ASUS P8Z77-V Deluxe and Pro
Ivy Bridge is in full swing. Our initial testing shows Ivy slightly faster than its older brethren Sandy Bridge, but much more efficient. Intel introduced their new Tri-Gate 3D Transistors on this Tick swing of their Tick Tock development strategy. Each alternating year, Intel’s plan is new architecture (Tock) and on the flip side, increasing transistor density (Tick).
On the motherboard side, we have seen a slew of Z77 motherboards hit the market with every manufacturer aiming for market share. ASUS is up to its usual standard with a full line of motherboards ranging from their elite Republic of Gamers (ROG) products to the P8 series which caters to the mainstream and budget-oriented consumers. Past P8 series have typically been a fan favorite of many, seeing as there really isn’t much compromise at all in terms of performance, particularly for those who don’t need the extensive enthusiast features found on the ASUS ROG boards.
The Z77 chipset coupled with Socket 1155 supports both Ivy Bridge and Sandy Bridge, which is a relief for Intel users. The upgrade path to Ivy is a simple new processor, and as in the past, Intel has used new socket with new introductions. New added features such as PCIe 3.0 and USB 3.0 are inclusive with the Z77 motherboards.
Today, we have a double whammie review in store with two new ASUS Z77 offerings, named the P8Z77-V Deluxe and the P8Z77-V Pro. ASUS takes things to the next level here and their features have many added nuances most do not recognize, so open a nice cold frosty beverage, kick back while we get both of these handsome boards to the lab and see how they handle Intel’s new Ivy Bridge processors with a look at some extreme cooling and see what they can unleash.