Asus has slowly built itself up from what was a computer component firm in many minds with a hoard of mainboards and video card offerings among other things to a company that is more known today for netbook and tablet computers. That doesn't mean Asus has abandoned the core computer hardware market that it is so well known for though. Asus is always working to integrate the latest chipsets and other tech into its lineup of mainboards for Intel and AMD CPUs. The latest mainboards to hit the Asus line include a pair of new offerings that use the Intel Z68 Express chipset.
The new mainboards include the Asus P8Z68-V Pro and the P8Z68-V. The boards both feature similar technology integrated into their designs with DIGI+VRM and UEFI BIOS tech. The boards also have LucidLogix Virtu switchable graphics technology that allows the supported second-generation Intel Core processors to deliver a seamless visual experience. The boards also have Intel Quick Sync video for faster video transcoding while offering the ability to switch to the latest NVIDIA and AMD graphics cards on demand.
The boards also feature Intel Smart Response Technology that uses a SSD cache to combine the speed benefit of a SSD with traditional HDD storage capacity. The DIGI+VRM tech offers full digital power control that improves power delivery, system stability, efficiency, reliability, and performance tuning compared to analog solutions that are on the market. The Asus UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) allows the user to easily access BIOS settings using mouse input, and it has an EZ Mode that gives new users access to tuning and set up options for the enthusiast. Both boards have hardware based Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, USB 3.0 ports, and SATA 6G ports. Pricing and availability on the mainboards are unannounced at this time.