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AsRock z68 PRO3 or Asus P8Z68-V?

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October 8, 2011 4:38:10 PM

Hallo!
I am going to build up a system for amatorial photoediting.
I have pretty defined all the components, and for the motherboard I was oriented to buy a Asus P8Z68-V. In the shop the seller suggested me to take the AsRock Z68 pro3, since it has the same performances as the Asus for half the price.
Which are your suggestion? Is that true?

I am going to take a i5 2500k CPU (don't think to overclock, at least for some time, I would not know where to start from), 8 GB RAM corsair 1333 MHz and XFX GeForce GTX 512 MB (for the moment I have this one available already).

Thank you in advance!! :hello: 
a c 1098 V Motherboard
a c 299 Ĉ ASUS
October 8, 2011 5:10:29 PM

Yes performance wise there is no difference.
October 8, 2011 5:43:29 PM

and what about reliability? If I save 80€ with the Asrock i can improve something else....
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a c 1098 V Motherboard
a c 299 Ĉ ASUS
October 8, 2011 5:55:47 PM

Asrock is not far behind Asus on the quality but there are no guaranties even with Asus.
a c 716 V Motherboard
a c 207 Ĉ ASUS
October 8, 2011 6:27:19 PM

You are comparing a Sports Car {ASUS} to a Taxi Cab {ASRock}.

I would look at the ASUS P8Z68-V LE, better comparison, IF you'll never need SLI. It's not a good OC'ing MOBO, neither is the ASRock Z68 PRO3, but it is better built and has a 3 year warranty.

ASUS P8Z68-V LE -http://usa.asus.com/Motherboards/Intel_Socket_1155/P8Z6...
October 9, 2011 2:02:17 AM

in this case i would save only 15 euro, maybe it is not worth...the asrock was saving 80 euros, if I was giving away something in performance at least it would have been worth...
is the asrock so unreliable??
a c 208 V Motherboard
a b Ĉ ASUS
October 9, 2011 2:40:24 AM

guidus said:
In the shop the seller suggested me to take the AsRock Z68 pro3, since it has the same performances as the Asus for half the price.


My suggestion would be to compare the warrantees.
October 9, 2011 9:15:10 AM

I have been reading bad things about -LE version. If you ever want to overclock in the future, do not get this one. Get Asus P8Z68-V (GEN3) or Asrock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 if you want to save some bucks.
October 9, 2011 9:38:25 AM

random_ said:
I have been reading bad things about -LE version. If you ever want to overclock in the future, do not get this one. Get Asus P8Z68-V (GEN3) or Asrock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 if you want to save some bucks.


I am not sure whether I'll overclock in future, i was taking the i5-2500k instead of the 2500 because the price difference is minimal (10 euro), so I can leave the door open.
But then as MoBo the ASRock Z68 PRO3 is not allowing me to do overclock easily? Because in this case the Asus P8Z68 remains the best choice for me (performance wise equivalent, probably better manufacture and warranty), right?
October 9, 2011 9:57:13 AM

Pro3 is limited in overclocking, just like Asus P8Z68-LE version. They have less power phases than in Asrock's case (Extreme series) or in Asus' case (P8Z68-V or better).

Because you are already spending $10 more on CPU to be a bit more future proof with option for overclock, you should probably also spend couple $10 on the better motherboard.
October 9, 2011 10:03:44 AM

OK, so summarizing...
the asus P8Z68 and Asrock Z68 Pro3 are euivalent for the performance.
Both allow overclock, but the asus easier or better.
Asus is better for the construction and for the warranty.

Is it right? Because in this case i will spend the 60 euros more for the asus and maybe try to save something on the optional as card reader or case.

Thanks!
October 9, 2011 10:26:00 AM

1) Asrock Z68 Pro or Asus P8Z68 LE or M or LX = both good performance, but limited overclocking
2) Asrock Z68 Extreme(3,4,7) or Asus P8Z68-V, -V PRO or DELUXE = they are all great for overclocking, they have same electronics that deal with overcloking, difference is mostly in connectivity (USB3, multi-gpu, sata3, firewire)
a c 716 V Motherboard
a c 207 Ĉ ASUS
October 9, 2011 2:35:01 PM

guidus said:
OK, so summarizing...
the asus P8Z68 and Asrock Z68 Pro3 are euivalent for the performance.
Both allow overclock, but the asus easier or better.
Asus is better for the construction and for the warranty.

Is it right? Because in this case i will spend the 60 euros more for the asus and maybe try to save something on the optional as card reader or case.

Thanks!

NO!!!

The P8Z68-V is 12+4 Phase, Superior OC'ing, SLI, Intel LAN, 3 year warranty, MORE FEATURES, etc... and the Z68 Pro3 is 4+2 Phase, Poor OC'ing, NO SLI, Realtek LAN, 2 year warranty, LESS FEATURES, etc - BIG DIFFERENCES.

ASUS P8Z68-V - http://usa.asus.com/Motherboards/Intel_Socket_1155/P8Z6...
ASRock Z68 Pro3 - http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=Z68%20Pro3&...

There are several versions of the ASUS P8Z68-V, and as I said the cheapo ASUS P8Z68-V LE is a better comparison to the ASRock Z68 Pro3. As far as pricing, in the USA the ASUS P8Z68-V is $188, ASUS P8Z68-V LE is $129, and the ASRock Z68 Pro3 is $105.
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