A motherboard with muscles
Manufacturers of motherboards are able to create products that are aimed either at a sole target or several different ones. With that in mind, ASUS have designed, so far, 13 boards that are part of the company’sZ77 lineup. There are more to come. One of the upcoming ones is called P8Z77-V Deluxe. All our benchmarks showed that this motherboard is very good. This article will tell you why.
With their recent P8Z77-V Deluxe, Asus think they managed to achieve a solid system with a great motherboard underneath. And we agree with them. The price of this creation is $275. Even at this price, the motherboard we tested has almost all of the features of a product belonging to the high-end category. Which means the following selection: additional USB 3.0, dual band WiFi, fan control, dual NIC (one Intel), debug tools and more SATA.
The high-end features are followed by all the standard ones found on an Asus product. Like dual intelligent processors, Q-LED, USB 3.0 Boost, SSD caching, AI Suite, Fan Xpert II, DTS UltraPC II + DTS Connect, digital power delivery for the CPU, control for 3-pin and 4-pin fan headers, DRAM and iGPU. An integrated Thunderbolt, PCIe expanding PLX chip and mSATA are missing, but it’s not the end of the world.
The performance of the P8Z77-V Deluxe is a definite pro. The 2D benchmarks we used gained very positive results. That is due to the device’s MultiCore Enhancement. There were instances where it delivered a superior performance than the one offered by the Pro. The upgrades when it comes to comfort and functionality are all very welcome.
First of all, the processor has an increased power delivery. The new motherboard offers a total of 16 + 4 phase power delivery. This means that the product’s VRM heatsinks that are to the left of the processor are connected directly through one heatpipe that goes to a second heatsink sitting below the socket. And then there are the following: a Thunderbolt header, power/reset keys, Q-LED Debug lighting, two-digit debug and, finally, dual NICs on the I/O.
On the right side sit a a TPU switch and a MemOK key. Below you get 8 SATA ports and one USB 3.0 header. Also, the system is able to offer Marvell 9128, 2 SATA 3 Gbps from a different controller, 2 SATA 6 Gbps also from the PCH and 4 SATA 3 Gbps from the PCH.
On the south area are USB 2.0 ports, front panel headers, t2-digit debug display and buttons for Power and Reset. But you get more: one ClearCMOS button along with one Thunderbolt header. But we saw no PCIe to PCI bridge chip to be used for PCI slots.
On the back of the panel, Asus included many things. For instance, seated on the motherboard’s left sideare 4 USB 2.0 ports with black on them; then you have two USB 3.0 in blue, one mini-PCIe dual band WiFi + Bluetooth module, one HDMI output, 2 eSATA, dual gigabit Ethernet, an optical SPDIF output, extra four USB 3.0 ports painted blue, a DisplayPort, one BIOS flashback key and, lastly, audio outputs.
All of this adds to the fact that the P8Z77-V Deluxe lacks IEEE 1394, a ClearCMOS key and D-Sub. But, well, it does sport 10 USB ports in total and double NIC.
The latest motherboard that Asus manufactured – the P8Z77-V Deluxe – should be on the shopping list of every consumer who is on the watch-out for quality systems.