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ASRock Fatal1ty Z68 GEN 3 Intel Motherboard


Featuring the Z68 Intel chipset, the Fatal1ty Z68 Professional Gen3 gaming motherboard is feature packed and designed around stability and performance  while still supporting all the latest components and features such as being able to utilize the Lucid Virtu driver to support utilizing both the integrated on die Intel graphics along with a discrete graphics solution. The Z68 chipset also fully supports Turbo Boost 2.0  that is available in most major Core i5 and higher end Core i7 processors. Turbo Boost is a technology that dynamically increase the processor frequency as needed by taking up the available thermal and power head room allowed by the processor.

ASRock included A large number of  I/O ports to allow connection of  all the hardware an enthusiast or hardcore gamer would possibly need. The board was carefully designed with consideration give to all aspects to insure a rock solid, stable motherboard. In order to achieve that and in keeping with previous ASRock Fatal1ty boards ASRock used 100% japan-made solid capacitors, the sleek high gloss capacitors are designed for long life and stability. In keeping with maintain stability ASRock has designed the Fatal1ty series motherboards with a V12+6 Power Phase, this allows for smooth delivery of power to the CPU and allowing amazing overclocking capability at lower power. In keeping with the smoothness of power delivery to the CPU this board also utilizes Digital Pulse-width modulation which helps to optimize the Vcore for the processor.

The Z68 chipset as I stated in the beginning offers the best of the H67 and P67 chipset combining on-die graphics one of the key points of the Intel Sandy Bridge series processors with discrete graphics solutions. In order to utilize both graphics solutions you will need to install the Lucid Virtu driver which was thoughtfully provided by ASRock on the support CD. The other benefits are full overclocking support both manually and in the form of the UEFI Bios which allows for 1-click overclocking anywhere between 3.8 and 5GHz while maintaining the best values for stability.

Graphics, obviously a huge part of gaming it represents the world you see and the objectives you complete. Naturally ASRock has included some impressive features for graphical enjoyment, including 2x PCI Express 3.0 x 16 slots, 1x PCI express 2.0 x16 slot and 2x PCI express 1x slots, and the included connectors for supporting AMD Crossfire and Nvidia SLI. All together ASRock has put together a nice set of features with full support of 3 high end graphics cards to power your world.

Coupled with six USB 3.0 ports  and six SATA3 ports, the Fatal1ty Z68 Professional gaming motherboard offers plenty of storage options even going so far as to support RAID 0/1/10/5.  Your gaming system can also store your growing game and movie collection with little worry about running short of storage options. This motherboard features the ASMedia 1042 USB 3.0 chipset instead of the more common NEC chipset.  The ASMedia chipset combined with Fatal1ty XFast USB technology is said to boost USB 3.0 up to 386% by utilizing additional CPU resources over that which Windows normally assigns. ASRock also bundles a USB 3.0 front port panel that mounts in a standard 3.5″ bay or can be mounted in a standard PCI bracket opening in the rear on top of the bracket is mounting for a 2.5 SSD as normally 2.5inch spaces are in short supply.

The back I/O panel of the motherboard includes

  • 4x USB 3.0 ports( Unusable until OS is installed)
  • 4x USB 2.0 ports ( one is the Fatal1ty Mouse port, more on that in a bit)
  • Dual Gigabit LAN ports with support for Teaming
  • 2 HDMI 1.4 ports
  • 1x Clear Cmos button
  • 1x VGA/ D-sub port
  • 1x PS2 port
  • 7.1 Channel HD audio ports with content protection, THX TruStudio Pro support
  • Firewire (IEEE 1394)
  • 1x E-SATA

Included in the software bundle is the Fatal1ty F-Stream tuning software which makes overclocking and monitoring of system vitals very easy, the F-Stream application is also the adjustment center for the Fatal1ty Mouse port.

The Fatal1ty Mouse Port™ is a customizable technology powered by ASRock’s F-Stream utility. Gamers may adjust the polling rate of the mouse connected to the port from 125Hz to 1000Hz.  The port defaults to the Fatal1ty preferred 500Hz.  Without this built-in component the only other options for adjust mouse polling rate involve complicated settings changes or modification of key system software components.

“I looked at all the gaming motherboards I could find, but not one of them had anything like this. There are ways to do this with windows, but it takes a long time. The steps must be taken correctly and in the right order. Done incorrectly you can damage your motherboard by using these hacks. The Fatal1ty Mouse Port™ is the first such mouse port ever put on a gaming motherboard and, although it is really specific, it is something I would want in a gaming motherboard.”

The Z68 Fatal1ty board also makes overclocking via the traditional way easy with the UEFI bios, this new bios type presents the user with a customizable bios screen complete with mouse support and proper icons, this coupled with the larger supported screen real estate really brings the bios to a more modern state where anyone with a will can make changes in the bios and feel fairly confidant due to the increased user friendliness of it. In addition to the UEFI bios the board also includes DR Debug, a display on board which makes diagnosing problems easy . Dr Debug outputs status codes for over 140 different issues with each code listed for easy reference in the manual ( both digital and print).

  • Supports 2nd Generation Intel® Core™ i7 / i5 / i3 in LGA1155 Package
  • Advanced V16 + 2 Power Phase Design
  • Supports Intel® Turbo Boost 2.0 Technology
  • Supports Intel® K-Series unlocked CPU
  • Supports Hyper-Threading Technology
Chipset Intel Z68
  • Dual Channel DDR3 memory technology
  • 4 x DDR3 DIMM slots
  • Supports DDR3 2133(OC)/1866(OC)/1600/1333/1066 non-ECC, un-buffered memory
  • Max. capacity of system memory: 32GB
  • Supports Intel® Extreme Memory Profile (XMP)
  • 64Mb AMI UEFI Legal BIOS with GUI support
  • Supports “Plug and Play”
  • ACPI 1.1 Compliance Wake Up Events
  • Supports jumperfree
  • SMBIOS 2.3.1 Support
  • CPU Core, IGPU, DRAM, PCH, CPU PLL, VTT, VCCSA Voltage Multi-adjustment
Audio Video and Networking
  • Supports Intel® HD Graphics Built-in Visuals : Intel® Quick Sync Video, Intel® InTru™ 3D, Intel® Clear Video HD Technology, Intel® HD Graphics 2000/3000, Intel® Advanced Vector Extensions (AVX)
  • Pixel Shader 4.1, DirectX 10.1
  • Max. shared memory 1759MB
  • Multi VGA Output options: one D-Sub port, two HDMI ports and one DVI-D port by the bundled HDMI to DVI adapter
  • Supports HDMI 1.4a Technology with max. resolution up to 1920×1200 @ 60Hz
  • Supports DVI with max. resolution up to 1920×1200 @ 60Hz
  • Supports D-Sub with max. resolution up to 2048×1536 @ 75Hz
  • Supports Auto Lip Sync, Deep Color (12bpc), xvYCC and HBR (High Bit Rate Audio) with HDMI (Compliant HDMI monitor is required)
  • Supports HDCP function with DVI and HDMI ports
  • Supports Full HD 1080p Blu-ray (BD) / HD-DVD playback with DVI and HDMI ports
  • 7.1 CH HD Audio with Content Protection (Realtek ALC892 Audio Codec)
  • Premium Blu-ray audio support
  • Supports THX TruStudio™
  • PCIE x1 Gigabit LAN 10/100/1000 Mb/s
  • Realtek RTL8111E
  • Supports Wake-On-LAN
  • Supports LAN Cable Detection
  • Supports Energy Efficient Ethernet 802.3az
  • Supports Dual LAN with Teaming function
  • Supports PXE
Expansion & Connectivity
  • 2 x PCI Express 3.0 x16 slots (PCIE2/PCIE4: single at x16 (PCIE2) / x8 (PCIE4) or dual at x8/x8 mode)
  • 1 x PCI Express 2.0 x16 slot (PCIE5: x4 mode)
  • 2 x PCI Express 2.0 x1 slots
  • 2 x PCI slots
  • Supports AMD Quad CrossFireX™ , 3-Way CrossFireX™ and CrossFireX™
  • Supports NVIDIA® Quad SLI™ and SLI™
  • 2 x SATA3 6.0 Gb/s connectors by Intel® Z68, support RAID (RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 10, RAID 5, Intel® Rapid Storage and Intel® Smart Response Technology), NCQ, AHCI and “Hot Plug” functions
  • 4 x SATA3 6.0 Gb/s connectors by ASMedia ASM1061, support NCQ, AHCI and “Hot Plug” functions (SATA3_A4 connector is shared with eSATA3 port)
USB 3.0
  • 4 x Rear USB 3.0 ports by ASMedia ASM1042, support USB 1.0/2.0/3.0 up to 5Gb/s
  • 1 x Front USB 3.0 header (supports 2 USB 3.0 ports) by ASMedia ASM1042, supports USB 1.0/2.0/3.0 up to 5Gb/s
  • 4 x SATA2 3.0 Gb/s connectors, support RAID (RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 10, RAID 5, Intel® Rapid Storage and Intel® Smart Response Technology), NCQ, AHCI and Hot Plug functions
  • 6 x SATA3 6.0 Gb/s connectors
  • 1 x ATA133 IDE connector (supports 2 x IDE devices)
  • 1 x Floppy connector
  • 1x IR header
  • 1 x COM port header
  • 1 x HDMI_SPDIF header
  • 1 x IEEE 1394 header
  • 1 x Power LED header
  • CPU/Chassis/Power FAN connector
  •  24 pin ATX power connector
  • 8 pin 12V power connector
  • CD in header
  • Front panel audio connector
  • 2 x USB 2.0 headers (support 4 USB 2.0 ports)
  • 1 x USB 3.0 header (supports 2 USB 3.0 ports)
  • 1 x Dr. Debug with LED
Rear Panel I/O
  • 1 x PS/2 Keyboard Port
  • 1 x VGA/D-Sub Port
  • 2 x HDMI Ports
  • 1 x Optical SPDIF Out Port
  • 3 x Ready-to-Use USB 2.0 Ports
  • 1 x Fatal1ty Mouse Port (USB 2.0)
  • 1 x eSATA3 Connector
  • 4 x Ready-to-Use USB 3.0 Ports
  • 2 x RJ-45 LAN Ports with LED (ACT/LINK LED and SPEED LED)
  • 1 x IEEE 1394 Port
  • 1 x Clear CMOS Switch with LED
  • HD Audio Jack: Rear Speaker / Central / Bass / Line in / Front Speaker / Microphone
Other features / Miscellaneous
Unique features
  • F-Stream
  • 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 Featuring CPU Frequency Stepless Control, ASROCK U-COP, Boot Failure Guard
  • Combo Cooler Option (C.C.O.)
  • Good Night LED
Smart Switch
  • 1 x Power Switch with LED
  • 1 x Reset Switch with LED
  • 1 x Clear CMOS Switch with LED
Support CD
  • Drivers, Utilities, AntiVirus Software (Trial Version), CyberLink MediaEspresso 6.5 Trial, ASRock Software Suite (CyberLink DVD Suite – OEM and Trial; ASRock MAGIX Multimedia Suite – OEM)
  • 1x ASRock SLI_Bridge_2S Card
  • Quick Installation Guide, Support CD, I/O Shield
  • Floppy/ATA 133 Cables
  • 6 x SATA Data Cables (optional)
  • 2 x SATA 1 to 1 Power Cables (optional)
  • 1 x 3.5mm Audio Cable (optional)
  • 1 x Front USB 3.0 Panel
  • 4 x HDD Screws
  • 6 x Chassis Screws
  • 1 x Rear USB 3.0 Bracket
  • 1 x HDMI to DVI Adapter
Hardware monitor
  • CPU Temperature Sensing
  • Chassis Temperature Sensing
  • CPU/Chassis/Power Fan Tachometer
  • CPU/Chassis Quiet Fan (Allow Chassis Fan Speed Auto-Adjust by CPU Temperature)
  • CPU/Chassis Fan Multi-Speed Control
  • Voltage Monitoring: +12V, +5V, +3.3V, CPU Vcore
Form factor
  • ATX Form Factor: 12.0-in x 9.6-in, 30.5 cm x 24.4 cm
  • All Solid Capacitor design (100% Japan-made high-quality Conductive Polymer Capacitors)

Lets get a little closer with this awesome looking board.

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8 Comments... What's your say?

  1. Hi there this is my first time posting. But i been a forum guess for the longest and i decided to post and tell how i like this forum


  2. I have one of these boards with allmost same setup tested here except I have a zotac gtx 460 1gb card. It runs bad company 2 at average 65 fps with stock settings and average 80 fps when over clocked to 4000. mhz. With using a cooler master 212plus cpu cooler, the motherboard allmost never gets over 30c and the cpu average in the low 30’s stock and mid/uper 30’s overclocked steady at 4100mhz. It is a beautifull looking board also and the fatal1ty look on the bios is a welcome releif from the usual blue screen of past bios.

  3. I thought that SATA cables had the right angle plug for the HDD end not the Mobo?

  4. Thank you for finally putting the “link” posting back into your email post. It has been missing for about six months and I couldn’t read the email you posted. Thank You!


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