Intel Z68: ASUS P8Z68-V PRO
Intel’s Sandy Bridge processors and Z68 chipset have been the least best-kept secrets of late. Following Intel’s P67 original chipset setback, the B3 Revisions boards have helped erase those problems, leaving consumers looking forward to the performance juggernaut of the 2nd-Gen Core processors.
With the launch of the Socket 1155 platform, the H67 products had onboard graphics capabilities and were geared to the budget-oriented consumers. P67 catered to the enthusiast, eschewing onboard for discrete graphics, while providing high performance overclocking abilities that were lacking in its H67 counterpart. You had to make a choice between the two. However, the launch of the Z68 changes that, as it looks to provide a marriage of sorts between H67 and P67.
And with the launch of a new chipset comes new motherboards to the market as well. Today we’re looking at the ASUS P8Z68-V PRO, a feature-rich board that comes with an attractive price tag of $209. A quick glance reveals it looks very familiar, bearing a striking resemblance to its P67 brethren, with a black and blue aesthetic that looks quite pleasant.
ASUS is known for producing a wide range of motherboards to suit just about any preference, need, or budget, and it will be interesting to see how their Z68 lineup shakes out. As you’ll soon see, the P8Z68-V PRO is no performance slouch, and is able to easily harness the impressive horsepower of a multithreaded 2600K CPU. How about some insane speeds on auto overclocking? Feel in the mood to hit 5.0GHz without breaking a sweat? Then the ASUS P8Z68-V PRO might be right up your alley.
Let’s dive in and see what ASUS is bringing to the table with this new Z68 motherboard.
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