Overall Asus P8Z77-V Premium makes a very good impression, although there are a few things which we would ideally like to get fixed. And among them are not only the ones related to this specific model, but the things that we see across all Asus products. For example, the absence of hot key list on the start-up screen or the incorrect information displayed when start-up image is disabled. High price is also a drawback to some extent, but at the same time it serves as a guarantee that this mainboard won’t be a random purchase, but it will rather end up in the system of a user who really needs it and has thought things trough. Let’s try to determine who could be a potential ideal target for a product like Asus P8Z77-V Premium.
It is highly desired that whoever decided to go with an Asus P8Z77-V Premium should have a mechanical hard disk drive, which could be accelerated substantially with a miniature SSD pre-installed onto this board and Intel Smart Response technology. Otherwise, this feature will be simply wasted. It would be even better to have a few HDDs – potential candidates for acceleration, because in this case you could take advantage of the extensive functionality of the four-port SATA 6 Gbps Marvell 88SE9230 controller and Asus SSD Caching II utility. In fact, it would be best if you had multiple SATA drives, because this mainboard allows connecting ten internal drives (one of them with mSATA interface) and two more external eSATA drives. The board has two local network connectors, and both adapters are based on Gigabit Intel network controller, which is some cases may allow combining their functionality. The Wi-FI GO! module supporting dual-band Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 is also a nice touch. The board is equipped with a PLX PEX 8747 hub providing additional PCI Express lanes, which may and even must be used for graphics card configurations, otherwise, this hub will be simply wasting your precious power. By the way, in terms of energy-efficiency, all mainboards with this hub consume significantly more power, which is usually perceived as a drawback. However, you could view it from a different perspective. The additional hub allows Asus P8Z77-V Premium to distribute the PCI-E lanes similarly to the way an Intel X79 Express based mainboard would. At the same time, it is a fact that an Asus P8Z77-V Premium based system will be always more energy-efficient, faster and in some cases even less expensive than an LGA 2011 system with a similar functionality.
It is pretty hard to find a user, who will be able to utilize all or almost all the features Asus P8Z77-V Premium has to offer, because some of them do not really exclude the other functions, but duplicate them or make them less valuable. For example, if you have high-speed wireless connection, then you don’t really need two integrated network adapters. You will most likely use only one of them, but not both of them simultaneously. The same is true for caching. The pre-installed SSD implies that it will be used with Intel Smart Response technology, but in this case there is really no need for the four-port Marvell 88SE9230 controller and the other way around. I would also like to add that you most definitely should have at least a two- card graphics configuration, or maybe even more than that. As a result, the situation becomes somewhat paradoxical: the extensive functionality of Asus P8Z77-V Premium doesn’t expand but rather narrows the potential user pool for this product. Besides, each additional feature affects the price of the board, which ends up being pretty high.
That said, Asus P8Z77-V Premium could be of great interest due to its drive connectivity, graphics configurations support, networking and wireless technologies. It comes with an mSATA SSD and supports Thunderbolt technology. This is a high-end model for those users who need very extensive functionality and they want it immediately.