Z68 Extreme4 w w w.asrock . com Intel® Z68 Chipset Detail Specification Platform - ATX Form Factor: 12.0-in x 9.6-in, 30.5 cm x 24.4 cm - All Solid Capacitor design (100% Japan-made high-quality Conductive Polymer Capacitors) CPU - Chipset Memory Expansion Slot Trial Intel Smart Response Technology On/Off Play Built-in Free Bundle Audio - 7.1 CH HD Audio with Content Protection (Realtek ALC892 Audio Codec) - Premium Blu-ray audio support - Supports THX TruStudio PROTM LAN - Rear Panel I/O I/O Panel - 1 x PS/2 Keyboard Port - 1 x VGA/D-Sub Port - 1 x VGA/DVI-D Port - 1 x HDMI Port - 1 x DisplayPort - 1 x Optical SPDIF Out Port - 4 x Ready-to-Use USB 2.0 Ports - 1 x eSATA3 Connector - 2 x Ready-to-Use USB 3.0 Ports - 1 x RJ-45 LAN Port with LED (ACT/LINK LED and SPEED LED) - 1 x IEEE 1394 Port - 1 x Clear CMOS Switch with LED - HD Audio Jack: Rear Speaker / Central / Bass / Line in / Front Speaker / Microphone SATA3 USB 3.0 3.5mm Audio Cable Product Brief - ASRock DuraCaps (2.5 x longer life time), 100% Japan-made high-quality Conductive Polymer Capacitors - Digi Power, Advanced V8 Power Phase Design - Supports Intel® K-Series unlocked CPU - Supports Intel® Smart Response Technology - Supports Dual Channel DDR3 2133(OC) - Supports ATITM Quad CrossFireXTM, 3-Way CrossFireXTM and CrossFireXTM - Supports NVIDIA® Quad SLITM and SLITM - Supports Intel® HD Graphics with Built-in Visuals - Four VGA Output options: D-Sub, DVI-D, HDMI and DisplayPort - 2 x Front USB 3.0 ports, 2 x Rear USB 3.0 ports, 4 x SATA3 connectors, 1 x eSATA3 connector - Supports ASRock XFast USB Technology, Graphical UEFI, Lucid Virtu - Supports ASRock Extreme Tuning Utility (AXTU), Instant Boot, Instant Flash, Good Night LED, APP Charger, SmartView - Combo Cooler Option (C.C.O.) - 7.1 CH HD Audio with Content Protection (Realtek ALC892 Audio Codec), THX TruStudio PROTM - Free Bundle : 1 x Front USB 3.0 Panel, 1 x Rear USB 3.0 Bracket, 1 x 3.5mm Audio Cable The specification is subject to change without notice. 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Any configuration other than original product specification is not guaranteed. - 3 x PCI Express 2.0 x16 slots (PCIE2/PCIE4: single at x16 or dual at x8/x8 mode; PCIE5: x4 mode) - 2 x PCI Express 2.0 x1 slots - 2 x PCI slots - Supports ATITM Quad CrossFireXTM, 3-Way CrossFireXTM and CrossFireXTM - Supports NVIDIA® Quad SLITM and SLITM - Supports Intel® HD Graphics Built-in Visuals : Intel® Quick Sync Video, Intel® InTruTM 3D, Intel® Clear Video HD Technology, Intel® HD Graphics 2000/ 3000, Intel® Advanced Vector Extensions (AVX) - Pixel Shader 4.1, DirectX 10.1 - Max. shared memory 1759MB - Four VGA Output options: D-Sub, DVI-D, HDMI and DisplayPort - Supports HDMI 1.4a Technology with max. resolution up to 1920x1200 @ 60Hz - Supports DVI with max. resolution up to 1920x1200 @ 60Hz - Supports D-Sub with max. resolution up to 2048x1536 @ 75Hz - Supports DisplayPort with max. resolution up to 2560x1600 @ 60Hz - Supports Auto Lip Sync, Deep Color (12bpc), xvYCC and HBR (High Bit Rate Audio) with HDMI (Compliant HDMI monitor is required) - Supports HDCP function with DVI, HDMI and DisplayPort ports - Supports Full HD 1080p Blu-ray (BD) / HD-DVD playback with DVI, HDMI and DisplayPort ports Connector Front USB 3.0 Panel - Intel® Z68 - Dual Channel DDR3 memory technology - 4 x DDR3 DIMM slots - Supports DDR3 2133(OC)/1866(OC)/1600/1333/1066 non-ECC, un-buffered memory - Max. capacity of system memory: 32GB - Supports Intel® Extreme Memory Profile (XMP) Graphics Supports Intel Quick Sync Video Visuals Supports 2nd Generation Intel® CoreTM i7 / i5 / i3 in LGA1155 Package Advanced V8 Power Phase Design Supports Intel® Turbo Boost 2.0 Technology Supports Intel® K-Series unlocked CPU Supports Hyper-Threading Technology Smart Switch BIOS Feature Support CD Unique Feature Hardware Monitor PCIE x1 Gigabit LAN 10/100/1000 Mb/s Broadcom BCM57781 Supports Wake-On-LAN Supports Energy Efficient Ethernet 802.3az Supports PXE - 2 x SATA3 6.0 Gb/s connectors, support RAID (RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 10, RAID 5, Intel Rapid Storage and Intel Smart Response Technology), NCQ, AHCI and "Hot Plug" functions - 2 x SATA3 6.0 Gb/s connectors by Marvell SE9120, support NCQ, AHCI and "Hot Plug" functions (SATA3_M2 connector is shared with eSATA3 port) - 2 x Rear USB 3.0 ports by Etron EJ168A, support USB 1.0/2.0/3.0 up to 5Gb/s - 1 x Front USB 3.0 header (supports 2 USB 3.0 ports) by Etron EJ168A, supports USB 1.0/2.0/3.0 up to 5Gb/s - 4 x SATA2 3.0 Gb/s connectors, support RAID (RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 10, RAID 5, Intel Rapid Storage and Intel Smart Response Technology), NCQ, AHCI and Hot Plug functions - 4 x SATA3 6.0 Gb/s connectors - 1 x Floppy connector - 1 x IR header - 1 x CIR header - 1 x COM port header - 1 x HDMI_SPDIF header - 1 x IEEE 1394 header - 1 x Power LED header - CPU/Chassis/Power FAN connector - 24 pin ATX power connector - 8 pin 12V power connector - SLI/XFire power connector - Front panel audio connector - 3 x USB 2.0 headers (support 6 USB 2.0 ports) - 1 x USB 3.0 header (supports 2 USB 3.0 ports) - 1 x Dr. Debug with LED - 1 x Power Switch with LED - 1 x Reset Switch with LED - 1 x Clear CMOS Switch with LED - 64Mb AMI UEFI Legal BIOS with GUI support Supports "Plug and Play" ACPI 1.1 Compliance Wake Up Events Supports jumperfree SMBIOS 2.3.1 Support CPU Core, IGPU, DRAM, PCH, CPU PLL, VTT, VCCSA Voltage Multi-adjustment - Drivers, Utilities, AntiVirus Software (Trial Version), ASRock Software Suite (CyberLink DVD Suite - OEM and Trial) - ASRock Extreme Tuning Utility (AXTU) ASRock Instant Boot ASRock Instant Flash ASRock APP Charger ASRock SmartView ASRock XFast USB Lucid Virtu ASRock On/Off Play Technology Hybrid Booster: - CPU Frequency Stepless Control - ASRock U-COP - Boot Failure Guard (B.F.G.) - Combo Cooler Option (C.C.O.) - Good Night LED - CPU Temperature Sensing Chassis Temperature Sensing CPU/Chassis/Power Fan Tachometer CPU/Chassis Quiet Fan (Allow Chassis Fan Speed Auto-Adjust by CPU Temperature) - CPU/Chassis Fan Multi-Speed Control - Voltage Monitoring: +12V, +5V, +3.3V, CPU Vcore OS - Microsoft® Windows® 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM / VistaTM 64-bit / XP / XP 64-bit compliant Certifications - FCC, CE, WHQL - ErP/EuP Ready (ErP/EuP ready power supply is required) Accessories - 1 x ASRock SLI_Bridge_2S Card Quick Installation Guide, Support CD, I/O Shield Floppy Cable 4 x SATA Data Cables (Optional) 2 x SATA 1 to 1 Power Cables (Optional) 1 x 3.5mm Audio Cable (Optional) 1 x Front USB 3.0 Panel 4 x HDD Screws 6 x Chassis Screws 1 x Rear USB 3.0 Bracket Z68 Extreme4 www. asrock .com Intel® Z68 Chipset ASRock XFast USB Technology Faster Than Your Imagination! Exclusive (The rear I/O photo is example only) ASRock XFast USB Technology redefines the new standard in high performance computing. Proving once again to be the pioneer in motherboard industry, ASRock XFast USB Series Motherboards integrate with the latest XFast USB Technology which delivers the world's fastest USB data transfer speed. According to the below graph, it shows that the ASRock XFast USB technology can even boost USB 3.0 performance up to 185.52%! USB 3.0 Benchmark ATTO Disk Benchmark - 4K Read ASRock Motherboard with XFast USB Technology Other Motherboard without XFast USB Technology 150528 KB/s 52720 KB/s ATTO Disk Benchmark - 4K Write Faster ASRock Motherboard with XFast USB Technology Other Motherboard without XFast USB Technology 138916 KB/s 56636 KB/s 185.52% 145.28% Faster Z68 Extreme4 www. asrock .com Intel® Z68 Chipset Lucid VirtuTM With Lucid Virtu software, next-generation PCs with 2nd Generation Intel® Core™ processor platforms will dynamically assign tasks in real time to the best available graphics resource based on power, performance and features. Video File Convert Comparison ASRock Z68 MB with Lucid Virtu (Convert by Intel HD Graphics) Other Z68 MB without Lucid Virtu (Convert by Nvidia GTX580) m2ts => MP4 235.48% 31 sec 104 sec Faster Convert time (Lower is better) Test Platform : MB : ASRock Z68 Motherboard Other Z68 Motherboard CPU : Intel Core i7 2600K 3.4GHz DRAM : Kingston DDR3-1333 2Gx2 HDD : WD 500GB VGA : Nvidia GTX580 ; Intel HD Graphics OS : Windows 7 64bit SP1 Lucid : Lucid VIRTU 1.0.105 Nvidia Driver : 266.58 Application : Cyberlink MediaEspresso 6.5 Original File : m2ts, 1080p, 2200MB Free Bundle Cyberlink MediaEspresso 6.5 Trial Trial Exclusive CyberLink MediaEspresso 6.5 trial now supports Intel® Quick Sync Video hardware transcoding and is optimized for second generation Core i7, i5, and i3 processors to accelerated conversion of all your favorite media files for your favorite portable players. Now you can easily display your favorite movies, songs and photos on iPhone, iPad, PSP, Xbox, Youtube, Facebook etc. Compile, convert and enjoy images and songs as much as you want and enhance your videos to new levels with TrueTheater Technology. Try it today! Supports Intel Quick Sync Video Limitations: 30-day trial limitation Convert videos to the H.264 format 50 times Z68 Extreme4 www. asrock .com Intel® Z68 Chipset Intel Smart Response Technology PCMark 05 HDD Score WD 1TB SATA3 HDD Intel SSD 311 Series + WD 1TB SATA3 HDD (With Smart Response Technology) HDD 355.5% 6149 SSD Cache 28009 Performance Boost Up! For users who are tempted to connect the Performance Boosts Up Boot time WD 1TB SATA3 HDD SSD and HDD on ASRock Z68 Extreme4 Intel SSD 311 Series + WD 1TB SATA3 HDD (With Smart Response Technology) motherboard, the Intel Smart Response 35.2 sec Technology can make the SSD become the 28.36 sec "Cache of the HDD" to boost up the HDD 19.4% Performance Boosts Up access speed. System Configuration: MB : Z68 Extreme4 BIOS : L0.33 CPU : i7-2600K 3.4G DRAM : Kingston DDR3-1333 2Gx2 SSD : Intel SSD 311 Series HDD : WD 1TB SATA3 HDD OS : Windows 7 64bit SP1 on WD 1TB SATA3 HDD On/Off Play Technology Exclusive Even when the system is power off (in ACPI S5 mode), On/Off Play Technology still allows users to enjoy On/Off Play the great audio experience from the portable audio devices through the PC Free Bundle 3.5mm Audio Cable speaker. Z68 Extreme4 Intel® Z68 Chipset www. asrock .com Graphical UEFI BIOS Interface Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) is a revolutionary BIOS utility which offers tweakfriendly options in an advanced viewing interface. Compared with traditional BIOS design, the latest UEFI utility provides lots improved functions. The major features of UEFI include: 1. Graphical Visual Experience – UEFI provides an improved visual interface with colorful icons and makes your computing environment more versatile to replace the traditional dull BIOS page. 2. Mouse Enabling – Besides keyboard control, you can freely use mouse to select your ideal settings in UEFI as well. *Windows Vista-64bit or Windows 7-64bit OS is required 3. Supports 3TB bootable HDD* - UEFI breaks the limitations of 2TB bootable HDD on traditional BIOS. With UEFI, you can enjoy 3TB bootable HDD size. AXTU – The All-in-1 Tuning Software ASRock Extreme Tuning Utility (AXTU) is an all-in-one software to fine-tune different features in an userfriendly interface, which includes Hardware Monitor, Fan Control, Overclocking, OC DNA and IES. In Hardware Monitor, it shows the major readings of your system. In Fan Control, it shows the fan speed and temperature for you to adjust. In Overclocking, you are allowed to overclock the GT frequency which helps to boost up the graphics performance and some voltage settings for optimal system performance. In OC DNA, you can save your OC settings as a profile and share with your friends. Your friends then can load the OC profile to their own system to get the same OC settings. In IES (Intelligent Energy Saver), the voltage regulator can reduce the number of output phases to improve efficiency when the CPU cores are idle without sacrificing computing performance. Z68 Extreme4 www. asrock .com Intel® Z68 Chipset DuraCap 100% Japan-made high-quality Conductive Polymer Capacitors Support Intel® K-Series unlocked CPU Digi Power By adopting digital Pulse-width modulation (PWM), the Z68 Extreme4 motherboard can provide CPU Vcore voltage more efficiently and smoothly. Compared to analog PWM, digital PWM can optimize the CPI power solution and provide a proper and stable Vcore for the processor. C.C.O. Exclusive Combo Cooler Option C.C.O. provides the flexible option to adopt three different CPU cooler types, Socket LGA 775*, LGA 1155 and LGA 1156** *C.C.O. may not be compatible with all Socket 775 CPU coolers. **O is for Socket 1155 and Socket 1156 CPU cooler. Z68 Extreme4 Intel® Z68 Chipset www. asrock .com Intel® HD Graphics Built-in Visuals Intel® Quick Sync Video Intel® Quick Sync Video saves valuable time for PC users who want to create and edit video, synchronize it with other devices, and share it–at home and on the internet. Intel Quick Sync Video uses hardware on the processor, instead of software, to accelerate video encoding. Intel® InTruTM 3D Enjoy the ultimate 3D visual experiences–seamlessly–from your PC. Now you can watch your favorite 3D movies with Blu-ray Stereo 3D playback using active shutter 3D glasses. It delivers it all in 1080p full, highdefinition resolution on your TV over HDMI 1.4. Intel® Clear Video HD Technology Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD) enables rich media experiences with picture perfect images by using a host of advanced graphics technologies that support optimized, high-definition video playback and sharp image quality. Intel® HD Graphics 2000/3000 Intel® HD Graphics is now built right into the processor! This integration means lower latencies and leads to superior mainstream gaming and enhanced 3D experiences. Intel® Advanced Vector Extensions (AVX) Intel® Advanced Vector Extensions (Intel® AVX) gives more computing power to application developers with a new, 256 bit instruction set extension to Intel® SSE. Z68 Extreme4 www. asrock .com Intel® Z68 Chipset Front USB 3.0 Panel The Front USB 3.0 Panel supports 2 x USB 3.0 ports and provides a 2.5” SSD/HDD rack. 1. Prepare a 2.5" HDD/SSD and place it on the Front USB 3.0 Panel. 2. Screw the 2.5” HDD/SSD to the Front USB 3.0 Panel with four HDD screws. 3. Intall the Front USB 3.0 Panel into the 2.5” drive bay of the chassis. 4. Screw the Front USB 3.0 Panel to the drive bay with six chassis screws. 5. Plug the Front USB 3.0 cable into the USB 3.0 header on the motherboard. 6. The Front USB 3.0 Panel is ready to use. *HDD/SSD is not included in motherboard retail package. Z68 Extreme4 Intel® Z68 Chipset w w w.asrock . com CyberLink Power2Go 6.1 LE OEM Power2Go 6 lets you burn and backup videos, photos, music and data onto Blu-ray Discs and DVDs. CyberLink MediaShow 4.1 SE OEM Photo and video management software MediaShow edits videos and photos instantly, creates slideshow, and allows publishing directly to YouTube and Flickr. CyberLink PowerDVD 8.0 DTS Trial World-renowned PowerDVD 8 DTS delivers outstanding DVD movie playback quality on your PC. CyberLink PowerDirector 8.0 Trial PowerDirector - Video Editing software – edits high-definition videos including AVCHD, allows output to PSP iPod and Blu-ray Disc. CyberLink PowerBackup 2.5 Trial PowerBackup backups valuable data on your PC.