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I was looking at the P8Z77-V cause it seemed fairly good for the price and made by Asus. But then I found the "Pro" model, for an extra few dollars, but from what I can see from the specifications there is almost no difference at all?

All I can see that is different, is that the USB 3.0 header is in a different spot. thinking.gif
Edited by snipekill2445 - 10/11/12 at 6:33am
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post #2 of 18
Pro has 6 phase VRM, whereas the other has 4 phases. Both use doubles through. Everything else you should be able to identify by specs.
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I had the hardest time deciding between the -v, the pro, and the deluxe. Ended up going with the pro. The VRM circuitry was better as well as a few other features. There is a good newegg TV episode on this line of motherboards that helps a lot, and asus' website is great for comparing the specs too.
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post #4 of 18
I was in the middle of this decision as well. I wanted the PRO one but settled with the non-PRO because it was not available (I was a first time buyer so I had no idea).
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post #5 of 18
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So the only real difference is that the Pro has a better Phase design, allowing for better overclocking basically?

Cause overclocking is extremely important to me. smile.gif
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post #6 of 18
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I just read that the P8Z77-V actually has a 8+4+2 Phase Power design, and that the Pro has a 12+4+2 Phase power design?

EDIT: I just read the website, and can confirm that the Pro model has a 16 Phase power Design. Looks like that's what I'll get then smile.gif
Edited by snipekill2445 - 10/11/12 at 6:33am
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post #7 of 18
Man, I told you that both use doublers.

Current PWM chips cannot give you more that 8 phases. Asus uses only 4 and 6 phases out of CHL8328 PWM that they use for V and V-Pro accordingly.

Don't believe what manufacturers write. I especially hate how Asus and ASRock count their phases. 16 phases come from doubling 6 phases from CPU (12 total) + another 4 phases from anything else. That's their total of phases for all the components, not just CPU. CPU gets just 6 phases or "12" doubled in case of V-Pro.

Gigabyte is the only one who gives 8 true phases for relatively low price (UP5-TH).
Edited by DeXel - 10/11/12 at 11:43am
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post #8 of 18
V-Pro gives you 1 more chasis fan header -> All of V's 5 Fan headers are located above the second row of ATX screw holes(the middle of the board), the 3 chassis fan header on V are all along the second row of screws holes.



V-Pro have an additional chasis fan header near the bottom right corner of the board , perfect for either a side fan or a bottom fan. Other than that and the difference in VRM phases V and V-Pro are exactly the same
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Man, I told you that both use doublers.
Current PWM chips cannot give you more that 8 phases. Asus uses only 4 and 6 phases out of CHL8328 PWM that they use for V and V-Pro accordingly.
Don't believe what manufacturers write. I especially hate how Asus and ASRock count their phases. 16 phases come from doubling 6 phases from CPU (12 total) + another 4 phases from anything else. That's their total of phases for all the components, not just CPU. CPU gets just 6 phases or "12" doubled in case of V-Pro.
Gigabyte is the only one who gives 8 true phases for relatively low price (UP5-TH).

I just read something else on the internet, saying that on the P8Z77-V, 8 phases are dedicated to the CPU, while 4 are dedicated to the iGPU.

And that on the Pro 12 Phases are dedicated to the CPU and 4 for the iGPU.
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http://sinhardware.com/images/vrm.jpg

Now why this matters a lot to you, I don't know. 99% sure you will not gain any OC performance, however it's the obvious choice if you want/need the extra options that come with that board.
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