Summary: In the beginning of this review we asked the question of what makes an enthusiast motherboard and does product segmentation really play a big factor in what you can do. Having used several Z68 motherboards up to this review we have come to the conclusion that a little does go a long way.
The P8Z68 Deluxe/Gen3 is a very unique motherboard in that it comes from a line of mainstream motherboards with features normally reserved for higher end enthusiast models.
Pros: Easy to use UEFI BIOS, Great for Overclocking, Extra space between video card slots, Digi+ VRM for stable power, Onboard Bluetooth, Gigabit Intel LAN
Cons: Lots of clicks to access to advanced BIOS menu, Power and Reset buttons covered in triple card setups, Chipset cooler not connected to PWM
Summary: Swapping straight from the
ASUS P67 Sabertooth board
, I had some high expectations for the Z68 Deluxe. Also, noting that it has the second highest price point of any ASUS board out there currently makes for even higher expectations.
I had a few complaints with the board, however. I am not a fan of the inclusion of legacy applications such as a PS/2 port and PCI slots, particularly in an enthusiast board, but I am forced to admit there are still applications for them.
Summary: The P8Z68 Deluxe Z68 LGA 1155 motherboard (Rev 1.0) comes packed with Bluetooth, a front USB 3.0 hub, plenty of internal and external SATA 6Gbps connections, and support for SLI/CrossFire X. This board has the newer generation UEFI BIOS and supports all sorts of settings that allow for advanced overclocking. Extra on-board buttons that can reset memory settings and clear the CMOS are welcomed add-ons in addition to the PCB integrated power and reset buttons.
Pros: » Front USB 3.0 included in the Deluxe model will allow users to use an older case, » Rear panel eSATA support, » MemOK button allows you to recover from overclocked memory settings without clearing the CMOS, » UEFI BIOS is easy to work with and has powerful features, » Has 4x 6Gbps onboard SATA connectors, » Board supports SLI or CrossFireX, » Built-in Bluetooth support, » Intel Gigabit LAN
Cons: » With the most recent 0902 BIOS update this board still suffers from the well-known, » Standard P8Z68 Deluxe does not have PCIe/PCI 3.0 support - be sure to pickup the newer, » Review sample PCB was noticeably warped but this did not impact functionality or performance, » No onboard video support for the Deluxe model, but its available on the Pro version