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A Review On: ASRock Z68 PRO3-M LGA 1155

ASRock Z68 PRO3-M LGA 1155

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Pros: mATX with all features

Cons: first one shorted out...

current specs (son's unit..):

Intel Core i5-2500K @ 4.0GHz (1.28v)
ASRock Z68 Pro3-M (BIOS 2.30)
CM Hyper TX3 with dual 92mm fans
CORSAIR Vengeance 4GB(2x2GB) DDR3 1600 CL8
EVGA GTX 560 SC @ 850
SSDNow V100+ 64GB
WD Caviar Blue SATA3 6G's 250GB (Steam)
ASUS DRW-24B1ST DVD-RAM
3.5 inch USB 2.0 Internal Card Reader
Sentey Extreme Rock Power ERP700-SS
CM Elite 430 - (3 x 120mm fans)
Black Illuminated Multimedia Backlit Keyboard 105-key USB
Xbox 360 Controller - black
Dell AX210 - PC multimedia speakers
LG W2043T-PF 20in Glossy Black Widescreen LCD 16:9
Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit

Tried running an auto clock to 4.0GHz on the first board and it shorted out on me after a few months usage, at the time I was on BIOS 2.2. Sent board to RMA service which is email communication only and seemed spotty but, worked like a charm with no issues. Returning board had updated BIOS 2.3, nice..

No LED's on the mobo at all so when it's off or when it's up and running, there are no indicators of any type, I'd like to have some sort of activity or multimeter personally.

Now running a negative offset again @ 4.0GHz, voltage tops out around 1.28V and temps with CM TX3 the idle package is 29-30C and load if 53C (ish).

Currently SRT or Virtu is being utilized but upon next OS install if I do not go straight SSD then I will utilize the caching features..

Board layout is good is running a single GPU (dual slotted) and you can still run a TV-tuner card is one of the PCI-e (mini) slots or the PCI slot at the bottom; this alones makes it a universal board for a mATX gamer unit, HTPC unit or maybe LAN box..
I running a full set of case fans like me then I suggest if also wanting to run dual CPU fans then get a PWM Y adapter.

Reviews on the net say that board doesn't clock to x50 but does @ x49 and with my past experiences I'm not going past 4.4GHz on this board because as of right now I do not trust it.
Does seem to be running well now I must add.

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