We mentioned a few downsides in our description of the P8Z77-V but most of them are typical of all or at least many other ASUS mainboards. We mean the uninformative startup picture and the wrong CPU clock rate reported during the POST procedure. Turning the startup picture off is not saved in BIOS profiles and the mainboard cannot regulate the speed of 3-pin CPU fans depending on temperature. We also mentioned certain limitations peculiar to this particular model. The chipset doesn’t offer too many PCIe lanes and the mainboard has no extra PCIe switches, so you have to compromise. You cannot use the third PCIe 2.0 x16 slot, the PCIe 2.0 x1 slots and the extra SATA 6 Gbit/s controller simultaneously. These downsides, however, are not so serious and do not interfere with the mainboard’s functionality.
As for advantages, the ASUS P8Z77-V comes with numerous accessories, has a user-friendly PCB design and offers a lot of capabilities. Its advanced digital power system SMART Digi+, working together with the Dual Intelligent Processors 3 technology, provides flexible voltage regulation options, which is important for good overclocking. The mainboard allows using a CPU-integrated graphics core but you can also run one or several discrete graphics cards, combining them in AMD CrossFireX or NVIDIA SLI configurations. The P8Z77-V features additional SATA 6 Gbit/s and USB 3.0 controllers. It has handy Q-DIMM and Q-Slot connectors, Q-LED indicators, MemOK! and USB BIOS Flashback technologies. Its capabilities would have made it a flagship product just a few years ago, but now you can get all this with a basic mainboard, which the least advanced of ASUS’s top-end Z77-based offers. It is also the first time we see such a humble product support wireless technologies. Thus, the P8Z77-V is going to make an optimal choice for many categories of users.
Choosing the junior model from among top-end offers often makes sense not only with mainboards but also with CPUs and graphics cards. The opposite approach can work, too: take the most advanced of entry-level products and you get about the same range capabilities. We’ll talk about one such mainboard in our upcoming review.
In conclusion we would like to award Asus P8Z77-V our Recommended Buy title: