The ASRock N68-VS3 UCC is compatible with AMD processors with the Socket AM3 socket.
It has 8 GB DDR3 maximum RAM and conforms to the Micro-ATX form factor standard.
|CPU Socket||Socket AM3||SLI Support||1 graphics cards|
|CPU Compatible Make||AMD||Crossfire Support||1 graphics cards|
|CPU Chipset||NVIDIA GeForce 7025 / nForce 63||Onboard GPU||no|
|Form Factor||Micro-ATX||PCI Slots|
|Max RAM||8 GB DDR3||SATA 1.0||0|
|RAM Slots||2 x DDR3||SATA 2.0||4|
|Memory Channels||2||SATA 3.0||0|
|Compatible RAM Speeds||RAID Support||yes|
|USB 2.0 Internal Slots||2||Internal I/O|
|USB 2.0 Rear||4||Back Panel I/O|
|Graphics Card Interface||PCIe v2.x|
The ASRock N68-VS3 UCC uses the AMD Socket AM3 CPU socket. Any compatible AMD CPU will have the same socket entry. It uses the DDR3 memory type, with maximum speeds of up to 1600 MHz, and 2 DDR3 slots allowing for a maximum total of 8 GB RAM.
The Micro-ATX ASRock N68-VS3 UCC should fit into all ATX cases, but its smaller size allows you to downsize your system build as a whole. Its size comes at the cost of features, so there are likely to be far fewer connections and expansion options available than in a larger motherboard.
The ASRock N68-VS3 UCC has 4 SATA 2.0 hard drive slots. These allow for data speeds of up to 3GB/s. SATA 2.0 is a very common standard, and despite the emergence of SATA 3.0 - whose potential is difficult to reach currently - SATA 2.0 remains a viable option.
The ASRock N68-VS3 UCC does not support onboard graphics. Any system build that uses this motherboard therefore requires a separate graphics card, or a processor that has a GPU on the same die, such as AMD APU processors. There are 1 PCIe x16 slots on this motherboard. This means it is perfectly capable of accommodating the latest graphics cards, although it is important to try and use a graphics card with the same graphics card interface of PCIe v2.x, as anything below will not reach the motherboard's potential, and anything above will have its performance slashed to the bandwidth maximum of the ASRock N68-VS3 UCC's PCIe v2.x. The ASRock N68-VS3 UCC does not support multiple graphics cards via Nvidia SLI or AMD Crossfire.
The ASRock N68-VS3 UCC has 6 USB 2.0 slots but no USB 3.0 slots. While USB 3.0 slots are so far by no means necessary, and with a plethora of USB 2.0 peripherals to choose from, the USB functionality on this motherboard should be fine. If planning on building a new system, a motherboard with USB 3.0 is likely to have a longer life cycle, however.