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Asus P8Z77-V Pro review

An update to our favourite Z68 board in Z77 flavours. Mmm, tasty

Our Verdict

An excellent all-round board that's only really let down by a lack of USB connectivity out the box.

For

  • Great price
  • Excellent comparative performance
  • Same awesome BIOS

Against

  • Limited USB connectivity out of the box

Of all the Z68 boards that stalked through our labs in the last generation the Asus P8Z68-V Pro was one of our all-time favourites. This Asus P8Z77-V Pro update promises much in the same vein of price/performance metrics and with a serious feature set to boot.

This Z77 flavour of Asus' special Intel sauce is another well laid out slice of black and blue styling with more than enough features to cater for all but the very enthusiastic enthusiasts.

That's what its Asus Sabertooth Z77 and crazy high-end Asus Republic of Gamers Maximus V Gene boards are for.

This £150/$225 board is designed for the discerning user that wants to be able to do pretty much everything with his machine, rather than just specialise in a few key areas.

That's not to say it's lacking in any department, as much as the Sabertooth and RoG boards are overclocking monsters this Asus P8Z77-V Pro is certainly no slouch.

We're certain that with some serious tweaking and voltage-messing you could push the higher-end Asus boards over the 4.8GHz we've seen as the limit for the Intel Core i7 3770K, but this little bargain board matches that speed with consummate ease.

Vital stats
Socket - Intel LGA 1155
Chipset - Intel Z77
Graphics support - 2x PCIe 3.0 x16, 1x PCIe 2.0 x16, Nvidia SLI and AMD CrossFireX
Memory - Dual channel DDR3
High speed interfaces - 8x USB 3.0, 4x SATA 6Gbps

Benchmarks

It's a close run thing between the Asus and Gigabyte boards, but at stock speeds the Gigabyte Z77X-UD5H has the edge, if only by a hair's breadth.

Thanks to the higher default Turbo we experience with these boards it pushed them ahead of the other competing Z77s.

When it came to the overclocking though Asus took back its crown, shading the Gigabyte board in Cinebench with scores of 9.69 vs. 9.65. As we say, shading.

But when you think the top-end desktop chip, the hexcore Intel Core i7 3960X hits 10.54, the Asus board with the Ivy Bridge CPU getting within 0.85 of a mark is impressive for a quad-core.

CPU rendering performance

Asus P8Z77 V Pro benchmarks

CPU encoding performance

Asus P8Z77 V Pro benchmarks

Gaming performance

Asus P8Z77 V Pro benchmarks

Tech Specs

Product TypeDesktop Motherboard
Chipset ManufacturerIntel
Chipset ModelZ77 Express
Multi GPU SupportedSLI, CrossFireX
Onboard VideoCPU Dependent Video
Number of PCI Express x16 Slots3
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Processor SocketSocket H2 LGA-1155
Brand NameAsus
Form FactorATX
Processor SupportedCore i5, Core i7, Core i3, Pentium Dual-core, Celeron Dual-Core
Total Processor Supported1
Maximum Memory32 GB
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE
64-bit ProcessingYes
Number of Memory Slots4
Number of PCI Slots2
Audio Channels7.1
Gigabit EthernetYes
Number of SATA Interfaces6
QuickPath Interconnect5 GT/s
RAID SupportedYes
Number of Total Expansion Slots7
HDMIYes
DVIYes
Number of Network (RJ-45) Ports1
Network (RJ-45)Yes
DisplayPortYes
Total Number of USB Ports6
Number of USB 3.0 Ports4
PS/2 PortYes
Number of PS/2 Ports1
Total Number of Onboard USB Ports10
Number of Onboard USB 2.0 Ports8
PCI Express StandardPCI Express 3.0, PCI Express 2.0
Total Number of PCI Express Slots5
Memory Form FactorUDIMM
Processor TechnologySmart Response Technology, Turbo Boost Technology 2.0
Width304.8 mm
Depth223.5 mm
ManufacturerASUS Computer International
Product ModelP8Z77-V LK
Product NameP8Z77-V LK Desktop Motherboard
Controller TypeSerial ATA/300, Serial ATA/600
Manufacturer Part Number90-MIBIH0-G0EAY0VZ
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://uk.asus.com
Marketing Information

This motherboard supports LGA1155 socket for 3rd generation Intel Core processor-based platform and 2nd Generation Core i7/ i5/ i3/ Pentium / Celeron Processors in the LGA1155 package, with iGPU, memory and PCI Express controllers integrated to support onboard graphics output with dedicated chipsets, 2-channel (4 DIMM) DDR3 memory and 16 PCI Express 3.0/2.0 lanes. This provides great graphics performance. LGA1155 socket for 3rd generation Intel Core processor-based platform and 2nd Generation Core i7/ i5/ i3/ Pentium / Celeron Processorsare among the most powerful and energy efficient CPUs in the world

Package Contents
  • P8Z77-V LK Desktop Motherboard
  • User's Manual
  • I/O Shield
  • 2 x SATA 6Gb/s Cable(s)
  • 1 x SLI Bridge(s)