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5.0 out of 5 stars A really great mobo, 16 July 2012
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This review is from: Asus P8Z77-V Premium Motherboard (Socket 1155, Intel Z77, DDR3, S-ATA 600, ATX, Thunderbolt Onboard, mSATA 32GB SSD Onboard) (Accessory)
I can only summarise this bought in a few words. It really is an amazing board. Somehow I managed to get mine for less than ~350, so my comments would be that there are a lot of extra features on this board that you might not use. You could probably choose one of the lesser priced (Z77) boards and still have an amazing system. I've got the i5-3570K CPU, I let ASUS do the overclocking for me and left the CPU at 4.2GHz from 3.8GHz (with custom cooler). Really takes the hassle out of it for you and makes overclocking seem like the norm for all customers now.

Glad I moved from a problematic Gigabyte board to this one.

Marvel Caching (SSD Caching II) can't cache two mechanical HDDs in a RAID 0 within only one SSD for instance. It's a one SSDs for one HDD, or two SSDs for two HDDs, or three SSDs to one HDD.

However the Intel Chipset coped with this fine - 1 xSSD for 2 xHDDs in a RAID 0.

I am personally using the onboard mSATA drive to cache the Hard Disks on the Intel Chipset. However you could just use the mSATA to host the Operating System and nothing else.

I'm happy to answer any questions you might have about this quite excellent motherboard
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Initial post: 18 Jul 2012 10:52:06 BDT
Chiropractor says:
Hi there. Looking for some advice on the advantages of:

1) How do you 'cache the Hard Disks' on to the on-board ssd.

2) Connect the monitor to the thunderbolt out. Will this improve gaming?

Thanks in advance for your time.

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Jul 2012 13:22:35 BDT
Nader says:
Hi,

1) not to be funny, but that's all in the manual and quite straight forward. for the Intel Sata, you use the Intel software provided. for the SSD Marvell Caching II, you use the provided Asus software. You are basically using the SSD to cache data before putting it's written to the HDDs. So am not sure if you are asking for step by step instructions which are all in the manual?

2) Thunderbolt won't improve gaming to the best of my knowledge, it's only mean that there is another possibility with all the out put options on the motherboard, to be able to run more screens alongside your probable discrete graphics output. I think thunderbolt display will be driven from the Intel GPU on the CPU. It's benefits would be that you can daisy chain 6 external devices or 5 and a monitor I would guess.

Hope this helps somewhat.

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Jul 2012 13:56:57 BDT
Chiropractor says:
Thank you for the courtesy of your reply. Regarding the caching issue, I was waiting for the motherboard at the time so did not have access to the manual...:). I will be using one SSD and one traditional HD so will give it a go once set up.

Thanks for the thunderbolt info, all the very best.
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