PCI Express® 3.0 (PCIe 3.0) is the latest PCI Express bus standard with improved encoding schemes that provide twice the performance of current PCIe 2.0. Total bandwidth for a x16 link reaches a maximum of 32GB/s, double the 16GB/s of PCIe 2.0 (in x16 mode). As such, PCIe 3.0 provides users unprecedented data speeds, combined with the convenience and seamless transition offered by complete backward compatibility with PCIe 1.0 and PCIe 2.0 devices. PCIe 3.0 will become a must-have feature for users who wish to improve and optimize graphic performance, as well as have the latest technology available to them. * Actual PCIe 3.0 speed varies with the installed CPU type.
UEFI BIOS (EZ Mode)
Flexible & Easy BIOS Interface Exclusive to ASUS motherboards, its UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) is the first ever mouse-controlled graphical BIOS interface designed with dual selectable modes. It delivers a user-friendly interface that goes beyond traditional keyboard-only BIOS controls to enable more flexible and convenient input with quick scrolling. Users can easily navigate the UEFI BIOS with the smoothness of their operating system. Quick and simple overclocking and setup sharing is facilitated by the F12 hotkey BIOS snapshot feature. The exclusive EZ Mode displays frequently-accessed setup info, while the Advanced Mode is for experienced performance enthusiasts that demand far more intricate system control, including detailed DRAM information.
Supports Hard Drives over 2.2TB ASUS UEFI BIOS natively supports hard drives larger than 2.2TB in 64-bit, with full storage space utilization helping deliver far more exciting computing than traditional BIOS versions.
Exclusive ASUS Interface
EZ Mode - gives easy access to selectable, optimized system modes, clear system info display and drag and drop boot prioritizing
Advanced Mode - for experienced performance enthusiasts that demand intricate system settings
Universal Switchable Graphics Technology LucidLogix® Virtu is designed for the Intel® Sandy Bridge platform's powerful integrated graphics. Its GPU virtualization dynamically assigns tasks to the best available graphics resources based on power, performance and system load on Windows® 7 based PCs. It allows users to fully utilize the unique capabilities of advanced Sandy Bridge multimedia features alongside the high end 3D rendering performance provided by installed graphics cards. When no discrete graphics are needed, the graphics card is put in idle mode to lower utilization, heat, fan speed and power draw down to near zero, making the system more environmentally-friendly. For users with diverse needs, LucidLogix® Virtu GPU virtualization provides great flexibility and efficiency.
Universal Switchable Graphics LucidLogix® Virtu's GPU virtualization technology assigns tasks to the best available GPU, allowing dynamic graphics switching between integrated graphics and NVIDIA® or AMD graphics cards.
3X Faster Video Conversion With switchable graphics, all ASUS P8Z68 Series motherboards leverage the transcoding power of Sandy Bridge, allowing users to enjoy three times faster video conversion with Intel® Quick Sync Video technology.
Intel® Smart Response Technology
SSD Speed with HDD Capacity Intel® Smart Response Technology boosts overall system performance. It uses an installed fast SSD (min 18.6GB available capacity) as a cache for frequently accessed data. Harness the combination of SSD-like performance and response with hard drive capacity, that's 4X faster than a HDD-only system.
* Support Intel® Smart Response Technology on 2nd generation Intel® Core™ processor family
Dual Intelligent Processors 2 with DIGI+ VRM
Digital Power Design: The New Standard The world’s first Dual Intelligent Processors from ASUS pioneered the use of two onboard chips - EPU (Energy Processing Unit) and TPU (TurboV Processing Unit). The new generation of Dual Intelligent Processors 2 with DIGI+ VRM provides precise Vcore PWM, integrated graphics voltages and frequency module adjustments with minimal power loss through BIOS tuning and an exclusive user interface to increase the board’s overclocking range while performance reaches its full potential. ASUS DIGI+ VRM digital power design empowers users with superior flexibility and perfect precision to ensure optimized performance, extreme system stability and greater power efficiency.
Herald the Arrival of a New Digital Power Design Era VRM, or voltage regulator modules, are considered among the most essential motherboard design components. They supply the voltage demanded by the CPU, and a good VRM must intelligently detect actual CPU power draw to provide precise power accordingly. ASUS DIGI+ VRM is an innovative, industry-leading technology that fully integrates Intel® VRD12 specifications on a native level, greatly enhancing power to go far beyond the limits of analog designs.
Advantages of ASUS DIGI+ VRM Digital Power Design Unlike previous VRD versions, Intel® VRD12 uses digital signals (SVID). To ensure perfect power delivery, ASUS specially designed DIGI+ VRM to sync completely with this new technology.
Faster sensing and response: ASUS DIGI+ VRM acts as a digital controller to perfectly match digital power signal (SVID) requests from the CPU, eliminating digital-to-analog conversion lag.
Better cooling: exclusive dual driver and MOS design doubles the heat dissipation area with expanded cooling surfaces for improved thermal performance. Spacing components out over a wider area speeds up cooling to enhance reliability and stability.
2X CPU power supply: the same exclusive dual driver and MOS design also provides twice the CPU power supply with two complete power stages. This results in far greater phase load tolerances, so the CPU never has to wait for power to arrive, increasing performance and overclocking potential.
Active Cooling for Extreme Durability- Super Cool VRM ASUS DIGI+ VRM delivers intelligent power management to balance loadings for each power phase by detecting VRM temperatures to ensure longer component lifespan and better cooling.
The Ultimate Turbo Processor Unleash your performance with ASUS' simple onboard switch or AI Suite II utility. The TPU chip offers precise voltage control and advanced monitoring through Auto Tuning , GPU Boost and TurboV functions. Auto Tuning offers a user friendly way to automatically optimize the system for fast, yet stable clock speeds, while TurboV enables unlimited freedom to adjust CPU frequencies and ratios for optimized performance in diverse situations.
Energy Efficiency All Around Tap into the world's first real-time PC power saving chip through a simple onboard switch or AI Suite II utility. Get total system-wide energy optimization by automatically detecting current PC loadings and intelligently moderating power consumption. This also reduces fan noise and extends component longevity!
ASUS Exclusive Features
Go to the Limit with iGPU Level Up! GPU Boost accelerates the integrated GPU for extreme graphics performance. The user-friendly interface facilitates flexible frequency adjustments. It easily delivers stable system-level upgrades for every use.
Diverse BT Enjoyment, New Technology Lifestyle Onboard Bluetooth wireless design enables smart connectivity to Bluetooth devices with no additional adapter. ASUS BT GO! comes with 7 special functions that offer a significant breakthrough in Bluetooth evolution, including Folder Sync, BT Transfer, BT Turbo Remote, BT-to-Net, Music Player, Shot and Send, and Personal Manager. All are accessible through the exclusive, user-friendly ASUS interface.
* The Bluetooth word mark and logos are owned by the Bluetooth SIG, Inc. and any use of such marks by ASUSTeK Computer Inc. is under license. Other trademarks and trade names are those of their respective owners
Latest Transfer Technology
SATA 6Gb/s support
The Intel® Z68 Express Chipset natively supports the Serial ATA (SATA) interface, delivering up to 6.0 Gb/s data transfer. Additionally, get enhanced scalability, faster data retrieval, double the bandwidth of current bus systems.
Complete USB 3.0 Integration
Double USB Access, Double Convenience ASUS facilitates strategic USB 3.0 accessibility for both the front and rear panels - 4 USB 3.0 ports in total. Experience the latest plug & play connectivity at speeds up to 10 times faster than USB 2.0. The P8Z68-V/GEN3 affords greater convenience with high speed connectivity.
Intel® LAN Support
P8Z68-V/GEN3 features Intel® Gigabit LAN which complies with 802.3az Energy Efficient Ethernet (EEE) standard and reduces power consumption during normal operation and enhances faster transfer speed through dual interconnection between the Integrated LAN controller and Physical Layer (PHY).
CPU, Chipset and Graphics features
LGA1155 socket for Intel® Second Generation Core™ i7/ Core™ i5/ Core™ i3/ Pentium® / Celeron® Processors
This motherboard supports the latest Intel® second generation Core™ i7/Core™ i5/Core™ i3/Pentium®/Celeron® Processors in the LGA1155 package, with memory and PCI Express controllers integrated to support 2-channel (4 DIMM) DDR3 memory and 16 PCI Express 2.0 lanes. This provides great graphics performance. Intel® second generation Core™ i7/Core™ i5/Core™ i3/Pentium®/Celeron® Processors are among the most powerful and energy efficient CPUs in the world.
Intel® Z68 Express Chipset
The Intel® Z68 Express Chipset is a single-chipset design to support socket 1155 Intel® second generation Core™ i7/Core™ i5/Core™ i3 processors. It provides improved performance by utilizing serial point-to-point links, allowing increased bandwidth and stability. Additionally, Z68 chipset provides 2 SATA 6Gb/s and 4 SATA 3Gb/s ports for faster data retrieval at double the bandwidth of current bus systems. Moreover, Intel® Z68 Express Chipset also supports iGPU function, letting users enjoy the latest Intel integrated graphic performance.
GreenASUS and ErP Ready
The motherboard is European Union´s Energy-related Products (ErP) ready, and ErP requires products to meet certain energy efficiency requirements in regards to energy consumptions. This is in line with ASUS vision of creating environment-friendly and energy-efficient products through product design and innovation to reduce carbon footprint of the product and thus mitigate environmental impacts.
Adjust system performance parameters with just a few clicks away
AI Suite II
One-stop access to innovative ASUS features
Enjoy full HD 1080p multimedia home-theater entertainment
Built-in variety of useful profiles offer flexible controls of fan speed to achieve a quiet and cool environment.
Fanless Heatsink Design
Stylish heatsink features 0-dB thermal solution that offers a noiseless PC environment.
ASUS Q-Design enhances your DIY experience!
Any memory is A-OK!
- by David_W @Oct 28, 2011
Intel® Socket 1155 for 2nd Generation Core™ i7/Core™ i5/Core™ i3/Pentium®/Celeron® Processors Supports Intel® 22 nm CPU Supports Intel® 32 nm CPU Supports Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2 * Refer to www.asus.com for CPU support list
4 x DIMM, Max. 32GB, DDR3 2200(O.C.)/2133(O.C.)/1866(O.C.)/1600/1333/1066 MHz Non-ECC, Un-buffered Memory Dual Channel Memory Architecture Supports Intel® Extreme Memory Profile (XMP) * Hyper DIMM support is subject to the physical characteristics of individual CPUs. * Refer to www.asus.com or user manual for the Memory QVL (Qualified Vendors Lists). * Due to CPU behavior, DDR3 2200/2000/1800 MHz memory module will run at DDR3 2133/1866/1600 MHz frequency as default.
Integrated Graphics Processor Multi-VGA output support : HDMI/DVI/RGB ports - Supports HDMI with max. resolution 1920 x 1200 @ 60 Hz - Supports DVI with max. resolution 1920 x 1200 @ 60 Hz - Supports RGB with max. resolution 2048 x 1536 @ 75 Hz Maximum shared memory of 1748 MB
2 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16 (x16 or dual x8) *1 1 x PCIe 2.0 x16 (x4 mode, black) *2 2 x PCIe x1 2 x PCI
Intel® Z68 chipset : 2 x SATA 6Gb/s port(s), gray 4 x SATA 3Gb/s port(s), blue Support Raid 0, 1, 5, 10 Support Intel® Smart Response Technology on 2nd generation Intel® Core™ processor family JMicron® JMB362 controller : *3 1 x eSATA 3Gb/s port(s), red
Intel® 82579, 1 x Gigabit LAN Controller(s) Intel® LAN- Dual interconnect between the Integrated LAN controller and Physical Layer (PHY)
Bluetooth V2.1+EDR ASUS BT GO! Utility
Realtek® ALC892 8-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC - Supports : Jack-detection, Multi-streaming, Front Panel Jack-retasking Audio Feature : - Blu-ray audio layer Content Protection - Optical S/PDIF out port(s) at back panel
ASMedia® USB 3.0 controller : 4 x USB 3.0 port(s) (2 at back panel, blue, 2 at mid-board) Intel® Z68 chipset : 12 x USB 2.0 port(s) (6 at back panel, black+red, 6 at mid-board)
Overclocking Protection : - ASUS C.P.R.(CPU Parameter Recall)
ASUS Dual Intelligent Processors 2 with DIGI+ VRM : ASUS TPU : - Auto Tuning - TurboV - GPU Boost - TPU switch ASUS EPU : - EPU - EPU switch ASUS Digital Power Design : - Industry leading Digital 16 Phase Power Design (12 -phase for CPU, 4 -phase for iGPU) - ASUS DIGI+ VRM Utility ASUS BT GO! : - Folder Sync - BT Transfer - Shot & Send - BT to Net - Music Player - Personal Manager ASUS BT Turbo Remote : - Exclusive Smartphone Interface supporting iPhone, Android, Windows Mobile, and Symbian systems ASUS Exclusive Features : - MemOK! - AI Suite II - Ai Charger+ - Anti-Surge - ASUS UEFI BIOS EZ Mode featuring friendly graphics user interface - Disk Unlocker ASUS Quiet Thermal Solution : - Stylish Fanless Design Heat-sink solution - ASUS Fan Xpert ASUS EZ DIY : - ASUS Q-Shield - ASUS O.C. Tuner - ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3 - ASUS EZ Flash 2 ASUS Q-Design : - ASUS Q-LED (CPU, DRAM, VGA, Boot Device LED) - ASUS Q-Slot - ASUS Q-DIMM - ASUS Q-Connector
Back I/O Ports
1 x Bluetooth module(s) 1 x DVI 1 x D-Sub 1 x HDMI 1 x eSATA 3Gb/s 1 x LAN (RJ45) port(s) 2 x USB 3.0 6 x USB 2.0 1 x Optical S/PDIF out 6 x Audio jack(s)
Internal I/O Ports
1 x USB 3.0 connector(s) support(s) additional 2 USB 3.0 port(s) (19-pin, moss green) 3 x USB 2.0 connector(s) support(s) additional 6 USB 2.0 port(s) 2 x SATA 6Gb/s connector(s) 4 x SATA 3Gb/s connector(s) 2 x CPU Fan connector(s) (4 -pin) 2 x Chassis Fan connector(s) (1 x 4 -pin, 1 x 3 -pin) 2 x Power Fan connector(s) (3 -pin) 1 x S/PDIF out header(s) 1 x 24-pin EATX Power connector(s) 1 x 8-pin ATX 12V Power connector(s) 1 x Front panel audio connector(s) (AAFP) 1 x System panel(s) (Q-Connector) 1 x MemOK! button(s) 1 x TPU switch(es) 1 x EPU switch(es)
User's manual ASUS Q-Shield 2 x SATA 3Gb/s cable(s) 2 x SATA 6Gb/s cable(s) 1 x SLI bridge(s) 1 x Q-connector(s) (2 in 1)
64 Mb Flash ROM, UEFI AMI BIOS, PnP, DMI2.0, WfM2.0, SM BIOS 2.5, ACPI 2.0a, Multi-language BIOS, ASUS EZ Flash 2, ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3, F12 PrintScreen Function
WfM 2.0, DMI 2.0, WOL by PME, WOR by PME, PXE
Drivers ASUS Utilities ASUS update Anti-virus software (OEM version)
ATX Form Factor 12 inch x 9.6 inch ( 30.5 cm x 24.4 cm )
*1: Actual PCIe 3.0 speed varies with the installed CPU type. *2: The PCIe x16_3 slot shares bandwidth with PCIe x1_1 slot, PCIe x1_2 slot, USB3_34 and eSATA. The PCIe x16_3 default setting is in x1 mode. *3: These SATA ports are for data hard drivers only. ATAPI devices are not supported.
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I have chosen this board because I liked the layout, features and I trust the brand. I could have gone for a newer chipset design, but this one offers all the same valuable features and was a better bargain. Operates reliably, does what I want it to do with no surprises and disappointments. Just a solid performance day after day. Easy to recommend.
I just paired this with an i5 2500k. Needless to say, I am very impressed. The UEFI BIOS is absolutely packed with options. Having the ability to use a mouse in BIOS is such a great bonus as well. Being a computer tech, I highly recommend this board. It is incredibly stable, and is packed with features for this price point.
UEFI BIOS is easily the best I've ever had the pleasure to use, and allowing use of a USB mouse in it is icing on the cake. Advanced mode offers almost all the options an builder/OCer could want; UI is clean and simple and easy to navigate. Currently using a 2500k l4.5Ghz, and have gone as high as 4.8, so I'd say this board OCs very well.
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