I have been trying to work out what motherboard to buy and i have finally came down to these 2. However one is pro and on average about 20 pounds more, i cannot figure out the difference between these 2 boards. If anyone knows the difference and can enlighten me please do!
I've spent some hours (more than what justifies the savings by not just buying pro-version...but I had fun doing it) researching excactly that, so I can help you :-)
The difference is very small indeed:
- The pro has 2 more USB 3.0 ports. The last two, wont be quite as fast as the first two, since they are not native in chipset.
- Another small difference is, that the pro has their Q-shield I/O anti-static back grill. Instead of their normal one. it got some metal padding, to better connect. I have no idea if it's better. Some users have reportet that it's a harder fit in cabinet.
Main advantage is likely, that it looks better and descriptions of ports are clearer.
I myself rarely look at back of my computer.
- Normal version have 8 power phases for CPU, while pro-version got 12 power phases.
cheapest versions manages with 4, so 8 should be amble for overclocking as well.
Looking at the actual phases on the board the 8 on the V looks larger and more of more sturdy quality that the 12 on the pro which looks like cheaper versions. They each need handle less load.
More than anything it's likely marketing stunt, since some buyers will go for "more power phasers = better" and buy pro-version because of it. I think the boards will overclock the same, but that is my guess.
All essentials are excactly the same and likely you'll get no increased speed performance from pro-version.
Indeed all Z77 motherboards will be VERY even speed-wise, since it's same inbuild chipset in CPU.
Apart from that, I very much like Asus´s features like the EPU and the Fan2 controls.
I'm going with p8z77-V and saving few bucks there.
ill never order from newegg again there shippin is hella slow and make u pay 4 dollors extra for rush delivery . plus u gotta pay tax for the products .......wich is 30 dollors extra from the original price ..of the produsct wen the package comes almost a week later lol rip offf i should orderd amazon and had my prime ...service i would of gotin it way cheaper and goten next day shippin free
I went with the Pro model to get the fan controller. The add for the fan controller was cheaper than buying one separately and it can be controlled by temperatures that the MB is reading. The other options are a wash.