suite

Manufacturer Warranty

2 years limited
2 years limited

Quick Info


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

Customer Reviews of the ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3

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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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  • N/A
  • 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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  • N/A
  • 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 We can assist you shortly.

Thank you

Tech Support Email:

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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 We can assist you shortly.

Thank you

Tech Support Email:

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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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  • NoPrayer
  • 6/26/2013 4:26:46 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsGreat board until

Pros: Fast. Nice bios setup.

Cons: USB 3 ports died after 1 year 3 months and took an external hard drive out along with it. Lost a lot of pictures.

Other Thoughts: I'm normally a gigabyte person but thought i would try asrock based on reviews. I'm probably going back to gigabyte.

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  • N/A
  • 6/12/2013 1:08:56 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Love the board. It's nice, neat, does everything I need and even has Crossfire. Love the color scheme too.

Cons: No onboard USB 3.0, I had to buy a card for that.

Other Thoughts: So, I was having some issues with my system and figured I should check the hardware. The CPU cover to keep the chip in place looks like it's been burned. I have pictures of it. I don't know if it's a defective board or what. Also, I found this issue too late. My replacement runs out tomorrow, 6/13/13. :( Sad face.

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  • MonkeyFace
  • 5/17/2013 11:29:46 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsoc's well, falls short on everything else.

Pros: oc's really well.

Cons: After a few months. PCI-E slot 1 starts crashing the nvidia driver anytime I have a card in it. Removed SLI, put just one 560 ti Frozn II in primary PCI-E slot and crashing continued, removed and put in secondary PCI-E slot, temps dropped instantly from IDLE 60c to 30c. Left in works fine for another two months.

Two months later, Audio out on front panel stops working, day later, back panel stops working. RMA requires I pay them for shipping and they won't expedite a new Motherboard to me with a hold charge on my CC while I wait like Asus did with my previous builds.

Now I have a board where I have no audio unless I use a secondary audio card or the spdif out. PCI-E in second slot unless I need to actually get in my cmos then I have to either hook up the Intel onboard, or put a card temporary in the PCI-E (1) slot.

Also, NO Hauppage (or any that I have found) Tuner cards will work on this board. I am using the latest beta 2.30a1 version of the BIOS also.

I have tried previous bios reverts and updates, I have tried both realtek reference drivers from different releases I have tried ASrocks (after waiting 3 hours for it to download on a 55mb connection!) driver updates, nothing works.

The cost in time, stress and overall unstable environment makes me suggest a new vendor. At this point I am not in a financial place to replace the board so I use it with crashes, overheating and no audio... next time I won't risk the hassle and just go with a brand who has good Customer Service.

Other Thoughts: if all you need is overclocking and nothing else board is ok.

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