P8Z77-I Deluxe

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.

* Refer to www.asus.com for CPU support list

Chipset

Intel® Z77

Memory

2 x DIMM, Max. 16GB, 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/DisplayPort ports 
- Supports HDMI with max. resolution 1920 x 1200 @ 60 Hz
- Supports DVI with max. resolution 1920 x 1200 @ 60 Hz
- Supports DisplayPort with max. resolution 2560 x 1600 @ 60 Hz
Supports Intel® HD Graphics, InTru™ 3D, Quick Sync Video, Clear Video HD Technology, Insider™

Multi-GPU Support

Supports LucidLogix® Virtu™ MVP Technology *2

Expansion Slots

1 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16 *1

Storage

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

LAN

Intel® 82579V, 1 x Gigabit LAN Controller(s)

Wireless Data Network

Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n
Supports dual band frequency 2.4/5 GHz

Bluetooth

Bluetooth V4.0
Bluetooth V3.0+HS

Audio

Realtek® ALC898 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
- DTS Ultra PC II
- DTS Connect
- Optical S/PDIF out port(s) at back panel

USB Ports

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

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 10 Phase Power Design
(8 -phase for CPU, 2 -phase for iGPU)
ASUS Wi-Fi GO!
- Wi-Fi GO! Function: DLNA Media Hub, Smart Motion Control, Remote Desktop, Remote Keyboard & Mouse, File Transfer, Capture & Send *5
- Wi-Fi GO! Remote for portable Smartphone/Tablet, supporting iOS & Android systems
- Wi-Fi Engine for network sharing and connection: Client Mode, AP Mode
ASUS Exclusive Features :
- USB BIOS Flashback
- MemOK!
- AI Suite II
- Ai Charger+
- USB 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-Shield
- ASUS Q-Cable

Back I/O Ports

1 x DVI-I
1 x DisplayPort
1 x HDMI
2 x eSATA 3Gb/s
1 x LAN (RJ45) port(s)
4 x USB 3.0 
4 x USB 2.0 
1 x Optical S/PDIF out
3 x Audio jack(s)
1 x Clear CMOS button(s)
2 x Wi-Fi antenna port(s)
1 x USB BIOS Flashback Button(s)

Internal I/O Ports

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

2 x USB 2.0 connector(s) support(s) additional 4 USB 2.0 port(s)

2 x SATA 6Gb/s connector(s)

2 x SATA 3Gb/s connector(s)

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

1 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 Internal speaker connector(s)

1 x System panel(s)

1 x Chassis Intrusion connector(s)

1 x MemOK! button(s)

1 x TPU switch(es)

1 x Clear CMOS jumper(s)

Accessories

User's manual

ASUS Q-Shield

ASUS Q-Cable

2 x SATA 3Gb/s cable(s)

2 x SATA 6Gb/s cable(s)

2 x Wi-Fi Ring Moving Antenna(s)

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

Support Disc

Drivers

ASUS Utilities

ASUS Update

Anti-virus software (OEM version)

Form Factor

Mini ITX Form Factor

6.7 inch x 6.7 inch ( 17 cm x 17 cm )

Note

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

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

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

*4-1: Supports ASUS USB 3.0 Boost UASP Mode.

*4-2 The USB 3.0 ports from chipset only support Windows® 7 or later versions.

*5: Available with V1.01.00 or later

Packaging

The P8Z77-I is without a doubt the easiest of Asus' Z77 line-up to pick out. Not only does the box match that which a mini-ITX would be packaged in, the graphic design of the package is also quite different from those we've covered thus far. The flipside is also not as clustered with information, though you'll soon find this board has just as much to offer.

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The box may seem a little taller than usual, though once you open the clam-shell box you see why. Asus has designed the box with a unique riser card that we will certainly cover in-depth later in this review. Also included is the rear I/O shield, front panel connector cables, four SATA cables, and two Wi-Fi ring antennas, which in combination with the built-in Wi-Fi card makes the board wireless out of the box.

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Board Layout

Good things come in small packages and the P8Z77-I Deluxe is a perfect example of this. Being a Mini ITX form factor Asus has packed that small form factor full of features as you can easily see. There isn’t an inch of the board that doesn’t have something going on, all the way to the point where they have actually used a riser card for the board’s power circuitry. Let’s dig in!

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The most unique thing about the P8Z77-I Deluxe is the way that Asus managed to pack its Dual Intelligent Processors 2 with 10 DIGI+ VRM  (8 -phase for CPU, 2 -phase for iGPU) onto a mini ITX board. They went with a riser card coming off the top of the board just above the CPU socket. The riser card is attached by its heatsink. When the board isn’t installed in a case Asus bolted everything together with two bolts. But when the board is installed in a case you have two extra length screws included with the board for screwing it to the motherboard risers.

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Starting in the top left region we have the CPU socket, the MemOK button, and the board’s battery backup. To save space the battery is positioned horizontally. You also have two four pin PWM fan headers tucked away just below the power riser.

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Because of the power layout the P8Z77-I Deluxe’s 8 pin cpu power header is placed over on the right edge rather than the top like we would normally see. Just below it you have the TPU switch for auto tune overclocking.

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Down in the bottom right corner you first have the boards 24 pin power connection along the edge just the like the 8 pin power connection. Wiring this board up should make for easy wire management if you can find a case that allows for decent wire management in such a small form factor. Under the power header is a small black header that looks like an audio header. It is actually the board’s front panel connection, they packed everything in a little tighter than normal to make room for everything else. This is why they included an adapter cable along with the board. For SATA connections we have four total, two SATA 2 and Two SATA 3, tucked away in next to the chipset heatsink. It’s a tight fit and a little hard to get to with a large heatsink but in order to fit everything on the board they packed everything in.

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On the bottom left side you can see that Asus has packed the boards two USB 2.0 and one USB 3.0 headers in any spot they could find while still being able to offer built in wireless. Just to the left of the boards PCIe x16 slot we have the front panel audio connection. This is going to be a really tight fit if you put a dedicated video card in this card but considering how much Asus has managed to pack in such a small form factor, we can give them a pass on this one.

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Unlike the other Asus boards this one only has two DDR3 dimm slots, packing any more would literally mean getting rid of the CPU or the rear I/O panel.

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Even on the P8Z77-I Deluxe Asus went with an all-black PCB. From this view you can see the two bolts that hold the power riser card in place when the board isn’t in installed.

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Just like the rest of the P8Z77-I Deluxe, the rear I/O panel is packed full. With a whopping 8 USB ports on the back, it’s amazing they were able to fit anything else on the back. Of the eight USB ports, four of them are USB 2.0 and four USB 3.0 (two on the Z77 chipset and two on the ASMedia® USB 3.0 controller). For video card connections you have Displayport, HDMI, and DVI. For audio things have been cut down to three due to limited space on the Mini ITX motherboard, you also get an optical out. Above the DVI output you have the two antenna connections for the boards built in wireless N. Last but not least there are two small buttons over on the right side of the I/O panel. The top button controls the boards USB BIOS Flashback functionality and the bottom button is the clear CMOS button.

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Cooling

The P8Z77-I Deluxe’s cooling is much simpler than what we have seen with other boards, not because it isn’t important, but because there just plain isn’t room. There are two heatsinks on the P8Z77-I Deluxe, the chipset heatsink at the bottom and the heatsink overtop of the power circuitry. Both heatsinks share the same design that we saw on both of Asus’s other mainstream boards that we are covering today. Each heatsink is carved out of aluminum and anodized blue in color.

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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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