With P67 only just making its way back out to consumers after the B2 stepping fiasco, the high performance Z68 chipset looks to be well on its way to launch.
HardwareZone has captured photos and done a preliminary review of of the ASUS P6Z68-V Pro motherboard, one of the first to be seen with the Z68 chipset. The board should re-invigorate Sandy-Bridge overclocking, offering a 14-phase Digi+ CPU VRM, UEFI Bios, and supported 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 technology, which will allow the board to switch between integrated graphics, and discrete instantaneously for added power saving.
The board comes complete with dual PCI-E 2.0 x16 (x8 electrical with both populated), and a single PCI-E x16 (x4 electrical), 2x PCIe x1, and 2x PCI expansion slows. Alongside this, the P6Z68-V Pro internally hosts four SATA 6GB/s, four SATA 3GB/s and the new standard USB 3.0 internal header. Rear connections consists of DVI, VGA, HDMI 1.4a, eSATA, 2x USB 3.0, Firewire, Built in Bluetooth, 7.1 channel audio with optical SPDIF.
Reports indicate that the board will be ready for a May 8th launch date.