If you're expecting big performance differential between motherboards with shared chipsets at stock clock, you're setting yourself up for disappointment.

Of course, that's just dandy for the Asus P8Z68-V LX. It's main selling point is cheapness.

So all it need do is match the the performance pricier boards to be a winner. Which it most definitely does.

Also intriguing is the comparison with an X79 board and six cores. In real-world applications with mixed work loads, such as Photoshop, the difference isn't dramatic.

CPU rendering performance

Asus P8Z68-V LX Benchmarks

Video encoding performance

Asus P8Z68-V LX Benchmarks

Real-world productivity performance

Asus P8Z68-V LX Benchmarks

Asus P8Z68-V LX Benchmarks