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ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP review

Budget-priced and feature-rich, a welcome H77 debut from ASRock

Our Verdict

For

  • Great feature set
  • Very competitively priced

Against

  • Faster H77 boards exist
  • Thin PCB

With the usual big brand suspects rolling out motherboards based on Intel's H77 chipset, it's time for something a little different in the form of the new ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP.

In the past, ASRock had a reputation for quirky and rough around the edges - if competitively priced - motherboards. These days, ASRock still does things a little differently, but its boards are much more polished and still offer great value.

The ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP is a great example. Ostensibly it packs in pretty much everything the Asus P8H77-M Pro has, but brings a little more flexibility and expansion to the mix, thanks to its ATX rather than MicroATX form factor, and all for around £20 (about $30) less.

In fact, even compared to the Gigabyte H77M-D3H, which is a lot thinner on features, the ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP is cheaper, if only by £5 (about $7.50).

Priced at £70 (around $109), the ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP certainly looks like the most cost-effective way to get yourself a motherboard fully optimised for Intel's latest Ivy Bridge generation of PC processors.

Vital stats
Chipset - Intel H77
Socket - Intel LGA 1155
Graphics support - Intel integrated, PCIe 3.0, CrossFireX, Lucid Virtu MVP
USB 3.0 - Two ports plus header
Multimedia - VGA, DVI, HDMI, 5.1 sound, optical, S/PDIF

Benchmarks

Like other motherboards based on the Intel H77 chipset, serious overclocking isn't an option with the ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP. Unfortunately, you don't have full access to the CPU multiplier. So, what we're looking for is solid performance at stock clocks.

That's pretty much what it delivers. Admittedly, it's a little off the pace by most of our benchmark metrics. But we're talking about fractions of a frame per second rather than anything you'll notice in the real world. There are one or two ways where you can see how ASRock has cut costs. But raw performance isn't one of them.

Professional rendering performance

ASRock H77 Pro4 MVP Benchmarks

Video encoding performance

ASRock H77 Pro4 MVP Benchmarks

Gaming performance

ASRock H77 Pro4 MVP Benchmarks

Memory Bandwidth

ASRock H77 Pro4 MVP Benchmarks

Peak power consumption

ASRock H77 Pro4 MVP Benchmarks

Tech Specs

Product TypeDesktop Motherboard
Chipset ManufacturerIntel
Chipset ModelH77 Express
Multi GPU SupportedCrossFireX
Onboard VideoCPU Dependent Video
Number of PCI Express x16 Slots2
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Processor SocketSocket H2 LGA-1155
Brand NameASRock
Form FactorATX
Processor SupportedCore i5, Core i7, Core i3
Total Processor Supported1
Maximum Memory32 GB
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS, WEEE
64-bit ProcessingYes
Number of Memory Slots4
Number of PCI Slots3
Audio Channels7.1
Gigabit EthernetYes
Number of SATA Interfaces8
RAID SupportedYes
Number of Total Expansion Slots6
HDMIYes
DVIYes
Number of Network (RJ-45) Ports1
Network (RJ-45)Yes
Total Number of USB Ports8
Number of USB 3.0 Ports2
PS/2 PortYes
Number of PS/2 Ports1
Total Number of Onboard USB Ports6
Number of Onboard USB 2.0 Ports4
PCI Express StandardPCI Express 2.0, PCI Express 3.0
Total Number of PCI Express Slots3
Memory Form FactorDIMM
Processor TechnologyTurbo Boost Technology 2.0, Hyper-Threading Technology, Smart Response Technology
Width304.8 mm
Depth200.7 mm
ManufacturerASRock, Inc
Product ModelH77 Pro4/MVP
Product NameH77 Pro4/MVP Desktop Motherboard
Controller TypeSerial ATA/300, Serial ATA/600
Manufacturer Part NumberH77 PRO4/MVP
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.asrock.com
Marketing Information

ASRock Inc. is established in 2002, specialized in the field of motherboards. ASRock strives to build up its own brand. With the 3C design concept, "Creativity, Consideration, Cost-effectiveness", the company explores the limit of motherboards manufacturing while paying attention on the eco issue at the same time, developing products with the consideration of eco-friendly concept. ASRock has been growing fast and become world third largest motherboard brand with headquarter in Taipei, Taiwan and branches in Europe and the USA. The young and vibrant company targets from mainstream to enthusiast MB segments for different kinds of users, owning reputation around the world market with its reliability and proficiency.

Package Contents
  • H77 Pro4/MVP Desktop Motherboard
  • Quick Installation Guide
  • Support CD
  • I/O Shield