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Written by David Ramsey   
Monday, 23 April 2012
Table of Contents: Page Index
ASUS P8Z77-V Deluxe Motherboard Components
Closer Look: ASUS Z77 Motherboard
P8Z77-V Deluxe Components
Z77 Express Motherboard Features
P8Z77-V Deluxe Final Thoughts

P8Z77-V Deluxe Components

Starting at the left, the back panel I/O comprises four USB 2.0 ports, the WiFi Go! module, two USB 3.0 ports atop two eSATA ports, an optical audio port above HDMI and DisplayPort connectors, two Ethernet/USB 3.0 panels divided by a "BIOS Flashback" button, and a standard analog audio port. Combined with the internal USB 3.0 header, the USB 3.0 headers on the back provide a full eight USB 3.0 ports! Four are provided courtesy of the Z77 Express chipset, and a pair of ASMedia ASM1042 chips provide two more each. This is the most USB 3.0 ports I've ever seen on a motherboard and it's really nice to have them.


As a high-end ASUS motherboard, the P8Z77-V Deluxe comes stuffed with third party and custom chips, some of which I've collected in the collage below. In the top row below are custom ASUS ASICs (application-specific integrated circuits) that control the motherboard's power subsystems and automatic overclocking. In the second row, the Nuvoton NCT67790 is probably a sensor/controller chip for fan control and thermal sensors, the Realtek ALC898 provides sound capabilities, and the Intel 82579 and Realtek RTL8111F chip each handle one of the board's two Ethernet ports.

You might have noticed I've left the center chip for last. This is because it's one of the most interesting: a PLX Technology PEX8608. This is an 8-lane, 8-port PCI-E Gen 2 switch that ASUS uses to supply more PCI-E lanes to support the third PCI-E x16 slot in case you want to run three graphics cards, as well as the extra USB 3.0 and SATA 6G ports this board sports. It's not an inexpensive part and it complicates board layout, so you'll only see this in the top-end boards.


At the lower left edge of the board, we see the SPDIF out connector just above the front panel audio connector. Continuing to the right brings us to the EPU switch, which activates ASUS' power-saving feature: it will lightly undervolt the CPU (not affecting the clock speed) for a power savings of 3-10 watts. Following it are the on-board power and reset switches, and a mysterious "TB_HEADER" that's not mentioned in the manual (psst: it's for a future Thunderbolt add-in board). The clear CMOS button, helpfully molded in bright red plastic, is next, followed by an internal USB 2.0 header.


Continuing along the edge of the board brings us to the next USB 2.0 header, a fan header, a POST code readout, and the front panel header. Speaking of fan headers, the P8Z77-V Deluxe has seven of them, and they're all four-pin PWM enabled headers.


By the main ATX power connector are another fan header and the TPU switch, which activates the automatic overclocking feature. This provides a quick, predefined overclock that will take a 3770K CPU to about 4.2GHz. Just above the TPU switch is the Mem OK! button, which forces the board to use default memory timings should you render your board unbootable with an overly aggressive memory overclock or voltage setting.


The two rightmost SATA ports (in dark blue) implement ASUS' SSD Caching feature (although you can use them for standard SATA devices as well) and are connected to a separate Marvell SATA 6G controller. The two white ports to the left are the Intel SATA 6G ports, and the remaining four ports are the Intel SATA 3G ports. Just to the right of the SATA ports is the internal USB 3.0 header.


The two ASMedia USB 3.0 controllers are just behind the first three PCI-E slots.


In the next section I'll list the features of this motherboard. There are a lot of them!



# RE: ASUS P8Z77-V Deluxe LGA1155 MotherboardMACK 2012-04-23 11:50
Thanks for the review.
Dividing the reviews up into 3 separate pieces seems fraught with problems. One problem will be that the author seemingly has to make conclusions simply based on an "apparent" list of features, which has not been thoroughly tested. Eventually this will devolve into not being able to make many conclusions at all.
It seems it would be better to have a list of "required" tests that most reviewers would complete, in order to reduce the time it takes to review a board.
Perhaps some of the benchmarks are superfluous?

Additionally, by dividing the review up into 3 pieces, the reader will often feel the review was incomplete.
The Author will have to take the time to back track and forward link and backward link the old articles to and from the new articles on the same topic.

Overall, I think splitting up the review does a disservice to the reader as well as to the author.

It is agreed that reviewing a motherboard takes more time now. In that case the alternatives would be reduce the number of benchmarks to the ones that REALLY have something unique to offer. Possibly send out 2 motherboards to 2 reviewers and have them co-author the review.

(Just an opinion).
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# Look Mom! No Specs!Michael 2012-04-25 14:06
I agree with Mack. David, reading a good technical review is much different than a standard marketing review. You know this, and you and the Benchmark crew are good at what you do. Don't change a formula that works. I could derived the information in your article from many sources and frankly it did not tell me anything I could not learn from the ASUS website and a trip to Fry's Electronics. You all are better than this. Performance first and foremost is a Benchmark. You all set one that others strive to match. Don't blow it.
All the best, M
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# RE: Look Mom! No Specs!Olin Coles 2012-04-25 14:45
Did you see the benchmark article linked in the introduction?
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# RE: ASUS P8Z77-V Deluxe LGA1155 MotherboardDavid Ramsey 2012-04-23 13:45
We're still experimenting with the format, so we'll see how it works out.

We are dependent on review samples from vendors, and I doubt we could get them to send us two of everything!
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# DB ConsultantDavid Lean 2012-04-25 00:44
I agree with MACK. I'd prefer a review to be in 1 spot. If I'm interested in buying a product then I'll read the lot. And probably other reviews as well. If I'm a casual reader then you offer an index &/or a dropdown list to make it easy to jump to the pieces I'm interested in.
As for feature reviews it would be lovely if you could provide more insight than what is provided on the ASUS web site. ie: Whay it is good &/or does it really make a difference. ie: IS the USB 3.0 really faster, or does it only work with with specific devices.
Your Comparison reviews are even more valuable. Having a Table showing the distinguishing features between models / vendors is a real time saver. ie: These cards have 2 netcards, these only have 1. These do 64GB, those only have 32Gb. etc
Thanks for the reviews
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# RE: DB ConsultantDavid Ramsey 2012-04-25 07:24
Yes, the USB 3.0 really is faster. Much, much, faster. Check out my performance review of this motherboard for the details.
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# RE: RE: DB ConsultantDavid Lean 2012-04-25 16:23
Sorry my attempt to save a few characters made me unclear. I was using your USB3.0 article as an example of the type of expansion I like in a feature review. It is nice to get that sort of expansion on all their 'unique' features. especially in comparisons. say when comparing the Thermal Power features in the Sabertooth boards vs the equivalent in its sibling motherboards.
Keep up the good work. But keep it in one big review.
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# Not a fan of Intel...JustComputers 2012-04-25 01:40
Sorry to say never have been, however Asus on the other hand, have to be for me, the best component manufacture in the world, love Asus, most of my current build is Asus...
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# Thanks for the supportASUSTechMKT 2012-05-01 10:39
Appreciate the support and thanks for the kudos we worked really hard this generation to push board design further.
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# RE: ASUS P8Z77-V Deluxe LGA1155 MotherboardWade Eilrich 2012-04-25 11:03
I've been using DLNA for about 2 years now with my LG TV and phone. My daughter and her fiancee also use DLNA. We have been trying to get my mom on board, but although she loves it when she sees it working, she does not feel up to the challenge of maintaining her own setup and I'm just too far away to do more than get it set up and running.

This motherboard is one of the best I've seen from ASUS and they are my favorite mobo manufacturer. I would love to see a review and comparison with the WS product.

Good luck with the new review format, David - it will be a challenge to keep all the results correlated and easily available. I look forward to your next writeup.
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# Thanks!ASUSTechMKT 2012-05-01 10:38
Glad to read you appreciate the new DLNA function while David noted he does not use it we ran extensive feedback tests asking users about features/functions they would like to see. While DLNA is something that most may not know they use the more important fact is what it enables which is easy media streaming.
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# People, one review , slpit in 3 partsJamie 2012-04-30 14:24
I understand the need to keep the article short so readers will not be overwhelmed by too much information. I think it is great idea.
But I think the author does not not mean that he/she will not complete his/her assessment of new tech all at once. Just putting access to it in 3 parts in 3 different, consecutive sessions.
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