ASUS has displayed several motherboards based on the Z77 chipset at CeBIT 2012 which includes the ASUS Sabertooth Z77, P8H77-M Pro M-ATX, P8Z77-I Mini-ITX. The motherboards are expected to launch in early April.
The ASUS Sabertooth Z77 retains the same design of the Sabertooth Z68 featuring the Tough Thermal Armor heatshield. The motherboard features the socket LGA1155 which is powered through an 8 Pin connector and wired to Four DDR3 DIMM slots allowing support for 32GB memory in dual channel mode with a frequency of 1866Mhz. Expansion slots include 3 PCI-e 3.0 (x8/x8/x4 electrical) and 3 PCI-e 2.0 x1, SLI/CrossfireX support is added. Storage includes 2 SATA 6Gbps ports and a few SATA 3Gbps ports, An additional header provides extra USB 3.0 ports.
The ASUS P8Z77-I Deluxe is a Mini-ITX form factor board featuring the industry’s first Digital Power Delivery system which provides a 10 Phase DIGI+ CPU VRM to power up the socket. The VCore Card is spotted at the top of the card fitted in a vertical direction. A total of 2 DDR3 DIMM slots allow for 16GB Dual Channel memory support. Two SATA 6Gbps and Two SATA 3Gbps Ports allow for storage. Expansion slots include a Single Full length PCI-e x16 3.0 slot, An m-PCIe slot is also included however it house the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth card – A Header provides additional USB 3.0/2.0 slots. I/O includes four USB 2.0 ports, two eSATA ports, Gigabit Ethernet, 5.1-channel audio with optical S/PDIF out and a DisplayPort, HDMi and DVI connector.
There’s also the H77 chipset based P8H77-M Pro which features a Micro-ATX design, CPU is powered by a 6+1 Phase DIGI+ VRM, Four DDR3 DIMM slots allow for 32GB memory support in Dual Channel Mode. There are two PCI-e 3.0 x 16 slots (x8/x8 electrical) and two Mini-PCI-e slots. Storage includes 2 SATA 6Gbps and 4 SATA 3Gbps ports while I/O includes several USB 3.0/2.0 slots, DVI/VGA and probably an HDMI slot alongwith an 7.1 Channel Audio and Gigabit Ethernet Lan port.
The motherboards pricing is not yet revealed, An ASUS P8Z77-V Deluxe which would be an High End Z77 chipset based motherboard got leaked a few days ago, Its expected to cost $399.
You can check out ASUS ROG based motherboard’s below:
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