Tuesday, March 6th 2012

ASUS P8Z77-I Deluxe Detailed

ASUS unveiled a new mini-ITX motherboard based on the Intel Z77 chipset, supporting LGA1155 processors, the P8Z77-I Deluxe. Despite is ultra-compact form the designers crammed in as many features as possible, including a powerful 10-phase Digi+ VRM. ASUS found an ingenious way of designing the VRM area, by raising it to a (fixed?) add-on card north of the CPU socket. This VRM riser has the electrical controller, the 10-phase VRM, complete with chokes, drivers, and FETs, and a MOSFET heatsink. This board is one of the few of its form-factor that draws power from an 8-pin EPS, apart from the 24-pin ATX.

The LGA1155 socket is wired to two full-length DDR3 DIMM slots, supporting dual-channel DDR3 memory, and a PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slot. There are four SATA ports on board, two each of SATA 6 Gb/s and 3 Gb/s. Connectivity includes 6-channel HD audio with 7.1 channel optical SPDIF output, four USB 3.0 ports (two front, two rear), gigabit Ethernet, wireless b/g/n network controller, and a number of USB 2.0 ports. The board features UEFI BIOS, and USB BIOS Flashback. Expect the ASUS P8Z77-I Deluxe to launch in April. More variants, based on this exact design, can be expected.

Source: Lab501.ro
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6 Comments on ASUS P8Z77-I Deluxe Detailed

#1
Ikaruga
Looks like a really good board. Perhaps they could have designed it in a way to put the sata ports onto the edge, but maybe it was not possible with so many features in such a small space.
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#2
wrathchild_67
Bastards. There were no great overclocking Z68 Mini ITX boards, but Asus goes straight for the overclocker right out of the gate when the Z77 releases...
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NHKS
Good to see Asus going 'all-out' with the mini-ITX form factor. Never before have I seen the VRM on riser card on a MB, let alone a mini-ITX one. :eek: This board brimming with features could be more popular than Zotac's Z68 mini-ITX was last year.

The location of SATA ports could be an inconvenience when surrounded with a graphics card, CPU cooler(like Scythe Big Shuriken 2) & RAM(with heat sinks). But this is a great effort from Asus nonetheless. :rockout:

Imagine a SFF case(Silverstone Sugo SG-07/08) housing this board with an i7 & HD 7970 (or) maybe a GTX 680 !! :cool:
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Jstn7477
by: NHKS
Good to see Asus going 'all-out' with the mini-ITX form factor. Never before have I seen the VRM on riser card on a MB, let alone a mini-ITX one. :eek: This board brimming with features could be more popular than Zotac's Z68 mini-ITX was last year.

The location of SATA ports could be an inconvenience when surrounded with a graphics card, CPU cooler(like Scythe Big Shuriken 2) & RAM(with heat sinks). But this is a great effort from Asus nonetheless. :rockout:

Imagine a SFF case(Silverstone Sugo SG-07/08) housing this board with an i7 & HD 7970 (or) maybe a GTX 680 !! :cool:
My dad's Gigabyte GA-7NNXP (Socket A/nForce 2 400) had a 3 phase system on the board as well as a Dual Power VRM daughter card (had 3 more phases and fan-cooled MOSFETs). Was an awesome board until the fake Nichicon capacitors popped. :(
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NHKS
by: Jstn7477
My dad's Gigabyte GA-7NNXP (Socket A/nForce 2 400) had a 3 phase system on the board as well as a Dual Power VRM daughter card (had 3 more phases and fan-cooled MOSFETs). Was an awesome board until the fake Nichicon capacitors popped. :(
Thanks for the info! was back in 2003 right!..

with nforce2 & Silicon Image on board it could handle 10 ATA devices.. 5 PCI slots.. that was indeed impressive on specs..
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