ASUS P8Z77-V Deluxe and Pro
As usual, ASUS is up to their usual standard and then some with the release of their P8Z77-V Deluxe and Pro motherboards. With the recent onslaught of Z77 motherboards we have seen some very creative and innovative ideas with many features from the various manufacturers but ASUS takes the crown for innovation and features this round by far. It is almost difficult to start as there is so much to talk about.
Starting with the overall ASUS lineup, ASUS incorporates their Smart Digi+ throughout every series. The ROG (Republic of Gamers) gives more than the P8 series but now each ASUS motherboard can somewhat be considered an enthusiast motherboard. You may ask, “How can this be?” Both Ivy Bridge and Sandy Bridge overclock very close on all ASUS Z77 motherboards. By very close we mean 100MHz or so. Yes, the ASUS ROG product will have the highest power phase and have somewhat more in-depth adjustments in the BIOS but with Ivy and Sandy, these chips will hit their limit (or somewhat close to their limit) regardless of those motherboard factors.
ASUS exclusively adds their TPU (TurboV Processing Unit) EPU directly in the motherboard. Other companies boast similar features; they are not robust, are not built into the board, and do not do the job overclocking. This means full and total control of your system using ASUS’ AI Suite II in the operating system with no instability. Whether you’re going for a quick auto overclock, finding ultimate horsepower or extreme cooling, ASUS AI Suite II is simply dynamite.
Overclocking the P8Z77-V Deluxe and Pro was as easy as 1-2-3. TPU with the motherboard switch, auto overclock within the BIOS, and auto overclock within AI Suite II hit 4.2GHz rock solid stable. For those needing a quick boost, it can’t get any easier than this. For those looking for more horsepower, both boards unleashed 4.8GHz stable with our watercooling which tops our Core i7 3770K. Our dry ice run really unleashed the beast on the 3770K at 5.8GHz which is excellent. Both boards overclock great and we cannot say more about the pair. If you’re looking for a stout overclocker look no further.
The other features on the motherboard are vast but let’s overview the critical basics. ASUS obviously uses the Intel controller for USB 3.0 but adds four more ports using the ASMedia controller with the PLX8808 chip which adds more lanes to the motherboard. We don’t typically see this on other motherboards. The added lanes gives the ASMedia controller more performance in queue depth when the lanes become saturated. The Intel controller is still much faster in linear read and write speeds but this approach gives a much more rounded overall performance package than others we’ve seen. PCIe 3.0 is here for you GeForce 6oo series and Radeon 7000 series fans with much more bandwidth than PCIe 2.0. The WiFi feature ASUS adds is more icing on the cake with cloud computing becoming more popular.
ASUS AI Suite II and the UEFI BIOS is as good as it gets. Fan Xpert, SSD caching, USB Charger + and BIOS flashback are just more features to mention and we could go on and on. All these features carry throughout the entire ASUS line when sometimes motherboard features will increase as the price increases. We should also need to mention the first available (from what we can tell) Windows-based Thunderbolt port available on a motherboard. With Thunderbolt technology, the designated port can provides the fastest and most versatile data transfers. More details soon to come.
The ASUS P8Z77-V Deluxe is priced at $275 which may seem a bit steep seeing the Deluxe is not a Republic of Gamers product, but with all the details ASUS gives the Deluxe, most will pay the premium for it. The P8Z77-V Pro retails for $205 and this makes it the better bang for the buck but either way, with all ASUS provides plus a boatload more features and versatility than any other Z77 boards we have seen. Both the P8Z77-V Deluxe and the P8Z77-V Pro earn Pure Overclock’s coveted Editors Choice award.