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July 2, 2012 12:08:10 PM

Hello all,

As the Tom's forum contributors have proved so helpful to me so far I thought I'd ask a question about motherboards.

Bare in mind I've been a Mac user my whole life so thinking about motherboard/logicboard spec is something that I've never had to do, I've been getting a bit confused about the differences between motherboards.

This is the ATX range of ASUS Z68 mobos.

P8Z68 DELUXE
P8Z68 DELUXE/GEN3
P8Z68-V
P8Z68-V LE
P8Z68-V/GEN3
P8Z68-V PRO
P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3

I've downloaded the specs which list the differences but trying to get a general idea of what they are is tricky with 7 detailed spec sheets open at once.

There seems to be two "DELUXE" models and with the rest being "V" models, with two "PRO" models :??:  (one on the "DELUXE" and one on the "PRO") with a "GEN3" option on each , and then just straight "V" models with an "LE" option and a "GEN3" option...????? :sweat: 

And this is excluding all the uATX models.

Is there an easy way to make sense of this and boiling down what these terms mean.

I've opted for an "P8Z68-V LE" for my first build which will use an i5200k with 8GB RAM and HD 7870. I've figured out the supports CrossFire but not SLI which is fine as I'll be using an AMD card to start and hopefully getting a second a bit later.

I will be over-clocking but not immediately and not to any great extreme initially. Will probably get some liquid cooling eventually too...

I'd like to have a better understanding of their range before I commit to buying it incase there's something obvious I might need which isn't there.

What does it all mean...???
a b Ĉ ASUS
a c 328 V Motherboard
July 2, 2012 12:25:07 PM

Sorry, but its not the best choice for the mobo.

It has only 4 +2 Phase Power Design, which is not good for overclocking.
a b Ĉ ASUS
a c 328 V Motherboard
July 2, 2012 12:26:24 PM

Get this one, it has 8 + 4 power design and it OC past 4.4GHz stable.


U can definitely use this one -> ASRock Z77 Extreme 4

I just build PC with this mobo and I like the BIOS, its looks like this.

Works as expected @ 4.4GHz



For the mobo, I would recommend -> ... Latest Z77...
That is a good mobo choice for the CPU. It has good power design for OC.


ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX

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


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a b Ĉ ASUS
a c 328 V Motherboard
July 2, 2012 12:31:21 PM

P8Z68 DELUXE/GEN3 Top model updated
P8Z68 DELUXE Top model


P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 Top model updated
P8Z68-V PRO Top model
P8Z68-V/GEN3 Decent upper mid range updated The PCIE is not only 2.0, but also 3.0 compatible
P8Z68-V Decent upper mid range
P8Z68-V LE low end

Deluxe might have extra PCIE slot, or it operates @ x16/x16 instead of x8/x8.

Better models have more power phases.
July 3, 2012 1:46:20 PM

Thanks for the reply and the tips...
I'm having a look at the ASRock Z77 Extreme4 you picked out now and it looks like a good un...
I'll take your advice and opt for that one...
Guess I'll figure out what all the other shizzle is when I get my hand dirty and build the bugger...
a b Ĉ ASUS
a c 328 V Motherboard
July 3, 2012 1:58:00 PM

Its easy thing to do : )

ASRock started as ASUS : )

They do make quality boards.

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