All-New P8Z68/GEN3 Series! Insist on True Readiness!
Exclusive hardware upgrade and native BIOS support make ASUS P8Z68/GEN3 motherboards the only boards that are truly ready for 22nm next-generation Intel® processors.
Compatibility Assured: ASUS P8Z68/GEN3 series motherboards are pre-tested for PCI Express 3.0
ASUS P8Z68/GEN3 series is the first motherboard range with genuine compatibility for PCI Express 3.0 support. Lab-tested to confirm quality, reliability and performance for users wishing to upgrade to PCI Express 3.0 in the future, the new motherboards ship with upgraded hardware and native BIOS support for next generation Intel 22nm processors. These motherboards are not only primed for today’s PCs that use PCI Express 2.0 graphics cards, but all future upgrades as well.
Technological Requirements to Run PCI Express 3.0
PCI Express 3.0 is the next generation specification that boosts performance 2x from 16GB/s to 32GB/s over the same 16x physical connection. However this requires an upgraded set of components; including a motherboard with PCI Express 3.0 switching IC that has completed compatibility testing for the physical layout to measure performance quality and link reliability, a next generation Intel 22nm CPU and a compatible BIOS. At the moment, only ASUS has committed itself to this assured QA process before shipping its motherboards, in order to guarantee consumer confidence in its products.