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    Motherboard Review ASUS P8Z77-M Pro

    Review ASUSP8Z77-M Pro

    ASUS P8Z77-M Pro - motherboard platform LGA1155, based on the Intel Z77 Chipset and made in the form factor MATX. Compact, functional and relatively inexpensive device with the ability to fine tune the parameters. These are the criteria against which all users are paying more attention to the choice of the basis for the new system. Let's see if it will work on the results of stress testing all of the items, and not just some of them.

    Design and layout

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    Card form factor mATX made in specific colors for devices ruler ASUS P8, the device turned out quite colorful. It would seem, has been used for the usual combination of black, blue and white colors, but on a small piece of PCB color palette elements replaced quite active, and it is becoming apparent at first glance at the device.

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    The power subsystem consists of eight phases (6 +2). To adjust the voltage regulator controller is used DIGI + VRM (ASP1105). In this case, to accelerate heat dissipation elements have VRM radiators. Low profile coolers colored in blue, with a visual contrast to the segment in the central portion has a natural aluminum color. Chip chipset also covered with compact heatsink blue. For additional power supply using an 8-pin connector EATX12V, traditionally located at the top edge closer to the interface board.

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    ASUS P8Z77-M Pro features four slots for memory, the total amount which can be extended up to 32 GB. DDR3 speed indicators used are more dependent on the capabilities of the processor. In the case of the form factor mATX, connectors with single-sided memory modules latches great rescue. According to the arrangement, the card in the top slot PCI-E x16 will not interfere with installation brackets RAM.

    In general layout of the ASUS P8Z77-M Pro is very successful. Questions may arise unless at planting the large CPU coolers. After installing the Thermalright Archon Rev. A first slot of PCI-E x16 is not available - Dimensions radiator block does not allow you to install the video card in the top slot. However, the said model cooler - one of the marker in its class, the scope of its radiator "wings" up to 155 mm. Its no-hassle installation is possible for each full-frame model, which is to say, when it comes to compact mATX, where already the first slot is reserved for PCI-E x16, and not PCI-E x1. Anyway, thisnuanceisworthpayingattentionto.

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    Set of expansion slots can not be called academic. Manufacturer refused obsolete PCI in favor of more high-speed PCI Express. The PCB is placed four slots: three full-length PCI-E x16, as well as a miniature PCI-E x1. The top slot is colored blue, preferably using a single graphics card. In this case it receives all of the bus lines 16 and works as a high-speed mode. If a pair of graphics cards also activated the second slot (white), and the configuration of links looks like x8 + x8. When using a processor family, Ivy Bridge, both slots can operate in PCI Express 3.0. The last "dlinnomerka" black in any case, complies with the PCI Express 2.0 and 4 is dedicated bus lanes.

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    The manufacturer emphasizes the ability of the board to work in multiadapternyh configurations. This is opaque hints even the presence of complete SLI-bridge, which is not supplied with all models, supporting ligaments with two video cards based on chips from NVIDIA. CrossFireX configurations are also permitted, but required for such systems, adapters usually come with a graphics card. Location slots also says that the developers wanted to make life easier for those brave and passionate people who will use a pair of graphics cards. They are arranged in a sequence that the two adapters with dual-slot cooler installed without problems. Of course, in this case, install additional expansion cards will not be possible, but access to items at the bottom edge of the PCB will remain open.

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    On the bottom edge of the board contains the bulk of the controls and connectors are functional. Here are the connector to output audio ports on the front wall of the body, toggle activation of proprietary technologies TPU and EPU. There is also a large LED-indicator "warm lamp light" which can already be seen in the many years of ASUS motherboards when applying the duty voltage from the PSU. Also close by are three internal connectors on six ports USB 2.0, a system for connecting panel keys and indicators, as well as the jumper to reset the CMOS-RAM. At the bottom edge positioned and the button to activate USB BIOS FlashBack - Technology flashing flash chip with USB-drive, which is implemented in hardware. A further level of protection - the use of a removable panel for flash chip, allowing it to replace if necessary.

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    Nuances of the layout of the curious note placement of COM-port connector in the corner of the PCB, next to the memory slots. At the right edge, close to the main power connector, a connector for TPM-module. Pro-felt shnye roots to match.

    We do not expect to see on the board of some abundance of specialized tools for overclocking, and in this respect, ASUS P8Z77-M Pro does not become a revelation. A stretch to those include keyMemOK!, Which may be useful if you encounter difficulties with the initial launch after installing new memory kit. The function allows you to get a rough "grinding", using the timing with which the plates are guaranteed to work.

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    Technological feature of the unit - four independent channels to adjust the fan speed. One for the CPU and three corps. All connectors four-terminal, allowing to change pace with PWM, also have the support of all the Q-Fan Control C specified profiles and the ability to fine-tune the algorithm quite.

    The disk subsystem is implemented using chipset Intel Z77 - a pair of SATA 6 Gb / c and four SATA 3 Gb / c. The interface connector is oriented parallel to the plane of the printed circuit board, for a long graphics card though and cause some trouble when connecting cables in a compact body yet make such a configuration is quite possible.

    Extends connectivity drives additional controller ASMedia ASM1061, By which on the rear panel is implemented with a pair of connectorseSATA 6Gb / c. For a number of tasks that interface is indispensable, despite the fact that after the widespread USB 3.0, eSATA drives range considerably impoverished.

    With specific regard to USB 3.0, then on the ASUS P8Z77-M Pro to four ports that provide Intel Z77, the controller adds another pair of ASMedia ASM1042. Moreover, we note that the chipset ports are located on the pair on the interface panel and PCB (one internal connector on the two ports). Twoadditionalplacedontheinterfacepanel.

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    The audio subsystem is based on the HDA-codec Realtek ALC892. The proven solution with an expected eight-channel audio quality. The network controller is also used common solution - Realtek

    8111F.

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    The interface panel is equipped with a very good idea. Universal PS / 2, a pair of USB 2.0, four USB 3.0 ports and socket Ethernet. Interface Kit complements couple eSATA, which can come in handy when you have a fast external storage. To connect a display device provided analog VGA, as well as a pair of digital video outputs - DVI-D and HDMI.

    The speaker connections of any configuration simplifies the panel with six audio jacks. In addition, for connecting speakers in a digital mode, provides an optical output S / PDIF.

    Scope of delivery

    Delivery includes user manual, several brochures describing the nuances of a number of proprietary technologies, 4 cables SATA, flexible SLI-bridge and the cap on the back of the case. Panels Q-Connector great ease connecting push buttons, speaker and status indicators.

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    UEFI

    On the UEFI from ASUS we have repeatedly said. The shell is comfortable to use, logically structured, has helpful tips for setting various parameters. ASUS P8Z77-M Pro fully inherits the advantages of proprietary shell.

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    CPU voltage can be increased "only" up to 1.92 V (strongly not recommended without a glass of liquid nitrogen). The same limit is limited, and a voltage to the memory modules. Suggested possibilities are unlikely to encourage overclocking records, but the available funds are more than enough for a good boost system.

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    To adjust a number of parameters ASUS offers a software suite to use AI Suite II, Which includes a number of useful applications.

    Acceleration

    Following the path of least resistance, we started with the acceleration of the system features TurboV EVO. In the basic version (mode "Quick acceleration") after you restart the PC test CPU Core i7-3770K accelerated to 4223 MHz (41 * 103 MHz). 20% increase in frequency - not a bad start.

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    Having started to go into the lead at times it is hard to stop, especially when the button is labeled "extreme overclocking" is a few tens of pixels desktop from key base acceleration. Yieldingtotemptation, wereceived 4635 MHz (45x103 MHz).

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    Note that the function avtorazgona actively takes advantage of the chip with an unlocked multiplier. This spurt would not be possible without increasing the CPU voltage, which was automatically increased to 1,245 V. In a similar fashion, without effective air cooler just do not succeed.

    In manual mode, after the increase in CPU voltage to 1.25 V CPU speed was increased up to 4.8 GHz. If we talk about overclocking the system bus, the board allowed to increase it up to 108.5 MHz. The test kit memory modules DDR3-2133 worked without much difficulty working at 2,200

    MHz.

    In an open bench and tower type CPU cooler, radiator, mounted on the elements of the MOSFET, load warmed to 52-54 degrees. Chipset cooler temperature after long work to rise to 46-48 C.

    The results

    ASUS P8Z77-M Pro Is interesting for those who are not willing to settle for the budget "small car". The board is made soundly, has good headroom and decent technological arsenal. This is exactly what you expect from a device with a price tag of $ 145.

    Manufacturer tried not to make compromises for the sake of the different categories of users, but rather intended to withstand a certain balance to the model came to the attention of buyers who make rational choices. In such a case it is very important is the experience of developers, otherwise a very simple product can be "neither fish nor fowl." ASUS P8Z77-M Pro managed to avoid this fate. The board has its own face and an attractive option for those who collect the productive system in the body mATX, but the possibility of a cult in this form factor ASUS Maximus V GENE seem manifestly excessive, and overpay for unused features a large no desire. Liked

    + Well equipped and functionality + High-quality power subsystem

    + The opportunity for the organization of the cooling system + Supports SLI and CrossFireX Do not like it - Almost there

    A device for testing courtesy of MTI, www. distri. mti. com

    Thetestbed

    Processor Intel Core i7-3770K @ 4,5 GHz Intel, www. intel. ua

    Cooler

    ThermalrightArchonRev. A

    "1-Income", www.1-incom. com. ua

    Randomaccessmemory

    Team Xtreem TXD38192M2133HC9KDC-L (2x4 GB DDR3-2133)

    DC-Link, www. dclink. com. ua

    Drive

    Intel SSD 520 (SSDSC2CW240A3, 240 GB)

    Intel, www. intel. ua

    Powersupplyunit

    Thermaltake Toughpower Grand TPG-1200M (1200 W)

    Thermaltake, www. thermaltakeusa. com

    ASUS P8Z77-M PRO

    Motherboard

    CPU slot

    Socket 1155

    Chipset

    Intel Z77

    ChipsetCooler

    Radiator

    VRM cooling

    Radiator

    Built-inVideo

    IntegratedIntelprocessor

    PCI

    -

    PCI Express x4

    -

    PCI Express x1

    1

    Msgs. interface

    2xPCI-E x16 3.0 (x16, x8 + x8) + 1xPCI-E x16 2.0 (x4)

    DIMM

    4xDDR3

    IDE (Parallel ATA) (chipset / add. Controller)

    -

    Serial ATA (chip / add. Controller)

    4 / -

    SATA Revision 3.0 (chip / add. Controller)

    2 / -

    Themainpowerconnector

    24 +8

    Extrapower

    -

    FAN

    4

    S / PDIF

    + (Output)

    Audiokodek

    Realtek ALC892 (7.1)

    Ethernet

    Realtek 8111F (GbE)

    SATA

    -

    SATA Revision 3.0

    ASMedia ASM1061

    PATA

    -

    IEEE 1394 (FireWire)

    -

    USB 3.0

    ASMedia 1042

    LAN

    1

    ESATARev. 2.0

    -

    ESATARev. 3.0

    2

    Audio

    6

    S / PDIF-Out (Coaxial / Optical)

    - / +

    Thunderbolt

    -

    MonitorOutputs

    1hD-Sub, 1hDVI-D and 1hHDMI

    USB 1.1/2.0

    2/3 (6 ports) / -

    USB 3.0

    4/1 (2 ports) / -

    IEEE 1394 (FireWire)

    -

    COM

    -/1/-

    Game / MIDI

    -

    LPT

    -

    IDE

    -

    SATA interface / power supply, devices

    4 / -

    FormFactor

    MicroATX, 244h244 mm

    Support two or more graphics cards

    LucidLogixVirtu MVP, AMD Quad-GPU CrossFireX/3-Way CrossFireX and nVidia Quad-GPU SLI

    Support for RAID

    0, 1, 5, 10, Intel Smart Response Technology, Intel Rapid Start Technology and Intel Smart Connect Technology

    Wi-Fiadapter

    -

    UEFI Support

    +

    Miscellanea

    Smart chips second generation power system DIGI + (6-phase for CPU, 2-phase for iGPU); one PS / 2 port for keyboard or mouse connector TPM-module, complete SLI bridge




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