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ASUS launches first Intel Thunderbolt certified motherboard

P8Z77-V PREMIUM the first Intel certified and Windows optimised motherboard in the industry to feature Thunderbolt technology.

Further demonstrating its market-leading innovation, ASUS has announced the launch of its P8Z77-V PREMIUM motherboard - the flagship of the P8Z77 Series and the first Intel certified motherboard in the market to offer the latest Thunderbolt connection interface.

The PREMIUM designation has been reserved for only the best motherboards with the latest technologies, and the P8Z77-V PREMIUM maintains this standard. In addition to the onboard Thunderbolt connection on the P8Z77-V PREMIUM, ASUS also offers the same technology on the P8Z77-V PRO/THUNDERBOLT to give consumers a wider range of choices.

“Intel and Asus have worked closely on the implementation of Thunderbolt technology onto their motherboards,” said Jason Ziller, Intel's Director of Thunderbolt Marketing. “It is our pleasure to state the P8Z77-V PREMIUM is the first Thunderbolt certified motherboard in the industry, a testament to its solid design and compatibility.”

Xhead = Thunderbolt, latest technologies on board

The ASUS P8Z77-V PREMIUM is the first Thunderbolt motherboard to be certified by Intel, showing its strength in the industry. Thunderbolt is a new, high-speed I/O technology designed for performance, simplicity and flexibility, with lightning-fast transfer speeds that are twice that of USB 3.0 and up to 20 times faster than USB 2.0.

It offers simultaneous bidirectional, 10Gbps transfer speeds over a single cable, with the flexibility to daisy-chain up to six Thunderbolt devices with a single connection for a clutter-free computing experience. Users can connect multiple Thunderbolt-enabled external storage drives to a Thunderbolt-enabled display and transfer files while watching HD movies, all without experiencing any lag.

Xhead = Strength through co-operation

With its long history of working with hi-tech vendors, ASUS is able to show its strength and commitment to innovation with a close relationship to three of the leading brands currently producing products with Thunderbolt technology, Elgato, LaCie, and PROMISE.

"Elgato is delighted to work with ASUS to bring the world's first portable Thunderbolt drive to Windows," says Markus Fest, Elgato's CEO. "The powerful combination of ASUS' new PREMIUM board technology and the Elgato Thunderbolt SSD dramatically outperforms state-of-the-art portable USB 3.0 or eSATA drives."

“LaCie is pleased to work with ASUS to showcase the power of Thunderbolt technology in a Windows environment,” said Erwan Girard, Business Unit Manager for Professional Solutions, LaCie. “Our solutions will deliver the unprecedented speeds and advantages of this technology to PC-demanding users, especially those working in digital media applications who continually strive for more performance.”

PROMISE is a leading supplier of sophisticated RAID storage solutions catering to customers from the enterprise to SME, as well as SOHO and digital home applications. They currently offer the world's first Thunderbolt-enabled RAID storage solutions and have previously worked with ASUS to develop a diversified portfolio to meet customers' requirements.

Xhead = Premium features for premium motherboard

The title of PREMIUM carries certain expectations, and as such, the P8Z77-V PREMIUM motherboard boasts several new features, such as true 4-way NVIDIA SLI and 4-way AMD CrossFireX on the latest PCIe Gen 3.0 slots for maximum graphics performance.

Also introduced is advanced SSD Caching II, allowing users to cache additional frequently used programs and files using multiple SSDs to instantly upgrade system performance. A 32GB mSATA-based SSD is also onboard, enabling Intel Smart Response and Rapid Start Technology for super-fast boot-up and resume times. Network traffic is expertly handled by a pair of Gigabit Intel LAN ports, ensuring lag-free transfers and streaming entertainment.

Dedicated to providing the latest innovations, the P8Z77-V PREMIUM and P8Z77-V PRO/THUNDERBOLT provides users with the best and most complete solutions available, such as DIP3 with SMART DIGI+ Power Control, WiFi GO! and Fan Xpert 2.

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Asus is a leading company in the new digital era. With a global staff of more than eight thousand and a world-class R&D design team, the company's turnover for 2007 was 6.9 billion US dollars. Asus ranks among the top 10 IT companies in BusinessWeek's “InfoTech 100”, and has been on the listing for 11 consecutive years. Asus was also selected by the Wall Street Journal Asia as number one in quality and service in Taiwan.