ASRock Z68 Extreme4 Gen3 Review

Editor: David Mitchelson  Date: 08-08-11   26 Comment(s) - Join the discussion here
Introduction


Product on Review : Z68 Extreme4 Gen3
Manufacturer and Sponsor : ASRock
Street Price: £140 inc. VAT (GBP)

Just a matter of weeks ago ASRock unveiled their Gen3 Series of motherboards. Gen3 helping to identify the integration of PCI-E 3.0. ASRock are the first to incorporate this onto their motherboards. Inside this series we have the following motherboards: Fatal1ty Z68 Professional Gen3 / Z68 Extreme4 Gen3 / Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 / P67 Extreme4 Gen3 all featuring the signature gold solid CAPs and of course PCI-3.0. Today we will be taking a look at the Z68 Extreme4 Gen3, a motherboard that supports 3-way CrossfireX and Tri-SLI and delivers many features that most enthusiasts will come to expect but at a price-tag that maybe they won’t.

This is the first ASRock Sandy Bridge motherboard we have reviewed at Vortez so it will be interesting to see how the Extreme4 Gen3 stacks up against some stiff competition from the likes of ASUS, MSI and GIGABYTE. Let’s waste no further time and begin our analysis of the Extreme4 Gen3.


About ASRock
ASRock Inc. is established in 2002, specialized in the field of motherboards. ASRock strives to build up its own brand. With the 3C design concept, “Creativity, Consideration, Cost-effectiveness”, the company explores the limit of motherboards manufacturing while paying attention on the eco issue at the same time, developing products with the consideration of eco-friendly concept.

ASRock has been growing fast and become world third largest motherboard brand with headquarter in Taipei, Taiwan and branches in Europe and the USA. The young and vibrant company targets from mainstream to enthusiast MB segments for different kinds of users, owning reputation around the world market with its reliability and proficiency.

Techncial Specifications: Full details

Features
• 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, 1 x PCIe 2.0 x16 Slot, Supports AMD 3-Way 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 Front USB 3.0 Panel, 1 x 3.5mm Audio Cable, CyberLink MediaEspresso 6.5 Trial, ASRock MAGIX Multimedia Suite

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