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I'm going to be building yet another system, going to try out the new Z68 platform. I currently have a mid-end P68 based system with the core i5 2500k.

Out of the two following boards, which one do you guys recommend?

ASUS P8Z68-V Pro Z68
http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=61...nufacture=ASUS

or

ASRock Z68 EXTREME4 ATX
http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=61...facture=ASRock

The ASRock is slightly cheaper than the ASUS but considering the two products the price is fairly similar so I am not taking price into heavy consideration.

I am more concerned of the features of each board.

Which one should I for?

My other P67 system is using the ASUS P8P67 Pro, seem like a decent board but it doesn't support SLI.

I am looking at these two primarily for the SLI feature.

Some things to take into consideration:

- The system will be left on 24/7
- Built for moderate gaming
- Will have a single GTX 560 TI, and possibly one more for SLI in the future
- I will have an SSD (either a OCZ Agility/Solid 3 or a Corsair Performance 3 drive on one of the SATA3 ports)
- Will run Windows 7 64bit

and... that's about it. Looking for recommendations as well if you believe there is a better option than the above listed.

Thanks all in advance!
Edited by brackberry - 6/16/11 at 12:19pm
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post #2 of 15
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p67 != z68
    
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thanks for pointing that out, I will edit my post. I copy and pasted the wrong thing lolol
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post #4 of 15
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Originally Posted by brackberry View Post
My other P67 system is using the ASUS P8P67 Pro, seem like a decent board but it doesn't support SLI.
ummm the asus p67 pro does support SLI. I thihnk you are refering to teh plain asus p67.
post #5 of 15
Get the Z68. You'll get the Virtu feature and have a spare monitor connection on the mobo should your GPU die.
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The ASRock one?
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post #7 of 15
ASRock has only 1 year warranty if it matters to you (US/Canada)

ASUS has 3 and is "semi transferrable" (may not need S/N)

ASRock has a better bundle and hardware features (Debug LED, PLX Chip, Floppy support, USB front/back bracket that doubles as SDD holder, Display Port, CMOS Clear BUTTON and PS2 support.)

ASUS has MemOK, Bluetooth and some semi useless features like EPU and TPU

ASUS has a sexier UEFI tho.

I would have gotten the ASRock if it weren't for their warranty and ASUS' sexy BIOS/UEFI.
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I have the Asus one and i'm changing to the Asrock Z68 extreme4. Didint like the asus one.
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I'm getting the ASRock one this week myself. Better bang for buck imo.
 
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post #10 of 15
i dont use virture , but I've had literally no problems with my z68 asus mobo. It literally does everything automatically so far from turning off onboard to setting my ram to 1600 without me doing anything.
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