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Asus Joins the Ivy Bridge PCIe 3.0 Motherboard Race

Asus unveiled three socket LGA1155 motherboards based on the Intel Z68 chipset, which feature PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slots. The new motherboards are PCI-Express 3.0 compliant, complete with Gen3 switches and electrical components.

ASUS PCI-Express Gen3 Motherboard Specifications:

The P8Z68 DELUXE/Gen3 lacks display connectivity, which means that LucidLogix's Virtu graphics switching works only in D-mode. Additional features above and beyond the other two boards include an additional Gbit LAN and eSATA (PWR eSATA) port. 

ASUS P8Z68 Deluxe Gen 3

The P8Z68-V PRO/Gen3 matches the P8Z68 Deluxe in features, except offers iGPU display connectivity (DVI, HDMI, and D-Sub) and has one fewer Gbit LAN & eSATA ports.

ASUS P8Z68-V Pro Gen 3

The P8Z68-V/Gen3 is slimmed down further with its HD audio lacking DTS and two fewer SATA 6 Gb/s ports.

ASUS P8Z68-V Gen 3

All three motherboards feature 16-phase Digi+ CPU VRM, an Intel-made gigabit Ethernet controller, LucidLogix Virtu support. The motherboards also offer two PCI-Express 3.0 x16 (x16/NC or x8/x8), one PCI-Express 2.0 x16 (electrical 2.0 x4), and two each of PCI-Express 2.0 x1 and PCI slots.

In the European press release, the P8Z68 Deluxe/GEN3, P8Z68-V Pro/GEN3 and P8Z68-V/GEN3 have recommended price tags of €229, €185 and €159, respectively. In the U.S., the P8Z68 DELUXE/Gen3 looks to be priced around the $250 range, with the P8Z68-V PRO/Gen3 around $200 range, and the P8Z68-V/Gen3 rounding the group out at under $200.

  • vaughn2k
    Now all it needs is the Ivy Bridge...
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  • ojas
    Thank god geek-speak is the same in all languages, otherwise that German spec-sheet would have gone over my head...

    Otherwise specs look great, and
    vaughn2kNow all it needs is the Ivy Bridge...
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  • verbalizer
    already being discussed in the thread:
    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/303971-28-bridge-sandy-bridge-news-rumors-reviews

    All we need now is Ivy, and more space for those RAM slots...
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  • ahnilated
    My question is when are they going to stop limiting the motherboards PCIE channels?
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  • alyoshka
    12 USB2 Ports and 4 USB3 Ports..... what ever happened to Com1 and Com2....?
    Good old days, now I'm wondering what all do I need to stick into the USB ports.....
    1 External HDD USB2
    1 External HDD USB3
    1 USB Scanner
    1 USB Printer
    2 USB Pen Drives
    1 iPod
    1 iPad
    1 Nokia WP7
    1 Wifi Dongle/3G Dongle
    That makes a total of 10 Devices
    I know I ain't going to be using them all at once, if I do, it's worst case scenario.
    And they still have a total of 16 Ports.....
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  • alyoshka
    Now all they need to do is come out with a mobo that has only USB ports into which you can just plug the rest of the things, the processor& the gpu must be the only devices that aren't yet in the USB plugin form. the rest is already there.
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  • CaedenV
    alyoshkaNow all they need to do is come out with a mobo that has only USB ports into which you can just plug the rest of the things, the processor& the gpu must be the only devices that aren't yet in the USB plugin form. the rest is already there.LOL, reminds me of an article on Toms a very long time ago about a computer that had only 1 Ethernet, and a bunch of USB cables. Problem was that the BIOS at the time did not natively support USB mouse/keyboard, so the box was completely useless. lol, those were the days!

    I want a pair of thunderbolt connectors, a pair of Gbit Ethernet, and a salvo of USB 2/3. I always bought mobos with com and parallel ports for that 'Just in case' assurance, but I haven't used either port in well over 8 years. Fire wire would be a plus, but even that is mostly useless these days
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  • trevorvdw
    alyoshkaThat makes a total of 10 DevicesI know I ain't going to be using them all at once, if I do, it's worst case scenario.And they still have a total of 16 Ports.....
    Yes because nobody has made a USB hub.
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  • DjEaZy
    ... under ASUS PCI-Express Gen3 Motherboard Specifications... there is ATi CrossfireX... ATi... are they really allergic to AMD? It's now AMD CrossFireX!!!
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  • Usersname
    Reviews please...Now!
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