ASRock Z68 Extreme4 Motherboard - Final Thoughts and Conclusion

Article Index
ASRock Z68 Extreme4 Motherboard
Specifications
Testing - Part One
Testing - Part Two
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

ASRock Z68 Extreme4 Final Thoughts:

Throughout this review we have been comparing the ASRock Z68 Extreme4 motherboard up against the ASRock H61M/U3S3 motherboard that we recently reviewed (our full review can be found here). Comparing these boards against each other is kind of like comparing a Toyota Corolla against a Chevrolet Corvette. While both do the basics great and will get you where you're going without any problems, if you want to go faster and have more "luxury" features you might want to upgrade from the Corolla (H61M/U3S3) to the Corvette (Z68 Extreme4). At stock speeds the Z68 Extreme4 didn't blow away the competition (in our testing the H61M/U3S3) but once you turn things up a bit you really start to notice the benefits of going with a board like the Z68 Extreme4.

If you're looking for a board that will run your CPU at stock speeds and you really don't have any plans to tweak or upgrade your system in the future then a board like the Z68 Extreme4 might not be the best choice and chances are good you'll go with something more affordable like the ASRock H61M/US3S. If you want a board that can push the limits (and push those limits easily) and a board where you can add to and tweak as time goes on then the Z68 Extreme4 is pretty easy for me to recommend.

As far as features go, the Z68 Extreme4 has features coming out of its ears, with pretty much every output imaginable built into this board. The ability to have 4 USB 3.0 ports is a nice addition (thanks to the included front mountable USB bracket).

Overclocking on the Z68 Extreme4 really couldn't be any easier; with a couple keystrokes you can quite easily take a CPU like the Intel i7 2600k from its stock speeds of 3.6 GHz all the way up to 4.8 GHz without any problems (and without much overclocking knowledge). The Z68 Extreme4 has overclocking options galore if you want a more "customized" overclocking experience, although we found the "stock overclocking features" worked great and we had no problems pulling off a 33% overclock with no issues whatsoever. Obviously overclocking isn't going to be for everyone as there is always the potential for problems due to running your system above the advertised specifications, some people don't want that risk, others are willing to push things to the limits in hopes of gaining every little bit of performance possible (and those are the people that will probably be most interested in a board like the Z68 Extreme4).


While the Z68 Extreme4 might be one of the more pricy boards offered by ASRock, when compared to other Z68 boards from other manufacturers with comparable features the ASRock Extreme4 is a bit cheaper and at the moment will probably save you $40-$50 bucks without sacrificing any features.

If you're looking for a board that will run your CPU at stock speeds and you really don't have any plans to tweak or upgrade your system in the future then a board like the Z68 Extreme4 might not be the best choice and chances are good you'll go with something more affordable like the ASRock H61M/US3S. However, if you want a board that can push the limits (and push those limits easily) and a board where you can add to and tweak as time goes on then the Z68 Extreme4 is pretty easy for me to recommend. Thanks to all the included features and the great performance that the ASRock Z68 Extreme4 offers we've awarded this motherboard with our "Editor's Choice - Gold" award. If you want a board that will help you squeeze every last bit of performance out of your system chances are pretty good you'll be giving the ASRock Z68 Extreme4 some serious consideration.

 

Pros:

  • Good Performance
  • Overclocks like a Champion!
  • Features Galore
  • Good Value

 

Cons:

  • Nothing Major

 

 

BCCRating
 
Gold
 

I'd like to thank ASRock for sending us their Z68 Extreme4 Motherboard. If you have any questions, comments, or general feedback, please leave it at the "Comments" link below.