The packaging of this product follows the same design concept.
Stripped of the Pro suffix in its name, the mainboard didn't lose much in accessories. We only do not find the USB 3.0 bracket here. Otherwise, the accessories are the same as are included with the P8Z68-V Pro:
- Four SATA cables with metal connector locks, two with L-shaped locks and another two with straight ones. Two pairs are specifically designed for SATA 6 Gbps devices (have white inserts on the connectors);
- A flexible bridge for two-way SLI graphics configurations;
- I/O Shield for the back panel;
- “Asus Q-Connector” set including adapters for easy connection of the system case front panel buttons and indicators and a USB 2.0 port;
- User manual;
- DVD disk with software and drivers;
- “Powered by ASUS” sticker for the system case.
The P8Z68-V is based on the midrange model's PCB design with minor simplifications.
There are no differences at all in the top half of the PCB. As for the bottom half, we can note that the additional SATA 6 Gb/s controller is missing. The mainboard also lacks IEEE1394 (FireWire) and a Reset button but offers all the rest of the midrange model's capabilities.
As for the back panel, it is the same as the Pro model's. Here is a full list of the connectors:
- Six USB 2.0 ports, Six more USB ports are available as three onboard pin-connectors;
- Bluetooth V2.1 + EDR module;
- eSATA 3 Gbps port implemented via JMicron JMB362 controller;
- Optical S/PDIF and six analogue audio-jacks provided by eight-channel Realtek ALC892 codec;
- D-Sub, DVI and HDMI outs;
- Two USB 3.0 ports (blue connectors) implemented via ASMedia ASM1042 controller, the second controller like that provides support for two more internal USB 3.0 ports;
- Local network port (network adapter is built on Gigabit Intel WG82579 controller).
So, you may want to prefer the P8Z68-V model if you are quite satisfied with two back-panel USB 3.0 ports, two SATA 6 Gb/s and four SATA 3 Gb/s ports and don't need the following: two extra USB 3.0 connectors, FireWire, an onboard Reset button. By refusing these features, you can save some money (the difference in price from the Pro version).
The next illustration highlights the mainboard's capabilities: