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LGA2011 boards have always occupied the luxury side of town, whereas LGA1155 has been pretty blue collar. Not anymore. Asus's new pretty much shatters the idea that LGA1155 boards are low rent. How swanky is it? This Z77 board is brimming with every bell, whistle, and horn available. Obviously, Thunderbolt is here, in the form of a single Thunderbolt port using Intel's “Cactus Ridge” DSL3310 second-gen Tbolt controller. Asus also equips the board with a PLX8747 PCIe 3.0 switch chip, so the board is able to run up to four GPUs. Boards without a bridge chip are normally constrained to two GPUs, and some boards switch off components too. Want more? There's also the excellent Asus fan controls, a Wi-Fi and Bluetooth module, a secondary Marvell SATA 6Gb/s with four ports, and a 32GB Lite-On SSD in the mSATA slot, in addition to the two Gigabit ports running Intel silicon. There's so much hardware jammed onto this board, it takes an afternoon just to go through the UEFI settings. Performance of the board is quite good, especially with the “free” mSATA SSD used for caching (which we did for our testing). So how much does all this hardware cost?
The battle between Asus and Gigabyte has traditionally been a heavyweight contest, though in recent years it's become more of a ritualised beating, as the Asus boards have consistently out-punched Gigabyte at every level. With the release of Intel's Ivy Bridge setup and the Z77 platform, however, Gigabyte has made a dramatic return to form. Now the head-to-head is once more a battle of the giants, and nowhere more so than between the two premium Z77 motherboards we're checking out. They are both around the 250 mark - a fortune compared to most of the fairly reasonable Z77 boards we've previously tested - and come with more ringing and whistly things than you could shake a thin piece of dead tree at. They also both come with connections for the new Intel/Apple love child, Thunderbolt. Lightning Thunder Where the Gigabyte board has a pair of connections for the new interface, this Premium effort from Asus has just a single port on the rear. Still, it shouldn't have trouble rocking triple-screen configurations, with HDMI and full DisplayPort connectors alongside that Thunderbolt socket.
ASUS has pushed many new models onto the playing field with Z77, and with the P8Z77-V Premium, we now see the first solution Intel-certified for Thunderbolt, along with many other technical and feature advances that push ASUS even further in the forefront for the Z77 offerings. The Z77 chipset has been opening many new doors for computer builders. We have already looked at a few Z77 boards, and the prevailing trend has been that the CPU is the limitation, and the performance from board to board (regardless of manufacturer) is extremely similar. This is great for budget builders, as this means that when running air or water the performance will be roughly the same with the same chip. With that we have proven this to be very accurate as the boards we have tested from top to bottom scale ever so slightly with minute efficiency differences but overall performance difference is miniscule and within the margin for error. However, this board is a little different when it comes to performance. The P8Z77-V Premium is yet another step forward for the ASUS engineering team, as the board is not only the first to carry Intel integrated Thunderbolt, but also a few other cool features as well.
ASUS seems to have taken the Z77 market by storm! They've released 12 boards, ranging from the high end Maximus V Gene to the more mainstream and affordable models, and they're still not done. We have it on good word that the Maximus V Formula is not far out. Today we're taking a first glance at another model, however: the P8Z77-V Premium. This board is the highest end of the mainstream line, though the board is so packed with features that the biggest difference between it and the ROG models is the color! All joking aside this board packs many features, and ASUS says there is more to come, which whets our appetite quite a bit. As of this time we do not have a expected MSRP for the board or its exact release date, but we can say taht we will be anxiously awaiting its arrival. The Premium board comes with many features that make it very desirable to everyone from multimedia users to productivity users, and also to hardcore gamers. These are just some of the features that make this board so amazing: USB Boost: The USB 3.0 Boost is nothing short of amazing; in essence, it is a free speed boost for your USB 3.0 storage devices. Imagine it like overclocking the USB 3.0.