Just how influential is Intel? If the fact that the company owns over 80 percent of the global microprocessor market doesn’t do anything for you, how about this: Intel’s upcoming Ivy Bridge line haven’t even been released yet – that’s why they’re “upcoming” – but manufacturers have already begun offering motherboards capable of utilizing the PCIe 3.0 slots supported by the chips. MSI kicked off the trend, and Asus’ German arm has pulled the veil off of three new Ivy Bridge mobos of its own.
The P8Z68-Deluxe/GEN3, P8Z68-V Pro/GEN3 and P8Z68-V/GEN3 will all sport a pair of those speedy PCIe 3.0 x16 slots, TechConnect reports. In addition, they’ll pack in a comparatively ho-hum PCIe 2.0 slot. Of course, the line will have a ton of other features, too, like 16-phase DIGI + VRM, four DDR3 2200 DIMM slots, a slew of connectivity options (including Bluetooth 2.1), and 7.1 channel surround sound audio. Check out the chart below for a full list of specs, as rounded up by TechConnect. Expect to see the Ivy Bridge-compatible Asus motherboards this October – in Germany, at least – with prices ranging from $220 to $310.