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I’ve Decided to order the Asus P8Z77-M PRO

I’m going to order this board for one of my personal projects, it’s a mid-range board with nearly all the features of a fully-fledged motherboard except not so glamorous and most of all – not nearly as expensive. This one costs roughly 140 USD where I reside. Not bad at all!

The specifications for this board are as follows:

CPU Intel® Socket 1155 for 3rd/2nd Generation Core™ i7/Core™ i5/Core™ i3/Pentium®/Celeron® 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 2400(O.C.)/2200(O.C.)/2133(O.C.)/2000(O.C.)/1866(O.C.)/1800(O.C.)/1600/1333 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.
*7: Due to Intel® chipset limitation, P8Z77, P8H77 and P8B75 series motherboards do not support Windows® Vista operating system.
I’ve started to develop a sort of like towards these budget based boards because really they do not differ so much against the expensive ones, I’ve learned. I’m going to run it with a Intel G530 (dual core) processor which is going to cost me only 50 USD. Naturally I’ll overclock it as much I can squeeze out of it.
The base frequency is 2.4GHZ with 2MB cache and rated at 65W  :wink:
Sweet huh? I already have memory, case, HDDs and optical so I do not need to order those items.
–k0nsl
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