Okay i recently just got this ASUS P8Z77-V Deluxe motherboard. it's awesome however it isn't the highend model. That honor goes to the ASUS P8Z77-V Premium which isn't out yet.
I've been reading lots of reviews about this motherboard comparing the 2.
- has thunderbolt directly integrated onto the mobo
- has msata SSD integrated onto the mobo
- has 4 ssd caching sata3 ports, 2 more sata3 ports, and 3 sata2 ports
- has 4 pcie 3.0 x16 lanes for Graphics cards (perfect for multi gpu setups)
- has the newer PLX gen 3 chip
- has dual Intel Nics (your able to do teaming as such for better performance)
- only has 2 usb3 ports at the back
- only has 2 pcie x1 slots
- has more usb 3.0 ports at the back compared to the premium
- has more pcie x 1 slots available for lots of add in devices requiring them
- has dual nic however only 1 is an intel, and the other is a realtek. If your only using 1 ethernet port it's not a big deal, but if your planning to do teaming, forget it. But i was told that teaming the nics isn't going to be that big a deal.
- no msata SSD
- the quick cache SSD feature will effectively only work for 1 HDD because the Deluxe only has 2 ports for this Asus feature, 1 of them having to be used for your own supplied SSD, while the other being used for the HDD you want to provide the Quick Cache SSD feature to. So if you want to provide more HDDs with this feature, this is not possible. Not unless you plan to use the intel raid setting to get it that way. But the Asus method doesn't require raid, as it offers SSD caching for HDDS which are on AHCI which is perfect for me. Sadly the deluxe effectively only will do this for 1 HDD. So this is essentially a demo of the feature .... so the premium makes more sense for me.
- only has 2 PCIE gpu lanes. the third one isn't for graphics cards, as it will be used for the thunderbolt add in card
- thunder bolt add in card is a separate purchase and will cost you 30-40 USD according to Anandtech when he interviewed Jay from Asus.
The deluxe model is awesome, and i can live with most of the stuff it lacks compared to the premium, but what really disappointed me was the lack of SSD quick cache feature ports compared to the Premium.
So if i had a choice, i'd personally spend on the premium. But that will cost a bomb :X
Asus P8Z77-V Deluxe Reviews
Asus P8Z77-V Premium sneak peeks
PS: there is a useful comparison chart for the Asus Z77 motherboards ( - the premium that isn't out yet) which you can see here
also that the only mobos with thunderbolt are selected models by MSI, Asus and EVGA :X as far as i know ...