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Mac, do you have an ETA on the E7's release? I am about to pull the trigger on the Fatal1ty Pro G3 but with this supposedly coming soon should I wait? Current rig is dead so if it's like a month or 2 off I'll just snag the Fatal1ty.

What's the main difference between the 2 boards?

Thanks smile.gif
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The E7 (& E3) release to retail should be rather soon seeing that the main Asrock website already hosts the final retail P1.00 UEFI version. As for your particular country, I guess you will have to ask your local Asrock distributor.

Slight OT- Budget RAM o'c on the Asrock E7 G3

A little side trip to check out some budget RAM o'c on the Asrock E7 G3, these black PCB 2 x 4GB DDR3-1333 (specced 9-9-9-24 1.5V) sticks are from the G.Skill budget line. On t-loan to me for a while from one nice guy, let's just call him Mr. Fit. So I better share this while I can and while RAM prices are super attractive, feeding the current RAM frenzy. biggrin.gif

G.SKILL-Products

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Did a few rounds of memtest86+ v4.20 but no exhaustive testing as yet. The 2 sticks with me seem to run very nicely at low volts but don't like tight timings or higher speed (1866 is no go), at stock 1.5V it can do 1600 9-10-9-24-1T.

In short, this RAM is good for those o'cing SB on a budget and want to run low volts/cooler.

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Offset Vcore Setting Option
Offset Mode setting working all good on the E7 G3, playing around with different settings

+0.02 LLC4
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-0.005 LLC3 - results in more consistent Vcore on loading, lower idle Vcore
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i want that gen7 now for the love of god please!
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After that Extreme7 come in to my country, I will upgrade to sandy bridge immediately...
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2600k/Asus P8Z68-v Pro
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Phenom II 1090T/ASUS Crosshair IV Formula
I have also tried out the P8Z68-v Pro previously.. not impressed with Asus efforts for this model, unfortunately. The Asrock E7 is definitely a few rungs above just in terms of features alone.

Phenom II 1090T/ASUS Crosshair IV Formula - I also have a similar combo but the newer CHIV Extreme instead, you are going to see quite a big jump in performance when you switch. Even without utilising Virtu, my o'c 25/26K@4.5 SB video encoding in Handbrake simply kills my 1090T flat.

So I think you guys do have lots to look forward to, exciting isn't it? biggrin.gif
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I just hope the price of the Ex7 will be within my budget... i'm ready to order the custom sleeving smile.gif))
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Tkmstr1009;14567514 
...What's the main difference between the 2 boards?

Actually quite a lot if you can look up Asrock website for the details, they are prob. geared towards different market segments.

And since I was playing around with RAM on the E7...

I had tried this previously on the Z68 Fat Pro but it just couldn't run these G.Skill Sniper sticks with any semblance of stability at this low voltage of just 1.275V (stock 1.5V, 2T).

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Looks like Asrock spent more effort ensuring that the E7 is definitely more stable with its 1st retail P1.00 UEFI than the Z68 Fat Pro ever was with its P1.00. smile.gif
Edited by MacClipper - 8/14/11 at 6:39am
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Quote:
Originally Posted by MacClipper;14578376 
Actually quite a lot if you can look up Asrock website for the details, they are prob. geared towards different market segments.

And since I was playing around with RAM on the E7...

I had tried this previously on the Z68 Fat Pro but it just couldn't run these G.Skill Sniper sticks with any semblance of stability at this low voltage of just 1.275V (stock 1.5V, 2T).

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Looks like Asrock spent more effort ensuring that the E7 is definitely more stable with its 1st retail P1.00 UEFI than the Z68 Fat Pro ever was with its P1.00. smile.gif

Well is the Fat Pro still worth buying with the E7 on the horizon? I can't be without a rig for more than 2 weeks... especially if the differences aren't that huge.
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post #19 of 52
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The Fat Pro is definitely a very good mobo in its own right, it just needs a little more time for the UEFI to mature further. Personally, I like it very much too - hmm, just realised that I must have forgotten to share my Z68 Fat Pro G3 thread here too but if you can google for it, have a good read and compare.

Well, if you really don't want to wait and don't need the E7 exclusive features eg. onboard nVidia bridge chip, Displayport connector etc, do give the Z68 Fat Pro a try cos prob. not much else separates the 2 in day to day running.

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Asrock Z68 Extreme 7 Gen 3 Desktop background pictures
... are now here, courtesy of Asrock Taiwan. Just do a right mouse click and save to your own PC for use.

1,680 x 1,050 pixels
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1,920 x 1,080 pixels
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1,920 x 1,200 pixels
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2,560 x 1,600 pixels
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