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ASUS P8Z77 WS Workstation Z77 Motherboard Review

Subject: Motherboards
Manufacturer: ASUS

BIOS Features

ASUS paired the P8Z77 WS board with a UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware ASUS paired the P8Z77 WS board with a UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) style BIOS developed by AMI and customized for additional feature support by ASUS. The UEFI BIOS offers full keyboard and mouse support while using the BIOS pages. By default, the user sees the EZ mode screen when entering the BIOS with the Advanced mode screens accessible via the Exit/Advanced Mode button at the upper right corner of the screen. Advanced mode screens can be set for the default user interface via the BIOS Boot menu as well.

There’s really nothing at all not to like about ASUS’ UEFI BIOS implementation. In my honest opinion, they have one of the best implementations of UEFI on the market currently. The BIOS is very responsive to both keyboard and mouse input with no lag or questionable click-space evident anywhere. It is intuitively laid out so that both novice and advance BIOS users can easily find what they are looking for quickly with the EZ Mode screen laying out everything in a highly readable format, while the Advanced Mode tabbed layout displays as you would expect from a traditional (read old-school) BIOS. ASUS even gives you their brand of tools and applets in the BIOS from an in-BIOS updater (EZ Flash2) to their full BIOS profile load and save utility.

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EZ Mode main screen

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Advanced Mode main screen

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Ai Tweaker tab

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Ai Tweaker tab with Turbo Mode enabled

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Ai Tweaker tab, DRAM Timing control options page

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Ai Tweaker tab, DRAM Timing control options page continued, secondary and tertiary settings

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Ai Tweaker tab, DRAM Timing control options page continued, miscellaneous settings

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Ai Tweaker tab, CPU Power Management page

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Ai Tweaker tab, DIGI+ Power Control page

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Ai Tweaker tab continued, power settings

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Advanced tab

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Advanced tab, CPU Configuration page

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Advanced tab, CPU Configuration page, CPU Power Management Configuration page

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Advanced tab, PCH Configuration page

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Advanced tab, SATA Configuration page

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Advanced tab, System Agent Configuration page

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Advanced tab, System Agent Configuration page, Graphics Configuration page

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Advanced tab, USB Configuration page

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Advanced tab, Onboard Devices Configuration page

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Advanced tab, Onboard Devices Configuration page continued

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Advanced tab, APM (Advanced Power Management) page

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Advanced tab, Network Stack page

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Monitor tab

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Monitor tab continued, CPU fan control settings

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Monitor tab continued, Chassis fan control settings

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Boot tab

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Boot tab continued, Device boot settings

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Tool tab

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Tool tab, ASUS EZ Flash 2 Utility page

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Tool tab, ASUS O.C. Profile Configuration page

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Tool tab, ASUS O.C. Profile Configuration page, BIOS file load page

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Tool tab, ASUS SPD Information page

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Tool tab, ASUS Drive Xpert Setup Utility page

November 2, 2012 | 10:29 PM - Posted by razor512

In looking at the components on the board and comparing it to other gaming ones, most of the components are the same (just wish I could see which VRM's it was using)

I am not seeing where all of those additional cost are coming from.

November 10, 2012 | 06:42 PM - Posted by Morry Teitelman

Some of the additional costs come from the dual Intel-based NICs.  Not only are they true Intel GigE NICS, but the NICs themselves are the L-series that are server-class adapters.

Most manufacturers only include a single Intel NIC (when doing dual-NIC config) or pass on Intel NICs entirely for the cheaper Realtek or Marvell based NICs.

November 6, 2012 | 05:11 PM - Posted by anandtech (not verified)

Go4 thunderbolt motherboard, think about the future.

February 27, 2013 | 09:23 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Buy an addon card.. ..think about the present

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