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ASUS P8Z77-V Pro/Thunderbolt Review

Published by Marc Büchel on 07.02.13 (24702 reads)
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Conclusion

General   + -
At a first glance ASUS leaves a good impression with its P8Z77-V Pro/Thunderbolt. Once more we very much like the design of this P8-Series motherboard. The color scheme has a high value of recognition but the cooling blocks. We think that they have a cheap looking. In other hand they are not too big therefore they leave plenty of space to easily install a big CPU cooler.   - Design
       
Layout   + -
Generally the ASUS P8Z77-V Pro/Thunderbolt's layout is well thought. Once more very practical are the angled SATA connectors that allow better cable management. The two main PCIe_16x connectors have been well spaced (two PCI space inbetween) to allow a dual graphics card setup breath well. Furthermore there are plenty of video outputs (HDMI, VGA and DVI), with this many outputs and a Thunderbolt port this board has been clearly designed for a multi-display setup using only the IGP. Unfortunately ASUS didn't equip the P8Z77-V Pro/Thunderbolt with any debug display nor Clear_CMOS button. That's too bad because they are very useful to diagnose/solve a boot issue.   - Angled SATA connectors - Thunderbolt - No Clear_CMOS Button
- No Debug Display
       
Performance   + -
Overall you will find this board in the center span when you look for it in our comparison tables. A closer look at 3D performance shows that this isn't this product's strength. When it comes to 2D performance things start to look a bit better and the P8Z77-V Pro/Thunderbolt can be found in the solid center span. Regarding power consumption one can clearly see that this isn't a board that has been packed with features. Therefore power consumption is on a reasonable level.   - Power Consumption - 3DMark Vantage CPU
- Resident Evil
       
BIOS / Overclocking   + -
In the overclocking part the P8Z77-V Pro/Thunderbolt was a very convincing product. It's been childrens play to reach the clock wall of our test CPU. Furthermore the UEFI BIOS is very easy to use and one can quickly find the settings needed. These days ASUS makes one of the nicest BIOS not only when it comes to the structure but also when you look at the design.   - Well structured BIOS - UEFI-BIOS  
       
Recommendation   + -
If you want to build a mid-range computer or multimedia system, which is based on a new Ivy Bridge CPU then the ASUS P8Z77-V Pro/Thunderbolt is a very good choice. Not only the attractive feature mix but also the numerous connectors, including the Thunderbolt port, were able to convince.   - Mid-range
- Multimedia
 
       
Rating
We give the ASUS P8Z77-V Pro/Thunderbolt solid four out of five stars.



Page 1 - Introduction Page 11 - PC Mark 7
Page 2 - Specs and Delivery Page 12 - SiSoft Sandra 1
Page 3 - Features Page 13 - SiSoft Sandra 2
Page 4 - Layout Page 14 - UC Bench
Page 5 - Connectors and I/O Page 15 - Super Pi 1M / 32M
Page 6 - BIOS Page 16 - wPrime 1024M Multi Core
Page 7 - Test setup Page 17 - Games
Page 8 - 3D Mark 11 Page 18 - Power Consumption
Page 9 - 3D Mark Vantage Page 19 - Performance Rating
Page 10 - 3D Mark 2001 SE  Page 20 - Conclusion


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