Hardware

ASRock Z68 Extreme 4 Series Motherboard Review – An In-Depth Look

CLOSER LOOK, SPECIFICATIONS, AND BENCHMARK TESTING PLATFORM Right off the bat, the exterior packaging tells us that this is no ordinary motherboard. The box has a sleek aesthetic that looks like brushed aluminum. The front lists a few of the unique features that ASRock has engineered, such as On/Off Play, along with the supported Intel architecture: The back has a …

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ASRock Z68 Extreme 4 Series Motherboard Review: Pushing Sandy Bridge To The Limits

BIOS AND OVERCLOCKING As we can see, ASRock have done a terrific job with their UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) BIOS. As stated, it looks much more prettier and easier to grasp a hold of than the traditional, bland BIOS screen: Novice overclockers can choose from a veriety of ASRock overclocking fail-safe profiles, which are listed in 200 MHz increments. Also, …

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ASRock Z68 Extreme 4 Series Motherboard Review – Final Thoughts

FINAL WORDS AND CONCLUSION As enthusiasts and consumers move on from the disastrous Cougar Point debacle, it is refreshing to see manufacturers like ASRock providing rock-solid motherboards. In essence, the Z68 chipset is nothing revolutionary. It utilizes the onboard GPU offered by the H67 chipset, while retaining the dynamic and massive overclockability via the P67s capability to adjust multipliers when …

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ASRock Z68 Extreme 4 Series Motherboard Review – Z68 Platform Benchmarks

Z68 CHIPSET-SPECIFIC BENCHMARKS LucidLogix Virtu In a nutshell, Virtu is software developed by LucidLogix that allows the use of a dedicated GPU and the CPU’s integrated GPU (as present on Sandy Bridge processors) simultaneously. There are three modes of operation: ‘Off’ (use of dedicated GPU only; integrated GPU is not being used), ‘i-Mode’ (integrated), and ‘d-mode’ (dedicated). ‘i-Mode’ is limited to …

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ASRock Z68 Extreme 4 Series Motherboard Review – Overall System Benchmarks

OVERALL SYSTEM BENCHMARKS Futuremark 3DMark 11 Professional Edition 3DMark 11 is the latest version of the worlds most popular benchmark for measuring the graphics performance of gaming PCs. Designed for testing DirectX 11 hardware running on Windows 7 and Windows Vista the benchmark includes six all new benchmark tests that make extensive use of all the new features in DirectX …

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ASRock Z68 Extreme 4 Series Motherboard Review – Gaming Benchmarks

GAMING BENCHMARKS Alice: Madness Returns The Wonderland that you knew from childhood has gone horribly wrong … again. This is the follow-up to designer American McGee’s twisted take on the classic Lewis Carroll tale. Designed with the same dark style of the original, but now featuring entirely new visuals, story and game design, Alice: Madness Returns follows Alice on a …

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ASRock Z68 Extreme 4 Series Motherboard Review – Memory Benchmarks

MEMORY BENCHMARKS SiSoftware Sandra Professional Business Edition SiSoftware Sandra (the System ANalyser, Diagnostic and Reporting Assistant) is an information and diagnostic utility. It provides most of the information (including undocumented) needed by testing hardware, software and other devices. Giving the user the ability to draw comparisons at both a high and low-level, Sandra presents information about the CPU, chipset, video adapter, ports, printers, sound card, memory, …

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ASRock Z68 Extreme 4 Series Motherboard Review – CPU Benchmarks

CPU BENCHMARKS Finalwire AIDA64 Extreme Engineer Edition AIDA64 Extreme Edition is a streamlined Windows diagnostic and benchmarking software suite. AIDA64 Extreme provides a wide range of features to assist in overclocking, hardware error diagnosis, stress testing, and sensor monitoring. It has unique capabilities to assess the performance of the processor, system memory, and disk drives. NEXT: Computation and Productivity Benchmarks INDEX …

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