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.
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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]