Connectors and I/O
ASUS provided the P8Z77-V Pro/Thunderbolt with eight angled SATA ports
which should be enough for any office PC, gaming system or enthusiast build. The
Intel Z77 chipset drives the four light blue ports (SATA2 3Gbps) and the two
grey ports (SATA3 6Gbps).
Last two - dark blue ones - are controlled by an ASMedia ASM1061 chip. There is
no debug display which might have been very useful if you should once experience issues
with one of the components in your system. You find the EPU and TPU switchs at
the bottom board and the MemOK button located at the top right of the board. The
audio of the board is powered by a Realtek ALC892 chip.
Totally you'll find five fan
headers on the P8Z77-V Pro/Thunderbolt which is more than enough to provide a well
equipped midrange or high-end-system with fresh air. The fanheaders are located
at the top and middle edges of the board.
Looking at the external connectors directly at the
back-panel ASUS equipped the P8Z77-V Pro/Thunderbolt with four USB
3.0 ports, one gigabit ethernet ports, a PS/2 combo port, an optical out as well
as an analogue audio panel. As for the video outputs you get an HDMI, a DVI and
connector. Like the name of the board suggests there is also the new Thunderbolt
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