Published on February 17th, 2013 | by Tonberry King
ASUS P8Z77-V PRO Gaming Motherboard
Asus has crammed quite a bit into the P8Z77-V Pro. Essentially you’re getting three full-length PCI express slots (all run at full x16 speed), two PCI Express x1 slots (one will be blocked if you install a dual-slot graphics card), and one PCI slot for older peripherals. It should be noted that there are no PCI Express x4 slots, however the PCI Express x4 cards will work in the x16 slots.
You also get four SATAIII ports and four SATAII ports, and if you are paranoid about data corruption or just love insanely fast hard drives you can set up a RAID array on up to four SATAII ports or two SATAIII ports. View the ports below:
The Asus P8Z77-V Pro gets major points for its BIOS. Competitors like ASRock and Gigabyte have their, much more standard takes on the UEFI BIOS. However of them all, it’s the Asus that wins through a combination of ease-of-use and great functionality that both seasoned veterans and first time rig builders will appreciate. Additionally, the Asus UEFI BIOS gives you a full suite of overclocking options should you wish (and why wouldn’t you?) to push the processor to even greater speeds. Additional features:
- SMART DIGI+ Power Control – Flexible precise adjustments for System Stability, High Power Efficiency and Improved Performance Scaling on both CPU & RAM
- Wi-Fi GO! – Rich Features for the Home Environment: multimedia management, diverse remote control, Internet sharing and quick data sharing
- Fan Xpert 2 – Fan Auto Tuning function for optimized speed control and settings for each individual fan
- THUNDERBOLT Onboard – for data and display in one cable – ultra-fast storage transfer rates and ultra-sharp resolution for monitors
- USB BIOS Flashback – Plug in USB with BIOS file and just click the button for simplest BIOS update
- View warranty info
This is a great cost effective gaming motherboard, but there are a few connectivity issues you should take note of. With only 6 ports, two USB 2.0 and four USB 3.0, you’re in trouble if you’ve got a host of accessories to plug in. Asus is kind enough to supply a secondary backplate with another pair of USB 3.0 ports on it, but if you want access to the rest of the onboard USB 3.0 ports you’ll need more extensions for your rig. Additionally, if you’re installing Windows from a flash drive (Windows’ installer doesn’t support USB 3) there probably won’t be enough USB2 ports for the flash drive if you are using a USB keyboard and mouse. This means you might have to navigate the Windows install through the keyboard alone unless you decide to use the included USB2 backplate. Again, not
Summary: Well built board with loads of ports, features, and utilities. Easy to use BIOS, but lack of USB ports.