At $289.99 US, this is currently the most expensive ASRock Z68 board on NewEgg. On that same token, it's still a long way off the ASUS Maximus IV Extreme-Z at $359.99 US and the GIGABYTE Z68X-UD7 at $349.99 US and to be honest, we'd expect it to be. We just don't tend to think of ASRock boards in that upper most price bracket.
Compared to those two boards, though, the ASRock falls only slightly in one area, maximum overclock. Both boards have been able to offer us higher MHz on our 2600k. Outside of that, the ASRock Z68 Extreme7 Gen3 ticks all the right boxes.
We've got a good overall performing board that is still happy to offer us an overclock of over 5GHz, a number no doubt that most users would probably like to achieve with their own 2600k. We've got a really good bundle on offer that gives us lots of extras. The overall look of the board is fantastic, depending on what you like; this could be the best looking Z68 board on the market with that Black / Gold color scheme that we're seeing.
The addition of the NF200 chip also means that if you want to move past to cards when it comes to video, it's a great option and overall the price is really strong coming in $60 - $70 US cheaper than the competitor boards.
The ASRock Z68 Extreme7 Gen3 is just a really good motherboard that also looks really good. With the Extreme7, they've managed to fix up the one thing that I feel has really been holding them back a bit. The overall look!
I can see this being a popular motherboard as it really does hit the mark in all those key areas. It's great to see ASRock finally move away from those boring designs and really start to offer us a high performance board that looks the goods.
The ASRock Z68 Extreme7 Gen3 is just a great motherboard that people are going to buy; there's not much more that really needs to be said about it.
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- Page 1 [Introduction and Package]
- Page 2 [The Motherboard]
- Page 3 [The Motherboard Continued]
- Page 4 [BIOS]
- Page 5 [Test System Setup and Overclocking]
- Page 6 [CPU Benchmarks]
- Page 7 [System Benchmarks]
- Page 8 [USB 2.0 and 3.0 Benchmarks]
- Page 9 [SSD Benchmarks]
- Page 10 [Memory Benchmarks]
- Page 11 [Gaming Benchmarks]
- Page 12 [Temperature and Power]
- Page 13 [Final Thoughts]