ASRock Z68 Extreme 7
Sandy Bridge and Socket 1155 has been a mainstay for Intel for sometime now. H67 and P67 motherboards were the original offerings. The H67 chipset offered onboard graphics with no overclocking capabilities and the P67 chipset offered no onboard graphics with overclocking capabilities. The newer chipset for the socket, the Z68, provides a marriage of sorts by combining the two with onboard graphics and overclocking capabilities.
ASRock, as of recent, has graduated to a premier motherboard manufacturer and has become a fan favorite of many for both Intel and AMD platform. ASRock has redefined their business strategy and provides a great spectrum with low end offerings such as the Extreme 3, the “Fatal1ty” branded gaming series, and the Extreme 4, through the Flagship Extreme 7 series. The “New” Z68 motherboards will support Socket 1155 Sandy Bridge and Ivy Bridge CPUs but the Ivy Bridge Extreme CPUs unfortunately use LGA 2011 which would be the X79 chipset.
Today, we have the Z68 Extreme 7 Gen 3 on the test bench. The aesthetics and performance level of ASRock products has lived up to their billing so far and they compete with other top tier motherboard companies, so let’s get the Extreme 7 fired up and see what it has to offer.
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