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ASRock Z68 Extreme4 Motherboard Review: Page 3 of 4

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. By B. Ramirez

Z68 Extreme4 Performance

Now that we’ve had a nice look around the board and at the incorporated features, let’s discuss the performance of this new board from ASRock. I have to start by explaining that this board currently retails for about 190 dollars. This puts this board in the mid-range level in terms of price. So, with that being said, where does this board fall into in terms of performance?  

This board has actually performed very well for its price. We ran this board through the full gamut of our testing. This means we tested everything from gaming performance to how well it implemented Intel’s Smart Response Technology. If you take a good look at the features that this board has to offer, then factor in the price versus performance, this board really stands out. It didn’t perform as well as some of our other Z68 boards but again these are more expensive motherboards. For this board to be able to perform at this level and at this price is really impressive.

ASRock had their work cut out for them. The competition from the other vendors is quite steep. ASRock went with their tried and true method of giving us a board that performs really well, is stacked with features and also comes in at a really good price. I am always very surprised by how well Intel’s Smart Response Technology is able to emulate a stand-alone SSD in terms of performance. This technology has very well incorporated into this board and the benchmarks prove it. This is just a very solid performing board at an outstanding price.

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