After five months of the official release of Intel Z68 chipset, two new Z68 boards are introduced by the technology giant. Intel DZ68BC and DZ68ZV are categorized under Intel Extreme Series of desktop boards.
The DZ68BC is Intel’s top end board for Z68 line up. Carrying the ‘skull logo’, it offers two PCIe slots that are electrically x16 but the secondary one lowers to x8 when two cards are plugged in. Other expansion slots include, two PCIe x1 slots and three legacy PCI slots. Storage options include two SATAIII 6GB/s ports, four SATAII 3GB/s ports and two additional SATAIII ports that are most probably running from a Marvel Controller. It offers up to eight USB 2.0 ports, two USB 3.0 ports and FireWire port via internal pin-headers. It also features a power and reset button along with a 7 segment debug LCD. The rear I/O offers six USB 2.0 ports, two USB 3.0 ports, an eSATA port, a FireWire port, a Gigabit Ethernet port, 7.1-channel analogue audio with optical S/PDIF out, and clear CMOS button. Display connectivity options include a DisplayPort, DVI port and an HDMI port. This board comes with a USB WiFi device, Bluetooth module and LucidLogix Virtu software. MSRP of this board is $225, thats quite high considering other boards you can get for this much money but considering the reliability Intel offers, this price is nothing.
The other board we’ll be talking about today is the Intel DZ68ZV. It based on same PCB as its bigger bother, the DZ68BC. It offers a little less than its bigger brother. Like it has two less SATAIII 6GB/s ports, no DVI port or DisplayPort on rear I/O.
These two motherboards are already being sold on many places. Two upcoming models are DZ68PL and DZ68AF. No details about these are known as yet but these will hit retail by the end of next month most probably. Intel is also planning to offer Smart Response SSD caching technology in P67 boards (DP67BA and DP67DE).