Z68 Pro3-M
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Intel® Z68 Chipset
Detail Specification
- Micro ATX Form Factor: 9.6-in x 9.6-in, 24.4 cm x 24.4 cm
- All Solid Capacitor design
- Intel® Z68
Expansion Slot
Rear Panel I/O
Smart Response
Supports Intel Quick Sync Video
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 eSATA2 Connector
- 2 x Ready-to-Use USB 3.0 Ports
- 1 x RJ-45 LAN Port with LED (ACT/LINK LED and SPEED LED)
- HD Audio Jack: Rear Speaker / Central / Bass / Line in / Front Speaker /
- 3 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
- 2 x SATA3 6.0 Gb/s connectors
- 1 x Floppy connector
- 1 x IR header
- 1 x CIR header
- 1 x Print Port header
- 1 x COM port header
- 1 x HDMI_SPDIF header
- 1 x Power LED header
- CPU/Chassis/Power FAN connector
- 24 pin ATX power connector
- 8 pin 12V power connector
- Front panel audio connector
- 3 x USB 2.0 headers (support 6 USB 2.0 ports)
BIOS Feature
- Multi VGA Output options: D-Sub, DVI-D, HDMI,
Support CD
Unique Feature
- Supports ASRock XFast USB Technology,
Graphical UEFI, Lucid Virtu
- Supports ASRock Extreme Tuning Utility (AXTU),
Instant Boot, Instant Flash, Good Night LED,
Hardware Monitor
- Combo Cooler Option (C.C.O.)
- 7.1 CH HD Audio with Content Protection
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.
PCIE x1 Gigabit LAN 10/100/1000 Mb/s
Realtek RTL8111E
Supports Wake-On-LAN
Supports LAN Cable Detection
Supports Energy Efficient Ethernet 802.3az
Supports PXE
- Supports Intel® HD Graphics with Built-in Visuals
(Realtek ALC892 Audio Codec)
- 2 x USB 3.0 ports by Etron EJ168A, support USB 1.0/2.0/3.0 up to
- Supports Intel® K-Series unlocked CPU
APP Charger, SmartView
- 7.1 CH HD Audio with Content Protection (Realtek ALC892 Audio
- Premium Blu-ray audio support
USB 3.0
- Supports Intel® Smart Response Technology
- 2 x USB 3.0 ports, 3 x SATA2 connectors
- 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
- 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
- 100% All Solid Capacitor Design
and DisplayPort
- 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)
- 1 x PCI Express 2.0 x16 slot (blue @ x16 mode)
- 2 x PCI Express 2.0 x1 slots
- 1 x PCI slot
Product Brief
- Supports Dual Channel DDR3 2133(OC)
Supports 2nd Generation Intel® CoreTM i7 / i5 / i3 in LGA1155 Package
4 + 1 Power Phase Design
Supports Intel® Turbo Boost 2.0 Technology
Supports Intel® K-Series unlocked CPU
Supports Hyper-Threading Technology
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
- Drivers, Utilities, AntiVirus Software (Trial Version),
ASRock Software Suite (CyberLink DVD Suite - OEM and Trial;
Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi MB - Trial)
ASRock Extreme Tuning Utility (AXTU)
ASRock Instant Boot
ASRock Instant Flash
ASRock APP Charger
ASRock SmartView
ASRock XFast USB
Lucid Virtu
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 Fan Multi-Speed Control
- Voltage Monitoring: +12V, +5V, +3.3V, CPU Vcore
- Microsoft® Windows® 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM / VistaTM 64-bit / XP /
XP 64-bit compliant
- ErP/EuP Ready (ErP/EuP ready power supply is required)
- Quick Installation Guide, Support CD, I/O Shield
- 2 x SATA Data Cables (Optional)
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ASRock XFast USB Technology Faster Than Your Imagination!
(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
ASRock Motherboard with XFast USB Technology
Other Motherboard without XFast USB Technology
138916 KB/s
56636 KB/s
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Intel® Z68 Chipset
Intel Smart Response Technology
PCMark 05 HDD Score
Intel SSD 311 Series + WD 1TB SATA3 HDD
(With Smart Response Technology)
SSD Cache
Boost Up!
Boosts Up
Boot time
For users who are tempted to connect the
SSD and HDD on ASRock motherboard,
Intel SSD 311 Series + WD 1TB SATA3 HDD
(With Smart Response Technology)
the Intel Smart Response Technology can
35.2 sec
make the SSD become the "Cache of the
28.36 sec
Boosts Up
HDD" to boost up the HDD access speed.
System Configuration:
MB : Z68 Pro3-M
BIOS : L0.33
CPU : i7-2600K 3.4G
DRAM : Kingston DDR3-1333 2Gx2
SSD : Intel SSD 311 Series
OS : Windows 7 64bit SP1 on WD 1TB
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
31 sec
104 sec
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
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
30-day trial limitation
Convert videos to the H.264 format 50 times
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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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Support Intel®
K-Series unlocked CPU
100% All Solid
Capacitor design
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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Experience the Brand New Browser Now
SmartView is the smart start page for IE that combines your most visited web sites, your history, your
Facebook friends and your real-time newsfeed into an enhanced view for a more personal Internet
experience. ASRock motherboards are exclusively equipped with the SmartView utility that helps you keep
in touch with friends on-the-go.
The Major Features of SmartView
Visual thumbnail images which categorize
and rank your frequently visited websites, as
well as provide a chronological view of your
browser history.
A persistent, real-time Facebook newsfeed
located within the Internet Explorer sidebar.
A "Friend Wall" that conveniently alphabetizes your Facebook friends by profile photo,
allowing immediate access to your friends'
profile pages.
A "share this"
button which allows you to
instantly and immediately share webpage posts
and links to your friends' Facebook pages.
A persistent search box from best-in-class search engines
such as Google, Yahoo, Baidu (China only) and Yandex
(Russia only).
Two mode options that allow you to choose your favored view style.
Flow Mode
System Requirements
OS version: Win7 32/64 bit, Vista 32/64
bit�Browser version: IE8
Flow Mode
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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.
Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi MB Trial
The Sound Blaster X-Fi MB solution provides premium audio quality, effects and
features for PC systems equipped with onboard audio.
For gamers, the EAX® ADVANCED HD 4.0, with its state-of-the-art Multi-Environment
rendering and reverb modelling, delivers a much more realistic and immersive 3D
gaming experience than your motherboard audio ever will.