Which motherboard should I get? Intel or Asus? z68 or p67?

First time builder and I'm confused about the differences. Why get the "Z" over the "P"? Of these motherboards listed below, which would you suggest to go with an i5 2500k for normal gaming purposes (to use with mid-range graphic cards, ram, etc)?

Z68:
Asus P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 -- $200 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131790
Asus P8Z68-V/GEN3 -- $190 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131792
Intel BOXDZ68BC -- $200 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813121533&Tpk=BOXDZ68BC

P67:
Asus P8P67 PRO (REV 3.1) -- $180 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131771
Intel BOXDP67BGB3 -- $165 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813121511&Tpk=BOXDP67BGB3
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  1. raider4010 said:
    First time builder and I'm confused about the differences. Why get the "Z" over the "P"? Of these motherboards listed below, which would you suggest to go with an i5 2500k for normal gaming purposes (to use with mid-range graphic cards, ram, etc)?

    Z68:
    Asus P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 -- $200 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131790
    Asus P8Z68-V/GEN3 -- $190 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131792
    Intel BOXDZ68BC -- $200 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813121533&Tpk=BOXDZ68BC

    P67:
    Asus P8P67 PRO (REV 3.1) -- $180 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131771
    Intel BOXDP67BGB3 -- $165 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813121511&Tpk=BOXDP67BGB3

    As there is no real advantage with P67 over Z68, I will move to Z68 advantage over P67.
    I would get Asus P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 -- $200 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131790
  2. I would go with Z68 because the features.
    There are 3 major differences between the P67 and the Z68.

    Intel SRT (Smart Response Technology) lets you to use a small SSD (<50GB) to work as a caching drive to speed up the boot, start up of apps and access times.

    IGP Support (Integrated Graphics on Processor) the Z68 boards have build in support for the IGP. The main advantages of this is that it will allow you to use the IGP for things like backup graphics and help with trouble shooting issues. Also with the Lucid Logix Virtu software you switch between the IGP and the dedicated video card for the best performance for the application that you are running.

    Intel SATA III controller is better performing then the old Marvell controller that is used on the P67 boards.

    Z68 is also great overclocker!

    Z68 is going to be Ivybridge compatible. H67 and P67. H61 is not.

    Those are the differences between the Z68 and the P67.
  3. Z68 has many benefits over the P67, but you might not need them.

    Z68 has SRT and it enables the integrated graphics chip inside the CPU.
    SRT is Intel's Smart Response Technology which means that if you have a small 64GB SSD, you could use that SSD for caching which can speed up the HDD (loading times).
    The integrated graphics chip has Quick Sync which is when you switch over to the low power integrated graphics for things like watching a YouTube video, checking email, etc. It saves a lot of power if you have like a 570. The integrated graphics chip can also trans code, format, etc videos or edits faster than any GPU on the market because it was designed for that.
    There are probably more differences but this is what I could think of right now.

    P67 just lets to OC your CPU and thats it.

    If you don't have a SSD or you don't edit movies, go with a P67.
    You really should be getting a Z68 because the price difference between the 2 are non existent.

    I like the ASUS P8Z68 PRO/GEN3 BTW
  4. This is also another good choice....
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157264
    A little cheaper too.

    But if your just doing mid-range gaming, why not go with something like this...
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271
    It has only 6 sata ports instead of 8. It also doesn't have onboard usb3.0. But its $85 cheaper than your other choices. That will get you a better GPU or a bigger SSD for you boot drive. I use this board and its great.
  5. ASRock sounds pretty good, but I have a few more questions:

    Z68 EXTREME4 GEN3 -- $185

    Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 -- $122

    Are there any other reasons why it's more expensive than the Extreme3 (other than the extra sata and usb ports)? My case doesn't have front usb ports, and I won't need that many SATA ports. I tried to look for any other differences but didn't see any.

    I really don't need a Z68 board, except like someone mentioned, the price difference is minimal so I might as well go with z68. I've narrowed down my motherboard choices, and I'm leaning towards the Asus pro, but the ASRock's price is nice:

    ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 -- $122 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-RSSDailyDeals-_-na-_-na&AID=10521304&PID=4176827&SID=1uiqytgzoqnsa

    Asus P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 -- $200 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813131790

    Asus P8Z68-V/GEN3 -- $190 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813131792

    Also, the Intel boards still sound good to me. Well, I guess my decision at this point will be based on a coin flip.
  6. Intel® boards like the Intel Desktop DZ68BC are generally very stable and relieble boards that designed to fit the basics of the market they are designed to appeal to. In the case of the Intel Desktop DZ68BC it is designed for the enthusiast market and comes with a number of high end features. The Enthusiast boards like the DZ68BC are our only boards that support overclocking of the unlocked "K" processors like the Intel Core™ i5-2500K. Since our design philosophy is to build our boards for stablity #1 you may not be able to overclock our boards as much as you would with some other companies boards the simple rule is that you will have a hard time finding a board that will be as stable as Intel boards are.

    In the end find a board that will fit your needs and budget.

    Christian Wood
    Intel Enthusiast Team
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