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Asus P8Z77 WS Review

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Lucid LogiX Virtu MVP Software is included to take advantage of the Z77 chipset's ability to use dynamic switching between the Intel HD 3000/4000 and an installed discrete GPU. Featuring HyperFormance™ Technology this software boosts the performance of the discrete GPU by up to 60%. Virtual Sync allows the IGP to help eliminate the tearing seen when running with Vsync disabled. LucidLogix Virtu MVP when enabled has the ability to choose the best graphics solution based on the load type whether it is a graphically intense game or just surfing the web. Intel Quick Sync Video 2.0 technology is supported in this implementation for increased speed with 3D rendering and image manipulation.


















ASUS WebStorage is a "cloud" storage tool that allows the end user to back up, retrieve, and sync data from many different types of devices. 2GB of cloud storage is included for free with this service. In this increasingly mobile world, having access to your files from anywhere means that showing off a treasured picture or listening to your music is just a connection away.




Disk Unlocker is a tool that is used to enable the space above 2048GB on drives larger than 2TB. By using this feature you can use the space above the 2TB limit in Windows. This tool is simple to use and does not require using a GPT format on the drive although that is an option for Win7-based systems using a BIOS that supports drives larger than 2.2TB.


ASUS' PC Diagnostics tool is used for basic testing functions that can help with troubleshooting your system. You can view system specific information such as the CPU type, Memory type and specifications, storage devices and more. There are three tabs to this tool each with several options. The Test Items tab allows the user to dive into each device type and test each of them. The keyboard test is shown below. The Stress test function tests the CPU with a Pi calculation while the video gets a series of texture mapping and rendering tests. System memory tests includes a variety of test with the end result being pass or fail.




Looking through ASUS AI Suite II tool shows that ASUS continues to stretch the functionality of the tool with new add ons that integrate well with the existing tools.

  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look: Continued
  3. Closer Look: Programs & Utilities
  4. Closer Look: Programs & Utilities Continued
  5. Closer Look: The BIOS
  6. Specifications & Features
  7. Testing: Setup & Overclocking
  8. Testing: PCMark 7
  9. Testing: HD Tune, AIDA 64
  10. Testing: Sisoft Sandra, x.264, Handbrake
  11. Testing: USB 3.0
  12. Testing: Gaming
  13. Conclusion
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