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ASRock Z77 Professional Motherboard
Author: Gabriel Torres 37,083 views
Type: First Look Last Updated: May 16, 2012
Page: 1 of 9
Introduction

The ASRock Z77 Professional is a high-end socket LGA1155 motherboard targeted to the “Ivy Bridge” processors (third-generation Core i3, Core i5, and Core i7 processors). Let’s see what the ASRock Z77 Professional has to offer.

The Intel Z77 is an upgraded version of the Z68 chipset with the same basic features (Intel Smart Response Technology and Virtu video switching technology), plus native support to four USB 3.0 ports. It also includes the addition of two new technologies: Smart Connect (allowing the computer to receive emails and refresh webpages while it is in sleep mode) and Rapid Start (faster boot times).

In addition, the ASRock Z77 Professional supports the Virtu Universal MVP, which allows you to combine the performance of the integrated graphics processor available in the CPU with the performance of any video card installed. This is similar to what occurs with the Hybrid SLI and ATI Hybrid Graphics technologies, with the notable difference of not being limited to GPUs from a specific manufacturer.

ASRock has launched 11 different motherboard models based on the Intel Z77 chipset. In the table below, we compare their main specifications. Prices were researched at Newegg.com on the day we published this article. The Z77 Professional, the Z77 Professional-M, and the Z77 Performance are part of the “Fatal1ty” series, coming with a special USB port with a higher polling rate for gaming mice.

Specification

Z77 Professional

Z77 Performance

Z77 Extreme9

Z77 Extreme6

Z77 Extreme4

Z77 Pro4

Z77 Pro3

Form Factor

ATX

ATX

ATX

ATX

ATX

ATX

ATX

Memory Sockets

4

4

4

4

4

4

4

PCI Express x16

3 (x16/x0/x4 or x8/x8/x4)

2 (x16/x4)

6 (x16/x16/x0
/x16/x0/x4 or x16/x8/x8
/x8/x8/x4)

3 (x16/x0
/x4 or x8/x8
/x4)

2 (x16/x0 or x8/x8)

2 (x16/x4)

2 (x16/x4)

PCI Express x1

1

1

1

1

2

1

1

Mini PCI Express

0

0

1

1

0

0

0

Standard PCI

2

2

0

2

2

3

2

CrossFireX

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

SLI

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

No

SATA-300

4

4

4

4

4

4

4

SATA-600

6

2

6

4

4

4

2

eSATA-300

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

eSATA-600

1

0

1 (shared)

1

1

0

0

USB 2.0

10

10

8

8

8

10

10

USB 3.0

8

6

12

6

6

4

4

FireWire

2

0

2

2

0

0

0

Bluetooth

No

No

4.0

No

No

No

No

Gigabit Ethernet

2

1

2

1

1

1

1

Wi-Fi

No

No

802.11
a/b/g/n

No

No

No

No

VGA

No

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

DVI

No

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

HDMI

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

DisplayPort

Yes

No

No

Yes

No

No

No

Audio

ALC898

ALC892

ALC898

ALC898

ALC898

ALC892

ALC892

Voltage Regulator

16+8

8+4

8+4

8+4

8+4

4+2

4+1

Price

USD 230

USD 160

NA

USD 160

USD 130

USD 120

USD 110


Specification

Z77 Professional-M

Z77 Extreme4-M

Z77 Pro4-M

Z77E-ITX

Form Factor

microATX

microATX

microATX

Mini-ITX

Memory Sockets

4

4

4

2

PCI Express x16

3 (x16/x0/x4 or x8/x8/x4)

3 (x16/x0/x4 or x8/x8/x4)

3 (x16/x1/x4)

1 (x16)

PCI Express x1

1

1

1

0

Mini PCI Express

0

0

0

1

Standard PCI

0

0

0

0

CrossFireX

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

SLI

Yes

Yes

No

No

SATA-300

4

4

4

2

SATA-600

4

4

4

2

eSATA-300

0

0

0

1

eSATA-600

1

1

1 (shared)

0

USB 2.0

8

10

10

6

USB 3.0

6

4

4

6

FireWire

0

0

0

0

Bluetooth

No

No

No

No

Gigabit Ethernet

1

1

1

1

Wi-Fi

No

No

No

802.11n

VGA

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

DVI

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

HDMI

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

DisplayPort

Yes

No

No

Yes

Audio

ALC898

ALC898

ALC892

ALC898

Voltage Regulator

8+3

4+2

4+2

6+2

Price

USD 170

USD 130

USD 110

USD 150

In Figure 1, you see the ASRock Z77 Professional motherboard.

ASRock Z77 Professional motherboard
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Figure 1: ASRock Z77 Professional motherboard

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