ASRock Fatal1ty Z68 Professional Gen3 1155 Motherboard

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The ASRock Z68 Fatal1ty Gen3 has some pretty neat features like for instance dual HDMI, a boatload of USB ports including four USB 3.0 ports (four out back with an additional two via onboard header) and dual Gigabit LAN; however, what makes the ASRock offering the board that it is would have to be the PCIe 3.0 specification. This new standard will take the user into the next generation of video cards, meaning he or she will not have to replace their motherboards to take their gaming experience to the next level.

Overclocking the motherboard can take place in several different ways depending on your preference. There is the tried and trusted BIOS, with the traditional route where you have to play with each of the settings manually, or there is also an option that all you have to do is select the CPU speed and the system does everything else on its own. The latter method will require some experimenting as well though, as not all Sandy Bridge processors are created the same. Then there is the last option, which is through the newly developed F-Stream, ASRock's answer to the all-inclusive Windows overclocking suite.

Lastly, the board is very pleasing to the eye. ASRock choose a color combination that sticks to the two-tone Fatal1ty palette, changing it up nicely to differentiate from it's P67 predecessor. The mixture of black and red makes the motherboard a real looker. Definitely is a long way from the teal and yellow colors ASRock was using in the beginning.

The Z68 Fatal1ty is not a cheap motherboard as a trip to Google Shopping indicates. At about $275, the Fatal1ty Z68 Gen3 falls in the middle of other higher end motherboards, such as the UD7 series from Gigabyte and the Maximus line from ASUS.

We were surprised to see this motherboard keep some of the legacy controllers like the PS/2 port, IDE and yes, even the floppy. The gaming enthusiasts don't have a need for such outdated gear and we completely agree.

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