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ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 Questions

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July 7, 2012 5:57:24 PM

Okay I'm thinking about getting the LGA 1155 Intel Z68 mobo and I was wondering if I could use a PCIE 2.0 x16 GTX 550 ti in the PCIE 3.0 x16 slot with a Intel 3570k IvyBridge CPU? Can someone tell me if this is a compatible build, bit confused.
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July 7, 2012 6:05:27 PM

Yes, although the Z68 may need a BIOS update to support the 3570K (meaning that you won't be able to boot before you do it), even if you buy it now because it may be old stock that still has a pre-IB BIOS.

It would be safer to just go with a Z77 board that is guaranteed to work out of the box with the 3570K.
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July 7, 2012 6:07:42 PM

The only negative I have for this motherboard is that it slips outside of typical ATX specifications. It’s 3cm thinner than a standard ATX motherboard and as a result may lack secure mounting on the far side since this isn’t a common size, which also means you should be very careful when plugging in the 24-pin ATX motherboard power – as the motherboard may flex.
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July 7, 2012 6:22:05 PM

DJDeCiBeL said:
Yes, although the Z68 may need a BIOS update to support the 3570K (meaning that you won't be able to boot before you do it), even if you buy it now because it may be old stock that still has a pre-IB BIOS.

It would be safer to just go with a Z77 board that is guaranteed to work out of the box with the 3570K.


This guy is right just get a Z77 board
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