Summary: Final Thoughts
Well let me start with what I do like about this board. I always like to see power and reset buttons on the motherboard itself. These are perfect when you are troubleshooting or when you have the system on a test bench.
Pros: – Good cooling, – XFast LAN Utility, – On board power and reset buttons
Cons: – Boring design, – UEFI BIOS is a little sluggish, – Not that great at overclocking
Summary: One aspect of motherboards we rarely cover is build quality. Partly because it’s subjective to some degree and partly because most of the brands we tend to look at all execute on build quality about the same with some aspects being nicer from one brand to the next.
Summary: Several people on our forums wanted to see a little more brand diversity when it comes to motherboard reviews. Ask and you shall receive. We take our first look at one of ASRock’s "finest" motherboards. The Z68 Extreme4 Gen3. Long name, lots of features, and a big steaming bowl of disappointment.
Summary: The new Z68 Extreme4 Gen3 motherboard from ASRock comes with a rich software bundle, but also very useful features like C.C.O., Intel Smart Response Technology, Lucid VIRTU or PCI-E 3.0 slots (to be used with future Ivy Bridge CPUs).
Excerpt: Today will we be taking a look at ASRock’s flagship Z68 motherboard, the Z68 Extreme4. Prior to the Z68 chipset’s release on May 11th, one had to choose between using the iGPU on the Sandybridge-based chips (H67 chipset) or overclocking and not using the iGPU (P67 chipset).
Summary: Although Virtu worked as intended, it didn't exactly "wow" us like SRT did. We don't believe Virtu will be limited to the Z68, let alone Intel chipsets for that matter. In other words, while we see potential for the software, we don't think it's a key selling point for the Z68.