ASUS P8Z68 Deluxe Motherboard Review

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Summerfest is upon Milwaukee once again this year. If you're a music enthusiast, this is the place to be. Summerfest contains 11 different stages that have acts and bands that start from 12pm and end at 10pm. The fest just kicked off today and lasts until July 10th. This year they did something different and are taking a break for the 4th of July. Music ranges from rap, rock, pop, alternative, and country. You name it, it's there on one of the stages. One ticket will get you in all day for all of the lesser stages. They typically have their headliners between 730pm and 10pm. The main Marcus Amphitheater has the big headliner at 730pm however those tickets are extra.

 

One thing that Summerfest brings is variety. There is music for everyone's tastes. Opening night, the headliner was Peter Gabriel, while the next night Kanye West and Kid Cudi were the big act. Variety is key for many people, whether it be music, or computers. One area where there is the most variety is motherboard lineups. ASUS has a very good variety with the newest Intel Z68 Express chipset. So far, I've had the privilege to review 3 different boards in their lineup. Those motherboards had shown everything that was expected of the Z68 lineup and more. There was excellent overclocking ability along with the happy merge of the best features included with the previous generation's H57 and P67 chipsets. ASUS also included the best of their own features like BT GO! and the DIP2 technology.

 

Hitting near the top of the Z68 lineup is the ASUS P8Z68 Deluxe motherboard. The P8Z68 Deluxe board is setup for the high performance user that requires more connectivity. Hardware features of the Deluxe motherboard include an LGA1155 socket for the newest Sandy Bridge processors. The Z68 Express Chipset supports up to 32GB of DDR3 with a max speed of 2200MHz with overclocked settings. There is support for both AMD and NVIDIA Quad-GPU technology. The Virtu software allows virtual use of the Intel Accelerated HD Graphics loaded into the Sandy Bridge processors. However, because of no display connectivity on the back panel of the P8Z68 Deluxe, only d-MODE can be utilized. The board contains quad SATA 6Gb/s ports with the addition of the Marvell controller. The added JMicron controller puts both a standard eSATA 3Gb/s and a powered eSATA 3Gb/s port on the back panel. Another feature is the dual Gigabit LAN using both an Intel 82579 and a Realtek 8111E controller. USB 3.0 is controlled through a NEC controller and features 4 total ports, two being on the rear and two optional with the mid-board header. ASUS provides a front panel expansion box for the extra two USB 3.0 ports with the Deluxe motherboard.

 

 

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