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At this time it would be fair to day that we are already well familiar with the features and functionality of Asus mainboards on Intel Z77 Express chipset. We have reviewed the only “TUF” (The Ultimate Force) series mainboard – Asus Sabertooth Z77, and one of the four ROG (Republic of Gamers) products – Asus Maximus V Formula. We also looked at one of the entry-level products from Asus – Asus P8Z77-V LX, and our entire series of Intel Z77 Express based products reviews was proudly opened by Asus P8Z77-V Deluxe. The features and functionality of the Asus P8Z77-V Deluxe was quite expectedly expanded due to a large number of additional controllers, so even simply listing all of them could take long. This list includes two SATA 6.0 controllers, two USB 3.0 controllers, two Gigabit network controllers, a special hub providing additional PC Express 2.0 lanes and “Wi-Fi GO!” module for wireless technologies. Although Asus P8Z77-V Deluxe is much more functional than an average mainstream mainboard on Intel Z77 Express, this model was the top of the line only while we were working on its review. By the time the review posted, it was no longer the top model in the product range, because by that time Asus already announced an even more advanced flagship product – Asus P8Z77-V Premium. Let’s find out what makes this mainboard stand out among other Asus products as well as competitors.

Packaging and Accessories

Asus P8Z77-V Premium mainboard comes in a pretty large box with a carry-handle. The front flip cover is attached with Velcro pads, and reveals almost the entire mainboard through a clear plastic window. The inside of the flip-cover as well as the back of the box bear brief description of the mainboard peculiarities, a mainboard photograph and a list of technical characteristics.

The mainboard itself is wrapped in a traditional antistatic plastic bag and is secured inside a sturdy cardboard casing. Beneath the board there is a large two-section box for numerous accessories:

  • Six Serial ATA cables with metal L-shaped connector locks. Two pairs are specifically designed for SATA 6 Gbps devices (with white inserts in the connectors);
  • A flexible bridge for two-way Nvidia SLI graphics configurations;
  • A hard bridge for 3-way Nvidia SLI graphics configurations;
  • A hard bridge for 4-way Nvidia SLI graphics configurations;
  • Wi-Fi GO! module (AzureWave AW-NB111H);
  • Two Wi-Fi ring antennas;
  • A module with two USB 3.0 ports for the 3-inch bay of the system case;
  • I/O Shield for the back panel;
  •  “Asus Q-Connector” kit including adapters for easy connection of the system case front panel buttons and indicators and a USB 2.0 port;
  • User manual;
  • An informational brochure about “Wi-Fi GO!”, Fan Xpert 2”, “Network iControl” and “USB Charger+” utilities;
  • “Wi-Fi GO!” module manual;
  • DVD disk with software and drivers;
  • “Powered by Asus” sticker for the system case.

You can easily spot the differences between the accessories bundle of the Asus P8Z77-V Premium and Deluxe. First of all, it is the additional module with two USB 3.0 ports for the 3-inch bay of the system case. Moreover, the board comes with a variety of bridges for versatile graphics configurations.

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