Asus introduces first Intel Thunderbolt certified motherboard

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Envious of the lighting fast transfer speeds of the Thunderbolt packing Macbooks that’s been floating around? Well, you’re in luck. Asus has just introduced the first  Intel Thunderbolt certified motherboard in the form of the P8Z77-V PREMIUM. Thunderbolt is a new high speed, I/O technology that promises speeds that is twice as fast as USB 3.0 and twenty times as fast as USB 2.0. Asus also announced that they are closely working with three brands that have been creating Thunderbolt products – Elgato, LaCie, and PROMISE.

The P8Z77-V PREMIUM also has a couple of features that rig builders will enjoy. True 4-way NVIDIA SLI and 4-way AMD CrossFireX on the latest PCIe Gen 3.0 slots for maximum graphics performance, as well as  SSD Caching II. A 32GB mSATA based SSD is also onboard, enabling Intel Smart Response and Rapid Start Technology for super-fast boot up and resume times.

Available Models

Models

P8Z77-V PREMIUM

P8Z77-V PRO/THUNDERBOLT

CPU Socket

Intel® Socket 1155 for 3rd/2nd Generation Core™ i7/Core™ i5/Core™ i3/Pentium®/Celeron® Processors

Chipset

Intel® Z77 Express Chipset

Memory

DDR3 2800(O.C.) MHz

DDR3 2600(O.C.) MHz

Digital CPU Power Design

Dual Intelligent Processors 3 – SMART DIGI+ Power Control

Digital 20-Phase Power
(16-Phase for CPU &
4-Phase for iGPU)

Digital 12-Phase Power
(8-Phase for CPU &
4-Phase for iGPU)

Digital DRAM Power Design

V

V

PCIex16 Slots

4*PCIe 3.0 x16

3*PCIe 3.0 x16;

Multi-GPU

4-Way CrossFireX™/SLI

CrossFireX™/SLI

Graphics

Thunderbolt/DisplayPort/HDMI

Thunderbolt/HDMI/DVI-D/RGB

Gb LAN

2 (Intel)

1 (Intel)

Wireless Connection

Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n
Dual band 2.4/5GHz & Bluetooth v4.0

Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n

Audio

8-ch HD, DTS

8-ch HD, DTS

Storage

1*mSATA 3.0 Gb/s with 32GB SSD onboard
6*SATA 6Gb/s
3*SATA 3Gb/s
2*eSATA 6Gb/s

4*SATA 6Gb/s
4*SATA 3Gb/s

1*eSATA (with bracket support)

USB 3.0

6*USB 3.0  (4 ports at back panel, 2 ports at mid-board)

6*USB 3.0 (4 ports at back panel, 2 ports at mid-board)

TPU/EPU
(with onboard switch)

V

V

ASUS SSD Caching II

V

ASUS Wi-Fi GO!

V

V

ASUS Fan Xpert 2

V

V

USB BIOS Flashback

V

V

USB 3.0 Boost

V

V

Network iControl

V

V

LucidLogix Virtu MVP

V

V

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