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ASRock Z68 Pro3 and Extreme4 (Intel Z68) Motherboard Preview

By: Shawn Baker | Socket LGA 1155 in Motherboards | Posted: May 5, 2011 4:17 pm
Manufacturer: ASRock

Final Thoughts


When you start to collate all the information that's around, it becomes obvious that you're dealing with a slightly enhanced version of the P67 chipset. Of course, the big thing is that the chipset isn't going to have this stigma around it that was present in the P67 with the SATA port bungle.


While Intel handled the situation extremely well, they no doubt would prefer to move away from the whole issue as it does continue to be mentioned when someone looks at a board with the new "B3" chipset and make a note that it carries with it no issue in regards to its SATA ports.


Lucid Virtu and the Intel HD Graphics are going to have their place. The graphics more so in budget orientated boards, the Lucid Virtu depending on its performance. As people continue to rip copies of their Blu-rays and DVDs down to iPad friendly formats and resolutions, the ability to do this with great speed will become appreciated by users. This is especially true when it comes again to those more budget orientated motherboards that are using something like the Micro ATX form factor.


What really stands out, though, is Intel Smart Response Technology. The idea seems good and we have faith that Intel can pull it off. Though with that said, it's not going to be so handy for people who have opted for 256GB SATA3 SSD drives or SSD RAID setups that offer enough space to store games and applications on their own. It is going to be a great feature for people who want to kick the performance up a notch over the standard mechanical drive, however.


Chris has already done a piece talking about SandForce and the Z68 chipset here, but make sure you keep an eye out for his full coverage with performance once the NDA lifts on the 11th of May.


The Z68 Chipset is looking to be a great addition to the Intel line-up and it will be interesting to see how the board performs in some of these new features that are on offer while also just seeing how performance is in our normal line-up of motherboard benchmarks.


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