Certain words can convey many meanings.  Luckily, for us, the word 'deluxe' has very few variations around a theme of being 'of a superior kind'.  So when applied to a motherboard, such as the P8Z77-V Deluxe, we would expect a superior product.  ASUS has kindly provided in kind.

Sweeping in at $275 is perhaps not the main price point for Z77, especially when there are motherboards that can run these processors for half the price.  However, this is where the P8Z77-V excels - for your extra money, you get a plethora of enthusiast related features that a user would not dream of on a half-price product.  Alongside the dual band WiFi, dual network controllers (one Intel, one Realtek), superior fan control and provision for a future Thunderbolt add-in card, we have the stalwarts of the ASUS arsenal, such as USB BIOS Flashback, Fan Xpert II, enhanced USB charging, USB 3.0 Boost, a well thought out BIOS and superior operating software. 

ASUS clearly know the market, and they hire enthusiasts to help improve their product.  On a recent trip to a UK iSeries LAN event, I was amazed at how many enthusiasts build their products as if price was not a concern - they want something that is good when they buy it, and something that will last for the next few generations.  The Deluxe is a board that fits into this category very nicely.

The P8Z77-V Deluxe utilizes MultiCore Enhancement, a 'feature' on ASUS motherboards to boost multi-threaded performance.  Combine this with what seem like a few tweaks native to the board and we have a product which single handedly takes the top position in almost every throughput benchmark we have, and comes near the top in ones that it does not.

The only features directly missing seem to be those that add a significant cost on board (PCIe PLX chip for >2 GPUs, a premium sound solution), where instead we would normally see products specifically focused for them in that price bracket.  Perhaps it would have been beneficial to include a USB 3.0 bracket in the box to sweeten the deal.

The main contenders for this board come from ASUS products themselves - the Z77 Sabertooth arguably offers more control and a larger warranty (the Deluxe still qualifies for North America ASUS Premium Service, as does the Sabertooth), or a ROG product that is focused towards gamers/overclockers.   The ECS Z77H2-AX and Gigabyte G1. Sniper 3 (both part of future reviews) utilize the PCIe PLX chip for >2 GPUs.

As part of a long term, stable build, it is hard to put a foot wrong if you choose the P8Z77-V Deluxe.  If ever there was a time to use the phrase 'you get what you pay for', then surely this is it.  I had no issues during testing and it sailed through the benchmarks with top honors.  I have no hesitation in awarding the P8Z77-V Deluxe with an AnandTech Editors Choice Silver Award.

ASUS P8Z77-V Deluxe
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  • maximumGPU - Monday, May 14, 2012 - link

    yes as Ian just said, my fans are 3 pin and plugged into the chassis headers. Fan Xpert can adjust their speed. i have a pwm 4 pin fan on the CPU header so can't tell you if that header can control 3 pin.

    i do not know how the control is done though.
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  • DarkRogue - Monday, May 14, 2012 - link

    All right, thank you to the both of you.

    I don't have any PWM fans, so I guess I will be the guinea pig for when I get the Z77 Deluxe board. It is good to know the other headers are capable of controlling regular 3-pin fans, though.

    Ian, I know bugs are good to report, but I meant that a review of the software itself, such as the features it provides and how well it works, etc., would be a good supplement to a motherboard review. Again, the software is one other aspect the manufacturers are trying to differentiate themselves (I mean, look at the UEFI styles!) and it would be helpful to see how well their software works, or if similar things can be achieved with other software. Not everyone has used a board from every manufacturer before, nor know what use each piece of software provided is for, or how easy it is to use to achieve its intended function.

    I just feel that with a review, it's helpful to review every aspect, and not just the hardware. Personally, I've never used any motherboard-supplied software because they've always been really buggy or annoying to work with, particularly Gigabyte's programs that kept auto-loading despite what I did until I just outright uninstalled it. It's been over 4 years since I've had an ASUS board, and I'll likely have to try AI Suite now to take advantage of Fan Xpert 2. Without seeing ASUS' video presentation of this feature, I would've skipped it and went with the cheaper Gigabyte board, and have to buy additional fan controllers, because Gigabyte's fan headers are apparently inconsistent.

    Anyway, it's just a suggestion that, in my opinion at least, would give motherboard reviews a more 'complete' overview.
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  • gtm - Monday, May 14, 2012 - link

    I find Thunderbolt interesting for the ability to put one big and loud pc in one room, and get all I/O in another room, saving noise, space and cable mess.

    But is it possible to wake an hibernating PC using for example an USB-Keyboard connected to a thunderbolt display?
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  • gtm - Monday, May 14, 2012 - link

    Sorry, posted for the wrong article Reply
  • Suuave - Monday, May 14, 2012 - link

    I'm building a server with a similar board in this series. I've looked on the Asus site and several review sites. But I cant seem to find the answer

    My question is what video card would the built-in video chip be equivalent to? I have an old GT 9600, but should I use it or would it just be a waste of time, energy and effort to install it?
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  • Breaker - Wednesday, May 16, 2012 - link

    Greetings Ian!

    In the OC section of your Asus Z77 Deluxe review you said:
    adjusted the Turbo Ratio 1-Core Limit

    Can you be more specific pls?
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  • Shane527x - Wednesday, May 23, 2012 - link

    Hi guys, I just ordered my board few days ago but i still disnt order the memory.. I want 16, i was thinking to make a 16g kit 8x2 vengeance corsairbut I didnt see anywhere. So id like to know if i can actually do that or what is the best? Thank you Reply
  • HardwareDufus - Wednesday, May 23, 2012 - link

    I thought the UEFI initiative was to replace the BIOS, no?

    So all of these Z77 boards still have a BIOS? We will still have the excessive Boot times?
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  • Triniman - Monday, August 13, 2012 - link

    Will the Front Panel USB 3.0 box work with the P8Z77-V Deluxe motherboard? The reason I ask is that the listing of supported chipsets does not show the Z77 chipset and yet the P8Z77-V Premium motherboard ships with the Front Panel USB 3.0 box and it uses the Z77 chipset.

    Reference:
    (http://ca.asus.com/en/Motherboards/Accessories/Fro...
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  • macmuchmore - Tuesday, September 04, 2012 - link

    I just purchased a P8Z77-v Deluxe for $224.99 this last weekend. I cannot wait to get it installed this week.

    So did I get a good deal? ;-)

    macmuchmore
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