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    Question Xeon processor support for Z68 motherboards

    I'm about to buy the Z68 Pro3-M motherboard and the CPU Support List has only the Xeon E3-1220 listed, which matches the i5-2400. Are there any plans to support other Xeon proceesors, like E3-1230 and/or higher that math the i7 processors? I would be more interested in a low power processor (80W vs. 95W) without built-in Intel graphics due to the case i'm going to use. I've seen people posting on other forums that it at least works with the E3-1230, but it is not listed as officially supported.

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    Default Re: Xeon processor support for Z68 motherboards

    Hmm...you picked a non overclocking chip with no IGP on a board meant for overclocking and usage of IGP? Where is logic here?

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    Default Re: Xeon processor support for Z68 motherboards

    I wouldn't really want this topic to shift from the main question "Will be other other Xeon processors officially supported by this motherboard and when?".

    But to answer the previous questions: from the Micro ATX boards that support Intel Smart Response Technology (SRT) (currently only Z68 chipset does) and have PCI slot on board, only the ASRock Z68 Pro3-M fits. I'm not planning to overclock for various reasons: first i'm more interested in a stable development environment and CUDA support and second the case i picked (SilverStone Sugo SG02-BF) will not let me and i din't think this is a good board for overclocking anyway. So using E3-1230 (4C/8T, 3.2GHz, 3.6GHz Turbo Frequency) would give enough performance for just 80W and $235 price tag. For example going with the i7-2600S (4C/8T, 2.8GHz, 3.8GHz Turbo Frequency) is going to cost ~ $400.

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    Default Re: Xeon processor support for Z68 motherboards

    Can somebody from the ASRock Support comment on this?

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    Default Re: Xeon processor support for Z68 motherboards

    Dear all,

    Due to we don't have the CPU E3-1230 at the present, we cannot test the CPU with Z68 Pro3-M.
    Please kindly refer to below link for CPU support list to choose your CPU first.
    Link: ASRock > Products > Z68 Pro3-M > CPU Support List

    If we have the CPU later, we will test it and update the CPU support list.

    Thanks!

    Have a nice day
    ASRock TSD Emily

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    Default Re: Xeon processor support for Z68 motherboards

    Thanks!

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    Default Re: Xeon processor support for Z68 motherboards

    Thanks! it works!! BIOS 1.30




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