Z68 Extreme4 Gen3
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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
- Intel® Z68
Memory
-
Expansion Slot
- 2 x PCI Express 3.0 x16 slots (PCIE2/PCIE4: single at x16 or dual at x8/x8 mode)
(PCI Express 3.0 with Intel® Ivy Bridge CPU, PCI Express 2.0 with Intel® Sandy Bridge
CPU)
- 1 x PCI Express 2.0 x16 slot (PCIE5: x4 mode)
- 2 x PCI Express 2.0 x1 slots
- 2 x PCI slots
- Supports AMD Quad CrossFireXTM, 3-Way CrossFireXTM and CrossFireXTM
- Supports NVIDIA® Quad SLITM and SLITM
Graphics
- 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 11 with Intel® Ivy Bridge CPU, DirectX 10.1 with Intel® Sandy
Bridge CPU
- 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
Audio
- 7.1 CH HD Audio with Content Protection (Realtek ALC892 Audio Codec)
- Premium Blu-ray audio support
- Supports THX TruStudioTM
LAN
-
Rear Panel I/O
I/O Panel
- 1 x PS/2 Keyboard Port
- 1 x D-Sub Port
- 1 x 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
- 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)
USB 3.0
- 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
Connector
- 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
Smart Switch
- 1 x Power Switch with LED
- 1 x Reset Switch with LED
- 1 x Clear CMOS Switch with LED
BIOS Feature
-
Support CD
- Drivers, Utilities, AntiVirus Software (Trial Version), CyberLink MediaEspresso 6.5 Trial,
ASRock Software Suite (CyberLink DVD Suite - OEM and Trial; ASRock MAGIX
Multimedia Suite - OEM)
Unique Feature
-
Hardware Monitor
-
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
-
Built-in
Visuals
Free Bundle
Intel
Smart Response
Technology
On/Off
Play
3.5mm Audio Cable
Trial
Faster Internet Access
Product Brief
- Premium Gold Caps (2.5 x longer life time), 100%
Japan-made high-quality Conductive Polymer Capacitors
- Digi Power, Advanced V8 + 4 Power Phase Design
- 2 x PCIe 3.0 x16 Slots, 1 x PCIe 2.0 x16 Slot, Supports
AMD 3-Way CrossFireX
TM
®
and NVIDIA Quad SLI
TM
- Supports Intel® HD Graphics Built-in Visuals
- Dr. Debug, Smart Swith Design: Power/Reset/Clear
CMOS Switch with LED
- Support Intel Smart Response, Lucid Virtu Switchable
Graphics
- Supports ASRock XFast USB, XFast LAN Technologies
- Supports ASRock On/Off Play, graphical UEFI, ASRock
Extreme Tuning Utility (AXTU)
- Combo Cooler Option (C.C.O.)
- 7.1 CH HD Audio with Content Protection (Realtek
ALC892 Audio Codec), Supports THX TruStudioTM
- Free Bundle : 1 x Front USB 3.0 Panel, 1 x 3.5mm Audio
Cable, CyberLink MediaEspresso 6.5 Trial, ASRock
MAGIX Multimedia Suite
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.
Supports 2nd Generation Intel® CoreTM i7 / i5 / i3 in LGA1155 Package
Advanced V8 + 4 Power Phase Design
Supports Intel® Turbo Boost 2.0 Technology
Supports Intel® K-Series unlocked CPU
Supports Hyper-Threading Technology
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)
PCIE x1 Gigabit LAN 10/100/1000 Mb/s
Broadcom BCM57781
Supports Wake-On-LAN
Supports Energy Efficient Ethernet 802.3az
Supports PXE
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
ASRock Extreme Tuning Utility (AXTU)
ASRock Instant Boot
ASRock Instant Flash
ASRock APP Charger
ASRock SmartView
ASRock XFast USB
ASRock XFast LAN
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
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 Gen3
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Intel® Z68 Chipset
Next-Gen PCIe 3.0 Support
By adapting PCI-E 3.0 quick switch IC onboard, the ASRock motherboards can support the Next-Gen PCI-E 3.0
PCI Express 3.0 can maximize the bandwidth for the next-gen PCI Express 3.0 VGA cards, provide ultimate
graphics performance.
PCI-E architecture
Raw bit rate
Total bandwidth for x16 link
PCI-E 1.0
2.5GT/s
8GB/s
PCI-E 2.0
5.0GT/s
16GB/s
8.0GT/s
32GB/s
PCI-E 3.0
*Total bandwidth represents the aggregate interconnect bandwidth in both directions
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.
Test Platform :
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)
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
Intel Smart Response Technology
For users who are tempted to connect the SSD and HDD on ASRock Z68 Extreme4 Gen3 Motherboard, the
Intel Smart Response Technology can make the SSD become the "Cache of the HDD" to boost up the HDD
SSD Cache
access speed.
Performance
Boost Up!
HDD
PCMark 05 HDD Score
Boot time
System Configuration:
WD 1TB SATA3 HDD
WD 1TB SATA3 HDD
Intel SSD 311 Series + WD 1TB SATA3 HDD
(With Smart Response Technology)
Intel SSD 311 Series + WD 1TB SATA3 HDD
(With Smart Response Technology)
355.5%
6149
28009
35.2 sec
Performance
Boosts Up
19.4%
Performance
Boosts Up
28.36 sec
MB : Z68 Extreme4 Gen3
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
PLX PEX8608 Chip Onboard
Z68
PCI-E x1
CHIPSET
PLX
PEX8608 Chip
PCI-E x1
PCI-E x1
PCI-E x1
PCI-E x1
PCI-E x4
PCI-E x1 Slot
PCI-E x1 Slot
Gigabit LAN
PCI-E to PCI Bridge
PCI-E x4 Slot Running at x4
With PLX PEX8608 chip, it generates more PCI-E lanes for PCI-E devices, so that all PCI-E devices are able to work at the proper speed simultaneously!
XFast LAN Technology
1
LAN Application Prioritization
2
Lower Latency In Game
441 ms
67.83%
Improve
1371 ms
Time latency in World of Warcraft: Cataclysm
With XFast LAN
You can configure your application priority ideally
and/or add new programs.
Faster Internet Access
3
Traffic Shaping
You can watch Youtube HD video and download files
simultaneously.
Without XFast LAN
After setting online game priority higher in XFast LAN,
it can lower the latency in game.
4
Real-Time Analysis Of Your Data
With the status window, you can easily recognize
which data streams you are currently transferring.
Z68 Extreme4 Gen3
Intel® Z68 Chipset
XFast USB Technology
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USB 3.0 Benchmark
ASRock Z68 Extreme4 Gen3 with XFast USB Technology
The world s fastest USB transfer speed.
ATTO Disk Benchmark - 4K Read
ASUS P8Z68-V Pro without XFast USB Technology
220160 KB/s
386.14%
Faster
45287 KB/s
ASRock Z68 Extreme4 Gen3 with XFast USB Technology
ATTO Disk Benchmark - 4K Write
ASUS P8Z68-V Pro without XFast USB Technology
156281 KB/s
48452 KB/s
222.73%
Faster
Intel® HD Graphics Built-in Visuals
On/Off Play
Enjoy great audio experience from the portable audio devices via PC speaker even
when the system is powered off.
On/Off
Play
Digi Power
By adopting digital Pulse-width
modulation (PWM), the ASRock
Motherboard Series can provide CPU
Vcore voltage more efficiently and
smoothly.
Graphical UEFI
Graphical Visual Experience
Mouse Enabling
Supports 3TB bootable HDD
Intel® Quick Sync Video Intel® InTruTM 3D Intel® Clear Video HDIntel® HD Graphics
Technology
2000/3000
Intel® Advanced Vector
Extensions (AVX)
Free Bundle
3.5mm Audio Cable
Premium Gold
Caps
Premium Gold Caps are 100%
Japan-made solid capacitors are sleek,
high gloss caps with a premium gold
coating representing long life and
stable performance.
AXTU
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.
Multi-VGA Output
Options
D-Sub / DVI-D / Display / HDMI
THX TruStudio
Delivering the fullest audio
experience for games, music and
movies.
MAGIX Multimedia Cyberlink
Suite
MediaEspresso
The ultimate solutions to enhance your
6.5 Trial
media experience. From music
management, music creation, video
editing to photo management. Simply do
more with your media than you ever
thought possible.
The fastest video media
conversation software
Trial