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February 9, 2012 6:32:38 PM

ok guys. i am planning to get an i5-2500k and a GTX560/560ti/6870/6950. havent decided yet on the GPU. my need is to run 3 screens. (for work). but for gaming i ll be using just 1 screen (1080p res).

so question is : i decided to go with GA-p67-UD4 for the MOBO. but few of tom's members suggest to get a z68 instead. now i will be OC. and SLI/CF in far future. If there are any specific advantages of getting a z68 please let me know. or will i be happy with the p67? i dont know much about OC . i am just a rookie when it comes to all these things. so which mobo do i get for i5-2500k .
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February 9, 2012 7:25:46 PM

The Z68 and the P67 are basically the same except that the Z68 has three additional features that the P67 does have. Those features are..

-IntelĀ® SRT (Smart Response Technology) this allows you to use a small SSD (<64GB) as a caching drive. By doing this you can get better boot and access times for applications that are cached on the drive.

-IGP (Integrated Graphics on the Processor) most of the Z68 have built in support for the IGP on them. This will allow you to use the IGP for backup graphics and to help trouble shoot issues. Also since most of the boards come with LucidLogix Virtu software you can set it up so that it can switch between the dedicated video card and the IGP to take advantage of Intel Quick Sync to give you the best performance in the application that you are using.

-Intel SATA III controller it performs better than the older Marvell controller that was used on the P67 chipset.

In the end the cost of a Z68 is almost the same as a P67 with the same features. So the real question is why wouldnt you get a Z68 board?

Christian Wood
Intel Enthusiast Team
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February 9, 2012 7:46:52 PM

ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
$121.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This motherboard is a Z-68 chipset MB and if you look in the details tab you will notice that the Expansion slots say that the Pci-e slots are version 3.0 and that is for upcoming support for the new Pci-e version which will be activated with a bios update. This feature is available with the Z-68 chipset and not the P67 so if at some point you were to get a cpu (Ivy Bridge) and video card (7970) then you would be able to run this motherboard with Pci-e 3.0.
So it's what is called future proofing which you can't do with the P67 and that may be a good reason to go with the Z-68 motherboard. Not to mention that it will also work great with the i5-2500k and the features of that cpu.
If you are going with three monitors then I would get the 6950/6970/7950/7970

SAPPHIRE 11196-00-40G Radeon HD 7950 3GB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
$449.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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