|ASUS P8Z77-V Deluxe Features Overview|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Motherboards|
|Written by David Ramsey|
|Monday, 30 April 2012|
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Motherboard Features Final Thoughts
In the computer industry, innovation rapidly becomes commoditization: today's cool new features unique to a single vendor's products can spread until they become standard. Even features protected by patents are often functionally duplicated. And then there's the "is this features relevant?" question. For example, on ASUS' own Rampage IV Extreme motherboard, the Subzero Sense connector allows the user to directly measure the subzero temperatures parts of the motherboard will experience with liquid nitrogen cooling. Sure, there are people who actually use this feature, but I'd guess 9 out of 10 Rampage users don't.
That's why I like ASUS' Deluxe motherboards: their enhanced features are actually real-world useful. Fan XPert 2 is a revelation in fan control, and the WiFi Go! capabilities, while still at an early and imperfect stage, make it possible for a computer to integrate into your existing entertainment and networking systems, including mobile devices, with an amazing degree of functionality. And there are features I haven't even covered, such as the DTS Ultra PC II 7.1 surround sound (although at my advanced age I doubt I could discern the finer points of its operation), or USB BIOS Flashback, which lets you reflash the BIOS without needing a CPU or RAM installed on the motherboard...
Of course, all this capability doesn't come cheap. 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 be aware that there are Z77 Express motherboards on the market that will offer similar performance at well under half the price ASUS is asking for this motherboard, and consider whether you really need the extra features it offers. If you do, you'll have a system whose capabilities will likely exceed what you'll use, rather than a system you might find yourself upgrading in the near future. Enthusiasts with the need and the money will find this motherboard the cream of the Z77 Express crop.
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