A new preview of one of the best motherboards of all time, and what better to than with two of the 11 Z77 motherboards that ASUS is including in its catalog, it is the Maximus V Gene and the P8Z77-V Deluxe. The first is of course, the new GENE model presented as an alternative in mATX form factor with all the features that define the motherboard ROG (Republic of Gamers), while the second is shown as the flagship P8Z77-V family for the mainstream segment.
ASUS Maximus V Gene
Within the story we find that Asus mATX motherboards and are being taken from the time of NVIDIA GeForce 6150 Chipset to most current models with Z68 and X79 Chipset. This time, the Maximus V Gene is postulated as the direct replacement for its predecessor chipset using the new Z68 to broaden its Z77 chipset, and support the new Intel Core 3rd Generation “Ivy Bridge” and offering as standard processor support for Sandy Bridge.
The ASUS Maximus V Gene is comprised of a supply circuit Extreme Engine Digi + II design which consists of eight phases +2- +4 (CPU / iGPU / RAM) and capacitor 10k black color which, according to ASUS provide 20% additional support at temperatures of 10k hours of operation at 105 ° C. It has four slots for DDR3 memory up to 2800 (OC) MHz and supporting up to 32GB. Also being a ROG model can not prevent its dimensions to offer support multi-GPU configurations using two PCIe 3.0 x16 slots (x8/x8, if both are used), also has a PCIe 2.0 x4 and one mini-PCIe 2.0 x1 .
In connectivity options will have four SATA 6.0Gbps ports, two of which are controlled by the chipset and two by ASMedia controller, two SATA 3.0Gbps ports, one eSATA 3.0Gbps and 3.0Gbps SATA mini controlled from the chipset, while in USB ports, six are USB 3.0 (two from chipset and two ASMedia controller) and eight USB 2.0 ports.
Just as in panel I / O abound video outputs DisplayPort, HDMI, Gigabit Ethernet connector, four USB 3.0 USB 2.0 and four of the aforementioned, a 3.0Gbps eSATA, 8-channel audio support SupremeFX III with optical output, and Clear CMOS buttons and switches ROG Connect On / Off.
Leaving the segment oriented for overclockers and enthusiasts, the P8Z77-V Deluxe motherboard is the most complete model of the P8Z77 mainstream segment. If we compare the P8Z77-V Deluxe with its predecessor with Z68 Chipset we find that improvements have extended slightly from the design, components, and some new characteristics of this generation of motherboards Z77.
In terms of aesthetics, ASUS has retained the same set of colors from blue, black and white, with the difference that the aluminum heatsinks for the phases have the form of a city landscape. Entering what are the specifications to be improved is the power circuit Smart Digi + which is composed of 16 +4 +2 phase CPU / iGPU / RAM memory slots and four DDR3 2800 (OC) MHz and supports up to 32GB. Unlike the previous model with Z68 chipset, now we have two x16 PCIe 3.0 x16 slots (x16 or x8/x8), a PCIe 2.0 x16 (x4), while all PCI slots have been to give rise to four PCIe 2.0 x1 .
In connectivity options it remains the same number of ports (x2) SATA 6.0Gbps and (x4) SATA 3.0Gbps controlled by Chispet, while from a Marvell controller adds two more SATA 6.0Gbps and a controller to give two eSATA ASMedia 6.0Gbps. Furthermore, the chipset is responsible for control (x4) ports and USB 3.0 (x8) USB 2.0, while a driver is responsible ASMedia (x4) USB 3.0.
At another point where there are more visible change is in the I / O panel where you can see that ASUS has done a pretty remarkable cleaning finally dismissing the PS / 2, giving more space to USB 3.0 ports, kept the two connectors Gigabit Ethernet, adding video outputs HDMI and DisplayPort, and … as you can see there is a space which is where the Wi-Fi Go! module will be placed which will be responsible for providing Wi-Fi, remote, possibility to share content wirelessly, and other functions.
Thus far comes this brief preview of which I have to admit ASUS has included some features and improvements that could justify its purchase but perhaps just for those who come from a Z68 platform. The final verdict will be know in their respective review when they come out.
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