ASRock Z68 Extreme4 Intel Z68 Motherboard Review

Final Thoughts
Well let me start with what I do like about this board.  I always like to see power and reset buttons on the motherboard itself.  These are perfect when you are troubleshooting or when you have the system on a test bench.  ASRock also does a good job with cooling on the board with its passive design that is minimal and out of the way of larger CPU coolers.  I like that the XFast LAN utility is included, it is really useful, especially for gamers.  This board also has USB 3.0 (internal and external) as well as SATA 6GB/s support.

With that being said there really is not much else I like about this board.  The overall design of this board is boring.  This is their Extreme board, you would think that they would make it a little bit interesting (The Gen 3 version of this board got a little facelift).  Having the UEFI BIOS is nice, but the options were a little limited and seemed to be lacking compared to other BIOS’s that we have seen.  It also seemed a bit sluggish.

Overclocking was a pain on this board.  My max stable overclock was 4.4GHz, which was a little disappointing.  Also if the system would not post it would just sit there and do nothing.  It would not cycle and bring up an error or anything.  I would have to reset the CMOS each time I had an unsuccessful overclock.  The Extreme Tuning Utility is a nice thing to have, but is very basic compared to overclocking software offered by ASUS and Gigabyte.

Right now this board is selling for $174.99 at my favorite online retailer.  At that price there are other offerings that I would choose.  With everything being said ThinkComputers gives the ASRock Z68 Extreme4 Motherboard a 7 out of 10 score.

Pros:
– Good cooling
– XFast LAN Utility
– On board power and reset buttons

Cons:
– Boring design
– UEFI BIOS is a little sluggish
– Not that great at overclocking

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