Asus Announces First Batch of Ivy Bridge Boards

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News Posted: Thu, Sep 29 2011 3:45 PM
Intel's Ivy Bridge platform isn't on the market yet, but that hasn't stopped top tier motherboard makers from jumping the gun and announcing next-generation silicon promising support for the upcoming CPUs, as well as PCI Express 3.0 compliance. Now you can add Asus' name to the mix after it went and unveiled three Z68-based boards with PCI-E 3.0 connectivity.

Starting at the top end and working our way down, the new boards include the P8Z68 Deluxe/Gen3, P8Z68-V Pro/Gen3, and P8Z68-V/Gen3. All three socket LGA1155 motherboards support up to 32GB of DDR3-2200 memory and are built using a 16-phase power design (12-phase for the CPU, 4-phase for the GPU). The top-end Deluxe variant comes with dual-GbE LAN ports, 8-channel HD audio with DTS, four SATA 6Gbps ports, four SATA 3Gpbs ports, a pair of eSATA ports, four USB 3.0 ports, up to 12 USB 2.0 ports, and dual Firewire ports. More specs below:

As these are next generation boards, all three come with a fancy UEFI BIOS with Asus' proprietary EZ mode. You can drag and drop items in the BIOS to change the boot order and boot from partitions larger than 2.2TB.

All three are scheduled to ship in October. The Deluxe board will sell for €229 (around $310 USD), the Pro for €185 (~$250 USD), and the P8Z68-V/Gen3 for €159 (~$215 USD).
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I thought Ivy Bridge was supposed to support T-bolt/Light Peak........where is it?

Now you're just mashing it!

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"Light peak will be natively supported on the 7 series chipsets Z77, Z75 and H77, which are the ones meant for to take full advantage of Ivy Bridge processors. But I think that we will likely see IVB in Jan 2013. But off course, when the beast Sandy Bridge E comes out in November, it will have Thunderbolt on Apple Machines."

"I haven't read any Light Peak news in a while, so something has to pop up in the Windows side of the things in 2012."

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fat78 replied on Thu, Sep 29 2011 6:52 PM

I still cant wait for bulldozer because amd much more affordable when it comes to price/performance.

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Nice specs in German Stick out tongue These look like nice boards and ASUS certainly makes a good one typically. I also wonder what news of lightpeak tech.

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I look forward to the benchmarks.

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so when is the Official U.S release for the new gen 3 motherboard since i was in the process of buying the current ASUS p8z68 pro motherboard till i found out they are coming out with a newer updated model? does anyone know

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