Another ASUS product today, which I believe is one of the top Z68 board around.
Lovely 8 forward facing SATA ports.
Just in case you wonder what’s the difference between the dark blue, light blue and grey ports,
2 x SATA 6Gb/s port(s), gray
4 x SATA 3Gb/s port(s), blue
2 x SATA 6Gb/s port(s), navy blue
*taken from the official product page.
Beats me why they had to color code it differently for the SATA 6gb/s ports.
Then there’s the PCI-E slots,
2 x PCIe 2.0 x16 (x16 or dual x8)
1 x PCIe 2.0 x16 (x4 mode, black) *1
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. CrossfireX + Physx card setup perhaps?
4 Dimm slots, a bunch of switches.
Heatsinks – no idea how the good looks help in heat dissipation.
And of course, the back-panel with a wealth of output.
ASMediaÂ® USB 3.0 controller : 4 x USB 3.0 port(s) (2 at back panel, blue, 2 at mid-board)
IntelÂ® Z68 chipset : 12 x USB 2.0 port(s) (6 at back panel, black+red, 6 at mid-board)
I think it’s worth noting that it comes with
1 x Bluetooth module(s)
1 x DVI
1 x D-Sub (VGA)
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)
Full details at the official product page.
Good things don’t come cheap but it sure is worth paying for, especially if your usage could benefit from the Z68 capability and also the available IO ports.
Imagine this, a cheap RM 300 board with an Intel Core i7 2600K could cost about RM 1.3k or so. With this board it comes to about RM 1.6k as this board retails at about RM 670. While the performance is same on stock, the Z68 board allows overclocking, thus you get much more value from your Intel Core i7 2600K processor.
That said, there are cheaper Z68 alternatives out there if you’re on a budget but bear in mind the P8Z68-V PRO comes with a wealth of features such as the I/O connectivity and also performance related functions such as 3x PCI-E slot, DIGI+ VRM, TPU, EPU and 101 things listed in the official product page.