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    Asrock Z68 Extreme4 Gen3: PCI-E x16 slots not performing according to specs

    Thank you Maban. I did some further research after my post and I completely agree with your recommendation. There are quite some articles showing that real life performance differences between playing at x8 or x16 PCI-E 2.0 are unnoticeable. Specially when my monitor max res is 1600x1200...
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    How to determine the side a cooler will face on the mobo?

    Yes, why not. The rear 12 cm fan is now an additional cool air intake for the CPU.
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    How to determine the side a cooler will face on the mobo?

    It is going to depend on the case intake/exhaust arrangement. I use a HAF 922 with a Noctua NH-D14 (2 Noctua NF-P14 fans). - front: 20 cm stock fan. Cool air first passes through HD array, then ascends until it reaches CPU front fan. - side: 20 cm Cooler Master MegaFlow 200 Red LED. Cool...
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    Asrock Z68 Extreme4 Gen3: PCI-E x16 slots not performing according to specs

    Hi all. I've recently built a new PC and I chose the Asrock Z68 Extreme4 Gen3. According to its official specs here: - 2 x PCI Express 3.0 x16 slots (PCIE2/PCIE4: single at x16 or dual at x8/x8 mode) (PCI Express 3.0 with Intel® Ivy Bridge CPU, PCI Express 2.0 with Intel® Sandy Bridge CPU)...