Excerpt: I doubt anyone would be using the 3rd slot, I still dislike PCI-E x16 slots that are far at the bottom, any graphic card on that slot will hinder access to the buttons and connectors. In most cases, you can’t connect anything once there’s a huge heatsink blocking the path.
ASUS P8Z68-V PRO Review: Our First Z68 Motherboard
13 September 2011
Conclusion: Final Words Looking back on the ASUS P8Z68-V PRO, I can come up with a variety of conclusions. It's a great little board in terms of performance, features and add-ons, even for the $210 asking price.
Excerpt: When is a chipset truly a new chipset? That’s a question that many PC enthusiasts will ponder when they see the specs for Intel’s Z68 chipset, which is at the heart of the Asus P8Z68-V Pro board.
Pros: Beautiful UEFI interface; Intel SRT and Virtu support.
Cons: Documentation on SRT and Virtu support lacking; no dual-link DVI support on integrated graphics.
Conclusion: Only those building extreme systems with three graphics cards, or power users who aren’t satisfied with running SLI/CrossFireX graphics cards in PCIe x8 mode, are likely to find anything wanting here.
Pros: Supports using integrated and dedicated graphics together with Lucid's Virtu tech, Excellent utilities, Built-in Bluetooth, Q-Connector simplifies installation
Cons: Dual graphics cards must run in x8 mode due to chipset limitations
Conclusion: Although we strive to be as objective as possible, any review will reflect to some extent the perceptions and biases of the reviewer. Also, keep in mind that the computer market is very volatile, and that today's killer super product can easily become yesterday's also-ran as the market competition...
Pros: Can use integrated Sandy Bridge video and a discrete video card, Intel Smart Response technology boosts disk performance, EPU, TPU, and 12-phase power enable high and stable overclocks, Four SATA 6G and four USB 3.0 ports, Excellent UEFI BIOS implementation.
Cons: Single-latch DIMM sockets. I hate those., Virtu software still has some rough edges, NVIDIA Synergy not available yet, Paucity of PCI-E lanes
Conclusion: The Intel Z68 Express chipset is really what Intel should have brought to the market when the Sandy Bridge was launched. While the P67 is by no means a bad chip, its inability to access the integrated graphics Quick Sync feature frustrated many people.
Summary: Today we put the ASUS P8Z68-V Pro up against a $300+ Intel P67 motherboard. The ASUS P8Z68-V Pro brought everything to the table, held nothing back and was able to outperform a board that retails for nearly 50% more!
Summary: My experiences with the P8Z68-V Pro were long, arduous, and downright stressful at times. To be fair that wasn’t really the P8Z68-V’s fault. The board has two new features. Features that are worthy of a lot of discussion on their own.
Excerpt: Intel flexed its technology muscles last week by formally unveiling some nifty next-generation transistor technology , 3D Tri-Gate, which is designed to increase processor performance while reducing power - a rather neat party trick that ensures the chip giant can explore and harvest the benefits of...