Z68 Extreme4
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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. The brand and product names are trademarks of their
respective companies. 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
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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
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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
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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
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.