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I have to say that Asus P8Z77-V LX made a very good overall impression. It comes with modest accessories bundle, doesn’t have additional onboard controllers, doesn’t have any heatsinks on the processor voltage regulator components, and doesn’t use the chipset’s ability to distribute the processor PCI Express lanes evenly. But there is nothing wrong about any of this. Intel Z77 Express chipset used in this mainboard provides quite rich functionality. Many users do not need eSATA and IEEE1394 (FireWire) ports, a second network controller or additional drive controllers. They use one graphics accelerator and therefore, one PCI Express 3.0/2.0 x16 slot will be more than enough for their needs. This is an almost ideal mainboard for a mainstream user, although the back panel could have been a little busier and the fan connectors could have been placed in somewhat better spots. As for the BIOS functionality, it is practically the same as on other Asus mainboards and the lack of additional heatsinks didn’t prevent Asus P8Z77-V LX from overclocking the processor and memory quite well. In nominal mode and during overclocking the board performs better than average, and in terms of power consumption it often becomes the leader of the pack, i.e. it is very energy-efficient.

I sincerely regret that Asus P8Z77-V LX is not in fact based on the Intel Z75 Express chipset. In this case it would hardly lose anything in terms of features, except Intel Smart Response, but it would have become much more affordable in terms of price. Price is a very important factor for entry-level systems, and even though Asus P8Z77-V LX ended up being pretty inexpensive, its price is still a little higher than we would have wanted it to be in an ideal world. There are a lot of mainboards from other manufacturers with comparable or even better functionality, and the same or even lower price. As usual, the choice is all yours to make.

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