ASRock Z68 Fatal1ty Professional Gen.3
The Z68 chipset has many similar characteristics and features to P67 and H67, in what appears to be a successful marriage of the two. For any users expecting earth-shattering changes or mythical performance enhancements, there is no such thing here. Z68 is more of a minor evolution and refinement of P67, not a paradigm shift. It’s still the same socket, serving the same processors, and largely offering the same features. Of course, the major difference here is that Z68 brings onboard graphics to the performance market for the 2nd Gen Intel Core chips.
We’ve seen in the past that motherboards with onboard graphics were largely budget selections that offered sub-par performance in comparison to the enthusiast boards with discrete graphics. That no longer appears to be the case with ASRock Z68 Fatal1ty, as its performance was very much on par with P67. While H67 truly occupies the budget-oriented range, and the P67 occupied the performance sector, the Z68 is a successful hybrid of sorts, combining the best of H67 and P67 into one.
There are a few impressive things in particular worth mentioning in particular. The first is the UEFI BIOS, a groundbreaking innovation that has been decades in the making, or at least decades overdue and the graphical interface and nuanced settings can finally match the hardware they seek to harness. Users will find this new BIOS reach a whole new level of ease of use.
The other feature that left us impressed is the Auto Overclocking feature. While it’s not as nuanced as ASUS’ TurboV EVO solution, the ASRock presets here are rock solid and allow users to maximize their CPU in a matter of seconds, taking out the guesswork of overclocking. Finding the right combination of voltages, settings, and speeds is no longer necessary. Just a couple quick clicks of a mouse and you’ve got the maximum boost your CPU will allow.
After the P67 chipset flaw debacle, ASRock has redefined the Z68 Fatal1ty Professional Gen3 and is a performing monster and maxes out our Intel Core i5 2500K.. The ASRock Fatal1ty Gen3 has proven to be feature-rich and innovative. While some may think the Fatal1ty branding is a bit over the top (we surely do not), that doesn’t detract from what is otherwise an excellent motherboard. ASRock has been on the rise of late, and this motherboard signals a continuation of that trend, providing consumers with some amazing value and performance.
The Pure Point: At $250 USD, the ASRock Z68 Fatal1ty is an excellent implementation of the Z68 chipset, with top performance and features at a competitive price.