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Written by David Ramsey   
Wednesday, 14 November 2012
Table of Contents: Page Index
ASUS P8Z77-I Deluxe/WD mini-ITX Motherboard
Closer Look: P8Z77-I Deluxe/WD
P8Z77-I Deluxe/WD Proprietary Features
P8Z88-I Deluxe/WD UEFI
P8Z77-I UEFI: AI Tweaker
Mini ITX Bundled Software
Bundled Software Continued
Motherboard Testing Methodology
AIDA64 Benchmarks
SPECviewperf 11 Tests
Power Efficiency Tests
Mini ITX Overclocking
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

ASUS P8Z77-I Deluxe/WD Mini-ITX Motherboard Review

Manufacturer: ASUSTeK Computer Inc.
Product Name: LGA1155 Mini-ITX Motherboard
Model Number: P8Z77-I Deluxe/WD
UPC: 610839187423
Price As Tested: Deluxe/WD: $200 (Newegg/Amazon), Deluxe non-WD: $185 (Newegg/Amazon)

Full Disclosure: ASUS provided the product sample used in this article.

Small form factor (SFF) systems seem to have reached critical mass. Although they've been available for years from companies like Shuttle making custom motherboards, they've crossed into the mainstream. Enthusiast level micro ATX motherboards are available from a number of vendors, and we're now seeing the first of a new crop of enthusiast level mini ITX motherboards. ASUS has stepped up to the plate with their P8Z77-I Deluxe/WD motherboard, which I first saw months ago at an ASUS technology conference in Dallas.

Micro ATX motherboards are the same front-to-back depth (244mm) as standard ATX motherboards, but their reduced width means there's only room for four slots. Mini ITX motherboards, on the other hand, are much smaller, at a mere 170x170mm. How small is that? Take a look at the P8Z77-I WD/Deluxe next to ASUS' own P8Z77 Deluxe:

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You're down to one PCI-E slot, which for most users is fine, since the only card they'll have is a video card. Memory slots drop from four to two, but 8G DIMMs are affordable now. The real problem comes with everything else you need to fit on the motherboard, including a power supply capable of handling serious overclocking. Power supply components take room, and yet there's no room to be had...which led ASUS to make an innovative leap in mini ITX motherboard design.



 

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# RE: ASUS P8Z77-I Deluxe/WD mini-ITX Motherboardkzinti1 2012-12-26 00:34
WOW! What a nice little board!
I'd like to build one of these just like yours, except for using a spare GTX 690.
Any idea what case to use to house this system? I've never even seen these small boards in person so I have no idea where to start in choosing a case. I guess I could just use a test stand, but it's dusty here at the beach and I really need an enclosure that can handle the Super-Mega cpu cooler. Probably be best to go with an external water system but they're not very portable.
Very good review. It's really got me jazzed!
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# RE: RE: ASUS P8Z77-I Deluxe/WD mini-ITX Motherboardwhynotv2 2012-12-26 06:31
Thermaltake and CoolerMaster both make Mini-ITX cases. Not sure if they have one that will allow the use of a large cpu cooler however.
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# RE: RE: ASUS P8Z77-I Deluxe/WD mini-ITX MotherboardDavid Ramsey 2012-12-26 08:49
I've reviewed three cases recently that would be a good fit for this board: the Cooler Master 120, and the SilverStone SUGO SG09 and SG08. Check 'em out in our Cases section.
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# Asus p8z77-i DeluxeDavo 2012-12-26 18:54
Will also work fine in Silverstone FT03. I plan to use this mobo, 3570K and an H80i as the basis for my living room Home theatre/Gaming rig.
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# RE: ASUS P8Z77-I Deluxe/WD mini-ITX Motherboardkzinti1 2012-12-26 19:21
Thaks for the recommendations everybody. I'd be using it as a tiny overclocking rig.
My computer room looks like a small graveyard full of black obelisks.
This is the 21st century, there's really no need for these giant OC & gaming rigs any longer. Not if these tiny mobo's are as good as reported.
I just hope Intel gets nowhere, fast, with their new mobo's with the soldered on cpu's.
They could end up being the death of overclocking just to save some electricity.
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# Very, very nice reviewDave 2013-03-19 07:53
I was trolling the web for a review of this board and I can honestly say that this is one of the best, most comprehensive component reviews I've ever read. Very, very nice work here sir. I think the only thing you failed to cover is the onboard audio. I'd like to have seen something on that with regard to quality (especially versus a pci-E card), but great work nonetheless. Thanks for sharing this information.
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# RE: ASUS P8Z77-I Deluxe/WD mini-ITX MotherboardDavid Ramsey 2013-03-19 08:29
The onboard sound is handled by the ubiquitous Realtek ALC-898 chip. Onboard sound has gotten good enough for all but the audiophiles these days; still, someone using this board to build an HTPC might want to put a sound card in the single slot. Myself, I put in a video card.
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