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4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad for the price, but not perfect, 23 Oct 2012
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This review is from: Asus P8Z77-V LX Motherboard (Socket 1155, 32GB DDR3 Support, ATX, Intel Z77 Express, USB 3.0, CrossFireX Support, Dual Intelligent Processors 3) (Accessory)
Had this a few weeks, running a Core i5-3570K.

Physical installation is reasonably straightforward, my main complaint would be the board is slightly smaller than ATX, and so only uses 6 chassis screws. The front few cm of the board with the power, memory and SATA connectors are therefore on the unsupported section that extends beyond the front 3 chassis screws. This means it bent more than I'd've liked when inserting the modules / connectors, I supprted the free edge with a finger in the end.

Everything is well labelled, though routing all 6 SATA connectors and 3 USB2 headers to the same part of a case may prove a challenge if you do want all of them. Spec-wise it's fine, on the plus 6x HDD, 4x USB3 and 10x USB2 and more PCi connections than cheaper boards, on the negative only one full speed PCi 3.0 lane (limits cross-fire) and no IDE legacy support. There are no USB front or backplates bundled with the board so out of the box you only get 2x USB3 and 4x USB2, but you do get 2 SATA3 cables.

Driver installation was a pain hence the 4-stars. This was mainly due to poor CD design rather than the drivers themselves. You seem to have only 2 options, install everything including some Symantec bloatware or install drivers and applications one by one, which involves alot of reboots. The second route took far longer than it should, even on a system that can reboot to Windows in 30s. A few also gave the "This driver did not install corrrectly" error in Windows 7 x64 - which is a bit unforgiveable seeing as the OS pre-dates the board by at about 3 years.

In the end though, UEFI BIOS is a pleasure to use, and the Windows apps seem well featured.

Overall, a decent price and spec with some minor gripes about board layout and driver disks. To compare with other boards check Tom's Hardware, which reviewed it alongside boards costing at least £20+ extra and decided it came out only slightly behind them.
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Initial post: 4 Nov 2012 16:57:26 GMT
NoobyDon says:
What case did you use?

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Nov 2012 15:03:31 GMT
JP says:
Hi,
I re-used my old mid tower atx case and BeQuiet 530w power supply. The case is about 4-5yrs old, and is just an inexpensive generic one, nothing fancy. I haven't bothered with case fans as it all seems to run pretty cool anyway.
jon

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Dec 2012 09:51:41 GMT
Last edited by the author on 9 Dec 2012 09:54:53 GMT
@ JP (Kudos) thanks for your review, pls read below...

Hello, (can the reviewer JP, or anyone HELP) - how many Mosfets are on this board, and can you kindly let me also know if the board comes with the plastic header attachments for wiring up the front panel in any case, ie, hard drive activity, reset, USB 2.0/3.0 and sound etc. etc. ASUS and MSi are the only 2x manufactures that supply Plastic header attachment's to connect to the wiring which is less fiddly then, you then, plug them into the board. (if you know what I mean). cuts down time, and is less stressful.. "Just want to check before going ahead with purchase".

a detailed reply would be appreciated, thankfully!!... take care, David G.

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Dec 2012 23:11:31 GMT
JP says:
hi,
the board has colour coded headers for usb2, usb3 and a header for the front panel, but only comes with cables for hard disks (2x sata3) . I've only ever attached the front panel header on mbs using the cables that came with an atx case. A usb3 front plate could set you back £10-15 so you should definitely factor that into price comparisons if you need one.

As I mentioned toms hardware did a z77 roundup,this was one of the cheapest in it, so i guess it also has fewer features and bundled items. Their review suggested it was not outclassed by boards costing a good £20-30+ more, but they'll be saving money somewhere.

I'm not sure I follow the MOSFETs question (field effect transitors) .Could you clarify what you mean? All integrated chip have FETs, my limited understanding is that any individual transistor thats large enough to see will be switching power rather than performing logic functions, but I'm not an electrical engineer.
cheers,
Jp

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Dec 2012 10:28:35 GMT
Last edited by the author on 10 Dec 2012 10:30:23 GMT
@ JP
Mosfets are coolers that are electronic dark grey cubes, around the CPU On the motherboard, 6, 8, 9, 10, 12, 14 etc. The more mosfets the better for overclocking.

That's why the cheaper the board the less cooling mosfets there are.. That's where the Pro, Deluxe, and Premium, boards com in with 14, 18, 24 mosfets, because they are made to the highest standard, for the (I.T Junkies in Mind) that wish to OC.

Hope I have been able to get help, on my forum a bloke told me; he got those (plastic connectors), for the external front case headers, with a Asus, P8Z77-V-Pro.

Just those plastic connectors, make life easier by reducing stress, and speeding up the build. On MSi ans ASUS Currently do them in the box, They came with My

ASUS P8P67-V-EVO BOARD V3. Very useful mate.. try them sometime, with a decent board with more features, not saying you don't have a decent board..

Just I would rather pay more for those add on's, that some people don't need.. and some who do need.!

Merry Xmas, to all Geeks 2012.

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Dec 2012 08:39:58 GMT
JP says:
@ Dave Glasgow
hi, just had a look inside. there are 3 larger grey cubes (labelled R68) and a smaller one (R20) near the CPU, plus a larger one labelled 1R2 on the far side of the the dimms modules.
hope this helps you
cheers
jon

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Jan 2013 16:23:25 GMT
Last edited by the author on 8 Jan 2013 16:29:14 GMT
RJS says:
David Glasgow. Mosfets are not coolers! They are seniconductors. Google it and see. The devices you are looking at are ferrite cored chokes used as part of a switch mode circuit to provide power supplies to the CPU in a multi phase set up each comprising a Mosfet, Capacitor and Choke. Suggest you look at Asus site's motherboards - these cpu power supplies vary from around 6 - 8 - 16 - 20 phase etc (as you seem to be aware) depending on board spec. Asus also provide manuals for you to read.

Posted on 21 Mar 2013 15:01:11 GMT
BlahBlah66 says:
hey man, im gonna be upgrading from the m version locked to amd chipsets to this one to go for a 3570k(like yourself), was just wondering, i bought a coolermaster 334u case for it, dyou know if id have any hiccups? i know this isnt a tech support forum but you have a relatively similar build (and identical mobo/cpu)
thanks for your time,
fraser.

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Mar 2013 20:56:39 GMT
JP says:
hi, sorry for the delay replying, I haven't checked my emails for a while. I just used my original unbadged case and the BeQuiet 530W power supply from my previous build. My guess would be any reputable case would be fine as long as it takes the standard atx motherboard size, i suppose a badged one might have more mounting holes. I've had no running issues in the 6 months I've had this rebuild and can recommend the CPU / mobo pairing.

Posted on 1 Aug 2013 17:32:47 BDT
A Leeder says:
hey i was just wondering does this Motherboard support Core I3, dual,quad cores etc, because im desperate to buy this, just though i would like to know as gonna get a I5
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