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ASUS P8Z77-V Deluxe LGA 1155 ATX Motherboard Review

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Manufacturer: ASUS

Introduction and Technical Specifications

Introduction

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It's been a couple months since we've had a chance to evaluate a Z77-based motherboard, so we are taking this opportunity to throw ASUS's P8Z77-V Deluxe on our test bench to put it through our comprehensive real-world and synthetic benchmarks. This $279 board has been available for several months and supports the LGA 1155 platform that includes Sandy Bridge and Ivy Bridge processors.

 

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There are many features to drool over about the ASUS P8Z77-V Deluxe, but my favorite ones include the board's unique power management features, Wi-Fi functionality with remote access, and customized UEFI BIOS.  This board also includes other enhancements that focus on support for faster USB 3.0 and PCIe 3.0 integration as well as extra SATA 6GB/s ports that provide double the bandwidth of current bus systems.

 

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ASUS went above and beyond in their support for high-end, multi-GPU CrossfireX and SLI graphics configurations as well. The addition of LucidLogix's Virtu MVP tech also adds a unique feature to the P8Z77-V Deluxe that uses discrete and integrated graphics together for faster video conversions.

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Technical Specifications (taken from ASUS's website)

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

Supports Intel® 22 nm CPU

Supports Intel® 32 nm CPU

Supports Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 

* The Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 support depends on the CPU types.
Chipset Intel® Z77
Memory 4 x DIMM, Max. 32GB, DDR3 2800(O.C.)/2600(O.C.)/2400(O.C.)/2200(O.C.)/2133(O.C.)/2000(O.C.)/1866(O.C.)/1800(O.C.)/1600/1333/1066 MHz Non-ECC, Un-buffered Memory

Dual Channel Memory Architecture

Supports Intel® Extreme Memory Profile (XMP)

* Hyper DIMM support is subject to the physical characteristics of individual CPUs. 

* Refer to www.asus.com or user manual for the Memory QVL (Qualified Vendors Lists).
Graphic Integrated Graphics Processor 

Multi-VGA output support : HDMI/DisplayPort ports 

- Supports HDMI with max. resolution 1920 x 1200 @ 60 Hz

- Supports DisplayPort with max. resolution 2560 x 1600 @ 60 Hz

Supports Intel® HD Graphics, InTru™ 3D, Quick Sync Video, Clear Video HD Technology, Insider™
Multi-GPU Support Supports NVIDIA® Quad-GPU SLI™ Technology *1

Supports AMD Quad-GPU CrossFireX™ Technology 

Supports AMD 3-Way CrossFireX™ Technology

Supports LucidLogix® Virtu™ MVP Technology *2
Expansion Slots 2 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16 (x16 or dual x8) *3

1 x PCIe 2.0 x16 (x4 mode, black) 

4 x PCIe 2.0 x1 *4
Storage Intel® Z77 chipset : 

2 x SATA 6Gb/s port(s), gray

4 x SATA 3Gb/s port(s), blue

Support Raid 0, 1, 5, 10

Supports Intel® Smart Response Technology, Intel® Rapid Start Technology, Intel® Smart Connect Technology *5

Marvell® PCIe 9128 controller : 

2 x SATA 6Gb/s port(s), navy blue

Support Raid 0, 1

ASMedia® PCIe SATA controller : *6

2 x eSATA 6Gb/s port(s), red
LAN Intel® 82579V, 1 x Gigabit LAN Controller(s)

Realtek® 8111F, 1 x Gigabit LAN Controller(s)

Dual Gigabit LAN controllers- 802.3az Energy Efficient Ethernet (EEE) appliance

Intel® LAN- Dual interconnect between the Integrated LAN controller and Physical Layer (PHY)
Wireless Data Network Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n

Supports dual band frequency 2.4/5 GHz
Bluetooth Bluetooth V4.0

Bluetooth V3.0+HS
Audio Realtek® ALC898 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

- Blu-ray audio layer Content Protection 

- DTS Ultra PC II

- DTS Connect

- Optical S/PDIF out port(s) at back panel
USB Ports ASMedia® USB 3.0 controller : *7

4 x USB 3.0 port(s) (4 at back panel, blue)

Intel® Z77 chipset : *7

4 x USB 3.0 port(s) (2 at back panel, blue, 2 at mid-board)

Intel® Z77 chipset : 

8 x USB 2.0 port(s) (4 at back panel, black, 4 at mid-board)
Overclocking Features Overclocking Protection :

- ASUS C.P.R.(CPU Parameter Recall)
Special Features ASUS Dual Intelligent Processors 3 - SMART DIGI+ Power Control :

SMART DIGI+ :

- Smart DIGI+ Key- quickly delivers higher VRM frequency, voltage and current for superior CPU/iGPU/DRAM overclocking performance with one switch. 

- Smart CPU Power Level (Intel® VRD 12.5 Future Power Design)- provides the best digital power saving conditions. 

ASUS TPU :

- Auto Tuning

- TurboV

- GPU Boost 

- TPU switch

ASUS EPU :

- EPU 

- EPU switch

ASUS Digital Power Design :

- Industry leading Digital 20 Phase Power Design

(16 -phase for CPU, 4 -phase for iGPU)

- Industry leading Digital 2 Phase DRAM Power Design

- CPU Power Utility

- DRAM Power Utility

ASUS Wi-Fi GO!

- Wi-Fi GO! Function: DLNA Media Hub, Smart Motion Control, Remote Desktop, Remote Keyboard & Mouse, File Transfer, Capture & Send *8

- Wi-Fi GO! Remote for portable Smartphone/Tablet, supporting iOS & Android systems

- Wi-Fi Engine for network sharing and connection: Client Mode, AP Mode

ASUS Exclusive Features :

- USB BIOS Flashback

- MemOK!

- AI Suite II

- Ai Charger+

- USB Charger+

- Anti-Surge

- ASUS UEFI BIOS EZ Mode featuring friendly graphics user interface 

- ASUS SSD Caching

- Network iControl

- USB 3.0 Boost

- Disk Unlocker

ASUS Quiet Thermal Solution :

- Stylish Fanless Design Heat-pipe solution

- ASUS Fan Xpert 2

ASUS EZ DIY :

- ASUS O.C. Tuner

- ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3 

- ASUS EZ Flash 2 

ASUS Q-Design :

- ASUS Q-Shield

- ASUS Q-Code

- ASUS Q-LED (CPU, DRAM, VGA, Boot Device LED)

- ASUS Q-Slot

- ASUS Q-DIMM 

- ASUS Q-Connector
Back I/O Ports 1 x DisplayPort

1 x HDMI

2 x eSATA 6Gb/s

2 x LAN (RJ45) port(s)

6 x USB 3.0 

4 x USB 2.0 

1 x Optical S/PDIF out

6 x Audio jack(s)

1 x Bluetooth V4.0 connector(s) for ASUS Wi-Fi GO! card

1 x USB BIOS Flashback Button(s)
Internal I/O Ports 1 x USB 3.0 connector(s) support(s) additional 2 USB 3.0 port(s) (19-pin)

2 x USB 2.0 connector(s) support(s) additional 4 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 Power-on button(s)

1 x Reset button(s)

1 x Clear CMOS jumper(s)
Accessories User's manual

ASUS Q-Shield

2 x SATA 3Gb/s cable(s)

4 x SATA 6Gb/s cable(s)

1 x SLI bridge(s)

1 x Q-connector(s) (2 in 1) 

1 x ASUS Wi-Fi GO! card(s)

2 x Wi-Fi Ring Moving Antenna(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
Support Disc Drivers

ASUS Utilities

ASUS Update 

Anti-virus software (OEM version)
Form Factor ATX Form Factor 

12 inch x 9.6 inch ( 30.5 cm x 24.4 cm )
Note *1: With 2 PCIex16 graphics card.

*2: LucidLogix Virtu MVP supports Windows 7 operating systems.

*3: PCIe 3.0 speed is supported by Intel® 3rd generation Core™ processors.

*4: The PCIe x1_2 shares bandwidth with SATA6G_E12. SATA6G_E12 is enabled by default for system resource optimization.

*5: Supports on Intel® Core™ processor family with Windows 7 operating systems.

*6: These SATA ports are for data hard drivers only. ATAPI devices are not supported.

*7-1: Supports ASUS USB 3.0 Boost UASP Mode.

*7-2: The USB 3.0 ports only support Windows® 7 or later versions. 

*8: Available with V1.01.00 or later.

*9: Due to Intel® chipset limitation, P8Z77, P8H77 and P8B75 series motherboards do not support Windows® Vista operating system.

 

October 5, 2012 | 04:46 PM - Posted by Sonic4Spuds

The two gaming charts are wrong? Dirt 3 the higher numbers are labeled Min FPS. In Crisis 2 the chart shows that the ASUS bord was slower, but you say it was faster. Which is it?

October 9, 2012 | 04:38 PM - Posted by OctaveanActually (not verified)

I’d like to see a report done on the missing in action Asus ThunderboltEX card for use with the proprietary “TB_Header” on these motherboards.

October 9, 2012 | 04:42 PM - Posted by OctaveanActually (not verified)

I mean we know Intel wouldn’t certify the ThunderboltEX card but that kind of leave the whole thing up in the air. Were the earlier motherboards released with optional Thunderbolt support advertising on the packaging or manual? If so that could puts Asus in a bad legal situation given their inability to deliver the product.

October 20, 2012 | 03:28 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Does the Zalman CNPS12X Cooler block out the 1st RAM position on this board? It looks like you have the RAM sticks in the blue slots (positions 2 & 4 starting from the CPU and counting away from the CPU) vs. the black slots.

December 22, 2012 | 05:25 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Yeah I'm also interested to know if the cooler blocks any of the memory slots.

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