|ASUS P8Z77-V Deluxe Benchmark Performance|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Motherboards|
|Written by David Ramsey|
|Monday, 23 April 2012|
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ASUS P8Z77-V Deluxe Conclusion
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ASUS' Deluxe level motherboards offer a host of features and capability, and represent the most powerful and functional motherboards for everyone except hard-core overclockers and gamers. And they're priced accordingly: the P8Z68 Deluxe is $259.99 at Newegg, while the P9X79 Deluxe is $359.99. The P8Z77-V Deluxe comes in at just $15 more than its Z68 forebear ($274.99 at Newegg), and that's not much extra to pay for the native USB 3.0, the PLX chip, and the other new features. Granted, it's an expensive board, but you won't find anything at this level for much less.
You might be tempted by the P8Z68-V Pro motherboard, which I reviewed here and is my previous favorite ASUS motherboard. And it's still a very nice board...but even if you're planning a Sandy Bridge build, the P8Z77 has several advantages, like the four native USB 3.0 ports the Intel Z77 Express chipset provides or the PLX chip that adds another eight PCI-E lanes. A POST code display and other niceties round out the package. Personally, I also welcome the fact that ASUS eliminated PCI slots from this board (the P8Z68-V Pro has two of the things), and the WiFi Go! module adds a whole new level of capability.
Aesthetically, the P8Z77-V Pro hews to ASUS' standard "mainstream" colors, as opposed to the red and black of the Republic of Gamers line. The result is an attractive if not particularly striking motherboard.
The build quality is first-rate, as one would expect from ASUS.
The performance is a little harder to judge. It did well compared against other Z77 Express motherboards, but the Core i7-3770K CPU I used was the limiting factor in overclocking. I suspect the board has the ability to support much higher overclocks than I was able to achieve.
So is there anything I don't like? Well, I scratched my head over this one. The board's pretty pricey (although still less than many X79 motherboards), so there's that. And the original reason for ASUS' single-latch DIMM slots (to prevent a long graphics card in the first slot from interfering with removing DIMMs) has been exorcised with ASUS' current board layouts, and there have been a couple of times where I've had problems traceable to improperly-seated DIMMs. Yeah, I know, but with latches on both sides it's easier to ensure that a DIMM's all the way in its slot.
Also, the standard-sized motherboard manual is a sparse concerning the configuration and use of some of the more advanced features. Heck, WiFi Go rates an entire manual on its own! There's some documentation on the driver/utilities CD, but frankly I think ASUS should provide copies of their reviewer's guides and notes to all purchasers, since there's a lot of good information in those.
If you're not going to build an X79 system...and let's face it, X79 is basically silly for most consumer/gaming systems...the P8Z77-V Deluxe would be an excellent foundation for your next build, even with a Sandy Bridge CPU. You'll never want for features or performance, and this board should easily carry you through the next few years of Intel desktop CPUs. It's expensive, but a good value nonetheless.
+ Z77 Express brings native USB 3.0 at last
- Expensive enthusiast product
Final Score: 9.15 out of 10.
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