The $249.99 US price tag means that the Fatal1ty Z68 Professional Gen3 comes in $40 US cheaper than the Z68 Extreme7 Gen3 we just looked at. The big push behind the new Gen3 boards is the fact they're of course PCIe 3.0 ready and while that doesn't mean so much at the moment, come the next generation of at least AMD video cards and it will mean more along with the release of Ivy Bridge when we finally see it.
The biggest cost associated with the Extreme7 over this board, though, is the NF200 chipset and while it's not the most important thing for single card setups or even two card ones, if you're interested in going down the path of three it's worth having.
There's a few other things that separate the boards, though, the Extreme7 I think looks a bit cleaner thanks to the fact it doesn't have the aging Floppy and IDE connector and I like the inclusion of the DisplayPort connector on the Extreme7. The price difference isn't heaps, though, and what will probably determine the board you buy will probably no doubt be the overall look.
The Fatal1ty board is a good looking one as you'd expect; it's so nice to see that we have the ability to easily change the BIOS background now, though, and to be honest the BIOS background has been something that people have brought up in the past. It's great to see that it's no longer an issue and we can just enjoy everything the board has to offer.
The Fatal1ty Z68 Professional Gen3 is a really good all round board that looks the part, offers some great performance and supports the next generation of PCIe connectivity. Priced at just under that magical $250 US mark as well, even if it's only by 1c, coming in under $250 US is going to be a bonus for people.
If you wanted to jump on the Fatal1ty motherboard bandwagon earlier but found yourself a little disappointed that ASRock didn't offer a Z68 option, you don't have to worry now with the Fatal1ty Z68 Professional Gen3.
PRICING: You can find products similar to this one for sale below.
United States: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon's website.
United Kingdom: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon UK's website.
Canada: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon Canada's website.
- 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]
Recommended for You
- We at TweakTown openly invite the companies who provide us with review samples / who are mentioned or discussed to express their opinion of our content. If any company representative wishes to respond, we will publish the response here.
Latest News Posts
- Bandai Namco release 1080p New Gundam Breaker screenshots
- Monster Hunter World: console update released, patch notes
- Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice devs shocked at PC game sales
- Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze overview trailer reveal
- Infinity War Iron Spider Suit now comes with game pre-order
- AsRock Z97 not picking up SATA drive
- GA-X79-UD3 NVMe
- MyDigitalDiscount 128GB/256GB/512GB M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD Review
- EVGA DG-77 Mid-Tower Chassis Review
- Samsung 970 EVO 1TB M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD Review
- Micron Launches Industry's First Enterprise SATA Solid State Drives Built on Leading 64-layer 3D NAND Technology
- Micron, Rambus, Northwest Logic and Avery Design to Deliver a Comprehensive GDDR6 Solution for Next-Generation Applications
- Toshiba Memory America Unveils UFS Devices Utilizing 64-Layer, 3D Flash Memory
- ASUS Announces GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Series Gaming Graphics Cards
- ASUS Announces ASUS Hangouts Meet Hardware Kit