ASRock Z77 Pro4 (Z77) Motherboard Review



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It’s been quite some time since we’ve had an ASRock board in our hands for testing. In fact it was just before Christmas last year when we looked at the X79 Extreme9 board which impressed us so much that it ended up leaving with an Editor’s Choice award.

Since then ASRock have been busy churning away a mass amount of different motherboards from the latest Intel Z77 platform and today sees the Z77 Pro4 landing with us combing features with affordability as this board offers all of the features we expect from ASRock and Intel’s Z77 chipset while on a budget, retailing at around a mere £85/$110.

From looking at the specs, it doesn’t seem as if this board has been skimped on, though for the price we can’t help but wonder what has been chopped out to get the cost down, making it an affordable option for anyone wanting to try out the latest Intel Z77 platform.

Just like always, we will start things of looking at the packaging and accessories that ASRock supply with this board. After, we can take a more detailed look at the board to see exactly what features it has, and if anything has been chopped to get the price down.

Once this is out of the way, we can focus on the true performance of the board at stock with our i7 3770k and shortly after can start to push the board to 4.6GHz to see how overclocking functions on this budget friendly board.

If ASRock have skimped on certain parts of the board to bring the cost down, we intend to find the exact source of it, but generally we see this happen a lot with ASRock and we never find anything untoward apart from ASRock just simply offering the best deal around.

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  • Alex

    I can’t believe that nobody left a comment around here. It would have been usefull because i’m going to buy this mb and I would’ve liked to see som impresions. Nice review, thanks !

  • Gidion

    I am also looking at buying this board, hope I am making the right choice?!
    Nice review!

  • MirM

    I tried the Pro4 MVP H77, Z77 Pro3 and Pro4 and during all tests have been perfect. Asrock has come a long way in a short time and their products are good, nice and cheap.

    • ErPive84

      Amigo yo tengo una Asrock Z77 Pro4 6 meses de maravilla con un i5-3570k 8 gb ram HiperX Best 1866 mhz y unja Gtx 660 Ti EVGA SOC va todo como un misil . La mejor compra de mi vida Intel y Asrock de la mano Un Saludo!!

      • ErPive84

        Friend I have a Asrock Z77 Pro4 6 months a blast with an i5-3570K 8GB 1866 mhz ram HiperX Best and anoint EVGA GTX 660 Ti SOC goes all like a missile. The best buy of my life Asrock Intel and hand A Salute!

  • Villads Skrydstrup

    ” Sadly ASRock don’t label which ports utilise which controller either and the manual and website don’t make things clear for the consumer either.”

    Ohh yes they do. On page 38 in the manual on the following CD, there is a clear explanation.

    “It also adopts ASMedia ASM1061 chipsets that supports Serial ATA3 (SATA3) hard
    disks for SATA3_A1 and SATA3_A2 connectors.”

    “Please be noted that SATA3_A1 and SATA3_A2 do not support RAID function.
    If you want to use RAID function on SATA3 connectors, please use
    SATA3_0 and SATA3_1 connectors”

    Well this is a bit late, but better late than never. :-D


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