In our previous mainboard review we took a look at the ASUS P8Z77-V model whose name coincides with the name of the whole series of ASUS mainboards based on the Intel Z77 Express chipset. It is the basic model, the least advanced of the company’s top-end offerings. And it is a good product indeed. Its functionality is above average including even wireless interfaces, but its price is not as low as to make it recommendable for everybody. Of course, you can easily choose an entry-level model like the less expensive ASUS P8Z77-V LK or the even simpler and cheaper ASUS P8Z77-V LX, but their functionality scope is much smaller. It’s good if it’s enough for you, but what if you need a mainboard that is about as functional as the ASUS P8Z77-V, yet you budget cannot hold it? Well, it turns out you don’t have to look far for such a product. ASUS itself offers a similar mainboard at a significantly lower price. Sometimes the most advanced of entry-level mainboards may be better than the least advanced of top-end ones. The ASUS P8Z77-V LE PLUS belongs to the former category, so let’s see how it lives up to our expectations.
Packaging and Accessories
The packaging of the P8Z77-V LE PLUS is designed in ASUS’s traditional style. The product’s model name and logos of its features and technologies are printed on the front of the box. On the back, there is a picture of the mainboard together with brief specifications and descriptions of some functions. The box has a standard size but is slimmer than usual thanks to the special way of contents packing. The sheet of cardboard that separates the mainboard and its accessories is longer than necessary, so it bends above the mainboard, forming a kind of envelope. The latter contains SATA cables whereas the I/O shield, CD and user manuals are at the bottom of the box. Thanks to this original packing and the small number of accessories typical of entry-level products, the box is very thin.
The accessories are not numerous but include everything you need to use the mainboard:
- Four Serial ATA cables with metal connector locks, two of which are specifically designed for SATA 6 Gbps devices (with white inserts in the connectors);
- A flexible bridge for two-way Nvidia SLI graphics configurations;
- I/O Shield for the back panel;
- User manual;
- A brief assembly guide with instructions in several languages;
- DVD disk with software and drivers;
- “Powered by Asus” sticker for the system case.