Six Sub-£160 Z77 Motherboards, Benchmarked And Reviewed

Power, Heat, And Efficiency

ASRock performs an amazing feat in power consumption, beating the most power-hungry board by 30 W at full load. We did our best to assure that each board’s power-savings features were completely enabled for our benchmarks, but some motherboards had a greater number of power options compared to others.

MSI’s low heat signature could be due to superior cooling, but it’s more likely that its unique design did a better job of preventing us from probing a hot spot. With a maximum temperature gain of only 10° Celsius, all of the boards run acceptably cool.

The average performance chart of today’s review compares each motherboard’s overall performance to a class average for all six motherboards. Gigabyte had the highest base clock (which technically goes down as a mild form of cheating), so Gigabyte takes an artificial lead.

ASRock’s low full-load power consumption generates a similarly low average power consumption, giving it an 8% above-average efficiency rating. Vice versa for ECS.

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  • miguels
    I'm a bit new to this, but how can we start the pc if the motherboard doesn't have the power button?
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  • digdog
    on the bottom of the motherboard there's a set of headers (small pins) that connect to the various buttons on your pc case, one of which is the power-on button.
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  • mi1ez
    DigDogon the bottom of the motherboard there's a set of headers (small pins) that connect to the various buttons on your pc case, one of which is the power-on button.

    just short the 2 power button pins with a screwdriver.
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  • miguels
    Quote:
    DigDog :
    on the bottom of the motherboard there's a set of headers (small pins) that connect to the various buttons on your pc case, one of which is the power-on button.


    just short the 2 power button pins with a screwdriver.


    Yeah, I know, but it says in the article that the Asus P8Z77-V Pro doesn't have a power button
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  • Anonymous
    usb3/sata3/wifi/bluetooth still very limited ...these r not cheap boards.......why????
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  • TheCereaKillerPT
    miguelsYeah, I know, but it says in the article that the Asus P8Z77-V Pro doesn't have a power button


    Yes , but there a set of headers were u can connect the cables that connet to the front / top of your case so that u can just click and that it . The ones that have a power button it's if u want to change parts like gpu and u don't want to put it in a case. Hope it helped :)
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