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ASRock Z68 Fatal1ty Gen3 Motherboard Review


by Stuart Davidson - 29th July 2011
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ASRock Z68 Fatal1ty Gen3 Motherboard Review

Test System and Methodology


ASRock Fatal1ty Z68 Professional Gen3
Gigabyte Z68A-UD7-B3

Intel Core i7-2600K

2x GeForce GTX 590 SLI
2x 4GB Corsair Vengeance DDR3-1600
3x Asus VG236H
Corsair AX1200W PSU
Sony BDU-X10S Blu-Ray Drive
D-Link Wireless-N Dual Band USB Stick

OCZ Agility 3 SSD (OS)
OCZ Vertex 3 Max IOPS (SATA 6Gb/s Testing)
OCZ Revodrive X2 240GB (PCIe Testing)
Intel 311 Series 20GB SSD (SRT)
Hitachi SATA 2 500GB 7200RPM Drive (SRT)
OCZ Enyo USB 3.0 (USB 3 Testing)
Corsair H80 Cooler
Roccat Kone[+]
Razer BlackWidow Ultimate

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1
Forceware 280.19
DirectX 9.0c/DirectX 10/DirectX 11 (Nov 2010)

Intel RST 10.5
3DMark 11
PowerDVD 11 Ultra
Adobe Master Collection CS5.5
Cinebench R11.5 64-bit
dBpoweramp
AIDA 64
Google Chrome
Arcsoft Media Convertor 7
Flash 10.3
SiSoft Sandra
Fraps

The test system was built from scratch, a format of the hard drive was performed (NTFS) and then Windows 7 was installed. Following the completion of the installation, the video drivers were installed. All windows updates were then installed as were the latest builds of the benchmarking tools. Finally, the hard drives were de-fragmented. For each test, the video drivers were set to default quality/optimizations (unless otherwise stated).

Good Benchmarking Practice
Where possible, each benchmark was performed three times and the median result for each resolution/setting is shown in the tables that will follow. All applications had their latest patches applied and all hardware features the latest BIOS/Firmware.
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