ASRock’s OC Tweaker menu still includes an “Advanced Turbo 50” setting, though a 50% overclock on any Sandy Bridge processor is unrealistic at tolerable voltage levels. The Optimized CPU OC Setting menu does have some practical overclocks, from 4.0 to 4.8 GHz with our processor, though the 4.6 GHz setting was the highest we could use successfully.
Though overclocking is possible with Intel SpeedStep Technology disabled, it must be enabled to reveal the full set of power limits. Both long-term and short-term power limits must be increased to allow optimal overclocked frequencies.
The Z68 Extreme7 includes integrated GPU voltage, in addition to the CPU and chipset voltage controls needed by most overclockers.
Primary and secondary memory timings are both addressed, though each setting must be set to manual to enable the adjustment menu beneath. We used XMP Profile 1 to test this motherboard’s DRAM overclocking capability.
- Four Z68 Express-Based Motherboards For Enthusiasts
- ASRock Z68 Extreme7 Gen3
- Z68 Extreme7 Firmware
- Asus P8Z68 Deluxe
- P8Z68 Deluxe Firmware
- Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD5
- Z68XP-UD5 Firmware
- MSI Z68A-GD80 (B3)
- Z68A-GD80 Firmware
- Test Settings And Benchmarks
- Benchmark Results: Crysis And F1 2010
- Benchmark Results: Just Cause 2 And Metro 2033
- Benchmark Results: Audio And Video Encoding
- Benchmark Results: Productivity
- Power, Heat, And Efficiency
- A Word On Warranties
- Whose Enthusiast-Class Z68 Board Is Best?