Before we start to look at the specifics of this new board from ASRock, let’s go over some of the features of the Intel Z68 Chipset. This Chipset is the new performance “sweet-spot” for those that are looking for value and performance. This chipset has many of the features that enthusiasts would want.
One of the most impressive features of this chipset is that it features Intel’s Smart Response Technology. This feature gives the user the ability to put a small size SSD with a large mechanical drive and get performance that is comparable to using just a large SSD. This is a huge cost savings because the larger SSDs are still very expensive. Many users will already have a mechanical hard drive that they regularly use so all that would be required is to purchase a small SSD and activate this feature.
The next impressive feature of this chipset is that it also supports Intel’s processor imbedded graphics technology. This is a great feature for those that are on a budget. It makes having to purchase a discrete graphics card unnecessary. This is particularly true if the user isn’t planning on doing anything too graphically intensive anyway. If you don’t plan on doing any hard-core gaming or image editing then this is a great option that could be a real money saver. The imbedded graphics do feature full HD support and would make for a great HTPC system.