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February 9, 2012 8:16:29 PM

When I go to a wattage calculator, for example, http://extreme.outervision.com/psucalculatorlite.jsp, it always ask me what quality is my mobo; is the Asrock Z68 ($121) a regular mobo?

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February 9, 2012 8:33:03 PM

The asrock Z68 is a regular mobo, and by no means one of the better ones.

http://www.hardocp.com/article/2012/02/09/asrock_x79_ex...

Read the bottom of that page. Asrock's mobo's seem to be having QC problems right now.

Plus - just search on the forums here - lots of problems with Asrock's Z68 platforms.

I know every mobo manufacturer has problems...but lately they have been having more than usual.

The only thing going good for the asrocks mobo's are their "dirt cheap" price for their features. You might be lucky and get a good motherboard though. YMMV
February 9, 2012 8:39:52 PM

Chainzsaw said:
The asrock Z68 is a regular mobo, and by no means one of the better ones.

http://www.hardocp.com/article/2012/02/09/asrock_x79_ex...

Read the bottom of that page. Asrock's mobo's seem to be having QC problems right now.

Plus - just search on the forums here - lots of problems with Asrock's Z68 platforms.

I know every mobo manufacturer has problems...but lately they have been having more than usual.

The only thing going good for the asrocks mobo's are their "dirt cheap" price for their features. You might be lucky and get a good motherboard though. YMMV


Thanks for your reply. Good thing I didn't click to "go" button yet. What would you recommend for the next level mobo. I have a feeling that Asrock Z68 Extrem3 is marketed towards those on the lower end build.

What mobo would you recommend for a $1,600-$2,000 build? $600.00 of it is going towards HD 7970. So how much do you think should go into the mobo?
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February 9, 2012 8:48:42 PM

I have an Asrock Extreme4 Gen3 which has USB3, PCIe3 and SATA3 and it runs perfectly except it doesn't recognise my keyboard during POST, so I use an old PS2 keyboard for getting into the BIOS :) 
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February 9, 2012 8:51:36 PM

No problem. What you need in a motherboard depends on what you want to do? Do you want overclocking abilities? Certain features (USB3, ESATA? RAID,mATX,HTPC)? Depending on what you wanted - the price might be 150-200 (or more if you want high end features).
February 9, 2012 8:59:05 PM

Chainzsaw said:
No problem. What you need in a motherboard depends on what you want to do? Do you want overclocking abilities? Certain features (USB3, ESATA? RAID,mATX,HTPC)? Depending on what you wanted - the price might be 150-200 (or more if you want high end features).


I'm a newb. I haven't gamed since Xbox (2004). So I don't know why I would want to overclock or cross-fire since I would be awed just to probably see the basic, but I do want the potential to cross-fire and overclock just in case I want to see better performance for gaming. With a $2K budget I feel a mobo over $200 is overpriced. What do you think about this?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I definitely do not want a low end mobo, not a high, that's about $250 or over? But a mid range mobo.

Can you please explain to me "high end features" of a mobo?

I will consider getting a high end board, <$250?

How about this one? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Or this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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February 9, 2012 9:24:43 PM

Alright if you haven't gamed for a while - it might be good to go with a nice solid stable motherboard.

High end features on some motherboards means (some can have all, or just a few) features like dual raid controllers (so you could have 2 seperate raid arrays) - higher quality sound card, PCIE3.0. Those are "high end features".

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This is a highly rated motherboard, has good reviews as well.

It's slightly more expensive than the motherboard you listed though. It should be excellent at overclocking as well with a proper cooling set up. It also has Bluetooth - and the Asus one lacks a floppy connector...which to me is a good thing.

Edit: The motherboard I listed supports Quadfire, and Quad SLI. So whichever way you go, your good.
February 9, 2012 9:33:30 PM

Chainzsaw said:
Alright if you haven't gamed for a while - it might be good to go with a nice solid stable motherboard.

High end features on some motherboards means (some can have all, or just a few) features like dual raid controllers (so you could have 2 seperate raid arrays) - higher quality sound card, PCIE3.0. Those are "high end features".

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This is a highly rated motherboard, has good reviews as well.

It's slightly more expensive than the motherboard you listed though. It should be excellent at overclocking as well with a proper cooling set up. It also has Bluetooth - and the Asus one lacks a floppy connector...which to me is a good thing.

Edit: The motherboard I listed supports Quadfire, and Quad SLI. So whichever way you go, your good.


What are these mobos? $69 more...don't understand why they cost so much more:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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a b K Overclocking
February 9, 2012 9:47:43 PM

The p8Z68 Deluxe has 1 extra nic port, 1 extra power esata port, 1 extra firewire port, 2 extra USB 2.0 ports in the rear I/O panel, but loses an HDMI and Dsub connetor.

Plus the deluxe has a better onboard sound chip.

TBH the difference in price isn't worth the "extra" features of the more expensive motherboard over the one I posted. Ditto for the Asrock motherboard (250).

200 is a good price point IMO for a motherboard, especially for your budget. Any lower you risk quality problems (although of course there are good motherboards under 200), any higher you may just not use all the features of the motherboard anyways.
a b K Overclocking
February 10, 2012 12:15:56 AM

^ +1

The other thing about the Asus z68 mobos are that they regularly allow you to get higher, more stable OC compared to other boards and the bios is extremely easy to navigate.

Am I wrong Chainzsaw, or is the p8z68-v gen3 also a good option here? It doesn't have the 2 extra SATA ports or the firewire port, but the rest is about the same as the pro model.

Or am I missing something?
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February 10, 2012 12:29:16 AM

That's a good suggestion as well vollman1. That p8Z68v gen3 has a few less options (not that much) but still is a good board.
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February 10, 2012 1:00:56 AM

Chainzsaw said:
The asrock Z68 is a regular mobo, and by no means one of the better ones.

http://www.hardocp.com/article/2012/02/09/asrock_x79_ex...

Read the bottom of that page. Asrock's mobo's seem to be having QC problems right now.

Plus - just search on the forums here - lots of problems with Asrock's Z68 platforms.

I know every mobo manufacturer has problems...but lately they have been having more than usual.

The only thing going good for the asrocks mobo's are their "dirt cheap" price for their features. You might be lucky and get a good motherboard though. YMMV


I have the motherboard the OP is asking about and have never had a single problem with it. I agree that QC is an issue at times with some manufacturers, but I've not run into anything at all.

On a side note...isn't that link for the X79, not Z68?
a b K Overclocking
February 10, 2012 1:06:08 AM

I have heard of quality issue with Asrock also.

But even if they had the same quality, the Asus outperforms with its OCing capabilities.
February 10, 2012 1:31:05 AM

Nothing wrong with Asrock. I've had Asus and EVGA boards give me so much trouble. As for overclocking, I can't comment but surely going from 3.4 to 4Ghz is a nice little jump which the Asrock should be able to do. I don't see why overclocking is so important and it shouldn't be the deciding factor since Asrock provides so many features.

I'm not trying to be mean, just providing light on the other side of the fence :) 
February 10, 2012 1:31:23 AM

I'm going to go with the Asus Z68 Pro. The BIOS looks awesome, it has a power and reset button and it's under $210.
a b K Overclocking
February 10, 2012 1:34:55 AM

You won't be unhappy :) 

If you are going for the max OC that you can get and it fits into your budget, I would recommend the H100 cooler from Corsair. I use it and love it. It lowered my temps by like 10'C over the Xigmatek Gaia sd1283 (similar to the cooler master 212) and that's on the lowest fan speed!.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And get 4 of these for push/pull:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

You need a case that can fit a 240mm rad though. I use the HAF X.
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