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ASUS Sabertooth Z77 Motherboard
Author: Rafael Coelho 56,558 views
Type: First Look Last Updated: October 25, 2012
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Introduction

The ASUS SABERTOOTH Z77 is a top mid-range socket LGA1155 motherboard targeted to the third-generation Core i3, Core i5, and Core i7 processors, codenamed “Ivy bridge,” and also supporting the second-generation Core i3, Core i5, and Core i7 processors (“Sandy Bridge”). Let’s see what the ASUS SABERTOOTH Z77 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 has 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 ASUS SABERTOOTH Z77 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.

ASUS has launched 12 different motherboard models based on the Intel Z77 chipset. In the tables below, we compare their main specifications.

Specification

P8Z77 WS

P8Z77-V DELUXE

SABERTOOTH Z77

P8Z77-V PRO

Form Factor

ATX

ATX

ATX

ATX

Memory Sockets

4

4

4

4

PCI Express 3.0 x16

4 (x16/x16/x0/x0 or x16/x8/x8/x0 or x8/x8/x8/x8)

2 (x16/x0 or x8/x8)

2 (x16/x0 or x8/x8)

3 (x16/x0 or x8/x8)

PCI Express 2.0 x1601 (x4)1 (x4)1 (x4)

PCI Express 2.0 x1

2

4

3

2

Standard PCI

0

0

0

2

CrossFireX

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

SLI

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

SATA-300

4

4

4

4

SATA-600

4

4

4

4

eSATA-300

0

0

0

0

eSATA-600

2

2

2

0

USB 2.0

9

8

10

10

USB 3.0

6

8

6

8

FireWire

0

0

0

0

Bluetooth

No

Yes, 4.0

No

No

Gigabit Ethernet

2

2

1

1

Wi-Fi

No

Yes (a, b, g, n)

No

Yes (b, g, n)

VGA

0

0

0

1

DVI

1

0

0

1

HDMI

0

1

1

1

DisplayPort

0

1

1

1

Audio

ALC898

ALC898

ALC892

ALC892

Voltage Regulator

16+4

16+4

8+4+2

12+4

Price

NA

USD 285

USD 240

USD 235


Specification

P8Z77-V

P8Z77-V LE

P8Z77-V LK

P8Z77-V LX

Form Factor

ATX

ATX

ATX

ATX

Memory Sockets

4

4

4

4

PCI Express 3.0 x16

2 (x16/x0 or x8/x8)

1

2 (x16/x0 or x8/x8)

1

PCI Express 2.0 x161 (x4)1 (x4)1 (x4)1 (x4)

PCI Express 2.0 x1

2

2

2

2

Standard PCI

2

3

2

3

CrossFireX

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

SLI

Yes

No

Yes

No

SATA-300

4

4

4

4

SATA-600

4

3

2

2

eSATA-300

0

0

0

0

eSATA-600

0

1

0

0

USB 2.0

10

10

10

10

USB 3.0

6

6

6

4

FireWire

0

0

0

0

Bluetooth

No

No

No

No

Gigabit Ethernet

1

1

1

1

Wi-Fi

Yes (b, g, n)

No

No

No

VGA

1

1

1

1

DVI

1

1

1

1

HDMI

1

1

1

1

DisplayPort

1

1

1

0

Audio

ALC892

ALC892

ALC892

ALC887

Voltage Regulator

8+4

6+2

4+1+1

4+1+1

Price

USD 210

USD 165

USD 150

USD 140


Specification

Maximus V GENE

P8Z77-M PRO

P8Z77-M

P8Z77-I DELUXE

Form Factor

microATX

microATX

microATX

Mini-ITX

Memory Sockets

4

4

4

2

PCI Express 3.0 x16

2 (x16/x0 or x8/x8)

2 (x16/x0 or x8/x8)

1

1

PCI Express 2.0 x1601 (x4)1 (x4)0

PCI Express x4

1

0

0

0

PCI Express x1

0

1

1

0

Standard PCI

0

0

1

0

Mini PCI Express

2

0

0

0

CrossFireX

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

SLI

Yes

Yes

No

No

SATA-300

2

4

4

2

SATA-600

4

2

2

2

eSATA-300

1

0

0

2

eSATA-600

0

2

0

0

USB 2.0

8

8

10

8

USB 3.0

6

6

4

6

FireWire

0

0

0

0

Bluetooth

No

No

No

Yes, 4.0

Gigabit Ethernet

1

1

1

1

Wi-Fi

No

No

No

Yes (a,b,g,n)

VGA

0

1

1

0

DVI

0

1

1

1

HDMI

1

1

1

0

DisplayPort

1

0

0

0

Audio

SupremeFX III

ALC892

ALC887

ALC898

Voltage Regulator

8+4

6+2

4+1

8+2

Price

USD 210

NA

USD 140

NA

A unique feature of the SABERTOOTH Z77 is the “Thermal Armor,” a plastic shield that covers most of the motherboard area, guiding the airflow provided by two fans and protecting the components at the same time. There are also plastic covers for the expansion and memory slots to protect them from dust. Figure 1 shows you the ASUS SABERTOOTH Z77 motherboard with the plastic protection.

ASUS SABERTOOTH Z77
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Figure 1: ASUS SABERTOOTH Z77

Figure 2 shows the SABERTOOTH Z77 with its plastic cover removed.

ASUS SABERTOOTH Z77
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Figure 2: Cover removed

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