ASRock Fatal1ty Z68 First Mobo to Rock PCI-E 3.0 Ports

Paul Lilly

If you're familiar with the ASRock brand, you probably recognize it as a builder of budget motherboards. ASRock has been known to appeal to enthusiasts with next generation and/or unique design decisions, like the 939Dual-SATA2 that combined both an AGP port and PCI-Express ports on the same board so users could have a GPU upgrade path to PCI-E without overhauling their foundation. ASRock's latest concoction is the Fatal1ty Z68 Professional Gen3 motherboard, the first ever to implement PCI-E 3.0 ports.

The Fatal1ty Z68 Professional Gen 3 rocks two PCI-E 3.0 x16 slots and one PCI-E 2.0 slot. It supports Nvdia Quad SLI and AMD 3-Way CrossFireX. The PCI-E 3.0 interface provides twice the bandwidth of PCI-E 2.0 (1GB/s versus 500MB/s).

Other features include six SATA 6Gbps ports, ten SATA 3Gbps ports, dual GbE LAN, 7.1 channel audio, eSATA, dual HDMI, four USB 3.0 ports, debug LED, Intel Smart Response Technology, and a Fatal1ty USB Mouse Port (allows polling rate adjustment from 125Hz to 1000Hz).

No word on price or availability.

Image Credit: ASRock

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