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ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 Intel Z68 (Socket 1155) Motherboard

Core i7 / i5 / i3 Support, ATX, DDR3 (max 32GB), 2 x USB3, 12 x USB2, 2 x SATA 6Gb/s, 4 x SATA 3Gb/s, PCIe 3.0, 1 x eSATA, RAID, HDMI, DVI, 7.1 Audio

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CPU, Chipset and Graphics Features



LGA1155 Intel Second Generation Core i7/Core i5/Core i3 Processors Ready
This motherboard supports the latest Intel second generation Core i7/Core i5/Core i3 processors in the LGA1155 package, with memory and PCI Express controllers integrated to support 2-channel (4 DIMM) DDR3 memory and 16 PCI Express 2.0 lanes. This provides great graphics performance. Intel second generation Core i7/Core i5/Core i3 processors are among the most powerful and energy efficient CPUs in the world.

Intel Z68 Express Chipset
The Intel Z68 Express Chipset is a single-chipset design to support socket 1155 Intel second generation Core i7/Core i5/Core i3 processors. It provides improved performance by utilizing serial point-to-point links, allowing increased bandwidth and stability. Additionally, Z68 chipset provides 2 SATA 6Gb/s and 4 SATA 3Gb/s ports for faster data retrieval at double the bandwidth of current bus systems. Moreover, Intel Z68 Express Chipset also supports iGPU function, letting users enjoy the latest Intel integrated graphic performance.

Next-Gen PCI-E 3.0 Support
By adapting PCI-E 3.0 quick switch IC onboard, this ASRock motherboard can support Next-Gen PCI-E 3.0! PCI Express 3.0 can maximize the bandwidth for next-gen PCI Express 3.0 VGA cards, providing the ultimate graphics performance.

LucidLogix Virtu
Perfect Fit for Graphics and Multimedia. LucidLogix Virtu is designed for the Intel Sandy Bridge platform's powerful integrated graphics. Its GPU virtualization dynamically assigns tasks to the best available graphics resources based on power, performance and system load on Windows 7 based PCs. It allows users to fully utilize the unique capabilities of advanced Sandy Bridge multimedia features alongside the high end 3D rendering performance provided by installed graphics cards. When no discrete graphics are needed, the graphics card is put in idle mode to lower utilization, heat, fan speed and power draw down to near zero, making the system more environmentally-friendly. For users with diverse needs, LucidLogix Virtu GPU virtualization provides great flexibility and efficiency.

Intel HD Graphics Built-in Visuals
Intel Quick Sync Video saves valuable time for PC users who want to create and edit video, synchronize it with other devices, and share it–at home and on the internet. Intel Quick Sync Video uses hardware on the processor, instead of software, to accelerate video encoding. With Intel InTru 3D Enjoy the ultimate 3D visual experiences–seamlessly–from your PC. Now you can watch your favorite 3D movies with Blu-ray Stereo 3D playback using active shutter 3D glasses. It delivers it all in 1080p full, high-definition resolution on your TV over HDMI 1.4. Intel Clear Video HD Technology (Intel CVT HD) enables rich media experiences with picture perfect images by using a host of advanced graphics technologies that support optimized, high-definition video playback and sharp image quality. Intel HD Graphics is now built right into the processor! This integration means lower latencies and leads to superior mainstream gaming and enhanced 3D experiences. Intel Advanced Vector Extensions (Intel AVX) gives more computing power to application developers with a new, 256 bit instruction set extension to Intel SSE.

Memory Features


Dual-Channel DDR3 2133(OC)/1866(OC)/1600/1333/1066 MHz support
The motherboard supports DDR3 memory that features data transfer rates of DDR3 2133(OC)/1866(OC)/1600/1333/1066 MHz to meet the higher bandwidth requirements of the latest 3D graphics, multimedia and Internet applications. The dual-channel DDR3 architecture enlarges the bandwidth of your system memory to boost system performance.

Transfer Features


USB 3.0 Support
The SuperSpeed USB3.0 technology supports data transfer rates up to 10X faster than USB 2.0 with the optimized power efficiency.

XFast USB
ASRock XFast USB Technology redefines the new standard in high performance computing. Proving once again to be the pioneer in the motherboard industry, ASRock XFast USB Series Motherboards integrate with the latest XFast USB Technology which delivers the world's fastest USB data transfer speed.

Sata 6Gb/s Support
The Intel Z68 Express chipset natively supports the next-generation Serial ATA (SATA) interface, delivering up to 6Gb/s data transfers

Audio Features


THX TruStudio
THX TruStudio is specially designed to bring the same great audio experience found in live performances, films, and recording studios to the PC.

Cooling Features


C.C.O. (Combo Cooler Option)
C.C.O., stands for Combo Cooler Option, another exclusive hardware design on ASRock boards. C.C.O. provides a flexible option to adopt different CPU cooler types and matches your socket LGA775, LGA1155 / LGA1156 CPU cooler in the respective holes. Once again, ASRock has successfully expanded the utilization of PCB by the exclusive C.C.O. design.

Other Features




Intel Smart Response Technology
Faster Access, Bigger Storage Intel Smart Response Technology boosts overall system performance. It uses an installed fast SSD (min 18.6GB available) as a cache for frequently accessed operations, speeding up hard drive/main memory interaction. Key benefits are expedited hard drive speeds, reduced load and wait times and maximized storage utilization.



Digi Power
By adopting digital Pulse-width modulation (PWM), the ASRock motherboard can provide CPU Vcore voltage more efficiently and smoothly. Compared to analog PWM, digital PWM can optimize the CPI power solution and provide a proper and stable Vcore for the processor.



Premium Gold Caps
Premium Gold Caps are luxury capacitors. These 100% Japan-made solid capacitors are sleek, high gloss caps with a premium gold coating representing long life and stable performance.

AXTU - The All-in-1 Tuning Software
ASRock Extreme Tuning Utility (AXTU) is an all-in-one software utility to fine-tune different features in an user-friendly interface, which includes Hardware Monitor, Fan Control, Overclocking, OC DNA and IES. In Hardware Monitor, it shows the major readings of your system. In Fan Control, it shows the fan speed and temperature for you to adjust. In Overclocking, you are allowed to adjust the CPU frequency, ratio and some voltages for optimal system performance. In OC DNA, you can save your OC settings as a profile and share with your friends. Your friends then can load the OC profile to their own system to get the same OC settings. In IES (Intelligent Energy Saver), the voltage regulator can reduce the number of output phases to improve efficiency when the CPU cores are idle without sacrificing computing performance.

Graphical UEFI – The Revolutionary BIOS Interface
Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) is a revolutionary BIOS utility which offers tweak-friendly options in an advanced viewing interface. Compared with traditional BIOS design, the latest UEFI utility provides lots improved functions.

On/Off Play Technology
Even when the system is powered off (in ACPI S5 mode), On/Off Play Technology still allows users to play their portable audio device through the PC speakers.

XFast LAN Technology
ASRock XFast LAN is a smart productivity tool to help you manage the priorities of internet applications, simplify your digital life and accomplish more. The innovative features include : Internet Application Prioritization, Lower Latency in Games, Traffic Shaping and Real-Time Analysis of Your Data. It's the smartest way to control your web programs.

General

Part Number Z68 Extreme3 Gen3
Model Number Z68 Extreme3 Gen3
Form Factor ATX
Width 30.5cm
Depth 21.8m

Processor Information
Compatible Processors Intel Core i7
Intel Core i5
Intel Core i3
Socket Type LGA 1155

Note: Please refer to www.asrock.com for Intel CPU Support List

Chipset
Chipset Manufacturer Intel
Chipset Type Z68 Express

Memory
RAM Installed / Max Capacity 0 MB / 32 GB Max
RAM Slots 4 x DDR3 DIMM
Supported RAM Technology Dual Channel DDR3 SDRAM
Supported RAM Speeds DDR3 2133(OC)/1866(OC)/1600/1333/1066 Mhz

Expansion Slots
Expansion Slots Total (Free) 2 x PCIe 3.0 x16 (single at x16 / Dual at x8)
2 x PCIe 2.0 x1
2 x PCI

VGA & Integrated Graphics Options
Video Controller Supports Intel HD Graphics
Multi-GPU Support AMD Quad CrossfireX Support
NVIDIA Quad SLI Support

Ports & Connectivity - External IO Panel (Back of Motherboard)
Ports Present & Quantity 1 x PS/2 Keyboard Port
1 x D-Sub Port
1 x DVI-D Port
1 x HDMI Port
1 x Optical SPDIF Out Port
4 x Ready-to-Use USB 2.0 Ports
1 x eSATA3 Connector
2 x Ready-to-Use USB 3.0 Ports
1 x RJ-45 LAN Port
1 x Clear CMOS Switch with LED
HD Audio Jack

Ports & Connectivity - Internal IO (Header pins on Motherboard - Inside Case)
Ports Present & Quantity 4 x SATA2 3.0 Gb/s connectors
2 x SATA3 6.0 Gb/s connectors
1 x IR header
1 x CIR header
1 x COM port header
1 x HDMI_SPDIF header
1 x Power LED header
CPU/Chassis/Power FAN connector
24 pin ATX power connector
8 pin 12V power connector
Front panel audio connector
4 x USB 2.0 headers (support 8 USB 2.0 ports)
1 x Dr. Debug with LED

Storage Interfaces & Controllers
Intel Z68 Express Chipset 2 x SATA 6Gb/s
4 x SATA 3Gb/s
1 x eSATA 6Gb/s (Shared)
RAID 0,1,5,10 Support
Intel Smart Response Technology

LAN & Networking
Controller Realtek 8111E
Lan Speed 10/100/1000
Ports 1 x LAN(RJ45) port

Audio
Controller/Codec/Information Realtek ALC892 Audio Codec
7.1 CH HD Audio with Content Protection
Premium Blu-ray audio support
Supports THX TruStudio

Features & Technologies
Feature List ASRock Extreme Tuning Utility (AXTU)
ASRock Instant Boot
ASRock Instant Flash
ASRock APP Charger
ASRock SmartView
ASRock XFast USB
ASRock XFast LAN
Lucid Virtu
ASRock On/Off Play Technology
Hybrid Booster:
CPU Frequency Stepless Control
ASRock U-COP
Boot Failure Guard (B.F.G.)
Combo Cooler Option (C.C.O.)
Good Night LED

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