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ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP review

Budget-priced and feature-rich, a welcome H77 debut from ASRock

ASRock likes to do things a little differently, and there's no change here with its first H77 board.

For starters, while the ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP's form factor is the full ATX width, it's a little shallower in depth. The PCB (printed circuit board) is also a little thinner than most motherboards.

Both of these measures, we would guestimate, help shave a few pennies off the production cost, and in turn help the ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP deliver more features for less money than the competition. But are there any downsides?

We liked

Put simply, ASRock gives you more features for less money.

You get a full-width ATX board with a few extra expansion options, a nice GUI-enabled UEFI Bios, an extra pair of SATA 6Gbps ports thanks to an add-in chip and all the standard Intel H77 goodness in a very affordable package.

We disliked

Quantifying likely longevity with any brand new product is a tricky business, but the ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP's thin PCB isn't hugely confidence inspiring.

Strictly speaking, it's not the quickest Intel H77 motherboard out there, even if the performance gap is very small.

Final verdict

The ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP's funky form factor is just fine. It enables more expansion options in the form of a trio of legacy PCI ports and shouldn't present any installation issues.

As for the PCB, well, in the very long run, a thinner board is more likely to distort. In extreme cases, this can impact how the board operates.

Moreover, when it comes to things such as preventing interference and delivering a nice stable power supply, a thicker board with more layers is usually better. Then again, overclocking is not on the menu for any Intel H77 board, so those issues are a lot less critical than they might have been.

Instead, the fact that you get nearly all the features offered by more expensive H77 models, such as the Asus P8H77-M Pro, makes for a very attractive proposition.

That includes Lucid's Virtu MVP software and therefore support for running a discrete GPU in parallel with Intel's integrated graphics and Quick Sync video transcode feature.

It's also fun to see quirks such as mounting holes for older, though still effective, LGA775 coolers. Whether you make use of that sort of thing or not, it's a nice reminder that ASRock treads its own path rather than following the crowd.

Build quality doubts aside, the ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP is a lot of H77 action for the money.

Tech Specs

Product TypeDesktop Motherboard
Chipset ManufacturerIntel
Chipset ModelH77 Express
Multi GPU SupportedCrossFireX
Onboard VideoCPU Dependent Video
Number of PCI Express x16 Slots2
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Processor SocketSocket H2 LGA-1155
Brand NameASRock
Form FactorATX
Processor SupportedCore i5, Core i7, Core i3
Total Processor Supported1
Maximum Memory32 GB
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS, WEEE
64-bit ProcessingYes
Number of Memory Slots4
Number of PCI Slots3
Audio Channels7.1
Gigabit EthernetYes
Number of SATA Interfaces8
RAID SupportedYes
Number of Total Expansion Slots6
HDMIYes
DVIYes
Number of Network (RJ-45) Ports1
Network (RJ-45)Yes
Total Number of USB Ports8
Number of USB 3.0 Ports2
PS/2 PortYes
Number of PS/2 Ports1
Total Number of Onboard USB Ports6
Number of Onboard USB 2.0 Ports4
PCI Express StandardPCI Express 2.0, PCI Express 3.0
Total Number of PCI Express Slots3
Memory Form FactorDIMM
Processor TechnologyTurbo Boost Technology 2.0, Hyper-Threading Technology, Smart Response Technology
Width304.8 mm
Depth200.7 mm
ManufacturerASRock, Inc
Product ModelH77 Pro4/MVP
Product NameH77 Pro4/MVP Desktop Motherboard
Controller TypeSerial ATA/300, Serial ATA/600
Manufacturer Part NumberH77 PRO4/MVP
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.asrock.com
Marketing Information

ASRock Inc. is established in 2002, specialized in the field of motherboards. ASRock strives to build up its own brand. With the 3C design concept, "Creativity, Consideration, Cost-effectiveness", the company explores the limit of motherboards manufacturing while paying attention on the eco issue at the same time, developing products with the consideration of eco-friendly concept. ASRock has been growing fast and become world third largest motherboard brand with headquarter in Taipei, Taiwan and branches in Europe and the USA. The young and vibrant company targets from mainstream to enthusiast MB segments for different kinds of users, owning reputation around the world market with its reliability and proficiency.

Package Contents
  • H77 Pro4/MVP Desktop Motherboard
  • Quick Installation Guide
  • Support CD
  • I/O Shield