Asus P8Z77-V Pro review

An update to our favourite Z68 board in Z77 flavours. Mmm, tasty

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Our Verdict

An excellent all-round board that's only really let down by a lack of USB connectivity out the box.

For

  • Great price
  • Excellent comparative performance
  • Same awesome BIOS

Against

  • Limited USB connectivity out of the box

Of all the Z68 boards that stalked through our labs in the last generation the Asus P8Z68-V Pro was one of our all-time favourites. This Asus P8Z77-V Pro update promises much in the same vein of price/performance metrics and with a serious feature set to boot.

This Z77 flavour of Asus' special Intel sauce is another well laid out slice of black and blue styling with more than enough features to cater for all but the very enthusiastic enthusiasts.

That's what its Asus Sabertooth Z77 and crazy high-end Asus Republic of Gamers Maximus V Gene boards are for.

This £150/$225 board is designed for the discerning user that wants to be able to do pretty much everything with his machine, rather than just specialise in a few key areas.

That's not to say it's lacking in any department, as much as the Sabertooth and RoG boards are overclocking monsters this Asus P8Z77-V Pro is certainly no slouch.

We're certain that with some serious tweaking and voltage-messing you could push the higher-end Asus boards over the 4.8GHz we've seen as the limit for the Intel Core i7 3770K, but this little bargain board matches that speed with consummate ease.

Vital stats

Socket

- Intel LGA 1155

Chipset

- Intel Z77

Graphics support

- 2x PCIe 3.0 x16, 1x PCIe 2.0 x16, Nvidia SLI and AMD CrossFireX

Memory

- Dual channel DDR3

High speed interfaces

- 8x USB 3.0, 4x SATA 6Gbps

Benchmarks

It's a close run thing between the Asus and Gigabyte boards, but at stock speeds the Gigabyte Z77X-UD5H has the edge, if only by a hair's breadth.

Thanks to the higher default Turbo we experience with these boards it pushed them ahead of the other competing Z77s.

When it came to the overclocking though Asus took back its crown, shading the Gigabyte board in Cinebench with scores of 9.69 vs. 9.65. As we say, shading.

But when you think the top-end desktop chip, the hexcore Intel Core i7 3960X hits 10.54, the Asus board with the Ivy Bridge CPU getting within 0.85 of a mark is impressive for a quad-core.

CPU rendering performance

Asus P8Z77 V Pro benchmarks

CPU encoding performance

Asus P8Z77 V Pro benchmarks

Gaming performance

Asus P8Z77 V Pro benchmarks

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Components Editor

Dave (Twitter) is the components editor for TechRadar and has been professionally testing, tweaking, overclocking and b0rking all kinds of computer-related gubbins since 2006. Dave is also an avid gamer, with a love of Football Manager that borders on the obsessive. Dave is also the deputy editor of TechRadar's older sibling, PC Format.

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