Pictures of ASUS’ upcoming upper-mid range LGA1155 motherboard based on the Intel Z68 chipset, the P8Z68-V Pro surfaced online, revealing its key features, which seems like a blend of P8P67’s feature-set, and P8H67’s display connectivity.
To keep it simple the new board makes use of a 14-phase Digi+ VRM to power the CPU. Highlights include CPU overclocking features driven by the UEFI BIOS, coupled with Intel Flexible Display Interface, letting you make use of the processor’s embedded Intel HD 3000 graphics with Intel QuickSync accelerated video encoding.
Technically speaking the board should re-invigorate Sandy-Bridge overclocking, offering a 14-phase Digi+ CPU VRM, UEFI Bios, and supported the memory of up to DDR3-2600 via OC. Additional features include the support for the Intel Flexible Display Interface, for processors with Intel’s embedded HD 3000 graphics. Along with this, it includes Lucid Virtu GPU technology, which allows the board to switch between integrated graphics, and discrete instantaneously for added power saving.
Expansion slots include two PCI-Express 2.0 x16 (electrical x8 with both populated), one PCI-Express x16 (electrical x4), two PCI-Express x1, and two PCI. This wholesome expansion area is backed by a wealth of connectivity options, including four SATA 6 Gb/s ports (two from PCH, two from Marvell controller), four SATA 3 Gb/s internal, and one eSATA 3 Gb/s; display connectivity that includes one each of dual-link DVI, D-Sub, and HDMI 1.4a; 8-channel HD audio with optical SPDIF output; four USB 3.0 (two internal/by header), a number of USB 2.0 ports, FireWire (by header), Bluetooth, and gigabit Ethernet. A number of overclocking features found on the P8P67 series motherboards are present.
Reports indicate that the board will be ready for a May 8th launch date. While it’s the price is rumored around $409.