Asus P8Z77-V Review

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Asus P8Z77-V Review

Asus P8Z77-V

Apparently budget board means legacy support. That’s what we inferred from the Asus P8Z77-V board, which has a quaint PS/2 port and not one, but two PCI slots. Don’t think that means Asus cheaped out on more modern amenities, though. Although there’s no eSATA or FireWire, Asus includes some truly compelling features such as onboard Wi-Fi, an Intel LAN controller, incredibly fast USB 3.0, and a revamped Fan Xpert 2.

What’s so exciting about Fan Xpert 2? Plug fans of different makes and speeds into any of the four auxillary fan headers and the board will automatically measure the minimum and maximum speed of each fan and tune them for you with the most advanced fan-tuning applet we’ve ever seen from a board maker. If fans don’t get you hot, consider the board’s Turbo mode speeds, which trounce all others by hefty margins.

The Asus P8Z77-V excels with bundled Wi-Fi and impressive USB 3.0 speed.

Like Gigabyte, Asus pushes the Ivy Bridge chip harder than MSI. On Turbo with single- and multi-threaded loads, the Asus hit 3.9GHz. The MSI board was more conservative at 3.7GHz on most workloads.

Overall, we give the nod to the P8Z77-V in this roundup for its performance and useful features, but we can see why someone would go for the Gigabyte for sheer port madness and eSATA and FireWire needs.

Asus P8Z77-V

Deep Fried Oreo

Fan fans will love Fan Xpert 2; stellar performance.

Deep Fried Butter

No eSATA, no FireWire.

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Benchmarks

Gigabyte Z77X-UD5H Asus P8Z77-V
MSI Z77A-GD65
3DMark11 Overall
P6,052P6,308P6,221
PCMark 7 Overall3,5493,7393,603
PCMark 7 Lightweight 2,526 2,7552,584
PCMark 7 Productivity
2,3872,6102,380
Valve Particle (fps)203208190
SiSoft Sandra 2012 (GB/s) 21 21.320.72
SATA 6Gb/s read (MB/s) 497.9 509.9484.0
SATA 6Gb/s write (MB/s)230.4247.1234.0
Native USB 3.0 read (MB/s)
250.2 429.9250.9
Native USB 3.0 write (MB/s)
177.5181.3
177.3
Discrete USB 3.0 read (MB/s)
243.2
324.5
N/A
Discrete USB 3.0 write (MB/s)178.1181.8
N/A
 SLI ComplianceYesYesYes
32GB ComplianceYesYesYes
Auto Overclock4.5GHz4.2GHz4.2GHz

Best scores are bolded. We used a Core i7-3770K, 8GB of DDR3/1866 set at DDR3/1600, a WD Raptor 150, a GeForce GTX 580, and 64-bit Windows 7 Professional in all of our motherboards. SATA 6Gb/s speeds were measured with CrystalDiskMark 3.01 and an OWC Mercury Extreme SSD. USB 3.0 speeds were measured with CrystalDiskMark and a Patriot Wildfire SSD in a USB 3.0 enclosure using an Asmedia controller. 32GB compliance was measured with four 8GB DDR3 modules.

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