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.
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.
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.
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 ...
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 suppor...