Page 1:Four Z68 Express-Based Motherboards For Enthusiasts
Page 2:ASRock Z68 Extreme7 Gen3
Page 3:Z68 Extreme7 Firmware
Page 4:Asus P8Z68 Deluxe
Page 5:P8Z68 Deluxe Firmware
Page 6:Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD5
Page 7:Z68XP-UD5 Firmware
Page 8:MSI Z68A-GD80 (B3)
Page 9:Z68A-GD80 Firmware
Page 10:Test Settings And Benchmarks
Page 11:Benchmark Results: Crysis And F1 2010
Page 12:Benchmark Results: Just Cause 2 And Metro 2033
Page 13:Benchmark Results: Audio And Video Encoding
Page 14:Benchmark Results: Productivity
Page 15:Power, Heat, And Efficiency
Page 17:A Word On Warranties
Page 18:Whose Enthusiast-Class Z68 Board Is Best?
P8Z68 Deluxe Firmware
Familiarity doesn’t always breed contempt, as minimal changes to Asus’ AI Tweaker menu make it easier for experienced users to navigate. Integrated GPU overclocking is added to the list of frequency controls.
Asus OC Tuner allows the system to initiate an automatic overclock and stability routine that was able to push our CPU to 4.43 GHz at a mere 1.27 V. That should be enough for the average, inexperienced overclocker, and is probably safe enough to protect the CPU’s longevity for a few years.
We reached our 1.35 V full-load overclocking target voltage using the P8Z68 Deluxe’ 1.335 V setting with Load-Line Calibration set to Extreme. Asus adds another Load-Line Calibration setting for integrated GPU overclocking.
Integrated GPU voltage and DRAM reference voltage is added to the familiar voltage controls used by most overclockers. Asus is really pushing the idea of integrated GPU overclocking, although this board (and its lack of display outputs) is only capable of accelerating video transcoding.
Primary, secondary, and tertiary timings are all found in the P8Z68 Deluxe’ DRAM Timing Control submenu. We used our memory’s XMP Profile 1 for the motherboard’s memory overclocking tests.
- 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?