Biostar Hi-Fi Z77X Intel Socket LGA1155

Biostar Hi-Fi Z77X Intel Socket LGA1155

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Introduction


Now that it has been several months since the launch of Intel's Z77 Express chipset, we've seen countless varieties of supporting board products ranging from super-pricey, mega-overclocking products to value orientated boards with just a minimum of features. At the same time though, I've really noticed a huge departure from one brand to the next, although each appears to be delivering the same product. Each brand has its key features and its own specific color-schemes.

Biostar has something completely different this time around with a debut of a whole new product line-up of which I will be covering at least a couple iterations over the coming weeks. The first is, of course, the Biostar Hi-Fi Z77X. That "Hi-Fi" moniker, as the name suggests, stands for some audio specialization in the design, and with Biostar that means that's what the whole board is about. Since Biostar is known for value-oriented products, can Biostar bring decent, built-in audio to the market like some other brands do with their high-end boards? Let's find out.

Specifications

Specifications
CPU SUPPORT:2nd & 3rd Gen Intel Core i3/i5/i7 processor family for the LGA 1155 Socket
POWER DESIGN:CPU Power: 13 Phases
PCH Power: 2 Phase
Memory Power: 1 Phase
CHIPSET:Intel Z77 Express
INTEGRATED GRAPHICS:Dependant on installed CPU
MEMORY:4 x DIMM, Max. 32 GB, DDR3 1066 to DDR3 2600+
BIOS:AMI EFI BIOS with 64 Mb Flash ROM
SLOTS:3 x PCIe 3.0 x16 slots (x16/x0/x0 or x8/x8/x0 or x8/x4/x4)
3 x PCIe 2.0 x1 slots
HDD CONNECTIVITY:2 x SATA 6.0 Gb/s (Intel Z77)
4 x SATA 3.0 Gb/s (Intel Z77)
NETWORKING:Realtek RTL8111F PCIe Gigabit LAN
PORTS:8 x USB 2.0 ports (4 at back panel, 4 at front panel)
4 x USB 3.0 ports (2 at back panel, 2 at front panel)
1 x RJ45 LAN connectors
1 x Audio port with 6 audio jacks
1 x PS/2 Keyboard Port
1 x HDMI port
1 x VGA Port
1 x DVI Port
AUDIO:Realtek ALC898 HD CODEC
FAN HEADERS:3 (1x 4-pin PWM, 2x 3-pin)
FORM FACTOR:ATX Form Factor (305 mm x 244 mm)
EXCLUSIVE FEATURES:
  • uEFI GUI Interface BIOS
  • THX TruStudio Pro
  • BIO-Remote2
  • BIO-Remote
  • Rapid Switch2
  • Rapid Debug3
  • TOverclocker OC software
  • Green Power Utility
  • Charger Booster
  • Hi-Fi Power
  • Hi-Fi Ground
  • Hi-Fi AMP
  • Hi-Fi Cap
  • Hi-Fi Resistor
  • MultiChannelCalibration(MCC)
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