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).
|Header Cell - Column 0||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 SLI4-way CrossFireXLucidLogix Virtu MVP||2-card SLI (up to quad GPU with GTX 590/690)3-way CrossFireXLucidLogix Virtu MVP|
|PCI-E||4 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16||3x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16|
|USB 3.0||Front x2Back x4||Front x2Back 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:
|Header Cell - Column 0||F2A85-M LE||F2A85-M||F2A85-V|
|Chipset||AMD A85X||AMD A85X||AMD A85X|
|Memory||DDR3-2400 (overclocked), max 32 GB||Row 2 - Cell 2||Row 2 - Cell 3|
|Graphics Output||HDMI, DVI, VGA||HDMI, DVI, VGA||HDMI, DVI, VGA|
|Multi-GPU support||CrossFireXLucidLogix Virtu MVP||CrossFireXLucidLogix Virtu MVP||CrossFireXLucidLogix Virtu MVP|
|PCI-E||2x PCI-e 2.0 x16||2x PCI-e 2.0 x16||2x PCI-e 2.0 x16|
|USB 3.0||Front x2Back x2||Front x2Back x2||Front x2Back x2|
|eSATA||1 (6 Gb/s)||1 (6 Gb/s)||1 (6 Gb/s)|
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.
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.
Sounds like an iApple cult member if you ask me...