ASRock Fatal1ty Z68 Professional Gen3 (PCI-Express 3.0 Motherboard) Review
For some time now AMD have been good at creating products which are reasonably future proof, buy a new CPU for example and a lot of the time it will work in an existing board with just a BIOS update. That same CPU can often work in the next generation of motherboards too. It makes upgrading a reasonably easy and cost effective process for users on that platform. Often for Intel users the process isn't quite as easy, buy a new CPU and chances are when you come to replace it, even a few months later in the case of socket 1156 and the market has moved on to 1155.
It seems like things could be changing though and there will be a new batch of future proof boards hitting the market for Intel users. Today we have one of these forward looking Intel boards on our test bench, the Fatality Z68 Professional Gen 3 which is a board which works with today's PCIe 2.0 based hardware but also includes all the components required to support future 1155 CPUs and PCIe 3.0. For anyone looking to buy a board that will last through their next few upgrades this could well be the product to go for so let's put it through our usual test suite...