Conclusion: The motherboard is truly the backbone of your system and making the buying decision can be a daunting task if you are a very picky person, and sometimes you can even outthink the entire process and freeze yourself up with dilemma trying to wrap your brain around your needs versus your cash flow.
Excerpt: Today we will be evaluating the ASUS P8Z77 WS motherboard on the test bench, evaluating its performance and functionality in various ways to ensure that the board works up to the standards we’ve come to expect from ASUS. At $339 a base price, this Intel Z77 chipset based board is part of the ASUS Workstation series, designed to meet the needs of the harsh corporate and server environments requiring optimal component functioning over a 24/7 timeframe.
Excerpt: ASUS has hit the Z77 playing field with amazing force and their P8Z77 WS looks to be an utterly amazing and very capable offering. 4 Way SLI server grade stability and features add up to one hell of an amazing looking board on paper. Can it perform as well as its specs claim?
Summary: My experiences with the P8Z77 WS were a bit different from my normal ASUS experience. Ordinarily these are the most reliable and trouble free boards to work with. Not to say that others aren't equally good in this regard, there certainly are some which match up, but ASUS' consistency is virtually unmatched. However my experiences with the P8Z77 WS weren't typical.
Summary: The ASUS P8Z77 WS is the latest in the ASUS "Workstation" series and has virtually every feature but the kitchen sink thrown into it. If you are looking for a board that can fill almost any role while utilizing a desktop LGA1155 processor, then this motherboard is worth a serious look. Maybe 4-way 8 Lane PCIe 3.0 gets your attention?
Summary: The ASUS P8Z77 Motherboard performs extremely well and has several unique features, like 4-way graphics card support and server class functions, setting it apart from segment motherboards.
Similar to Sandy Bridge, Ivy Bridge is limited to 16 PCI Express lanes, so most motherboard manufacturers are not offering mainboards with 3-way or 4-way SLI capability. Since the ASUS Maximus V Extreme has not surfaced yet, the ASUS P8Z77 WS is unchallenged in multi-GPU capability.
Pros: Dual Intel 82574L Gigabit LAN, Lucid Virtu MVP, Smart DIGI+, EPU, TPU, DIGI+ DRAM, DIGI+ VRM, 4-way SLI/CrossFireX, PCI-E 3.0, Fan Xpert 2, USB BIOS Flashback, Network iControl, USB 3.0 Boost, USB Charger+, 2800 MHz (O.C.) DDR3, 8-channel audio, ASUS SSD Caching, ASUS QuickGate, Server-level Compatibility, Debug LED, Onboard Power and Reset, OC Status LED, DVI-I Graphics output
Excerpt: Beim P8Z77 WS handelt es sich um ASUS' erstes Workstation Mainboard basierend auf Intels Z77-Chipsatz. Bereits auf den ersten Blick beeindruckend, sind die insgesamt vier PCI-Express-x16-Slots, die man auf dieser Platine findet. Hinzu kommen die zahlreichen Features sowie ein ansprechendes Design. Grund genug für uns gespannt zu sein, wie sich dieses Board durch unseren Benchmarkparcours kämpft.