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ASUS P8Z77-V LX - Motherboard - ATX - LGA1155 Socket - Z77 - USB 3.0 - Gigabit Ethernet - onboard graphics (CPU required) - HD Audio (8-channel)

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      02.01.2014 14:19
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      Excellent specs for a budget price.

      ----General impressions----
      I was a bit wary of buying this board for my new PC build as it seemed rather cheap for so many features, including HDMI and USB 3.0. However, after reading a number of professional and customer reviews I took the plunge. I'm glad to say my fears were unfounded and the board is excellent provided you are only planning using it for a single graphics card (GPU). The BIOS is a pleasure to use and has a number of presets for energy saving, general use and performance, with each setting modifying fan speeds and CPU speed. The BIOS also makes use of a software emulated mouse, which makes navigating the menus much more user friendly than standard.

      The board is great for those new to overclocking and allows users to set a desired speed and the board will sort out the rest. Using this feature I was able to overclock an i5 2500k from stock 3.3Ghz to 4.2Ghz stable. I'm sure it could go much higher but as of yet I have no need for it to. There is also a convenient DRAM OK! button and LED on the board that indicates if the RAM isn't running correctly. By pressing this button the motherboard will run a series of tests on the RAM and tweak the timings and speed to ensure it works fully.

      ----Technical discussion----
      This motherboard is compatible with all i3/i5/i7 Intel processors in the 1155 socket range. This effectively comes down to Sandy Bridge and Ivy Bridge processors thanks to the Z77 chipset, whereas the older boards were the Z68 range, limiting compatibility to Sandy Bridge chipset of CPUs.

      One area I found myself disappointed in was the PCI Express lanes. The description states it is Quad Crossfire compatible through two dual GPU cards, such as the AMD 7990. However, you can only run a second PCI Express 2.0 lane at half speed (8x). However, for a budget board the target market would not be using it for this purpose but that begs the question: Why include it?

      ----Conclusion----
      The ASUS P8Z77V-LX is an excellent board for the price, so long as you accept it as a budget board with extra features and not a big budget board at a discount price. The materials are high quality, featuring good quality Japanese capacitors (caps); the software is easy to use for those new to tweaking and overclocking the PC, and it has a wide range of connectors, support for processors and can handle a card as beefy as a GTX Titan.

      For me, it was an easy decision to buy this over the limited competition. Put simply, you won't find this specification at this price point elsewhere.

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    • Product Details

      Superior graphics performance on Z77. This motherboard supports LGA1155 socket for 3rd generation Intel Core processor-based platform and 2nd Generation Core i7/ i5/ i3/ Pentium / Celeron Processors in the LGA1155 package, with iGPU, memory and PCI Express controllers integrated to support onboard graphics output with dedicated chipsets, 2-channel (4 DIMM) DDR3 memory and 16 PCI Express 3. 0/2. 0 lanes. This provides great graphics performance. LGA1155 socket for 3rd generation Intel Core processor-based platform and 2nd Generation Core i7/ i5/ i3/ Pentium / Celeron Processors are among the most powerful and energy efficient CPUs in the world. The Intel Z77 Express Chipset is a single-chipset design to support LGA1155 socket for 3rd generation Intel Core processor-based platform and 2nd Generation Core i7/ i5/ i3/ Pentium / Celeron Processors. It provides improved performance by utilizing serial point-to-point links, allowing increased bandwidth and stability.

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      Product Description: ASUS P8Z77-V LX - motherboard - ATX - LGA1155 Socket - Z77
      Product Type: Motherboard - ATX
      Chipset Type: Intel Z77 Express
      Processor Socket: 1 x LGA1155 Socket
      Max RAM Size: 32 GB
      RAM Supported: 4 DIMM slots - DDR3
      Storage Ports: 2 x SATA-600 (RAID), 4 x SATA-300 (RAID)
      USB / FireWire Ports: 2 x USB 3.0 + 4 x USB 2.0 + ( 2 x USB 3.0 + 6 x USB 2.0 via headers )
      Audio: HD Audio (8-channel)
      LAN: Gigabit Ethernet
      Microsoft Certification: Compatible with Windows 7
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