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Tuesday, 01 March 2011 15:59

Asus shows its Z68 based motherboard

Written by Slobodan Simic

CeBIT 2011:
Showcased at Cebit

and other motherboard manufacturers used Cebit to showcase their latest motherboards including some based on the Z68 chipset.

According to what we have been told around the show, Z68 based motherboards should show up in the second quarter and should phase out the P67 based motherboards as you practically get the same thing with support for graphics, or to be precise, DVI and HDMI outputs on the motherboard I/O.

There is not much to see as the motherboards based on this chipset look pretty much identical to the P67 motherboards except for the mentioned video outputs.



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+2 #1 loadwick 2011-03-02 12:15
I thought there was talk about the Z68 being the true overclocker's board. I thought this might mean base clock overclocking? Is this not the case then if it's nothing more than a P67 with DVI?

I think Intel really shafted people with their SB chipsets. H67 won't overclock, P67 can't use graphics and more of an issue can't use QuickSync, then the recall which maybe wasn't Intel's fault but maybe they knew about it and thats why the Z68 didn't coming out until it was resolved so its 'best' mobo didn't muddy its name. I say this because why would Intel release two chipsets with such obvious draw backs? I can only think because people could buy the Z68 but then they didn't release this for 4 months, after the SATA problem goes away!
0 #2 Bl0bb3r 2011-03-02 12:56

@loadwick, it was only rumored it would be a good OC'er... but given intel's recent dealings it figures.
0 #3 Naterm 2011-03-02 13:03
You're not going to get baseclock overclocking with Sandy Bridge-DT. Considering the availability of cheap, unlocked processors for the platform I really fail to see the big deal.

Everyone has always wanted unlocked multipliers. Until they're available at the expense of bclock bumps, in which case they want that back. You can't please everyone.
0 #4 BernardP 2011-03-02 13:06
Just give us a m-ATX boad with the Z68 chipset, full features and solid power circuitry.

It's only a small minority who wants to run multiple GPUs. A single GPU can be more than fast enough.
+1 #5 loadwick 2011-03-02 18:39
oh yeah, and 6 SATA ports is a joke!
0 #6 Naterm 2011-03-02 20:43
If you need more than six SATA ports then you're probably running a large RAID. If you're running a large RAID you should have a dedicated HBA that supports RAID 6. RAID 5 just isn't enough redundancy with high capacity SATA disks.
+1 #7 loadwick 2011-03-02 22:04

No RAID array I just don't like deleting stuff!

I have 2 SATA disk drives, blu-ray player and dvd writer and an SSD for my OS.

This just leaves 3 left for normal storage. Yes i could go and buy 3 x 3Tb drives but people don't shop like that, they just buy a new drive when they run out and keep their old drive going. So i have 3 x 1Tb drives and 3 x 2Tb drives.

It sounds excessive but i've had a HD camcorder for about 5 years and add in games, photos, programmes and back ups and you soon run out of space.

Point is, how much can an extra sata chip cost? $5? $10? Just seem really penny pinching to give only 6.
+1 #8 loadwick 2011-03-02 22:09
Best P67 board i've seen is the Asrock Fatal1ty P67 Professional:

6x SATA-3
4x SATA-2
1 x eSATA3
2 x Front USB 3.0 ports
4 x Rear USB 3.0 ports
and actually comes with a Front USB 3.0 Panel.

Looks sweet too:

-2 #9 Naterm 2011-03-03 11:20
I have 5 2TB drives, I don't consider it excessive. I do consider it dangerous.

I'm going to just forget about doing internal RAIDs (excepting mirrors) and get a Drobo Pro. I'll have 18TB (with 3TB drives) and dual redundancy. I have a Procurve 1810-24G gigabit switch which will become a dedicated storage switch. It'll only handle iSCSI traffic.

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