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ASRock Z68 Extreme 4 (Intel Z68) Motherboard Review

Today we will be testing the ASrock Z68 Extreme 4 with an Intel Core i7 2600k in an overclocked state @ 4.8ghz with various configurations of video card installed.

Processor: Intel Core i7 2600k @ 4.8ghz
Cooler: Noctua NH D14
Motherboard: ASrock Z68 Extreme 4 (& Asus P8P67 Deluxe for some compares)
Memory: ADATA 8GB DDR3 1600mhz gaming memory
Drives: Crucial 128GB Real SSD & 2TB Samsung storage drive // OCZ Vertex 3 240GB (CrystalDiskMark & HDTach)
Power Supply: ADATA 1200W PSU
Optical Drive: Asus BluRay SBC-06d1S-U
Chassis: Thermaltake Level 10 GT
Monitors: 3x Dell U2410 and Dell U3011 Ultrasharp.

Graphics cards:

AMD HD6990
Nvidia GTX580
Nvidia GTX570
AMD HD6970
AMD HD6950

Software:
Windows 7 64 Bit Enterprise Edition
Catalyst 11.4
Forceware 266.66
Fraps Professional
SiSoft Sandra
CPUz
GPUz
CPUID Hardware Monitor Professional
Cinebench R11.5 64 bit
CyberLink PowerDvd 10 Ultra
Cyberlink Media Espresso
CrystalMark
HDTach
HQV Benchmark V 2.0
3DMark 11
Unigine Heaven Benchmark

Games:
Far Cry 2
Resident Evil 5
Battlefield Bad Company 2
Tom Clancy HAWX 2
Alien V Predator
Lost Planet 2
Metro 2033
Dead Space 2
Batman Arkham Asylum
Battleforge
Crysis Warhead
Devil May Cry 4
Left4Dead 2

All the latest BIOS updates and drivers are used during testing. We perform under real world conditions, meaning KitGuru tests across five closely matched runs and averages out the results to get an accurate median figure.

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