Asus P8Z77-V Premium, the first Thunderbolt motherboard – hardware and features


Thunderbolt is the next-generation I/O interface that significantly boosts file transfer rates. With transfer rates of up to 10 Gbps, Intel says that it can transfer a full-length HD movie in less than 30 secs. Compare that to USB 2.0 and it is generations ahead in both read and write speeds. Asus today announced P8Z77-V Premium, a mainboard that supports the exact same high-speed interface. It is the first Intel-certified motherboard with Thunderbolt.

Thunderbolt is said to be two times faster than USB 3.0 and 20 times faster than USB 2.0 which remains to be the most widely used I/O technology across most devices. Each Thunderbolt port is capable of reading and writing 10 Gbps and up to six compatible devices can be connected to Asus P8Z77-V Premium. Fully display support with a monitor equipped with either DisplayPort or Thunderbolt is also made possible by a seventh port. But you won’t be limited to Thunderbolt with P8Z77-V Premium because it also includes half a dozen USB 2.0 and five USB 3.0 ports.



Asus P8Z77-V Premium Motherboard

Form factor ATX Form Factor, 12 x 9.6 in
CPU Intel socket 1155 for 3-rd/2-nd Generation Core i7/Core i5/Core i3/Pentium/Celeron Processors; Supports Intel 22nm, 32nm CPU and Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 depending on CPU types
Chipset Intel Z77
Memory 4 x DIMM, Max. 32GB, DDR3


Non-ECC, Un-buffered Memory

Dual Channel Memory Architecture

Supports Intel Extreme Memory Profile (XMP)

*Hyper DIMM support varies depending on CPU

Graphic Integrated Graphics Processor

Multi-VGA output support: HDMI/DisplayPort/Thunderbolt ports

Multi-GPU support Supports NVIDIA 4-Way SLI, AMD 4-Way CrossFireX, and LucidLogix Virtu MVP Technology
Expansion slots 4 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x 16 slots

2 x PCIe 2.0 x 1 slots

Storage Intel Z77 chipset:

2x SATA 6Gbps ports

3x SATA 3Gbps ports

1x mini-SATA 3Gbps ports with on-board 32GB SSD

Support Raid 0, 1, 5, 10

Supports Intel Smart Response, Rapid Start, and Smart Connect Technology

Marvell PCIe 9230 controller:

4x SATA 6Gbps ports

Support Raid 0, 1, 10

ASMedia PCIe SATA controller:

2x eSATA 6Gbps

LAN Intel 82579V, 1x Gigabit LAN Controller

Intel 82583, 1x Gigabit LAN Controller

Dual Gigabit LAN controllers

Intel LAN Dual interconnect between the integrated LAN controller and Physical Layer (PHY)

Wireless Data Network WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n

Supports dual bad frequency 2.4/5 GHz

Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.0, Bluetooth 3.0 + HS
USB ports ASMedia USB 3.0 controller: 2x USB 3.0 ports

Intel Z77 chipset: 4x USB 3.0 ports or 6x USB 2.0 ports

Overclocking features ASUS CPR (CPU Parameter Recall)



One feature of Asus P8Z77-V is multiple SSD caching for installing multiple SSDs without restrictions on capacity. The same feature also allows installation of different HDD/SDD combinations for optimum performance. The onboard 32GB mSATA SSD enables fast boot times and reduces resume times coming from sleep or hibernate. Smart DIGI+ technology boosts performance speeds by up to 85 percent but can also reduce CPU wattage at the same time, cutting it in half.

These are but a few of the many cool features of Asus P8Z77-V Premium. Other functions include real-time network bandwidth control, USB BIOS flashback, and faster USB 3.0 Transmission with UASP. The motherboard also supports ASUS Crystal Sound for an improved audio experience.


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