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ASUS P8Z77-V PRO LGA 1155 Ivy Bridge Motherboard Review

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It has been open season for Ivy Bridge motherboards across the web for the last few months, and today we are happy to bring you our first review of a motherboard designed with Intel's Z77 Express chipset in mind. The ASUS P8Z77-V PRO aims to capitalize on the success of previous bestsellers with a feature set that reads like a wish list and a competitive price to boot. Join us as we dive into the intricacies of this board, along with a brief look at the Z77 platform. 

Overview

The P8Z77-V PRO has some seriously big shoes to fill given the success of the P67 and Z68 boards by ASUS that launched in the beginning and middle of 2011 respectively. Both wore the PRO badge proudly and sold in record numbers for their respective chipsets. With the P8Z77-V PRO arriving on our bench, we're predicting another great crop of boards from the Taiwanese manufacturer. While their $449.99 P8Z77-V Premium offers support for Thunderbolt connectivity as well as 3-way and 4-way SLI, ASUS sees the $234.99 PRO model as the sweet spot for enthusiasts. We would have to agree, as we are willing to forego Thunderbolt and obscene graphics power if it means saving over $200 and still getting a board that is packed with almost too many features to cover. While there are a number of other Z77 motherboards currently on the market, the P8Z77-V lineup offers a host of features that are independent of the chipset of itself such as Smart DIGI+ Power Control, Wi-Fi GO, Fan Xpert 2, and a host of others. We will take a closer look at the P8Z77-V PRO later in the review to discuss these features in more detail. For now, we'll let the numbers do the talking. 

 

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Specifications

*Courtesy of ASUS. Additional specs available at the P8Z77-V PRO product page

CPU

Intel® Socket 1155 for 3rd/2nd Generation Core™ i7/Core™ i5/Core™ i3/Pentium®/Celeron® Processors 

Chipset

Intel® Z77

Memory

4 x DIMM, Max. 32GB, DDR3
Non-ECC, Un-buffered Memory
Dual Channel Memory Architecture

Graphic

Integrated Graphics Processor 
Multi-VGA output support : HDMI/DVI/RGB/DisplayPort ports 
- Supports HDMI with max. resolution 1920 x 1200 @ 60 Hz
- Supports DVI with max. resolution 1920 x 1200 @ 60 Hz
- Supports RGB with max. resolution 2048 x 1536 @ 75 Hz
- Supports DisplayPort with max. resolution 2560 x 1600 @ 60 Hz

Multi-GPU Support

Supports NVIDIA® Quad-GPU SLI™, AMD Quad-GPU CrossFireX™, AMD 3-Way CrossFireX™, and LucidLogix® Virtu™ MVP

Expansion Slots

2 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16 (x16 or dual x8)
1 x PCIe 2.0 x16 (x4 mode, black) 
2 x PCIe 2.0 x1
2 x PCI

Storage

Intel® Z77 chipset : 
2 x SATA 6Gb/s port(s), gray
4 x SATA 3Gb/s port(s), blue
ASMedia® PCIe SATA controller :
2 x SATA 6Gb/s port(s), navy blue

LAN

Intel® 82579V, 1 x Gigabit LAN Controller(s)
Intel® LAN- Dual interconnect between the Integrated LAN controller and Physical Layer (PHY)

Wireless Data Network

Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
Supports single band frequency 2.4GHz

Audio

Realtek® ALC892 8-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC 
- Supports : Jack-detection, Multi-streaming, Front Panel Jack-retasking
Audio Feature :
- Absolute Pitch 192kHz/ 24-bit True BD Lossless Sound
- DTS Ultra PC II
- DTS Connect
- Optical S/PDIF out port(s) at back panel

USB Ports

ASMedia® USB 3.0 controller :
4 x USB 3.0 port(s) (2 at back panel, blue, 2 at mid-board)
Intel® Z77 chipset : *7
4 x USB 3.0 port(s) (2 at back panel, blue, 2 at mid-board)
Intel® Z77 chipset : 
10 x USB 2.0 port(s) (2 at back panel, black, 8 at mid-board)

Overclocking Features

Overclocking Protection :
- ASUS C.P.R.(CPU Parameter Recall)

Back I/O Ports

1 x PS/2 keyboard/mouse combo port(s)
1 x DVI-D
1 x D-Sub
1 x DisplayPort
1 x HDMI
1 x LAN (RJ45) port(s)
4 x USB 3.0 
2 x USB 2.0 
1 x Optical S/PDIF out
6 x Audio jack(s)
1 x WLAN connector(s) for ASUS wireless module

Internal I/O Ports

2 x USB 3.0 connector(s) support(s) additional 4 USB 3.0 port(s) (19-pin)
4 x USB 2.0 connector(s) support(s) additional 8 USB 2.0 port(s)
4 x SATA 6Gb/s connector(s)
4 x SATA 3Gb/s connector(s)
1 x CPU Fan connector(s) 
4 x Chassis Fan connector(s) 
1 x Optional Fan connector(s) 
1 x S/PDIF out header(s)
1 x 24-pin EATX Power connector(s)
1 x 8-pin ATX 12V Power connector(s)
1 x Front panel audio connector(s) (AAFP)
1 x System panel(s) 
1 x MemOK! button(s)
1 x TPU switch(es)
1 x EPU switch(es)
1 x Clear CMOS jumper(s)
1 x USB BIOS Flashback button(s)

BIOS

64 Mb Flash ROM, UEFI AMI BIOS, PnP, DMI2.0, WfM2.0, SM BIOS 2.5, ACPI 2.0a, Multi-language BIOS, 
ASUS EZ Flash 2, ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3, F12 PrintScreen, F3 Shortcut Function and ASUS DRAM SPD (Serial Presence Detect) memory information

Manageability

WfM 2.0, DMI 2.0, WOL by PME, PXE

Form Factor

ATX Form Factor 
12 inch x 9.6 inch ( 30.5 cm x 24.4 cm )

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Packaging

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The included accessories are fairly standard, but not minimalistic.  Included are four SATA cables, a rear USB expansion card, a Wi-Fi antenna, frustration-saving case headers, and SLI bridge, the Wi-Fi GO! module, a rear I/O plate, driver CD, and a user manual.  The rear USB expansion bracket is a nice bonus addition, especially for those with alot of peripherals, and the case header adapter takes alot of the fiddle-work out of connecting your case to the motherboard.

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