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Written by David Ramsey   
Monday, 23 April 2012
Table of Contents: Page Index
ASUS P8Z77-V Deluxe Benchmark Performance
AIDA64 Extreme Edition Tests
PCMark 7 Tests
CINEBENCH R11.5 Benchmarks
CPU-Dependent 3D Gaming
Media Encoding Benchmarks
SPECviewperf 11 Tests
SPECapc Lightwave
Blender and POV-Ray
USB 3.0 Continued
Overclocking and Final Thoughts
ASUS P8Z77-V Deluxe Conclusion

P8Z77-V Deluxe Overclocking

If you've read our review of the Intel Core i7-3770K processor, you've seen this part. If you haven't, the short version is that Ivy Bridge processors do not, at least in their current stepping, overclock as well as Sandy Bridge processors. Despite their vaunted 22nm, "3D" transistors, at 4.8GHz individual core temperatures spiked to over 100 degrees Celsius, leading the CPU throttling under load, even though I was using a Thermalright Silver Arrow cooler, the best air cooler I've ever tested.

So the best overclock I was able to get was 4.7GHz on all cores under load. While I didn't have to increase the voltage to reach this level, individual core temperatures were still in excess of 90 degrees, so it's not something I'd recommend doing long term. I've tried overclocking this CPU on three Z77 Express motherboards now, with identical results on each one, so I'm pretty sure the CPU is the limiting factor here.


It's a little sad since the ASUS P8Z77-V Deluxe has elaborate power circuitry with very fine-grained controls, and I'm sure it could do much better with, say, a Sandy Bridge processor. But in this case I was limited by the CPU, not the motherboard. Hopefully future Ivy Bridge steppings will increase their overclockability.

Z77 Express Motherboard Final Thoughts

The ASUS P8Z77-V Express motherboard is packed with both features and performance. Of the 25 CPU benchmarks I ran for this review, the P8Z77-V won 12 of them outright, and only really fell down in the x264 HD encoding benchmark. Although most of the wins were very narrow, as you'd expect from motherboard using the same chipset, processor, and memory, it's still impressive for one motherboard to win half the performance tests when compared against two other similar motherboards.

ASUS is known for sweating the details, and features such as their 20-phase power circuitry (16 phase CPU, 4 phase iGPU) should provide additional overclocking headroom when Ivy Bridge CPUs can support it. They've even gone so far as to adopt a "T topology" layout for the traces from the CPU socket to the DIMM sockets, such that traces for each pair of DIMMs (channel 1 and channel 2) are equal length. ASUS says that this should give memory overclockers an additional 15% headroom.


Of course, there's more to motherboard performance than just how well the CPU runs, and ASUS' USB 3.0 Boost feature, which we've seen on previous motherboard, fully comes into its own with the Intel USB 3.0 ports provided by the Z77 Express chipset. Even after USB 3.0 was introduced back in January 2010, if you'd told me that you'd be able to suck more than 400 megabytes per second through a USB port, I'd have laughed at you. This feature in combination with inexpensive USB 3.0 docks makes transferring very large files and external backup devices much more viable propositions than they've ever been.

And there's even more: most LGA1155 systems struggle with a paucity of PCI-E lanes: 16 from the processor and 8 from the chipset. ASUS' use of a PLX Technologies chip to add another 8 PCI-E 2.0 lanes means that you no longer have to worry about "stealing" lanes from other parts of the system, and even makes triple-card SLI and CrossFireX systems possible. Adding this capability is neither easy nor cheap, but it's another feature that works to justify the cost of this motherboard.



# Hey Mom! Here are the Specs!Michael 2012-04-25 14:20
Thanks David! The plan review doesn't tell me the hardware info I need. The review article was as good and maybe better than many others. Yet this is the information and the reason I subscribe to Benchmark.
Thanks again.
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# RE: ASUS P8Z77-V Deluxe Benchmark PerformanceAthlonite 2012-04-26 22:27
Would have been nicer if the PLX chip combined with the 8 lanes of the z77 to give x16 x16 for two cards in CF or SLI and x16x8x8 for 3 cards otherwise the PLX chip is wasted if you don't run 3 cards
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# HelpMoogle Stiltzkin 2012-04-26 23:00
I got the motherboard the ASUS P8Z77-V Deluxe, Intel Core i7-3770 (the non k version) and the Nvidia Asus 680 Gtx (this is the reference card, not the newer version with the fancy fan cooler).

So i updated windows 7 with all the patches and everything. Installed the motherboard drivers from the dvd, as well as updated my graphics card drivers.

But i have an issue of my pc crashing and i don't know why seeing as this was just reformated to install these brand new hardware. So i haven't been installing anthing much before these crash issues.

I noted that when i play my video player it will very likely crash. I'm using the potplayer using this guide to set it up with the relevant codecs

Speaking of which, i noticed when watching high quality 1080p anime of Claymore, the video shows tearing, even i used a different video player HC-mpc with CCCP codec pack at default settings. The same video and other videos never had this issue. I was previously using this graphics card for my older nephalem rig and it worked fine then.

So the issue may have to do with the motherboard is my guess.

I also set my bios to default settings, but using the AHCI for SATA. Because when i tried to change it to IDE, the PC spazzed out and wouldn't boot.

I did upgrade to the latest bios firmware which is 0906 , release date 03/26/2012

I'm totaly clueless why this is happening, please help :{
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# RE: HelpOlin Coles 2012-04-27 07:43
It's either your video card, or the graphics driver. I suggest downloading the latest driver for the GeForce GTX 680, then uninstalling the NVIDIA driver software, restarting the system, and install the new driver.
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# RE: RE: HelpMoogle Stiltzkin 2012-04-27 09:16
i deleted the potplayer and all those codecs. then i just installed cccp with the default settings and play the video with hc-mpc that came with cccp.

video works without tearing.

But my pc still locks up for some reason. Meaning i don't get BSOD, but instead my whole screen becomes unresponsive and frozen. The mouse pointer doesn't move, and control alt delete doesn't do anything.

I'm using Corsair TR3X6G1600C8D which is a 6gb (3x2gb ddr3 tri kit)
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# RE: RE: RE: HelpOlin Coles 2012-04-27 09:51
I still recommend the steps I previously suggested, but also add MemTest 86+ afterward to test memory. The tests could take a few hours to complete at least three full passes, but they're worth it.
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# RE: ASUS P8Z77-V Deluxe Benchmark PerformanceMoogle Stiltzkin 2012-04-27 10:55
ok i will run memtest.

also for your info, this was all reformated, so when i did install it was indeed using the latest nvidia driver for the 680 :X so i'm very doubting it was that.

My friend's solution was to change the settings to 1600 mhz and the voltage to 1.65 which is what the review on benchmarkreviews says the ram ought to be.

My auto settings put it at 1300 mhz and 1.4 for some reason hm.... so anyway no freeze up yet .... although i'll only call it a success if it doesn't crash within 24 hours :X
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# RE: ASUS P8Z77-V Deluxe Benchmark PerformanceMoogle Stiltzkin 2012-04-27 11:00
by the way, what is the suggested settings in bios for this motherboard with the ivy bridge i7 non k quad core cpu ?

Like i already know the sata ought to use AHCI. But what about the other settings ?

I really hope you add this into your review for newbies like me that aren't sure what needs to be enabled/disabled for best features and performance.

A typical example would be the latest intel internal graphics card thing called quick something .... should this be enabled or not ? Because i noticed tearing in my video player. It only resolved when i set the PCIE to be my main graphics card, and disabled the integrated graphics card. I also didn't install the internal graphics drivers because i think it would conflict with my nvidia 680 gtx drivers.
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# RE: RE: ASUS P8Z77-V Deluxe Benchmark PerformanceDavid Ramsey 2012-04-27 13:13
In general the board's default settings are all you need for proper operation. The P8Z77-V Deluxe is a very complex, top-end motherboard aimed at knowledgeable enthusiasts, and a full trip through all the possible settings for any given CPU would be dozens of pages long.

You should install the integrated graphics driver (if you're going to use the integrated graphics, either to drive a separate monitor or with Lucid Virtu). They will not conflict with any other graphics driver in your system.

To get the best performance, of course, you need to overclock. Since you're a self-described newbie, I'd suggest that rather than trying to tweak BIOS settings manually, you start out simple with ASUS' "CPU Level Up" feature, will will apply a safe overclock to your processor. Later, you can use ASUS' "Turbo V Evo" utility in Windows to run a "tuned" overclock, which will iterate through various settings, run stress tests, and so forth until it finds the best overclock it can.

Later, as you become more familiar with the various settings, you can experiment more on your own.
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# RE: ASUS P8Z77-V Deluxe Benchmark PerformanceMoogle Stiltzkin 2012-04-27 11:01
i looked at memtest 86 but it requires a dvd. the thumb drive says linux only .... none of these things i have :X

I do have a thumb drive but the software says it will only work if i use linux which i am currently using win 7.
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# RE: RE: ASUS P8Z77-V Deluxe Benchmark PerformanceOlin Coles 2012-04-27 11:05
You can burn it to CD-ROM.
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# RE: RE: RE: ASUS P8Z77-V Deluxe Benchmark PerformanceMoogle Stiltzkin 2012-04-27 11:19
i think i got cds, i'll check in a bit.
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# RE: RE: RE: RE: ASUS P8Z77-V Deluxe Benchmark PerformanceOlin Coles 2012-04-27 11:46
You don't need Linux, you need an empty flash drive to save it to.
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# RE: RE: RE: RE: RE: ASUS P8Z77-V Deluxe Benchmark PerformanceMoogle Stiltzkin 2012-04-27 14:33
i found a mem86 that worked for windows usb :X i ran it for an hour and no bugs ....
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# RE: RE: RE: RE: RE: RE: ASUS P8Z77-V Deluxe Benchmark PerformanceMoogle Stiltzkin 2012-04-27 14:34
my pc has been up for an hour + and hasn't frozen yet.

So i'm waiting 24 hours before i say anything further, but i'm suspecting the issue was because the ram was not configured properly .... the auto settings for the frequency and voltage had to be changed apparently.... to the manual spec :X
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# RE: ASUS P8Z77-V Deluxe Benchmark PerformanceMoogle Stiltzkin 2012-04-27 11:08
Another thing i would like to see in your review is in regards to the RealtekŪ ALC898 and how it would compare to other dedicated sound cards like the Asus Xonar.

The reason i ask is, i had to remove my Auzentech XFI prelude sound card, because it uses the regular pci lanes missing from this Asus board. I'm not angry about it, as i don't want to use legacy stuff anyway.

So the question now is, is it worth getting a new PCIE x 1 sound card like an Asus Xonar ? Or is the internal soundcard sufficient ?

I got some Aktimate stereo Hifi speakers. I also have ATH-A900 Audio Technica headphones. I also have a blue yeti microphone :X so those are all my audio gear ... so will the alcatel for this mobo be sufficient ?

The stuff i listen to is usually FLAC lossless.
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# ehhJoe 2012-04-28 08:25
"ASUS has not previously offered a "Deluxe" level motherboard for Socket LGA1155; the fanciest previous motherboard has been the P8Z68-V Pro."

This is not true. The P8Z68 Deluxe is beyond the Pro.
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# RE: ehhDavid Ramsey 2012-04-28 08:50
You're right...dunno how I missed that. It must have come after the initial rush of Z68 boards.
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# RE: ASUS P8Z77-V Deluxe Benchmark PerformanceMoogle Stiltzkin 2012-04-28 10:42
my pc gaming rig hasn't frozen or locked in the past 24 hours, where as before it did within less than an hour of operation. so i can conclude that leaving auto settings on the asus z77 deluxe panther point is not recommended.

The frequency and voltage of the ddr3 stick installed has to match the specification of the stick, seeing as leaving it on auto may cause freeze/lockups.

i would appreciate further tips of what other settings in the bios i ought to configure.
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# RE: RE: ASUS P8Z77-V Deluxe Benchmark Performancebob 2012-04-30 14:18
sounds like over heating to me
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# RE: RE: RE: ASUS P8Z77-V Deluxe Benchmark PerformanceMoogle Stiltzkin 2012-04-30 14:23
it isnt... the temps are fine :X
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# RE: ASUS P8Z77-V Deluxe Benchmark PerformanceMoogle Stiltzkin 2012-05-04 14:25
I found out the issue.

Apparently my Corsair Dominator although rated for 1600mhz, actually runs stable on 1333mhz. The voltage has to be manually set to 1.65 volts, rather than leaving it on auto.

Also the fact that since it's an older ddr3 6gb kit, it may not have the necessary tech to be fully compatible with this latest motherboard, hence why the settings needed to be manually set.

My pc has been running for days and it hasn't crashed with my new settings. So mission accomplished :}

But i do think i would rather upgrade my ram to 16gb (4x4GB) DDR3 1600 mhz kit seeing as ram prices are 80% less than what they use to be.
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# RE: RE: ASUS P8Z77-V Deluxe Benchmark PerformanceDavid Ramsey 2012-05-04 15:13
I would contact Corsair. You bought premium grade memory and there's no reason it shouldn't function at its rated speed.
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# RE: RE: RE: ASUS P8Z77-V Deluxe Benchmark PerformanceAthlonite 2012-05-04 21:39
Corsair can not make old ram compatible with new Motherboards or CPU's that's upto motherboard manufactures to do via new BIOS firmware

but chances are you should be able to get it stable at 1600MHz it may just take a bit of tweaking in the BIOS I never rely on auto settings I much prefer to set all timings and voltages myself
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# RE: ASUS P8Z77-V Deluxe Benchmark PerformanceMoogle Stiltzkin 2012-05-05 00:42
so my corsair DDR3 dominator can't run stable at the rated 1600 mhz the reviews say it can run, but in reality is only stable at 1333 mhz freq at 1.65 volt on this mobo.

But as Athlonite pointed out, Corsair cannot guarantee an older ddr3 kit will work on this newer Asus Z77 deluxe motherboard with out stability issues.

Do you still reckon i amble still able to contact Corsair regarding this ? Or is this sort of thing not able to ask help on ?
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# RE: RE: ASUS P8Z77-V Deluxe Benchmark PerformanceDavid Ramsey 2012-05-05 08:22
The DDR3 standard hasn't changed; the signals and protocols are the same now as they were back when it was introduced. Any existing DDR3 memory kit should be able to run at its rated speed on any system that supports DDR3 memory (obviously we're not talking about ECC memory or anything like that, just normal desktop memory).

Now, things like XMP standards have changed. But that's just what your motherboard can (optionally) use to automatically set timing and voltages. You should still be able to set things manually.

So yes, I'd still recommend contacting Corsair. They have a company-supported set of forums on their web site, and even if I'm wrong about compatibility at least you'll have some definitive information from the vendor, rather than guesswork.
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# RE: RE: RE: ASUS P8Z77-V Deluxe Benchmark PerformanceMoogle Stiltzkin 2012-05-05 11:14
wow thx. now i feel more confident i do have a case then.

Okay i created a support ticket. Hm.... i wonder, so seeing as i'm running my rig on non oc settings with updates drivers, on a clean and recently installed rig, and it's confirmed that my ddr3 corsair dominator 6gb kit cannot run at 1600mhz freq at 1.65v, what are the solutions you think ?

1. pr bs that this should be expected as it wasn't designed/tested for this mobo. i pretty much get nothing.

2. some vague promise about asking asus to add bios support for this kit ?

3. they send in a replacement for the exact same model and hope it works ?

4. or they send me a spanky new vengeance or newer corsair dominator 6gb kit :D !?!?!
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# RE: ASUS P8Z77-V Deluxe Benchmark PerformanceMoogle Stiltzkin 2012-05-05 00:45
Some article i read said this

"X.M.P: Extreme memory profile, use this option if you have Sandy Bridge/Ivy Bridge qualified
XMP memory.

X.M.P. profiles contain pre-sets for system buses and in some cases voltages. If the specified speed of the DIMMs is greater than the supported memory frequency of the platform, a platform specific X.M.P. profile option becomes mandatory because processor core and memory controller voltage requirements vary from architecture to architecture.

High-speed enthusiast memory kits manufactured before the inception of the Sandybridge/Ivy Bridge platforms may not contain the necessary/adequate voltage offset settings for the system to be completely stable. In such instances, manual adjustments of memory controller voltage and memory timings may be necessary."
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# RE: ASUS P8Z77-V Deluxe Benchmark PerformanceMoogle Stiltzkin 2012-05-05 00:49
"The TR3X6G1600C8D is a 6144 MB kit of DDR3 SDRAM DIMMs based upon Corsair's high performance Dominator family of memory which includes Intel's Extreme Memory Profiles (XMP 1.2). This enables a robust, profile based high performance DDR3 over-clocking solution for Intel X58 platforms targeted for enthusiasts, gamers and overclockers who want to extract maximum performance from their platforms. Built using Corsair's Dual-path Heat Xchange (DHX) technology, this part delivers outstanding performance in the latest generation of X58 DDR3-based motherboards. This memory has been verified to operate at 1600MHz at latencies of 8-8-8-24 at 1.65V VDIMM."

So my ram does have XMP but is 1.2 not the newer 1.3 (should this matter ?) but i can confirm right now this ram is not stable at 1600 mhz freq for this Asus Z77 Deluxe mobo. 1333mhz is stable however.
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# RE: RE: ASUS P8Z77-V Deluxe Benchmark PerformanceAthlonite 2012-05-05 22:54
then you need to play with the IMC (internal memory controller) and dimm voltages until it becomes stable..... Like I said in the second part of my reply do not rely on auto settings to get it right it may take you tweaking settings in the BIOS to get them to run stable at 1600MHz
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# RE: ASUS P8Z77-V Deluxe Benchmark PerformanceMoogle Stiltzkin 2012-05-05 13:42
David, i just found an awesome comparison chart for the Asus Z77 motherboards, check this out oards/page7_AvailableModel s.htm

I think ought to make a screenshot of that comparison chart and add to your review :D

It's a very general comparison for the readers to know which will suit them better.
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# RE: ASUS P8Z77-V Deluxe Benchmark PerformancePC Games 2012-05-07 06:05
best for ivy bridge pcs
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# RE: ASUS P8Z77-V Deluxe Benchmark PerformanceLesfry 2012-05-09 21:25
I bought this motherboard right befor the Ive bridge Processers came out. I have the Sandy bridge 2700k in it. and a gtx580 .
do I need to upgrade to the ivy bridge, to take avantage of this bords potental ??? and will the gtx 680 and gtx 690 work with the processer I have. It seams like there throughing all these parts out there, and not giving us a clue as to how they work together.
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# RE: RE: ASUS P8Z77-V Deluxe Benchmark PerformanceDavid Ramsey 2012-05-09 21:41
Moving to an Ivy Bridge CPU will get you PCI-E 3.0 lanes, almost doubling the throughput to your graphics cards and other devices. However, this won't make any real-world difference in performance. The NVIDIA GTX 680/690 will work fine with your current processor. Right now there's no reason for you to switch to an Ivy Bridge.
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