Monday, April 25th 2011

ASRock Z68 Extreme4 Motherboard Pictured

ASRock is ready with its latest performance motherboard based on the upcoming Intel Z68 chipset, the ASRock Z68 Extreme4. The Z68 chipset combines the overclocking features of P67 with integrated graphics support of H67, and adds a few more features such as SSD boost. The Z68 Extreme4 uses a V8 power phase design for the CPU socket, the board supports dual-DDR3 memory with memory multipliers supporting DDR3-2133 MHz. The onboard display connectivity includes DVI, D-Sub, HDMI 1.4a, and DisplayPort. Expansion slots include three PCI-Express x16 (x16/NC/x4 or x8/x8/x4), two each of PCI-E x1 and PCI.

The "4" in Extreme4 denotes four each of USB 3.0 and SATA 6 Gb/s ports. There are two SATA 6 Gb/s from the PCH, and two from an additional controller; and two EtronTech USB 3.0 controllers that drive two ports on the rear panel, and two by internal headers (for front-panel or bracket). The Z68 Extreme4 features a new GUI-driven UEFI BIOS that allows booting from volumes over 3 TB in capacity. Other connectivity features include 8-channel HD audio with optical SPDIF output and THX TruStudio Pro, eSATA 3 Gb/s, Firewire, and a number of USB 2.0 ports. There are a few nice overclocker-friendly touches such as high DRAM multipliers, rear clear CMOS, and power/reset buttons on board. ASRock's new board will reach stores in mid-May.
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24 Comments on ASRock Z68 Extreme4 Motherboard Pictured

#1
Jstn7477
Looks neat. I don't have a desktop currently, but I'm sure many Intel fans have probably been waiting for Z68 to arrive.
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#2
craigo
I have recently been checking reviews and previews on the existing and new intel chipset mainboards and have been quite surprised by Asrock`s offerings they seem to be offering veryh feature rich mainboards for the price of the other Taiwanese manufacturers (Asus,Gigabyte) low end to mid range boards (case in point why the hell would i buy a ud5 in the p6 range when i can have the much better specced Asrock for ud3 prices). If this trend continues i may even consider an Asrock board for my next upgrade (which will be socket 2011 and not a moment beforehand) instead of my usual Intel board...if i can bring myself to buy a non-Intel board that is.. iether way these Asrock boards are scary well specced at the best price-point in the market
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#3
micropage7
unfortunately it doesnt tell us what socket it is
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#4
erixx
the 3 headsinks look like not air flow friendly....
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#5
heky
@micropae7

Its socket 1155, all z68 are.
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#6
btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
by: micropage7
unfortunately it doesnt tell us what socket it is
LGA1155, Lotes-made.
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#7
micropage7
by: btarunr
LGA1155, Lotes-made.
thanks. btw since intel told us they gonna change the socket on the future would the 1155 last long?
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#8
btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
by: micropage7
thanks. btw since intel told us they gonna change the socket on the future would the 1155 last long?
No, Intel never told us of any socket that would succeed LGA1155.
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#9
micropage7
by: btarunr
No, Intel never told us of any socket that would succeed LGA1155.
i mean it just a while since 1156 replaced with 1155. i hope 1155 would last longer before any new socket out
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#11
_JP_
The motherboard looks awesome, but I don't like that molex (like I also don't like every other board that has it, especially in that spot) and I have doubts about those heatsinks.
FYI, I what that molex is there for.
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#12
pantherx12
Heatsinks should be fine, lots of phases so even distribution.

Gigabyte use the same crappy heatsinks.

And everyone loves gigabyte XD
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#13
craigo
..I dont like Gigabyte mainboards!...legs it
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#14
pantherx12
by: craigo
..I dont like Gigabyte mainboards!...legs it
Nor do I ;)

They're okay, just not brilliant.
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#15
_JP_
by: pantherx12
Gigabyte use the same crappy heatsinks.
Didn't know/noticed that.
by: pantherx12
And everyone loves gigabyte XD
I never owned a motherboard from them.
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#16
Dave65
by: craigo
I have recently been checking reviews and previews on the existing and new intel chipset mainboards and have been quite surprised by Asrock`s offerings they seem to be offering veryh feature rich mainboards for the price of the other Taiwanese manufacturers (Asus,Gigabyte) low end to mid range boards (case in point why the hell would i buy a ud5 in the p6 range when i can have the much better specced Asrock for ud3 prices). If this trend continues i may even consider an Asrock board for my next upgrade (which will be socket 2011 and not a moment beforehand) instead of my usual Intel board...if i can bring myself to buy a non-Intel board that is.. iether way these Asrock boards are scary well specced at the best price-point in the market
I had the Extreme 6 before the recall and it was a great board,overclocked as good as my Maximus 4 does now,the only reason I don't have one now it wasn't available in time and I wasn't prepared to wait:)
But ASROCK boards are great..
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#17
Dave65
by: _JP_
The motherboard looks awesome, but I don't like that molex (like I also don't like every other board that has it, especially in that spot) and I have doubts about those heatsinks.
FYI, I what that molex is there for.
Extra power for the PCI-E,it has shown on X58 that some using SLI was burning up the 24 pin socket,I don't remember the specifics but trust me I would not buy a board without one..
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#18
_JP_
by: Dave65
Extra power for the PCI-E,it has shown on X58 that some using SLI was burning up the 24 pin socket,I don't remember the specifics but trust me I would not buy a board without one..
Dude, I know what the molex is there for. Just read what I wrote.
I just wish that the manufacturers would find a better place for it or, at least, include a cable extension for it.
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#19
Wastedslayer
by: _JP_
Dude, I know what the molex is there for. Just read what I wrote.
I just wish that the manufacturers would find a better place for it or, at least, include a cable extension for it.
You could probably make one really easy out of an old fan extension cable.
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#20
pantherx12
by: _JP_
Didn't know/noticed that.
See, slightly different design but same diecast heat-sinks with silly covers. :laugh:
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#21
btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
Doubt this :p :
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#23
Wile E
Power User
by: pantherx12
Nor do I ;)

They're okay, just not brilliant.
They were most certainly brilliant on X58.
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#24
Dave65
by: _JP_
Dude, I know what the molex is there for. Just read what I wrote.
I just wish that the manufacturers would find a better place for it or, at least, include a cable extension for it.
Yep I read it wrong..My bad..
But I agree could be in a better spot..
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