ASUS P8-Z77V Pro Sandy Bridge Review
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Another upgrade to the Z77 is the support for 2400MHz RAM. It's something that crept in to the very top end Z68 motherboards, but with what we're hearing about the way memory can be worked with the next generation of processors it's something we expect to see more of.
The big change with the Z77 is the inclusion of PCI Express 3.0 slots which are supported by the 3rd Generation CPUs. Supplying double the bandwidth of PCI Express 2.0 we will see the benefits of this when we get the 22nm Processors in for review. With the inclusion of USB 3.0 on the Z77 we can see a host of USB headers at the leading edge of the P8-Z77V Pro. A whopping 10 extra USB ports available internally.
Just below the SATA ports are the EPU and TPU dip switches. The EPU provides even better power saving potential than is normally provided, by monitoring all of the components within the system and increasing energy efficiency whenever possible. The TPU switch we've seen before and it's an part of the automatic AI Overclocking and should help provide extra performance when using the ASUS automatic overclock.
At the rear we have a host of connection options. As well as four USB 3.0 ports, two of which support ASUS Boost mode, we have all four of the display outputs (DisplayPort, HDMI, DVI-D and VGA) and the normal SPDIF and Audio ports. The P8-Z77V Pro supports USB 3.0 booting as well, which helps those of you with external drives or copies of Windows on thumb drives.
The storage options are four SATA 6Gbp/s (two dark blue supplied by the Z77 chipset and two white by the Asmedia chip) and four light blue SATA 3Gbp/s.