|ASUS P8Z77-V Deluxe Motherboard Components|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Motherboards|
|Written by David Ramsey|
|Monday, 23 April 2012|
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P8Z77-V Deluxe Final Thoughts
With Intel having moved most so much support circuitry into the CPU in recent years, basic motherboard functions require just two main chips: the CPU itself and what we used to call the "south bridge", in this case the Z77 Express chipset. What this means is that any Z77 motherboard will have a defined set of base features and offer similar performance at stock clock speeds.
Vendors must then work to distinguish their products. They can do this in a number of ways, but for the P8Z77-V Deluxe ASUS has chosen to add tons of extra features. These features come with a hefty price tag, though: for $274.99 at Newegg, this is the second-most expensive Z77 motherboard Newegg currently offers, beaten only by ASUS' own P8Z77 WS workstation motherboard at $339.99.
But that high price buys you the most feature-laden Z77 board I've seen yet. If some of the features are of dubious utility (I don't personally know anyone who uses DLNA), many enthusiasts will definitely appreciate things like eight USB 3.0 ports and the ability to run more than two graphics cards. Toss in features like USB 3.0 Boost, prioritizable network traffic control, and Fan Xpert 2, and you've a board you'll be able to fine-tune to your exact needs.
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