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For Sale:
(LNIB) ASRock Z68 Pro3 --- PRICE DROPPED

Will Ship To: US48, US50

I am selling the following motherboard, ASRock Z68 Pro3,

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http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=Z68%20Pro3

Condition: Mint-like (Like-new). 100% functional. Comes from a non-smoking house.

Comes with all accessories (2 new SATA data cables, color coded I/O shield, driver CD, manuals, and the original box).

Reason for selling: I am selling this motherboard after finally received ASRock Z68 Extreme4 Gen3 from Amazon. Since I only use one PC this motherboard needs a new home. Perfect for those gamers who are not interested in SLI/CF setup. Has plenty of expansion slots.

This motherboard has a two year warranty, starting at 10/2011. Warranty is based on serial number (printed on the box), as such you do not need me for warranty service.

This motherboard will operate at PCI Express 3.0 x16 when Ivy Bridge is used, since it only has one PCIe x16 slot (all PCIe x16 lanes are connected to the CPU, no PCIe 2.0 switches are used).

Check out overclocking experience with this motherboard (has no problem pushing the CPU to 4.5 GHz):

http://www.overclock.net/t/1044413/asrock-z68-pro-3-overclock-help
http://www.overclock.net/t/1090394/onyx-wanako-works-01-i5-2500k-evga-gtx-560ti

This motherboard retails around $100 before shipping and tax for brand new, therefore I am asking for $70 shipped.

Check my trading rating and Heatware (http://www.heatware.com/eval.php?id=78861).

Accepted Payment Methods (Only US dollar is accepted)

* Amazon Payments (Prefered: e-check, debit card, and credit card)
NOTE: Make sure to label the transaction as "Goods/Services." This is especially important when you are using debit card or credit card, as this ensures you are not getting charged with cash advance fee and cash advance APR. Rest assured that Amazon Payments will not pass along your payment information to me.

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* Check or money order
NOTE: I will only ship after the check or the money order is cleared.

PayPal is NOT accepted as PayPal charges a 2.9% + $0.30 fee against me, and OCN prohibits me to request it in other monetary form.
Edited by trumpet-205 - 3/26/12 at 5:35pm
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post #2 of 10
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More reviews on this MB.

Review from Tweaktown:
http://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/4084/asrock_z68_pro3_intel_z68_motherboard_review/index.html

Review from Phoronix:
http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=article&item=asrock_z68_pro3&num=1

Review from HardOCP:
http://www.hardocp.com/article/2011/12/07/asrock_z68_pro3_lga_1155_motherboard_review/

HardOCP has 2500K running at 4.8 GHz (impressive for budget Z68 MB), though I have no idea why they think the quality of this board is bad (I certainly don't think so).

This should answer all of your questions, but feel free to PM me for any question.
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Price dropped to $70. This motherboard needs a new home!

For trade I am looking for:


* USB 3.0 External HDD
* Bluray burner w/Lightscribe support
* mATX FM1 mobos.
Edited by trumpet-205 - 3/26/12 at 7:57pm
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question, i used your supplied link and this is not a gen 3.0 supported board.
with ivy installed and a 3.0 card, but will only run at 2.0 x 16 lanes. if it supported gen 3
the card would run 32 lanes. i am looking for a gen 3 card and when i saw your
description and link i was very confused. unless you have differnet information.

airdeano
Edited by airdeano - 3/27/12 at 3:23am
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Originally Posted by airdeano View Post

question, i used your supplied link and this is not a gen 3.0 supported board.
with ivy installed and a 3.0 card, but will only run at 2.0 x 16 lanes. if it supported gen 3
the card would run 32 lanes. i am looking for a gen 3 card and when i saw your
description and link i was very confused. unless you have differnet information.
airdeano

No problem. Let me explain it to you.

First PCI Express has the maximum of 16 lanes, whether this is PCI Express 2.0 or PCI Express 3.0. PCI Express 3.0 has the double performance of 2.0. On 2.0 each lane can do 1 GB/s; on 3.0 each lane can do 2 GB/s. Think of this as freeway. No widening is done, but the speed limit has double. PCI Express that graphics card(s) use comes from the CPU itself.

Z68-Block-Diagram_450x408.jpg
(see how PCI Express 2.0 x16 is wired directly to the CPU)

Sandy Bridge CPU has PCI Express 2.0 controller inside.
Ivy Bridge CPU has PCI Express 3.0 controller inside.

So how come there is Gen3 motherboard going on? Why can't you just swap the CPU and have PCI Express 3.0? Answer to that is PCI Express switches. PCI Express switches are used to split x16 lanes into 2 x8 lanes. On motherboard that supports SLI setup, Nvidia mandates that both GPUs are to connect to the CPU directly. Since CPU itself only supplies x16 lanes, a device called PCI Express switch is used to split them and feed them into two PCI Express x8 slots. This is from Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD3 (a motherboard that supports SLI) manual, page 8.

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See how PCI Express switch is between the slot and the CPU? This thing determines whether or not you are going to have PCI Express 3.0. On Gen2 motherboard, motherboard manufacturer use PCI Express 2.0 switch. Which is why you cannot use PCI Express 3.0, because the switch, who is supposed to split x16 into 2 x8, doesn't support 3.0. Now take a look at GA-Z68A-D3-B3, a motherboard that does NOT support SLI.

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Since it only has one x16 slot, all x16 lanes are connected to the CPU directly. No switch is used. Therefore when you install Ivy Bridge it will run at PCI Express 3.0.

In fact, on ASRock website,
Quote:
By adapting PCI-E 3.0 quick switch IC onboard, supports the Next-Gen PCI-E 3.0! PCI Express 3.0 can maximize the bandwidth for the next-gen PCI Express 3.0 VGA cards, provide ultimate graphics performance.
http://www.asrock.com/microsite/pcie3/overview.html

On ASUS website:
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Notice how above motherboards either have PCI Express 3.0 switch, or that they don't support SLI (single x16 slot).
http://event.asus.com/2011/mb/pcie3_ready/

Conclusion: My motherboard, ASRock Z68 Pro3, does support PCI Express 3.0 once Ivy Bridge is installed. This is because it does not support SLI, therefore it only has a single x16 slot. Which means no PCI Express switch is used. Whether you get 2.0 (Sandy Bridge) or 3.0 (Ivy Bridge) depends on which CPU you use.

Edited by trumpet-205 - 3/27/12 at 7:17am
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Oh mann you got me really considering a trade for my HP bd240d but I don't know how I'd save myself from data loss then...


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Man, would you ship this to Argentina?
That would round my 2600k rig up at last!
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Man, would you ship this to Argentina?
That would round my 2600k rig up at last!

Replied in PM.
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SOLD.
Edited by trumpet-205 - 3/30/12 at 2:03pm
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