Asus P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 Motherboard (Socket 1155, ATX, DDR3, USB 3.0, HDMI, Bluetooth Module)
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Tonnes of SATA connectivity (8 internal, if memory serves me correctly + 1 external eSata) provide a good basis for a very expandable workstation pc - whilst internal Bluetooth also offers some interesting functionality not often seen in mainstream motherboards (works fine with my iPhone 4 and Nokia work phone for handsfree calling and wireless music streaming).
The board seems very stable And ASUS have already released an enhanced BIOS supporting additional CPUs - not bad for such a recent board.
Clear instruction manual
Laden with ports - 10 USB ports (including the module for the additional 2 USB 3.0s), hdmi, VGA etc. etc.
Ivy bridge compatible
Quite an attractive board, if that's important to you
All those blue heatsinks ensure it runs cool
Excellent mouse driven graphical bios.
Comes with some useful utilities, e.g. Asus Fan Xpert, which allows you to control fan speed profiles etc.
So far, it has been stable.
Easy, one-click overclocking...
...although t'interweb suggests that this leads to overly-high voltages, so you're better off doing the settings manually
Not cheap, though it may now come down in price with the release of Z77.
Bluetooth has a range of about 1.5 feet, which is really poor. A quick Google shows this is a known issue.
The PCB is a bit flimsy. Careful how hard you push that RAM in...
The port panel thingy that you fit into the back of the case seems to be made of tinfoil
The drivers page on the Asus website was a confusing mess, and one of the most up-to-date drivers refused to install on the board. The one on the bundled disk works fine though.
Overall, it's a decent board, but it's a pity that Asus haven't ironed out the flaws by now
I opted for the "OC Tuner" one-touch auto-overclocking feature when first running setup BIOS and guess what; it's fantastic - my i7 2600K chip is running at up to 4.43GHz with CPU-Voltages well below 1.35V (please note: Intel recommends max CPU voltage of 1.35V for indefinite life, and up to 1.40V for safe overclocking, whilst 1.45V to 1.50V will reduce the life expectancy of your processor based on empirical studies by Intel themselves - so you've been warned). I may opt to manually OC my chip later, but for now using Adobe PS, AE and PPro as well as playing MW3 and the new CoD Ghosts with max Video settings (using my GTX 570 graphics card + "new" Corsair AX760 professional PSU) is going swimmingly. No complaints thus far.
Motherboards are really important and I skimped before on cost and paid the price. Fortunately, these older MOBO's (this model P8Z68-v pro is now 2-years old) have come down a lot in price, retailing now at approximately half of what they were originally selling for in November 2011, hence they now represent terrific 'value for money'.Read more ›
Just a quick note to those of you purchasing this mobo for use with an Ivy Bridge Processor.
It turns out that some versions of this board (possibly ones that were manufactured earlier) have an older version of the bios that doesn't support Ivy Bridge Processors out of the box. The solution to this is either to use a Sandy Bridge or other supported CPU to install a newer bios version or to flash the bios by usb to a newer version without a CPU installed.
Please let me add that this mobo is fantastic once the correct bios version is installed, I had no problems setting up windows and overclockin and have been running it for a good month or so.
The mobo is packed with useful features and the bios is very simple and easy to use with the mouse user interface.
With the somewhat frustrating issues aside, I'd give this mobo 10/10!!
Hopefully this review will help you guys if you have any probs but lets hope they ship them with newer bios versions from now on lol.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I used it just for two days and it will burn avter overclock i7 2600K(oc 4.5Ghz) PSU Corrsair ax860i VGA Radeon 290x. Not recomend to buy this product.Published 6 months ago by Andrius J.
very nice board , tons of features , only problem with it is the sound keeps cutting out at times.Published 14 months ago by andres felipe
i bought this MB a while ago (2+ years i think). no issues and it is still running as if only out of the box! it also has so many excellent features!Published 20 months ago by christopher graham
Great quality ASUS motherboard, two of these mother board handles all the computing requirements, one as a graphics and security workstation the other as a satellite tracking and... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Dixy3
....board ! I am currently running a GTX 760 on this mobo and it zips along like lightning. My windows experience is 7.6 which is near the top. Read morePublished on 14 Jan. 2014 by Allen Dewsnap
Its second mobo from asus for my rig. I have two of them and both are awesome. Overclocking is easy and fun.Published on 27 Oct. 2013 by prosi4k
What can I say, it looks a thing of beauty; I love the metallic blue heatsinks.
But most importantly it works as advertised and its pretty fast. Read more