If you have the P8Z77-V
Premium in front of you lying on the desk you'll have that kind of feeling when
you're expecting something really, really brilliant. And finally after the
unboxing there is a board that has more features then a skycraper has floors.
But a closer look reveals a 32 Gigabyte mSATA SSD. Seriously? 32 Gigabyte mSATA
SSD on a 400 Euro motherboard? If I went into a shop and bought myself a 400
Euro motherboard then I will definitely build a system which has a proper SSD in
it. And this proper SSD is not only bigger, it's also a lot faster. If I were to
give ASUS an advice, then I would say, just remove this 32 Gigabyte mSATA SSD
and sell the board cheaper.
Something which is really, really a pity and quite disappointing is the
performance level at the moment. ASUS really knows how to optimize the
out-of-the-box-performance and therefore I would have expected more than what we
got here. Hopefully future BIOS versions will solve some of the performance
issues and hopefully it is not related to the thunderbolt implementation. But
still it's really difficult to define my feelings when it comes to this board. I
don't know what it is but there is something that makes me want this thing.
After reading what I've just written I think this board doesn't know what it
is. I think it's something between a flagship and everybodies darling. And I
don't think that's a good idea. If it was either a flagship or everybodies
darling it would be ok and I could live with it, but not when it's both. It
really is a pity because there is everything on this PCB that is needed to
create a mindblowing product!
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