ASUS P8Z77-V LX preview: affordable ASUS Z77 motherboard

ASUS usually only sends us its most high-end motherboards. The result is that, when we are trying to come up with buying advice for the entry-level segment, we always end up recommending other brands. Still, we've always wondered about how ASUS compares to other manufacturers in the affordable segment. To help us find out, ASUS sent over the £88 P8Z77-V LX, which is the cheapest Z77 ATX motherboard in its line-up. We compared the board to 41 previously-tested Z77 boards, in particular the Gigabyte GA-Z77-D3H, MSI Z77A-G43 and MSI Z77A-G45. These three affordable ATX Z77 motherboards did very well in our most recent round-up of 32 motherboards.

The P8Z77-V LX costs an average of £88, which is £40 less than the previously tested ASUS P8Z77-V LE. The Socket 1155 processor and Z77 chipset makes the motherboard compatible with all Intel Sandy Bridge and Ivy Bridge processors, from Celeron all the way up to the Core i7. The board has three DDR3 RAM slots, two PCI-Express x16 slots with a total of 16 lanes (16/0 or 8/8), two PCI-Express x1 and three standard PCI slots. The three standard PCI slots is unusual - ASUS must believe that people that are looking for a more affordable motherboard are also hanging on to older PCI expansion cards. So if you want to use multiple PCI cards in a new PC, then this board is one of the few that has that many slots.

The motherboard has the six Serial ATA ports from the Z77 chipset (2x SATA600, 4x SATA 300), four USB 3.0 ports (two external), and ten USB 2.0 ports (four external).

The back of the card has VGA, DVI and HDMI ports for the integrated GPU of the processor. For the 7.1 audio ASUS used an aging Realtek ALC887 chip. The single Gigabit LAN port is provided by a Realtek RTL8111E chip. You can continue reading the ASUS P8Z77-V LX preview on Hardware.info.