ASUS P8Z77-V PRO Motherboard

Introduction

The ASUS P8Z77-V PRO is a top mid-range socket LGA1155 motherboard targeted to the forthcoming “Ivy Bridge” processors (third-generation Core i3, Core i5, and Core i7 processors) and also supporting the current “Sandy Bridge” models (second-generation Core i3, Core i5, and Core i7 processors). Let’s see what the ASUS P8Z77-V PRO will have to offer.

The Intel Z77 will be 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 will also include 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 ASUS P8Z77-V PRO 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 x16 4 (x16/x16/x0/x0 or x16/x8/x8/x0 or x8/x8/x8/x8) 3 (x16/x0/x4 or x8/x8/x4) 3 (x16/x0/x4 or x8/x8/x4) 3 (x16/x0/x4 or x8/x8/x4)
PCI Express 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 275 USD 240 USD 225
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 x16 3 (x16/x0/x4 or x8/x8/x4) 2 (x16/x4) 3 (x16/x0/x4 or x8/x8/x4) 2 (x16/x4)
PCI Express 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 145 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 x16 2 (x16/x0 or x8/x8) 3 (x16/x0/x4 or x8/x8/x4) 2 (x16/x4) 1
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 200 USD 160 USD 140 NA

Figure 1 shows you the ASUS P8Z77-V PRO motherboard.

ASUS P8Z77-V PRO motherboardFigure 1: ASUS P8Z77-V PRO motherboard

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Author: Gabriel Torres

Gabriel Torres is a Brazilian best-selling ICT expert, with 24 books published. He started his online career in 1996, when he launched Clube do Hardware, which is one of the oldest and largest websites about technology in Brazil. He created Hardware Secrets in 1999 to expand his knowledge outside his home country.

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