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After doing a good bit of research, I'm pretty confident I want a Z68 chipset motherboard for my upcoming 2600K build. I will be doing CPU-intensive tasks in addition to live stream gaming, so Intel Quick Sync's (future) ability to offload my live streaming encoding to the iGPU is extremely attractive. XSplit currently has this integration as a feature request. No word yet on the Adobe FMLE front.

What are your thoughts on the currently available Z68 ATX motherboards? I realize there aren't very many, so my list of requirements here may be superfluous (posted mainly to answer any of your questions before you ask), but I would really like to be warned if one is particularly worse (or particularly better) than another!

What I need:
  • Quality
  • Holds value well
  • Overclocks reasonably well
  • ATX
  • Virtu hardware/software included to switch back and forth between the iGPU and my dGPU (It'd be nice to save on the power bill and have less heat pumping out of this machine) *Note* This may require a video out port on the motherboard, but I can't find anything definitive saying one or the other.
SLI? Not planning on it.
USB3.0? Not a big deal.
SATA 3 (6Gbps)? At least 2 ports.
Budget? ~$200. Might consider $250 if the value is there.

Here is the list I found on Newegg.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100007627%20600158412%20600009016&IsNodeId=1&bop=And&ShowDeactivatedMark=False&Order=PRICED&PageSize=20

Thanks for the insight!
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post #2 of 10
I'd recommend the P8Z68-V PRO. It has gotten rave reviews. Some reviewer got his highest overclock with this board (5.6 I think?). The only problem I have with it personally is it doesn't have a cmos reset.

I probably going with the z68x-ud5, but it doesn't have lucid capability so it should be off your list.

I believe the ud3h has virtu capability.
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Just bought the P8Z68-V Pro. smile.gif
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post #4 of 10
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Originally Posted by Xyxyll;13800245 
Just bought the P8Z68-V Pro. smile.gif

I'm leaning that way too. For me it's between that board and Asrock Z68 Extreme 4. The Asus has a longer warranty and I like the extra USB ports instead of PS/2 and the UEFI bios. Not crazy about the heatsinks, would prefer something with a lower profile & heat pipe.
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Just remember that the USB 3.0 Bracket included with the V-PRO is "useless" if you plan to use the ONLY x16 electical PCI-E lane (1st PCI E x16 lane).

I would have gotten the ASRock Z68 Extreme 4 since it has more practical features
CMOS Clear Button
Debug LED
"Useful" USB 3.0 Front transformable to Back Bracket while being an SSD holder(worth 20+ dollars)
PS2 KB support
Floppy Drive support
PLX Chip

Display Port support.

The only beef is the 1 year warranty support.

You get less with V-PRO but it's an "ASUS" with their "software/UEFI".
Have fun with EPU and TPU
At least MemOK seems quite useful. And so is the "semi/somewhat" transferable warranty.

ASRock Z68 Extreme 4's 189.99 USD only compared to the 209.99 V-PRO.. but you get -2 year warranty.
Edited by tubers - 6/8/11 at 1:55pm
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post #6 of 10
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Originally Posted by tubers;13800629 
Just remember that the USB 3.0 Bracket included with the V-PRO is "useless" if you plan to use the ONLY x16 electical PCI-E lane (1st PCI E x16 lane).

I would have gotten the ASRock Z68 Extreme 4 since it has more practical features
CMOS Clear Button
Debug LED
"Useful" USB 3.0 Front transformable to Back Bracket while being an SSD holder(worth 20+ dollars)
PS2 KB support
Floppy Drive support
PLX Chip

Display Port support.

The only beef is the 1 year warranty support.

You get less with V-PRO but it's an "ASUS" with their "software/UEFI".
Have fun with EPU and TPU
At least MemOK seems quite useful. And so is the "semi/somewhat" transferable warranty.

ASRock Z68 Extreme 4's 189.99 USD only compared to the 209.99 V-PRO.. but you get -2 year warranty.

Thanks for the breakdown. I took a close look at the ASRock as well, but I wasn't as comfortable with the board this early in its life. Not that many reviews (although the few reviews are very positive) and from a company that I personally haven't worked with before. I went with the ASUS. Nevertheless, the ASRock z68 does have a lot of attractive features (and pricing), so I'm curious to see how its reputation grows.
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post #7 of 10
asrock is great, much better bang for buck, pretty naive to buy based on name alone
post #8 of 10
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Originally Posted by koven;13801592 
asrock is great, much better bang for buck, pretty naive to buy based on name alone

People buy what they feel comfortable with. He feels more comfortable with placing his trust in ASUS than ASrock.
post #9 of 10
Quote:
Originally Posted by cubanresourceful;13801637 
People buy what they feel comfortable with. He feels more comfortable with placing his trust in ASUS than ASrock.

lol obviously, doesn't mean it's not naive though
post #10 of 10
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Quote:
Originally Posted by koven;13801718 
lol obviously, doesn't mean it's not naive though

I disagree, and cubanresourceful hit the nail right on the head. We're looking at two YOUNG motherboards, and ASRock, while it is gaining a reliable reputation, is still a less known, less proven, and less popular brand. So not only can I look at these two motherboards and see that the ASUS has more reviews (more popular means more reviews which means greater insight), but I know ASUS puts out a quality product time after time. Why take a risk when a sure thing is right there? Hell, the extra year of warranty is worth the extra $ let alone the added resale value of the ASUS.
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