Already at a first glance the
ASUS P8Z77-V Deluxe looks very good with it harmonic design. The colors look suite
nicely and the different blue tones on a black PCB are calming. The layout itself is well thought and there is for example plenty of space around the CPU socket to install even todays largest CPU coolers.
P8Z77-V Deluxe with a 20+2 phase VRM design whereas the CPU can rely on 16
phases, the integrated graphics unit gets four phases and the memory gets its own two phases. Furthermore ASUS
digital power design on the board, which comes meanwhile in the third
generation. With their digital power design they promise that it emits less electromagnetic radiation than its
analogue counterpart. Therefore ASUS claims that the system stability can be
enhanced even further, especially during extreme overclocking.
Totally you'll find four DIMM-slots on the
P8Z77-V Deluxe. Officially supported are DDR3 - 2800 (OC) / 2600 (OC) / 2400
(OC) / 2200 OC / 2133 (OC) / 1866 (OC) / 1600 / 1333 / 1066 with up to
32 GByte capacity. The DIMM-slots are quite close to the CPU socket which might cause some compatibility problems with big coolers especially when you choose to install RAM with big heatspreaders.
power design is being held at adequate temperatures via a passive heatpipe cooling solution.
The PCH is being covered by a passive cooling block.
The aluminium blocks around the CPU socket are quite big. In fact they are that
big that installing big CPU coolers might not be a bit complicated in some cases
depending on the coolers clamping mechanism.
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