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[poll] ASUS Z68 V-PRO vs. ASRock Z68 Extreme 4

Poll Results: ASUS Z68 V-PRO or ASRock Z68 Extreme4

 
  • 64% (25)
    ASUS Z68 V-PRO
  • 35% (14)
    ASRock Z68 Extreme4
39 Total Votes  
post #1 of 22
Thread Starter 
Guys, I am in need of help to decide between these boards. I really find it very hard to do so and would love more opinions and inputs that can lead me to a better decision. Any opinions would be appreciated.
ASUS Z68 V-PRO:

$ 210.00


(tax free, free shipping)
PROS (that I see):
+It's an "ASUS" (looks high quality)
+3 year warranty
+"somewhat transferable" warranty
+UEFI - I am guessing ASUS has better BIOS/UEFI support than ASRock (please comment as this is just my gut feeling because they are a more "established" brand)
+MemOK
+12 Phases for the CPU (Someone told me I can never really directly compare these to other motherboards and brands unless there is complete specifications by the boards manufacturer.. w/c they don't publicly provide IIRC. Please correct if I am wrong)

CONS (that I see):
-USB 3.0 Bracket that comes with the boards is "useless" unless you do not put your discrete video card on the 1st PCI-E Lane.. It WILL NOT be able to reach the back of your case unless you don't use the first PCI-E Lane.
-2nd PCI-E Lane is only x8 (electrical)
-NO Debug LED
-NO CMOS Clear Button
-NO PS2 keyboard/mouse suport

ASRock Z68 Extreme4

$ 245.00
(189, +shipping, add 2 year warranty)

PROS:
+Debug LED
+CMOS Clear Button
+PLX Chip
+USB 3 front bracjet, can transform to a back bracket
+PS2 k/m support

CONS:
-questionable BIOS/UEFI support
-questionable build quality
-1 year warranty (need to add 30 bucks to become a total of 3 year support like ASUS)
-non transferable warranty
-UEFI looks drab compared to ASUS

***Is there a USB 3 "plug" bracket that can easily be bought a year from now? I could forgive asus if that's 99% likely*** FAIL on ASUS for that frown.gif

Please help frown.gif

Please lecture me if I am mistaken in any of the mentioned "attributes".

I already read several reviews but I can't still decide frown.gif
Edited by tubers - 6/2/11 at 6:30pm
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ASUS Z68 V-PRO all the way thumb.gif
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post #3 of 22
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mr OCN;13731742 
ASUS Z68 V-PRO all the way thumb.gif

Thank you for your opinion!

But why? Is it because you trust ASUS more than ASRock? Or you think that the V-PRO has better features per price than the Extreme4?

Or is it just the looks of the board, the looks of the UEFI?
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post #4 of 22
Very comparable products, asus is cleaner. I like the ASRocks though, it's cheaper. I'm not sure why you would add a 2 year warranty. I think most mobo's work or don't in the first few months.
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post #5 of 22
personally i only put asus or gigabyte boards in my systems.
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post #6 of 22
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by steadly2004;13732185 
Very comparable products, asus is cleaner. I like the ASRocks though, it's cheaper. I'm not sure why you would add a 2 year warranty. I think most mobo's work or don't in the first few months.

It's just that I decide to keep the board onwards.. I plan to keep it as an Ivy Bridge motherboard.

What do you think of the USB 3.0 bracket that is included with the ASUS Mobo.. is there an alternative to that?

Can I buy them somewhere else?
Quote:
Originally Posted by Sin0822;13732245 
personally i only put asus or gigabyte boards in my systems.

I see.. so is that more of a brand loyalty?

What about the sets of features/price of the V PRO and Extreme 4?

Thanks for the opinions

did rep accordinginly..

Would love more advise and opinions.

Please keep them coming.
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post #7 of 22
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Sigh

Took the plunge and orderd a Z68.. at least it's cheaper.. I hope I do not regret it.

Such a shame ASRock has that Debug LED, CMOS Button, PLX Chip and PS2 support.. but its 35 dollars more expensive for me.

>.<<br />
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post #8 of 22
Its just quality standpoint and prior experience. You should be fine tho.
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If the Asus V-Pro is cheaper get taht instead. The extreme 4 is a great product but its more geared towards value conscious enthusiast. Asrock is part of Asus but is geared more for value conscious consumers much like how Lian Li has the Lancool brand. Why pay more for a Asrock when the Asus V-Pro is better. Also both the Asus and the Asrock only does 8x 8x in SLi so your negative of the Asus board is invalid.

Also noteworthy is that the V-Pro has more power phases than the extreme 4 12 vs 10. This will make the V-Pro a better overclocker, at least in concept. Also the V-pro has bluetooth while the extreme 4 does not.
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post #10 of 22
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Sin0822;13734600 
Its just quality standpoint and prior experience. You should be fine tho.

K thanks smile.gif
Quote:
Originally Posted by T3chAdd1ct;13734680 
If the Asus V-Pro is cheaper get taht instead. The extreme 4 is a great product but its more geared towards value conscious enthusiast. Asrock is part of Asus but is geared more for value conscious consumers much like how Lian Li has the Lancool brand. Why pay more for a Asrock when the Asus V-Pro is better. Also both the Asus and the Asrock only does 8x 8x in SLi so your negative of the Asus board is invalid.

Also noteworthy is that the V-Pro has more power phases than the extreme 4 12 vs 10. This will make the V-Pro a better overclocker, at least in concept. Also the V-pro has bluetooth while the extreme 4 does not.

The V PRO has only 16x /x8 /x4 electical PCI-E(accdg. to ASUS manual). While I am still unsure about ASRock's BUT I don't have to bother with that since I can use ASRock's USB 3 bracket (that can be a front bracket that can be mounted by an SSD and also can become a back bracket)

The USB 3.0 bracket is useless in the V-PRO bundle if you want to run 16x (1st Lane). It won't reach the back of the case. (confirmed by 1 OCNer, nodded by several OCNers and confirmed by Anandtech)

While V-PRO has TPU and EPU, most make it seem useless.. while ASRock has a Debug LED and CMOS Button that is more practical.

While the V-PRO has MemOK, the Extreme4 has IDE support, legacy PS2 support and PLX chip smile.gif

Bluetooth is useless to me unless it can be used for my wireless M/K from logitech.. (forgot what model. it's worth 20 bucks by now I guess)

It seems that ASUS software is better though (UEFI and other software for windows for the boards). Well, at least it looks 3 times better IMO.

Seriously.. I know it's lame.. but my blood kinda boiled with that stewpid ahzz USB 3.0 Bracket they included xD The 10 bucks "real" difference from the V are just the on board RESET Button and 2 Marvel SATA 6 ports xD.

Why ASUS WHY? (LMAO)

Oh and the VRM/Phase thing isn't that big of a deal according to most.. unless it's like gigabyte H lineup (less half phases/vrms than their fake z68 line).

Unless I heard wrong.. O.C. now mostly depend on the CPU? Please correct me..

In actuality.. if I can order for the same price, I'd go with ASRock.. but it's 35 bucks more expensive in my case.. I am not too confident w/ ASRock's software (s2pd reason) and I am stufidly, simply liking the ASUS UEFI GUI and have "blind" belief that ASUS has better UEFI/BIOS/Software support. (compared to ASRock. What do you guys think?)

I'd still love more input though.

Thanks
Edited by tubers - 6/3/11 at 12:20am
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