Asus P8Z77-M PRO

Specifications

CPU

Intel® Socket 1155 for 3rd/2nd Generation Processors

Supports Intel® 22 nm CPU

Supports Intel® 32 nm CPU

Supports Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.0

* The Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 support depends on the CPU types.

Chipset

Intel® Z77

Memory

4 x DIMM, Max. 32GB, DDR3 MHz Non-ECC, Un-buffered Memory

Dual Channel Memory Architecture

Supports Intel® Extreme Memory Profile (XMP)

* Hyper DIMM support is subject to the physical characteristics of individual CPUs.

Graphic

Integrated Graphics Processor

Multi-VGA output support : HDMI/DVI/RGB ports

- Supports HDMI with max. resolution 1920 x 1200 @ 60 Hz

- Supports DVI with max. resolution 1920 x 1200 @ 60 Hz

- Supports RGB with max. resolution 2048 x 1536 @ 75 Hz

Maximum shared memory of 1696 MB

Supports Intel® HD Graphics, InTru™ 3D, Quick Sync Video, Clear Video HD Technology, Insider™

Multi-GPU Support

Supports NVIDIA® Quad-GPU SLI™ Technology *1

Supports AMD Quad-GPU CrossFireX™ Technology

Supports AMD 3-Way CrossFireX™ Technology

Supports LucidLogix® Virtu™ MVP Technology *2

Expansion Slots

2 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16 (x16 or dual x8) *3

1 x PCIe 2.0 x16 (x4 mode, black)

1 x PCIe 2.0 x1

Storage

Intel® Z77 chipset : 
2 x SATA 6Gb/s port(s), gray
4 x SATA 3Gb/s port(s), blue
Support Raid 0, 1, 5, 10
Supports Intel® Smart Response Technology, Intel® Rapid Start Technology, Intel® Smart Connect Technology *4
ASMedia® ASM1061 controller : *5
2 x eSATA 6Gb/s port(s), red

LAN

Realtek® 8111F, 1 x Gigabit LAN Controller(s)

Audio

Realtek® ALC892 8-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC 
- Supports : Jack-detection, Multi-streaming, Front Panel Jack-retasking
Audio Feature :
- Absolute Pitch 192kHz/ 24-bit True BD Lossless Sound
- Optical S/PDIF out port(s) at back panel

USB Ports

ASMedia® USB 3.0 controller : *6
2 x USB 3.0 port(s) (2 at back panel, blue)
Intel® Z77 chipset : *6
4 x USB 3.0 port(s) (2 at back panel, blue, 2 at mid-board)
Intel® Z77 chipset : 
8 x USB 2.0 port(s) (2 at back panel, black, 6 at mid-board)

Overclocking Features

Overclocking Protection :
- ASUS C.P.R.(CPU Parameter Recall)

Special Features

ASUS Dual Intelligent Processors 2 with DIGI+ VRM :
ASUS TPU :
- Auto Tuning
- TurboV
- GPU Boost 
- TPU switch
ASUS EPU :
- EPU 
ASUS Digital Power Design :
- Industry leading Digital 8 Phase Power Design
(6 -phase for CPU, 2 -phase for iGPU)
ASUS Exclusive Features :
- USB BIOS Flashback
- MemOK!
- AI Suite II
- Ai Charger+
- Anti-Surge
- ASUS UEFI BIOS EZ Mode featuring friendly graphics user interface 
- Network iControl
- USB 3.0 Boost
- Disk Unlocker
ASUS Quiet Thermal Solution :
- Stylish Fanless Design Heat-sink solution
- ASUS Fan Xpert+
ASUS EZ DIY :
- ASUS O.C. Tuner
- ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3 
- ASUS EZ Flash 2 
ASUS Q-Design :
- ASUS Q-Slot
- ASUS Q-DIMM 
- ASUS Q-Connector

Back I/O Ports

1 x PS/2 keyboard/mouse combo port(s)

1 x DVI-D

1 x D-Sub

1 x HDMI

2 x eSATA 6Gb/s

1 x LAN (RJ45) port(s)

4 x USB 3.0

2 x USB 2.0

1 x Optical S/PDIF out

6 x Audio jack(s)

Internal I/O Ports

1 x USB 3.0 connector(s) support(s) additional 2 USB 3.0 port(s) (19-pin)

3 x USB 2.0 connector(s) support(s) additional 6 USB 2.0 port(s)

1 x TPM connector(s)

1 x COM port(s) connector(s)

2 x SATA 6Gb/s connector(s)

4 x SATA 3Gb/s connector(s)

1 x CPU Fan connector(s) (4 -pin)

3 x Chassis Fan connector(s) (4 -pin)

1 x S/PDIF out header(s)

1 x 24-pin EATX Power connector(s)

1 x 8-pin ATX 12V Power connector(s)

1 x Front panel audio connector(s) (AAFP)

1 x System panel(s) (Q-Connector)

1 x MemOK! button(s)

1 x TPU switch(es)

1 x EPU switch(es)

1 x Clear CMOS jumper(s)

1 x USB BIOS Flashback button(s)

Accessories

User's manual

I/O Shield

2 x SATA 3Gb/s cable(s)

2 x SATA 6Gb/s cable(s)

1 x SLI bridge(s)

1 x Q-connector(s) (2 in 1)

BIOS

64 Mb Flash ROM, UEFI AMI BIOS, PnP, DMI2.0, WfM2.0, SM BIOS 2.5, ACPI 2.0a, Multi-language BIOS,

ASUS EZ Flash 2, ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3, F12 PrintScreen, F3 Shortcut Function and ASUS DRAM SPD (Serial Presence Detect) memory information

Manageability

WfM 2.0, DMI 2.0, WOL by PME, PXE, WOR by PME

Support Disc

Drivers

ASUS Utilities

ASUS Update

Anti-virus software (OEM version)

Form Factor

uATX Form Factor

9.6 inch x 9.6 inch ( 24.4 cm x 24.4 cm )

Note

*1: With 2 PCIex16 graphics card.

*2: LucidLogix Virtu MVP supports Windows 7 operating systems.

*3: PCIe 3.0 speed is supported by Intel® 3rd generation processors.

*4: Supports on Intel® Core™ processor family with Windows 7 operating systems.

*5: These SATA ports are for data hard drivers only. ATAPI devices are not supported.

*6: The USB 3.0 ports only support Windows® 7 or later versions.

Packaging

Asus has packaged their micro-ATX version of the Ivy bridge chipset in an identical manner to other form factor boards, save the 'M' indicator in the product name. The front of the box, though plentiful in feature badges, is cleaner than the reverse side that is occupied with text walls explaining the various features of the board to retail shoppers.

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Opening the box clamshell style to find the board packed in anti-ESD bagging, and the typical array of board accessories: four SATA cables, SLI bridge, rear I/O plate, and manuals. Asus has included two Q-connectors, an accessory we've seen before in packages such as the Asus Maximus Gene V. The is a stand-off pin repeater that allows users to properly pin the front I/O outside of the case and insert on the pins on-board, instead of trying to do so after the board is mounted in the chassis.

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Board Layout

It’s obvious from a quick look over of the board that the P8Z77-M Pro is part of Asus' mainstream line. The general layout is pretty standard, as well as the black and blue color scheme that Asus uses on their standard boards.  

Taking a closer look around the board, the eight pin power lies in the typical upper left hand corner.

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The lower left corner is equipped with four PCIe lanes in the order listed below:

PCIe x16

PCIe x1

PCIe x8

PCIe x4 (x16 form factor)

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Notable here is the exclusion of straight PCI, which seems a bit odd for a mainstream board. Keep in mind that board's form factor, and that Asus wanted users to be able to run any PCIe card as well as have the resources to run dual card setups. Regardless, with a board that is target for general users, the need for a PCI device may exclude the P8 Z77-M Pro as a possibility. Also notice that the lanes are situated in an order that allows the installation of dual card set-ups without the worry of larger shrouds blocking the pin-outs below, such as the USB headers.

Speaking of that header row along the bottom, you'll see two switches labeled 'EPU' and 'TPU'. These are part of Asus' auto tuning functions, both serving quite a different role. When the EPU switch is on, the EPU chip initiates an energy efficient mode, which monitors the current needs of the system and automatically tuning settings based on loads and power use. The TPU, on the other hand, safely tunes both graphical and central process units with safe clock speeds, with the ability to tweak frequencies with TurboV, a GUI overclocking tool.

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Following to the right are three USB 2.0 headers, with a flat button labeled 'BIOS_FLBK'. This button is used in the USB BIOS Flashback feature, which allows users to update the BIOS in a much simpler manner. If the button is held for three seconds with a connected power supply and a USB drive containing the BIOS update, the BIOS will update without any further input.

The header collection in the bottom right hand corner begins with the first of three chassis fan connectors, all of which are the PMW four-pins. This is important because that forth pin allows RPM control of the fans based on current load, which results in quieter performance of the system overall. This also allows the energy-saving EPU to reduce the fan speed when not needed. The corner is finished with the front I/O panel pin-out.

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Turning the corner, our SATA bank is composed of four blue ports and two gray  ports. The four blue ports are SATA 3Gb/s, while the two gray are USB 6Gb/s. All six of these ports are controlled directly by the Z77 chipset.

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Following up the right side of the board we continue past the 24-pin power connector, neighboring the TMP (Trusted Platform Module). Though many end-users will never give this interface a second thought, it is nice to see the specification supported for the corporate users. Set between the main power and the RAM lanes is the USB 3.0 header, also controlled by the chipset. The eastern border is finished with another four-pin fan header in the corner, catty-corner of the COM port.

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The rear I/O begins with a dual PS/2 port, appealing not only to in the office/home situation but also perhaps stubborn gamers attached to their old mouse or keyboard. Underneath are two USB 2.0 ports, also controlled through the Z77 chipset.  The first of four USB 3.0 ports, marked the traditional blue, neighbor. Two are controlled through the chipset, and two through the ASMedia controller. The red eSATA ports underneath are also controlled by an ASMedia controller, the ASM1061 controller.

Next is the Optical S/PDIF out port, below which is an HDMI port. The video output continues with VGA and DVI single-link, the network and mentioned remaining USB 3.0 ports follow. Interestingly, the LAN controller isn't Intel as we've seen in the past. The Gigabit LAN is accomplished using the Realtek 8111F controller, which isn't quite as good as quality as the Intel counterpart. The audio next door is also controlled by Realtek, featuring six jacks and 8-channel high definition audio.

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Nothing special going on around back on the P8Z77-M PRO other than its black PCB. This is always nice to see.

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Cooling

Cooling for the P8Z77-M Pro is similar to what we saw on the P8Z77-VPro but a little smaller to go with the boards smaller form factor. Because of the more compact design they went with a more aggressive heatsink design for the power circuitry that helps provide good cooling surface area. Like with all Asus Pro boards all of the heatsinks are aluminum with a blue anodized finish. This time around they styled up the power circuitry heatsinks by leaving a few fins silver. The design actually looks like dominos falling over. In our testing we had no heat related issues with both the power and chipset heatsinks and due to the lack of cooling fans there is no noise to deal with as well.

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garfi3ld replied the topic: #25280 23 May 2012 18:41
With over 12k words, 5 videos, and over 90 photos. You might want to take a few days to read this full motherboard roundup!
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chadkirchner replied the topic: #25303 25 May 2012 02:56
I have the mini ITX one on its way to my doorstep!

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