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Asus Shows New Motherboards at Computex 2012

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).

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P8Z77-V PremiumP8Z77-V Pro/Thunderbolt
Socket (CPU)Socket 1155 (2nd/3rd Gen Core Processors)Socket 1155 (2nd/3rd Gen Core Processors)
ChipsetIntel Z77 ExpressIntel Z77 Express
MemoryDDR3-2800 (overclocked), max 32 GBDDR3-2600 (overclocked), max 32 GB
Graphics OutputThunderbolt, DisplayPort, VGAThunderbolt, HDMI, DVI, VGA
Multi-GPU Support4-way SLI4-way CrossFireXLucidLogix Virtu MVP2-card SLI (up to quad GPU with GTX 590/690)3-way CrossFireXLucidLogix Virtu MVP
PCI-E4 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x163x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16
SATA 6Gb/s64
USB 3.0Front x2Back x4Front x2Back x4
eSATA2 (6 Gb/s)Not available
LANDual Intel GbIntel Gb
Audio8-channel / DTS8-channel / DTS

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

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F2A85-M LEF2A85-MF2A85-V
CPUFM2FM2FM2
ChipsetAMD A85XAMD A85XAMD A85X
MemoryDDR3-2400 (overclocked), max 32 GB
Graphics OutputHDMI, DVI, VGAHDMI, DVI, VGAHDMI, DVI, VGA
Multi-GPU supportCrossFireXLucidLogix Virtu MVPCrossFireXLucidLogix Virtu MVPCrossFireXLucidLogix Virtu MVP
PCI-E2x PCI-e 2.0 x162x PCI-e 2.0 x162x PCI-e 2.0 x16
SATA 6Gb/s777
USB 3.0Front x2Back x2Front x2Back x2Front x2Back x2
eSATA1 (6 Gb/s)1 (6 Gb/s)1 (6 Gb/s)
LANGbGbGb
Audio8-Channel8-Channel8-Channel
Marcus Yam
Marcus Yam served as Tom's Hardware News Director during 2008-2014. He entered tech media in the late 90s and fondly remembers the days when an overclocked Celeron 300A and Voodoo2 SLI comprised a gaming rig with the ultimate street cred.