If you are looking to upgrade from assisting motherboard, in my case it was upgrading from an i7 920 setup (1366 motherboard type) you can’t go wrong with the ASUS P8Z68-V Pro. First of all if you currently have an existing Asus motherboard (that is fairly new) you may not even have to reinstall Windows as it is common when switching from different motherboards and we all know how painful it is to install Windows all over again.
One thing you will notice is that when you install this motherboard you will expect an immediate increase in performance, even if you haven’t even overclocked your processor you will notice the difference, launching applications and games will noticeably be faster thus improving your efficiency when doing tasks. The ASUS P8Z68-V Pro has improved PCI express speeds as well and the lanes go directly to the CPU this will obviously result in immediate speed performance.
I also think that the Lucid Logix Virtu controller and software application that now will let you plug into the graphics slot on the board and will only use the dedicated video card when I need it. This saves alot of power and is good for the environment. When you launch a 3-D application or a game, Virtu will automatically turn on the GPU and allow you to make use of your GPU, and still route it through the integrated port. That is really nice to have.
The SSD caching features do the job, but you may opt to your own SSD settings and use your HDD for any unimportant data storage and as a backup location for the SSD. You can configure your operating system to handle backup procedures.
This board does work great but there is one issue I found, is not compatible with my Netgear GS608 8-port switch. Obviously this is only if you have switch.
– Very reliable
– Very good overclocker
– SSD Caching!!!
– Nice heatsinks