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Asus P8Z77-V PRO ATX Intel Motherboard

67% Positive Reviews
Rated #14 in Intel Motherboards

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Pros: VRMs, Memory Profiles/Overclocking, Onboard Wi-Fi

Cons: Buggy BIOS, SSD issues, Dead sound chip

I bought my first Ivy Bridge chip and this motherboard to go with it. On paper the specs looked really impressive. The power phase design, heatsinks, VRMs, onboard wi-fi, it all looked really impressive.

My first issue was with flashing the BIOS, I had a couple of issues with unsuccessful flashing or flashing and my SSD would no longer work. I tried multiple SSDs, the solution was unplugging all the SATA drives while flashing the BIOS. I never experienced this on any other build so I thought it was quirky.

When overclocking the CPU I would set everything in BIOS and then 90% of the time I would get to windows and my CPU would be running 3.8GHz no matter what I set it to in BIOS. I tried the 3 most recent BIOSes and they didn't fix the issue for me. The only solution was setting the frequency in Windows with AI Suite II. Kind of disappointing.

These first two issues I thought were just bad luck, I encountered a handful of people on this Forum with the same issues. Very disappointing for an almost $200 board.

After about 40 days my sound chip died on me and I had to use a dedicated sound card. At this point I had enough and RMA'd with ASUS. When I get a replacement, hopefully these issues are fixed, but I will likely just hold on to my ASRock Extreme6.

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Pros: Quality Product, PCI Express 3.0, VRM Cooling, Overclocking, Ease of use

Cons: Green power LED always lit, Price

A while ago I upgraded from AMD to an Intel 3570K. I wanted a board that offered the latest features, ease of use and great overclocking features, I chose the Asus LGA1155 P8Z77-V Pro.


The board came well packaged and comes with lots of accessories, from which all I used were the Sata cables and Wireless antenna, that screws to the board and is accessed via the rear I/O.
It's a standard size ATX board, so it will fit in almost any mid tower and full tower cases, given that they have 7 expansion slots.

I love the touch UEFI on this motherboard. It was extremely easy to work with and to find all the important settings. Overclocking was as simple as raising the multiplier and upping voltage.
This board uses a 12+4 VRM Power delivery setup, being cooled by blue heatsinks. There is a 8pin EATX power connector near the top right of the board, with the 24pin ATX connector along the middle right hand side. This board has six 4pin PWM fan connectors, two of which for the processor cooler fans. There are two internal USB 3.0 headers, one on the right under the 24pin, and another down bottom along with standard front panel audio, USB 2.0 ports and a front panel header.

There are 4DIMM slots in the standard location to the right of the processor socket. Colored in blue and black, supporting upto 32gb of DDR3 memory in duel channel, at 2600mhz or lower.
For expansion slots we have two PCI-E 3.0 slots (running in 16x or dual 8x), one PCI-E 16x slot (4x mode), two PCI-E 1x slots and two PCI slots. This gives ample support for multi-gpu setups, with RAID cards or sounds cards.

We have four Sata 3gbps ports, two Sata 6gbps ports controlled by the Intel chipset, and two Sata 6gbps ports via the Asmedia controller.
There are some very cool tools implemented on this board, including:

- Asus TPU
- Asus EPU
- USB BIOS Flashback
- MemOK!
- AI Suite II
- Ai Charger+
- USB Charger+
- Anti-Surge
- ASUS UEFI BIOS EZ Mode featuring friendly graphics user interface
- Network iControl
- USB 3.0 Boost
- Disk Unlocker

The colour scheme is a nice black PCB, with blue accents throughout the board, looking very sharp.


I like this board alot. I've done everything I've needed to with it, be that overclocking the processor or memory, or updating the UEFI. As with all Intel boards, I much prefer Sata port implementation on AMD based motherboards, they're far more simple, with no need for unnecessary complicated controllers. I have to give Asus props for their UEFI, it's wonderful to use, a huge upgrade vs BIOS.
In any case if you were in the market for a decent high end LGA 1155 motherboard with tons of features and support for high overclocking, this is a board I'd happily recommend.

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Pros: Wifi Go, Overclocking, Quality, Asus Brand, Color, Fan Control, Onboard Graphics, Chipset

Cons: None so far

All of the pros stated are what makes this good and so much more. Asus is one of the leading motherboard companies, they also make a lot more of great products as well. I have overclocked my i5-3570K to 4.4Ghz and it's awesome. The AI Suite is great as well for overclocking and all of the other features like Fan Xpert and USB boost. It has a lot of fan connections and goes great with my color scheme.

Bought this for 159.99$ because I purchased at Micro Center and got 40$ off thumb.gif

PLEASE PM ME IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS!





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Number of Memory Slots: 4×240pin Memory Standard: DDR3 2600(O.C.)/2400(O.C.)/2200(O.C.)/ 2133(O.C.)/2000(O.C.)/1866(O.C.)/1800(O.C.)/1600/1333 PCI Express 2.0 x16: 1 (@x4) Onboard Video Chipset: None Audio Chipset: Realtek ALC892 Max LAN Speed: 10/100/1000Mbps SATA 3Gb/s: 4 CPU Type: Core i7 / i5 / i3 (LGA1155)

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