ASUS P8Z68-V PRO / Gen. 3 Motherboard

ASUS P8Z68-V PRO / Gen. 3 Motherboard

ASUS P8Z68-V PRO / Gen. 3 Motherboard

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Product Highlights

  • Faster USB 3.0 Transmission with UASP
  • PCI Express 3.0
  • UEFI BIOS (EZ Mode)
  • EZ Mode / Advanced Mode
  • LucidLogix Virtu
  • Intel Smart Response Technology
  • Dual Intelligent CPUs 2 w/ DIGI+ VRM
  • EPU (Energy Efficiency All Around)
  • Ultimate Turbo Processor
  • Intel LAN Support
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ASUS P8Z68-V overview

  • 1Description

The P8Z68-V PRO / Gen. 3 Motherboard from ASUS is an ATX form factor motherboard for the Intel Socket 1155 for 2nd Generation Core i7 / Core i5 / Core i3 / Pentium / Celeron processors. It includes the LGA1155 package, with memory and PCI Express controllers integrated to support 2-channel (4 DIMM) DDR3 memory and 16 PCI Express 2.0 lanes.

The motherboard supports a max of 32GB, DDR3 2200 (O.C.) / 2133 (O.C.) / 1866 (O.C.) / 1600 / 1333 / 1066MHz Non-ECC, unbuffered memory dual channel memory architecture.

With its fast user-friendly interface, the ASUS AI Suite II consolidates all the exclusive ASUS features into one simple to use software package. This all-in-one software offers diverse and ease to use functions, with no need to switch back and forth between different utilities. It allows you to supervise overclocking, energy management, fan speed control, voltage and sensor readings.

ASUS includes strategic USB 3.0 accessibility for both the front and rear panels (4 USB 3.0 ports in total). Experience the latest plug-and-play connectivity at speeds up to 10 times faster than USB 2.0. The P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 affords greater convenience with high speed connectivity.

USB 3.0 Boost
Faster USB 3.0 transmission with UASP
New ASUS USB 3.0 Boost technology supports UASP (USB Attached SCSI Protocol), the latest USB 3.0 standard. With USB 3.0 Boost technology, a USB device's transmission speed is significantly increased up to 170%, adding to an already impressive fast USB 3.0 transfer speed. ASUS software automatically accelerates data speeds for compatible USB 3.0 peripherals without the need for any user interaction
PCI Express 3.0
PCI Express 3.0 (PCIe 3.0) is the latest PCI Express bus standard with improved encoding schemes that provide twice the performance of current PCIe 2.0. Total bandwidth for a x16 link reaches a maximum of 32GBps, double the 16GBps of PCIe 2.0 (in x16 mode). As such, PCIe 3.0 provides users unprecedented data speeds, combined with the convenience and seamless transition offered by complete backward compatibility with PCIe 1.0 and PCIe 2.0 devices. PCIe 3.0 will become a must-have feature for users who wish to improve and optimize graphic performance, as well as have the latest technology available to them
Exclusive to ASUS motherboards, its UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) is the first ever mouse controlled graphical BIOS interface designed with dual selectable modes. It delivers a user-friendly interface that goes beyond traditional keyboard only BIOS controls to enable more flexible and convenient input with quick scrolling. Users can easily navigate the UEFI BIOS with the smoothness of their operating system. Quick and simple overclocking and setup sharing is facilitated by the F12 hotkey BIOS snapshot feature. The exclusive EZ mode displays frequently accessed setup info, while the advanced mode is for experienced performance enthusiasts that demand far more intricate system control, including detailed DRAM information
Supports Hard Drives over 2.2TB
ASUS UEFI BIOS natively supports hard drives larger than 2.2TB in 64-bit, with full storage space utilization helping deliver far more exciting computing than traditional BIOS versions
Exclusive ASUS Interface
EZ mode: Gives easy access to selectable, optimized system modes, clear system info display and drag and drop boot prioritizing.
Advanced mode: For experienced performance enthusiasts that demand intricate system settings
LucidLogix Virtu
Universal switchable graphics technology
LucidLogix Virtu is designed for the Intel Sandy Bridge platform's powerful integrated graphics. Its GPU virtualization dynamically assigns tasks to the best available graphics resources based on power, performance and system load on Windows 7 based PCs. It allows users to fully utilize the unique capabilities of advanced Sandy Bridge multimedia features alongside the high end 3D rendering performance provided by installed graphics cards. When no discrete graphics are needed, the graphics card is put in idle mode to lower utilization, heat, fan speed and power draw down to near zero, making the system more environmentally-friendly. For users with diverse needs, LucidLogix Virtu GPU virtualization provides great flexibility and efficiency
Universal Switchable Graphics
LucidLogix Virtu's GPU virtualization technology assigns tasks to the best available GPU, allowing dynamic graphics switching between integrated graphics and Nvidia or AMD graphics cards
3X Faster Video Conversion
With switchable graphics, all ASUS P8Z68 Series motherboards leverage the transcoding power of Sandy Bridge, allowing users to enjoy three times faster video conversion with Intel quick sync video technology
Intel Smart Response Technology
SSD speed with HDD capacity
Intel Smart Response Technology boosts overall system performance. It uses an installed fast SSD (Min. 18.6GB available capacity) as a cache for frequently accessed data. Harness the combination of SSD-like performance and response with hard drive capacity, that's 4X faster than a HDD-only system
Dual Intelligent Processors 2 with DIGI+ VRM
Digital power design: The new standard
The world's first Dual intelligent processors from ASUS pioneered the use of two onboard chips - EPU (Energy Processing Unit) and TPU (TurboV Processing Unit). The new generation of dual intelligent processors 2 with DIGI+ VRM provides precise Vcore PWM, integrated graphics voltages and frequency module adjustments with minimal power loss through BIOS tuning and an exclusive user interface to increase the board's overclocking range while performance reaches its full potential. ASUS DIGI+ VRM digital power design empowers users with superior flexibility and perfect precision to ensure optimized performance, extreme system stability and greater power efficiency
Herald the arrival of a new digital power design era
VRM, or voltage regulator modules, are considered among the most essential motherboard design components. They supply the voltage demanded by the CPU, and a good VRM must intelligently detect actual CPU power draw to provide precise power accordingly. ASUS DIGI+ VRM is an innovative, industry-leading technology that fully integrates Intel VRD12 specifications on a native level, greatly enhancing power to go far beyond the limits of analog designs
Advantages of ASUS DIGI+ VRM Digital Power Design
Unlike previous VRD versions, Intel VRD12 uses digital signals (SVID). To ensure perfect power delivery, ASUS specially designed DIGI+ VRM to sync completely with this new technology.
Faster sensing and response: ASUS DIGI+ VRM acts as a digital controller to perfectly match digital power signal (SVID) requests from the CPU, eliminating digital-to-analog conversion lag.
Better cooling: exclusive dual driver and MOS design doubles the heat dissipation area with expanded cooling surfaces for improved thermal performance. Spacing components out over a wider area speeds up cooling to enhance reliability and stability.
2X CPU power supply: the same exclusive dual driver and MOS design also provides twice the CPU power supply with two complete power stages. This results in far greater phase load tolerances, so the CPU never has to wait for power to arrive, increasing performance and overclocking potential
Active Cooling for Extreme Durability- Super Cool VRM
ASUS DIGI+ VRM delivers intelligent power management to balance loadings for each power phase by detecting VRM temperatures to ensure longer component lifespan and better cooling
TPU-The Ultimate Turbo Processor
Unleash your performance with ASUS' simple onboard switch or AI Suite II utility. The TPU chip offers precise voltage control and advanced monitoring through auto tuning , GPU Boost and TurboV functions. Auto tuning offers a user friendly way to automatically optimize the system for fast, yet stable clock speeds, while TurboV enables unlimited freedom to adjust CPU frequencies and ratios for optimized performance in diverse situations
EPU-Energy Efficiency All Around
Tap into the world's first real time PC power saving chip through a simple onboard switch or AI Suite II utility. Get total system-wide energy optimization by automatically detecting current PC loadings and intelligently moderating power consumption. This also reduces fan noise and extends component longevity
GPU Boost
Go to the limit with iGPU level up
GPU Boost accelerates the integrated GPU for extreme graphics performance. The user-friendly interface facilitates flexible frequency adjustments. It easily delivers stable system-level upgrades for every use
BT GO-Diverse BT Enjoyment, New Technology Lifestyle
Onboard Bluetooth wireless design enables smart connectivity to Bluetooth devices with no additional adapter. ASUS BT GO comes with seven special functions that offer a significant breakthrough in Bluetooth evolution, including folder sync, BT transfer, BT turbo remote, BT-to-Net, music player, shot and send and personal manager. All are accessible through the exclusive, user-friendly ASUS interface
Complete USB 3.0 Integration
Double USB access, Double convenience
ASUS facilitates strategic USB 3.0 accessibility for both the front and rear panels - 4 USB 3.0 ports in total. Experience the latest plug-and-play connectivity at speeds up to 10 times faster than USB 2.0. The P8Z68-V Pro / Gen.3 affords greater convenience with high speed connectivity
Extra SATA 6Gbps Supports
Extra ports, Extra speed and accessibility
The Intel Z68 Express chipset natively supports the next generation Serial ATA (SATA) interface, delivering up to 6Gbps data transfers. ASUS provides extra SATA 6Gbps ports with enhanced scalability, faster data retrieval and double the bandwidth of current bus systems
DTS Surround Sensation UltraPC
DTS Surround Sensation UltraPC delivers exceptional 5.1 surround experience through the most common PC audio setups - your existing stereo speakers or headphones. In addition to virtual surround, bass enhancement provides stronger low frequency bass sound, and voice clarification provides clear human dialogue even with loud background sound. With these technologies, you may experience a better home theater audio with ease
Intel LAN Support
P8Z68-V Pro / Gen.3 features Intel Gigabit LAN which complies with 802.3az Energy Efficient Ethernet (EEE) standard and reduces power consumption during normal operation and enhances faster transfer speed through dual interconnection between the integrated LAN controller and Physical Layer (PHY)
LGA1155 Socket
This motherboard supports the latest Intel 2nd generation Core i7 / Core i5 / Core i3 / Pentium / Celeron processors in the LGA1155 package, with memory and PCI Express controllers integrated to support 2-channel (4 DIMM) DDR3 memory and 16 PCI Express 2.0 lanes. This provides great graphics performance. Intel 2nd generation Core i7 / Core i5 / Core i3 / Pentium / Celeron processors are among the most powerful and energy efficient CPUs in the world
Intel Z68 Express Chipset
The Intel Z68 Express chipset is a single chipset design to support socket 1155 Intel second generation Core i7 / Core i5 / Core i3 processors. It provides improved performance by utilizing serial point-to-point links, allowing increased bandwidth and stability. Additionally, Z68 chipset provides 2 SATA 6Gbps and 4 SATA 3Gbps ports for faster data retrieval at double the bandwidth of current bus systems. Moreover, Intel Z68 Express chipset also supports iGPU function, letting users enjoy the latest Intel integrated graphic performance
GreenASUS and ErP Ready
The motherboard is European Union´s Energy-related Products (ErP) ready, and ErP requires products to meet certain energy efficiency requirements in regards to energy consumptions. This is in line with ASUS vision of creating environment-friendly and energy-efficient products through product design and innovation to reduce carbon footprint of the product and thus mitigate environmental impacts
Other ASUS Features
Auto tuning: Achieve extreme yet stable overclocking results automatically.
TurboV: Adjust system performance parameters with just a few clicks away.
AI Suite II: One-stop access to innovative ASUS features.
HDMI: Enjoy full HD 1080p multimedia home theater entertainment.
Fan Xpert: Built-in variety of useful profiles offer flexible controls of fan speed to achieve a quiet and cool environment.
Fanless heatsink design: Stylish heatsink features 0-dB thermal solution that offers a noiseless PC environment.
Q-Design: ASUS Q-Design enhances your DIY experience.
MemOK: Any memory is A-OK
In the Box
ASUS P8Z68-V PRO / Gen. 3 Motherboard
  • User's Manual
  • ASUS Q-Shield
  • 2 x SATA 3Gbps Cables
  • 2 x SATA 6Gbps Cables
  • SLI Bridge
  • Q-connector (2 in 1)
  • ASUS USB 3.0 Bracket
  • Support Disc (Drivers/ASUS Utilities/ASUS Update/Anti-Virus Software (OEM Version))
  • Limited 1-Year North American Warranty (USA, Canada & Mexico)
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    • 1Description

    ASUS P8Z68-V specs

    CPU Intel Socket 1155 for 2nd Generation Core i7 / Core i5 / Core i3 / Pentium / Celeron processors
    Supports Intel 22nm CPU
    Supports Intel 32nm CPU
    Supports Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2
    Chipset Intel Z68
    Memory 4 x DIMM, Max. 32GB, DDR3 2200 (O.C.) / 2133 (O.C.) / 1866 (O.C.) / 1600 / 1333 / 1066MHz Non-ECC, unbuffered memory
    Dual channel memory architecture
    Supports Intel Extreme Memory Profile (XMP)
    Hyper DIMM support is subject to the physical characteristics of individual CPUs. Due to CPU behavior, DDR3 2200 / 2000 / 1800MHz memory module will run at DDR3 2133 / 1866 / 1600MHz frequency as default
    Graphics Integrated graphics processor
    Multi-VGA output support: HDMI / DVI / RGB ports
    Supports HDMI with max. resolution 1920 x 1200 @ 60Hz
    Supports DVI with max. resolution 1920 x 1200 @ 60Hz
    Supports RGB with max. resolution 2048 x 1536 @ 75Hz
    Maximum shared memory of 1748MB
    Multi-GPU Support Supports Nvidia Quad-GPU SLI technology
    Supports AMD Quad-GPU CrossFireX technology
    Supports LucidLogix Virtu technology
    Slots 2 x PCIe 3.0 / 2.0 x16 (x16 or dual x8)
    1 x PCIe 2.0 x16 (x4 mode, black)
    2 x PCIe x1
    2 x PCI
    Storage Intel Z68 chipset:
    2 x SATA 6Gbps ports, gray
    4 x SATA 3Gbps ports, blue
    Support Raid 0, 1, 5, 10
    Support Intel Smart Response Technology on 2nd generation Intel Core processor family
    Marvell PCIe SATA 6Gbps controller:
    2 x SATA 6Gbps ports, navy blue
    JMicron JMB362 controller:
    1 x eSATA 3Gbps port, red
    LAN Intel 82579, 1 x Gigabit LAN controller
    Bluetooth Bluetooth V2.1+EDR
    ASUS BT GO! utility
    Audio Realtek ALC892 8-Channel high definition audio codec
    Supports: Jack detection, Multi-streaming, Front panel Jack retasking
    Audio feature:
    Absolute pitch 192kHz / 24-bit True BD lossless sound
    Blu-ray audio layer content protection
    DTS Surround sensation UltraPC
    Optical S/PDIF out port at back panel
    IEEE 1394a VIA 6308P controller
    2 x IEEE 1394a ports (2 at mid-board)
    USB ASMedia USB 3.0 controller:
    4 x USB 3.0 ports (2 at back panel, blue, 2 at mid-board)
    Intel Z68 chipset:
    12 x USB 2.0 ports (6 at back panel, black+red, 6 at mid-board)
    Overclocking Features Overclocking protection: ASUS C.P.R.(CPU Parameter Recall)
    Back I/O Ports 1 x Bluetooth module
    1 x DVI
    1 x D-sub
    1 x HDMI
    1 x eSATA 3Gbps
    1 x LAN (RJ-45) port
    2 x USB 3.0
    6 x USB 2.0
    1 x Optical S/PDIF out
    6 x Audio jacks
    Internal Ports 1 x USB 3.0 connector supports additional 2 USB 3.0 ports (19-pin, moss green)
    3 x USB 2.0 connectors supports additional 6 USB 2.0 ports
    4 x SATA 6Gbps connectors
    4 x SATA 3Gbps connectors
    2 x IEEE 1394a connectors
    2 x CPU fan connectors (4-pin)
    2 x Chassis fan connectors (1 x 4-pin, 1 x 3-pin)
    2 x Power fan connectors (3-pin)
    1 x S/PDIF out header
    1 x 24-pin EATX power connector
    1 x 8-pin ATX 12V power connector
    1 x Front panel audio connector (AAFP)
    1 x System panel (Q-Connector)
    1 x MemOK button
    1 x TPU switch
    1 x EPU switch
    BIOS 64MB Flash ROM, UEFI AMI BIOS, PnP, DMI2.0, WfM2.0, SM BIOS 2.5, ACPI 2.0a, Multi-language BIOS, ASUS EZ Flash 2, ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3, F12 PrintScreen function
    Manageability WfM 2.0, DMI 2.0, WOL by PME, WOR by PME, PXE
    Form Factor ATX
    Dimensions 12 x 9.6" (305 x 244mm)
    Packaging Info
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 13.0 x 10.5 x 2.8"

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