ASRock Fatal1ty Z68 Professional Gen3 Motherboard Review

Motherboards/Intel S1155 by stefan @ 2012-02-23

The Z68 Fatal1ty Professional Motherboard from ASRock is an upgraded product from the same series, featuring a Digital PWM, XFast USB Technology, XFast LAN, V16+2 CPU Power Phases, no less than 6 USB 3.0 ports (4 rear and 2 for the front panel) and 6 SATA3, C.C.O., THX TruStudio, and the unique Fatal1ty Mouse Port, which allows us to set the desired mouse polling rate, up to 1000Hz. Of course, thanks to the Z68 chipset we also have Lucid Virtu capabilities and multi VGA output options: one D-Sub port, two HDMI ports and one DVI-D port by the bundled HDMI to DVI adapter.

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Product Features Part 1

Product Features:


XFast LAN Technology



ASRock XFast LAN is a smart productivity tool to help you manage your priorities of internet applications, simplify your digital life and accomplish more. The innovative features include : Internet Application Prioritization, Lower Latency in Game, Traffic Shaping and Real-Time Analysis of Your Data. It's the smartest way to control your web programs.



ASRock XFast USB Technology - Faster Than Your Imagination!



ASRock XFast USB Technology redefines the new standard in high performance computing. Proving once again to be the pioneer in motherboard industry, ASRock XFast USB Series Motherboards integrate with the latest XFast USB Technology which delivers the world's fastest USB data transfer speed. According to the below graph, it shows that the ASRock XFast USB technology can even boost USB 3.0 performance up to 5X faster!



Next-Gen PCI-E 3.0 Support



By adapting PCI-E 3.0 quick switch IC onboard, Fatal1ty Z68 Professional Gen3 supports the Next-Gen PCI-E 3.0! PCI Express 3.0 can maximize the bandwidth for the next-gen PCI Express 3.0 VGA cards, provide ultimate graphics performance.


Get PCI-E 3.0 Benefits

• Higher bit rate - 8.0GT/s

• Higher bandwidth per lane - 1GB/s

• Higher efficiency - 98.5% encoding efficiency

• 100% backward compatible with previous PCI-E 2.0 / 1.0 standard




Premium Gold Caps



All the capacitors on the Fatal1ty Series gaming motherboard are luxury, Premium Gold Caps. These 100% Japan-made solid capacitors are sleek, high gloss caps with a premium gold coating representing long life and stable performance.


V12+6 CPU Power Phase



The Fatal1ty Series motherboard is designed with a V12+6 Power Phase, featuring sturdy components and completely smooth power delivery to the CPU. The Fatal1ty Z68 Professional Gen3 offers unmatched overclocking capability and enhanced performance with the lowest temperatures for PC gaming enthusiasts.

Digital PWM Design



Digital Pulse-width modulation

By adopting digital pulse-width modulation (PWM), the Fatal1ty Series can provide CPU Vcore voltage more efficiently and smoothly. Compared to analog PWM, digital PWM can optimize the CPU power solution and provide a proper and stable Vcore for the processor.


Lucid Virtu™



With Lucid Virtu software, next-generation PCs with 2nd Generation Intel® Core™ processor platforms will dynamically assign tasks in real time to the best available graphics resource based on power, performance and features.




Intel® Smart Response Technology



For users who are tempted to connect the SSD and HDD on motherboard, the Intel® Smart Response Technology can make the SSD become the "Cache of the HDD" to boost up the HDD access speed.




PLX PEX8608 chip onboard



Fatal1ty Motherboard breaks the limitation and offers sufficient PCI-E lanes solution by embedding PLX PEX8608 chip onboard.




With PLX PEX8608 chip, it generates more PCI-E lanes for PCI-E devices, so that all PCI-E devices are able to work at the proper speed simultaneously!


Fatal1ty Mouse Port



Fatal1ty Mouse Port is a customizable technology for PC gamers that is a part of F-Stream. After plugging the USB mouse into the Fatal1ty Mouse Port and running F-Stream, gamers can use Fatal1ty’s personal preferred mouse polling rate at 500 Hz. F-Stream also provides the flexibility for gamers to adjust the mouse polling rate from 125 Hz to 1000 Hz. This is helpful for professional gamers to experience smoother game play and faster response time to the mouse.



1. Some USB mice may not support 1000 Hz mouse polling rate.

2. The Fatal1ty mouse port does not support USB 2.0 mouse.

3. The Fatal1ty mouse port may not support some wireless USB mice.

4. The Fatal1ty mouse port does not support the USB mouse which is connected to the USB hub.


On/Off Play Technology



Even when the system is powered off (in ACPI S5 mode), On/Off Play Technology still allows users to enjoy the great audio experience from the portable audio devices through the PC speaker.


Intel® HD Graphics Built-in Visuals





Fatal1ty F-Stream – The All-in-1 Tuning Software



The Fatal1ty F-Stream tuning program is an all-in-1 software utility that supports overclocking and hard-ware tuning such as energy usage, H/W monitor, fan speed control and Fatal1ty Mouse Port Configuration. In Hardware Monitor, it shows the major readings of your system. In Fan Control, it shows the fan speed and temperature for you to adjust.




In Overclocking, you are allowed to adjust the CPU frequency, ratio and some voltages for optimal system performance. In Mouse Polling, gamers can freely adjust the mouse polling rate. In Energy Saving, the voltage regulator can reduce the number of output phases to improve efficiency when the CPU cores are idle without sacrificing computing performance.


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