People seem to immediately pigeonhole multi-task items with very diverse functions as “jack of all trades, master of none” type items. I’m guilty of it as well, unfortunately. For example, there is a restaurant on the water in New Hope, PA, that has a fantastic location with great outdoor dining…but I won’t eat there. Why? Well, they have an awning that lists “Italian Specialties”, “Thai Cuisine”, “New American” and a couple of others. I have yet to eat in a kitchen that does all of those things well, and the very nature of how a restaurant kitchen is run would make it incredibly difficult. My assumption is that all of those things will be marginal at best. For all I know, they are able to churn out the best Carbonara and Red Jungle Curry I have ever had from side by side burners. I am not going to find out, though, simply because my expectations are closer to the Chinese buffet that has pizza worse than Papa John’s (that actually is possible, I didn’t think there could be worse, but there is) sitting next to the greasiest lo mein noodles this side of the Alaskan pipeline. Of course, this isn’t always the case, and some multi-function items are of very high quality. Nothing points this out better than the epitome of multi-function, the Swiss Army Knife.
The Swiss Army Knife was born out of a basic, simple necessity; the Swiss Armed Forces wanted a single tool that would be able to strip and reassemble a field rifle, provide a basic cutting tool and open cans of rations. Consolidating these requirements meant less for the soldier to carry and keep track of. Of course, reliability and quality was of the highest importance since no one wanted to see a soldier under fire unable to reassemble his rifle due to a broken screwdriver tip. High profile cutler Victoronix was approached and the Swiss Army Knife was born, and is now synonymous with reliable multi-function devices. Of course, tweaks were made to the base model for certain users, maybe replacing a can opener with a scissor or a Philips head with a larger cutting blade, but the quality remained. ASUS works in much the same way with their motherboard lineups. A flexible, well equipped base is made with variations to it for specific target users. Perhaps TPM will be replaced by more USB 3.0 slots, or PCI slots by PCIe. But in the end, it all starts with the rock solid design and flexibility of the base.
The ASUS P8Z77-V sits dead in the middle of the new V series, sporting top quality components across the board and a plethora of truly useful features. While the ASUS P8Z77-V boasts many enthusiast class qualities, such as DDR3-2600 capabilities with T-Topology, tri-SLI/Crossfire and quad GPU capable PCIe 3.0, LucidLogix VirtuMVP, Smart DIGI+ VRM with dual processors and Intel and Asmedia SATA III and USB 3.0 controllers. It also offers great usability and features for other segments. Built in Wi-Fi b/g/n with access point capabilities and ASUS’ new Wi-Fi GO! with DLNA server capabilities and remote device capabilities make the P8Z77-V a natural fit for entertainment. To add to this, 7.1 audio with optical out features DTS enhancements, and HDMI/Display Port/VGA/DVI outputs make the P8Z77-V a multimedia powerhouse. To make transferring your media files easier, ASUS’ USB 3.0 Boost with UASP capabilities increase transfer rates up to 170%, while USB Charger+ will keep smart devices charged at 3x charge rate. Business and SOHO users will surely appreciate the inclusion of COM and TPM headers, as well as 6 USB 3.0 and 10 USB 2.0 ports. Tuners and tweakers will appreciate the security of USB BIOS Flashback, while all will appreciate the cooling and silence flexibility of ASUS’ new Fan Expert 2. The ASUS P8Z77-V has the features to fit well in almost any environment and do it well, from hardcore gamer to energy conscious office user.