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ASUS P8Z68 Deluxe Z68 LGA 1155 Motherboard
Author: Jim Solski
Manufacturer: ASUS
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December 01, 2011

The next generation of Intel X79 motherboards are just starting to hit retailers now, and at this point the Z68 series motherboard architecture remains one of the better performing and more affordable options on the market. In this review we will take a look at the ASUS P8Z68 Deluxe Z68 LGA 1155 motherboard which supports the very latest second generation Intel Core i7, i5, and i3 processors. We will identify key features of this board then quickly dive into BIOS settings, overclocking support, and performance benchmarks.

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Before getting in to the heart of the review, let's take a look at some of the key features and specifications for the P8Z68 Deluxe Z68 LGA 1155 motherboard. For the latest and most complete details, please visit the official product page on the ASUS website.

Features:

UEFI BIOS (EZ Mode)
Support for 2.2TB + storage
LucidLogix Virtu (universal switchable graphics)
Intel Smart Response Technology
Dual Intelligent Processors 2 with DIGI+ VRM
BT GO! Allows Bluetooth connectivity to your computer without additional adapters
USB 3.0 Integration. Includes Front Panel USB
Dual Gigabit LAN
DTS Surround Sound
LGA1155 Socket for 2nd Generation Intel i7/i5/i3 Processors
Intel Z68 Chipset includes 2 SATA 6Gb/s and 4 SATA 2Gb/s
European Union's Energy-related Products (ErP) ready

Specifications:

Model: ASUS P8Z68 Deluxe (Rev 1.0)
CPU Socket Type: LGA 1155
CPU Type: 2nd Gen. Core i7/i5/i3 (supports 32nm CPU)
North Bridge: Intel Z68
Number of Memory Slots: 4
Memory Standard: DDR3 2000(OC)/2133(OC)/1866(OC),1600/1333/1066
Maximum Memory Supported: 32GB
Memory Channel Supported: Dual Channel
Expansion Slots:
PCI Express 2.0 x16: 2 (x16 or dual x8)
PCI Express 2.0 x1: 1 (x4 mode)
PCI Express 2.0 x16: 2
PCI Slots: 2
Storage Devices
SATA 6Gb/s: 2
SATA 3Gb/s: 4
SATA RAID: 0/1/5/10
Audio Chipset: Realtek ALC889
Audio Channels: 8-Channel High Definition
LAN Chipset #1: Intel 82579
LAN Chipset #2: Realtek 8111E
Max LAN Speed: Both LAN Chipsets provide Gigabit speeds
Rear Panel Ports
PS/2: 1
Bluetooth Module: 1
eSATA 3Gb/s: 1 (red)
Power eSATA 3Gb/s: 1 (green)
IEEE 1394: 1
LAN (RJ45: 2
USB 2.0: 8
USB 3.0: 2
S/PDIF Out: 1 coaxial, 1 optical
Audio Ports: 6
Clear CMOS Button: 1
Onboard USB: 2x USB 3.0, 4x USB 2.0
Onboard 1394: VIA 6315N (1 at mid-board, 1 at back panel)
Bluetooth: Bluetooth V2.1+EDR
nVIDIA SLI Support: Quad-GPU SLI
AMD CrossFireX Support: Quad-GPU CrossFireX
Form Factor: ATX (12.0" x 9.6")

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