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ASUS P8Z77-V Premium

CONCLUSION

We were very excited to see the implementation of Thunderbolt on a PC.  After witnessing its performance and realizing we were running a monitor daisy chained through an external drive it really was a sobering experience. The Thunderbolt technology really is the main star of the show for the Premium board but we cannot let that overshadow the board as a whole with its multitude of features.

The premium brand is exactly what it says: it is the Premium offering from ASUS and could even be a segment board like the ROG or WS if ASUS wanted it to be due to its insane amount of features. At the end of the day it has a good spot as the flagship for the channel P8Z77 board lineup. The board offers more features than you could shake a stick at and it ensures the board can run all of them without compromise, and that is no easy task.  The Thunderbolt on this board is fully Intel certified and is the first Intel certified solution to be available on the market as such. The board also carries 4 way SLI/Crossfire support, dual Gbt Intel NIC’s, included mSATA 32GB SSD, ASUS SSD Caching II, 20 Phase VRM, Wi-Fi GO! capability with full Wi-Fi support along with Bluetooth as well for a complete wireless solution.  All in all, this board is packed chock full of features.

The only disadvantage to the board is the price as the board eclipses the 400 dollar mark which is a tough pill to swallow–indeed, it is higher than many graphics cards. However, considering the power this board is packing we can see why the price is so high, as 32GB mSATA SSD’s run upwards of 60-100 dollars depending on model not to mention the cost of adding features like the PLX bridge for 4 way GPU and all of the other bells and whistles it can all quickly add up.

The P8Z77-V Premium takes all the other boards by storm, and will be a hard act to beat (perhaps even for ASUS).  If you want the best of the best and are willing to pay the price to get it, there really is very little besides the price that we didn’t smile about.  This board is amazing and a half and for that we would highly recommend it to anyone looking for even half the functionality it offers.

 

OUR VERDICT: P8Z77-V Premium
Performance 9.5
Value 8.5
Quality 10
Features 10
Innovation 10
We are using a new addition to our scoring system to provide additional feedback beyond a flat score. Please note that the final score isn’t an aggregate average of the new rating system.
Total 9.5
Pros Cons

Thunderbolt Integration

4 Way GPU Support

Dual Intel Gigabit NIC

20 Phase strong DIGI+ VRM

included 32GB mSATA SSD

Integrated Wi-Fi and Bluetooth

ASUS SSD Caching II

Excellent Overclocking Performance

Proven ASUS Quality

Spotless and Smooth UEFI

Very high price
Summary: ASUS hit another homerun with a high performance segment board that somehow snuck into the regular channel lineup. Despite its high price, excellent performance and a litany of features such as Intel Thunderbolt make this board a powerhouse. It earns the Bjorn3D Golden Bear Award.

5 comments

  1. theprickabovetheeye

    Except you cant use all features of it at the same time. I’m using all sata ports and the performance is horrendous. Windows takes pauses every 10-15s and gaming is not possible due to microstuttering and the 10-15s pauses.

  2. Maybe it’s your setup? I’m not using all the sata ports and not sure why I would. I have replaced the msata onboard with a 128 gig that has the os on it and boot to it. I have a 2 TB hard drive with 2 OCZ Vertex 128G SSD drives for caching and my setup is working great.

  3. If there is onboard audio card…I will love P8Z77-V Prem more.

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