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Asus Shows New Motherboards at Computex 2012

By , Benjamin Kraft - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 38 comments

If you're a fan of Asus boards, check this out.

Besides the neat ThunderboltEX add-in card, we also took a look at the new motherboards from Asus for both AMD and Intel platforms. First up are two Z77 Chipset mainboards equipped with Thunderbolt, the P8Z77-V Pro/Thunderbolt and P8Z77-V Premium

The Pro model has memory speeds up to DDR3-2600 (overclocked), whereas the Premium goes to DDR3-2800 (overclocked).


P8Z77-V Premium

P8Z77-V Pro/Thunderbolt

Socket (CPU)

Socket 1155 (2nd/3rd Gen Core Processors)

Socket 1155 (2nd/3rd Gen Core Processors)

Chipset

Intel Z77 Express

Intel Z77 Express

Memory

DDR3-2800 (overclocked), max 32 GB

DDR3-2600 (overclocked), max 32 GB

Graphics Output

Thunderbolt, DisplayPort, VGA

Thunderbolt, HDMI, DVI, VGA

Multi-GPU Support

4-way SLI

4-way CrossFireX

LucidLogix Virtu MVP

2-card SLI (up to quad GPU with GTX 590/690)

3-way CrossFireX

LucidLogix Virtu MVP

PCI-E

4 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16

3x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16

SATA 6Gb/s

6

4

USB 3.0

Front x2

Back x4

Front x2

Back x4

eSATA

2 (6 Gb/s)

Not available

LAN

Dual Intel Gb

Intel Gb

Audio

8-channel / DTS

8-channel / DTS

 As for the AMD FM2 boards, specifications and pictures are as follows:


F2A85-M LE

F2A85-M

 F2A85-V

CPU

FM2

FM2

FM2

Chipset

AMD A85X

AMD A85X

AMD A85X

Memory

DDR3-2400 (overclocked), max 32 GB



Graphics Output

HDMI, DVI, VGA

HDMI, DVI, VGA

HDMI, DVI, VGA

Multi-GPU support

CrossFireX

LucidLogix Virtu MVP

CrossFireX

LucidLogix Virtu MVP

CrossFireX

LucidLogix Virtu MVP

PCI-E

2x PCI-e 2.0 x16

2x PCI-e 2.0 x16

2x PCI-e 2.0 x16

SATA 6Gb/s

7

7

7

USB 3.0

Front x2

Back x2

Front x2

Back x2

Front x2

Back x2

eSATA

1 (6 Gb/s)

1 (6 Gb/s)

1 (6 Gb/s)

LAN

Gb

Gb

Gb

Audio

8-Channel

8-Channel

8-Channel

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    sykozis , June 9, 2012 7:53 PM
    DroKingWhy are they gimping on amd board comparing to intel? Dont tell me Intel is at their dirty business again trying to make themselves seem much much superior because they half ass features for AMD chipsets. This is bullsht.

    Those AMD based boards are FM2....meaning they use AMD's APUs... How many features do you really need on an entry-level/budget platform?
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    Shin-san , June 9, 2012 7:36 PM
    Aw. None of the AMD boards are full-sized
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    DroKing , June 9, 2012 7:38 PM
    Why are they gimping on amd board comparing to intel? Dont tell me Intel is at their dirty business again trying to make themselves seem much much superior because they half ass features for AMD chipsets. This is bullsht.
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    s3anister , June 9, 2012 7:41 PM
    I wonder what the price premium on the ThunderNiche boards will be. The P8Z77-V is already $450 after all...
  • 10 Hide
    sykozis , June 9, 2012 7:53 PM
    DroKingWhy are they gimping on amd board comparing to intel? Dont tell me Intel is at their dirty business again trying to make themselves seem much much superior because they half ass features for AMD chipsets. This is bullsht.

    Those AMD based boards are FM2....meaning they use AMD's APUs... How many features do you really need on an entry-level/budget platform?
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    Dragoon21b , June 9, 2012 8:14 PM
    Hey look FM2 Motherboards...now if only there were actually CPU's to go in them...
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    A Bad Day , June 9, 2012 8:26 PM
    I was looking forward to higher RAM clock for the FM2 motherboards. Those APUs don't come with GDDR5 and need bandwidth from somewhere.

    DroKingWhy are they gimping on amd board comparing to intel? Dont tell me Intel is at their dirty business again trying to make themselves seem much much superior because they half ass features for AMD chipsets. This is bullsht.


    FM2s isn't a high end chipset. You can only do so much with a chipset that Intel/AMD gives you.
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    geekapproved , June 9, 2012 8:29 PM
    I dont understand the pic of the specs for the F2A85-V. It says VGA CARD: GTX660-2GB

    HUH? WTH?
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    jimmysmitty , June 9, 2012 8:48 PM
    DroKingWhy are they gimping on amd board comparing to intel? Dont tell me Intel is at their dirty business again trying to make themselves seem much much superior because they half ass features for AMD chipsets. This is bullsht.


    Intel has nothing to do with it. The FM2 socket is for, as said, APUs, not CPUs and is not a full featured as Intels Z77 chipset.

    The Thunderbolt is a seperate chip.

    And these are top of the line Z77 boards, hence the Premium tag or Pro tag. The FM2s are entry level. I am sure there will be better ones upon release.
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    josejones , June 9, 2012 8:49 PM
    LOL, so AMD STILL doesn't provide support for PCIe 3.0 - wow ... just wow.
  • 3 Hide
    memadmax , June 9, 2012 8:56 PM
    A AMD iFanboy that has no idea what he's talkin about...
    Sounds like an iApple cult member if you ask me...
    Who knew?
  • 0 Hide
    xtreme5 , June 9, 2012 9:04 PM
    woooowwwwwww! 4 way sli haha going to equipped my system with 4 GTX 680's that's a good deal...
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    sharpless78 , June 9, 2012 9:28 PM
    josejonesLOL, so AMD STILL doesn't provide support for PCIe 3.0 - wow ... just wow.


    Well, maybe they have come to the conclusion that adding PCIe 3.0 to low-level CPUs is just plain idiocy?
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    JeTJL , June 9, 2012 9:36 PM
    DroKingWhy are they gimping on amd board comparing to intel? Dont tell me Intel is at their dirty business again trying to make themselves seem much much superior because they half ass features for AMD chipsets. This is bullsht.


    I know it seems like we are all beating a dead horse here trying to explain stuff to the guy...

    But I find that they are doing a lot more than they should. especially having 2 x16 lanes. Because the most you would do is Xfiring the APU and GPU, not a GPU and another GPU. That would be a waste of resources because the APU's graphics will be turned off.
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    DroKing , June 9, 2012 10:16 PM
    sykozisThose AMD based boards are FM2....meaning they use AMD's APUs... How many features do you really need on an entry-level/budget platform?


    Ah Now I know =D thanks for the worthy info. I haven't really kept up with the newest so I appreciate that.
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    adgjlsfhk , June 9, 2012 10:37 PM
    I think that AMD should include wireless on chipset or get manufactures to add it instead of having 7 sata ports that only a builder doing a high end server would ever use.
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    ko888 , June 9, 2012 10:40 PM
    Quote:
    I dont understand the pic of the specs for the F2A85-V. It says VGA CARD: GTX660-2GB

    HUH? WTH?
    It just looks like the specs of their demo system that's on display.
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    waethorn , June 9, 2012 10:46 PM
    ASUS just released a C-series APU motherboard too: C60M1-I in mini-ITX. It's like a low-end E-350 (1.3GHz in Turbo Core mode). Best part is it's only ~$80 with the processor. You could theoretically build this with an SSD, 4GB of RAM, and include Win7 HP x64 with it in a decent mITX case (looking at Antec's ISK 110 VESA which supports VESA mounting and 2 hard drives instead of just 1 like the Zotac and Foxconn builds). For a bit more you could put an SSD cache drive in (Corsair m4's are a good deal) along with a 7200RPM hard drive for added storage. Good little project for a multimedia box. I tried one and Windows 8 flies on it - it's especially impressive that a
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    waethorn , June 9, 2012 10:51 PM
    WTF is wrong with this commenting system?!?

    I was saying that it's impressive that an ASUS E-450 board only adds Bluetooth, WiFi, HDMI, and a very slightly faster CPU that it costs more than double the price. The C-60 board is a hidden gem. That build should cost
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    waethorn , June 9, 2012 10:52 PM
    FUCK this commenting system sucks!!

    I was saying that the build should cost less than $400.
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    adgjlsfhk , June 9, 2012 11:23 PM
    what is wrong with the commenting?
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