by Rob Williams on August 6, 2012 in Intel Motherboards
Want a motherboard that won’t have you wishing you chose differently? There are plenty of reasons why ASUS’ P8Z77-V DELUXE deserves your consideration. It’s a feature-packed board that gives you everything you’d hope for in a motherboard – and then throws in some extra for good measure.
If the screenshots below look familiar, it might be because ASUS used an almost identical EFI on its last generation boards. The fact that much has remained the same isn’t a bad thing. Out of the gate, ASUS offered a robust, easy-to-use – and not to mention good-looking – EFI, and even with competitor options now available, not much has changed.
For reviewers, one thing did change – for the better. Down in the bottom-right corner you’ll notice a “Print Screen” option, which, when a FAT32 thumb drive is plugged in, will capture the current EFI screen and save it as a Bitmap to said thumb drive. For reviewers, this allows us to show the EFI off in the best detail possible (and also saves us the hassle of setting up a tripod) and for overclockers, it allows them to share direct screenshots of their setup, either to educate others or boast.
As to the functionality aspect of this EFI, if there’s something not offered in here that you either want or need, I’d be surprised. There are what seem like a hundred options related to overclocking alone, and with Fan Xpert 2 bundled in, you could spend a lot of time tweaking around in here if you really wanted to. And best of all, this EFI is easy to navigate either with a mouse or keyboard, thanks mostly to its top-mounted menu system.
Overall, an excellent EFI, with no immediate complaints from me. One could argue that the color scheme isn’t quite a as cool as the red one found on RoG boards, but the greenish color here does compliment the “DELUXE” moniker of the board – it might be good for overclocking, but it’s designed for everyone.