Best New LGA 1155 Socket Computer Motherboards 2013
Best Ivy Bridge Z68, P67, H67 Chipset Motherboards for 2013
In this lens I'll list the best rated Z68, P67, and H67 chipset 1155 motherboards designed for use with Intel's 2nd generation of "i" series processors code named "Sandy Bridge". I'll also help you to understand the difference between the Z68, p67, and H67 and let you know which one is right for your PC build.
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Intel Z68, P67, or H67 Motherboards - What's the difference?
Before I highlight the top rated 1155 motherboards of 2013 I wanted to briefly lay out the differences between Intel's 3 chipsets.
Generally Intel reserves the "H" designation for PC builders that plan on using integrated graphics, the H67 is no different. Intel's processors can only overclock as far as Intel's Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 will take them and not manually overclocked beyond that regardless if the processor has the "k" or unlocked designation for overclocking.
The P67 chipset is reserved for PC builders looking to use a dedicated graphics card. The P67 chipset does not carry support for integrated graphics cards.
Z68 motherboards bring together the best of the P67 and the H67 allowing you support for integrated graphics and the ability to overclock your processor. Integrated graphics can make your PC more performance and power efficient by effectively switching between your dedicated and integrated graphics card with whichever performance dictates. If you've been watching hybrid SSD technology closely, then you'll also appreciate that Intel has incorporated a new technology which it calls "Smart Response Technology". Smart response technology allows you to take your solid state drive and use it for "cache" effectively allowing you to have full solid state drive type performance with all of your hard drive. Intel's inexpensive 311 series Solid state drive has 20GB (up to 64GB to cache) of space and was released into the market for this reason.
Best Z68 Chipset 1155 Motherboards 2013 - P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3
Ivy Bridge is coming soon and GEN3 motherboards like the P8Z68-V PRO are forwards compatible. GEN3 motherboards also feature compatibility with PCI-e 3.0. Although you most likely won't be putting in any PCI-e 3.0 GPU in your computer any time soon, it's still good to know that your motherboard is somewhat future proof.
Asus makes durable products that do what they're supposed to do. I've installed dozens over the years and still have yet to find a problem with a single one. Because it is Asus you might pay just a bit more than other lesser known brands, but despite this Asus continues to beat out its competitors and this particular board is the bestselling of 2012 thus far.
Specifiations for the P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 include:
LucidLogix Virtu (Universal Switchable Graphics), Intel Smart Response Technology, GPU Boost, 6 x USB 2.0, 2 x USB 3.0, 4 x SATA 6Gb/s, 4 x SATA 3Gb/s, PCI Express 3.0 x16 2 (single at x16 or dual at x8), PCI Express 2.0 x16 1 at x4, Up to 32GB of Dual Channel DDR3 memory, and a stand 3 year parts and labor warranty from Asus.
This Motherboard was given the Tweaktown Editor's Choice Award. Technical details include; Memory: 4 x 1.5V DDR3 DIMM sockets supporting up to 32 GB of system memory, Dual channel memory architecture, Support for DDR3 2133/1866/1600/1333/1066 MHz memory modules, Audio: Realtek ALC889 codec, High Definition Audio, 2/4/5.1/7.1-channel, Support for Dolby Home Theater, Support for S/PDIF Out. LAN: 1 x Realtek RTL8111E chip (10/100/1000 Mbit), Expansion Slots: 1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x16. 1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x8. 3 x PCI Express x1 slots. 2 x PCI slots. Support for ATI CrossFireX/NVIDIA SLI technology, Storage Interface: Chipset: 2 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors, 3 x SATA 3Gb/s connectors, 1 x eSATA 3Gb/s connector, Support for SATA RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, and RAID 10. Marvell 88SE9172 chip:2 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors, Support for SATA RAID 0 and RAID 1, Back Panel Connectors:1 x PS/2 keyboard/mouse port/1 x D-Sub port/1 x DVI-D port/1 x optical S/PDIF Out connector/1 x HDMI port/1 x DisplayPort/4 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports/1 x IEEE 1394a port/1 x eSATA 3Gb/s connector/2 x USB 3.0/2.0 ports/1 x RJ-45 port/6 x audio jacks (Center/Subwoofer Speaker Out/Rear Speaker Out/Side Speaker Out/Line In/Line Out/Microphone), Internal I/O Connectors:1 x 24-pin ATX main power connector/1 x 8-pin ATX 12V power connector/4 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors/3 x SATA 3Gb/s connectors/1 x CPU fan header/2 x system fan headers/1 x power fan header/1 x front panel header/1 x front panel audio header/1 x S/PDIF Out header/4 x USB 2.0/1.1 headers/1 x USB 3.0/2.0 header/1 x IEEE 1394a header/1 x serial port header/1 x Trusted Platform Module (TPM) header/1 x clearing CMOS jumper, USB: Chipset: Up to 12 USB 2.0/1.1 ports. 2 x Etron EJ168 chips: Up to 4 USB 3.0/2.0 ports.
GEN3 Z68 Motherboards are not only PCIe 3.0 compatible, they are also forwards compatible with Ivy Bridge. This motherboard is very similar to the PRO version listed above and is cheaper, so it may be a better option for some.
It's not the best made board in the world, but if you don't need CrossFire/SLI support, then you can save yourself a lot of cash by going with this board.
Memory: 4 x 1.5V DDR3 DIMM sockets supporting up to 32 GB of system memory, Dual channel memory architecture, Support for DDR3 2133/1866/1600/1333/1066 MHz memory modules, Audio: Realtek ALC889 codec, High Definition Audio, 2/4/5.1/7.1-channel, Support for S/PDIF Out. LAN: 1 x Realtek RTL8111E chip (10/100/1000 Mbit), Expansion Slots: 1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x16. 1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x8. 1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x4. 1 x PCI Express x1 slot. Support for 2-Way ATI CrossFireX/NVIDIA SLI technology, Storage Interface: Chipset: 2 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors, 4 x SATA 3Gb/s connectors, Support for SATA RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, and RAID 10, Back Panel Connectors:1 x PS/2 keyboard/mouse port/1 x D-Sub port/1 x DVI-D port/1 x HDMI port/1 x optical S/PDIF Out connector/4 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports/2 x USB 3.0/2.0 ports/1 x RJ-45 port/3 x audio jacks (Line In/Line Out/Microphone), Internal I/O Connectors:1 x 24-pin ATX main power connector/1 x 4-pin ATX 12V power connector/2 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors/4 x SATA 3Gb/s connectors/1 x CPU fan header/1 x system fan header/1 x front panel header/1 x front panel audio header/1 x S/PDIF Out header/4 x USB 2.0/1.1 headers/1 x serial port header/1 x Trusted Platform Module (TPM) header/1 x clearing CMOS jumper, USB: Chipset: Up to 12 USB 2.0/1.1 ports. Etron EJ168 chip: Up to 2 USB 3.0/2.0 ports on the back panel.
H67 vs. P67 Vs. Z68 - A Simple Explanation
If you're still wanting help to understand the difference between these three chipsets, then here's a video to help you visualize it.
*This video was made a few months ago before the Z68 chipset release, Z68 motherboards are now readily available.
Best P67 Chipset 1155 Boards 2012 - Top 5
If you're looking to overclock and want one of the best 1155 motherboards available, then its hard to look past the ASUS MAXIMUS IV EXTREME LGA 1155 Rebublic of Gamers Intel P67 DDR3 2400 ATX Motherboard. The Maximums IV extreme features DIGI+ VRM New Era of Digital Power Design that fully enables Superior System Stability.
Our Opinion: While this motherboard has all the specifications you need when overclocking it's hard not to look at a similarly priced Z68 version of this motherboard.
Key features include up to 32 GB of dual channel supported DDR 3 at up to 2200 (overclocked) speed, 8 x USB 3.0, 4 x SATA 3Gb/s, and 4x SATA 6Gb/s, ROG Connect: Plug and Overclock, ROG iDirect , and RC.
Additional features include Bluetooth, Extreme Engine Digi+ for extreme overclocking, expansion; (single @x16, dual @x8, triple @x8, x16, x16 ) x PCIe 2.0 x16 4 1 x PCIe 2.0 x4 and 1 x PCIe 2.0 x 1.
Best H67 Computer Motherboards 2013 - 2 Good Options:
If you aren't looking to overclock or use intensive software, then a H67 motherboard might be the perfect fit for your PC build. Here's a few of the top rated H67 Chipset 1155 motherboards for 2012:
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