Biostar Hi-Fi Z97WE (Intel LGA1150)

Biostar Hi-Fi Z97WE (Intel LGA1150)

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Introduction



Biostar is that entry-level product designer I can't help but love. In the past, entry-level stuff has not been all that great, or inspiring, but with the launch of Intel's Z77 Express chipset, Biostar released the TZ77XE motherboard, one that had most of the capabilities of higher-priced boards at a bit over $100. While overclocking CPUs with the TZ77XE, it became obvious that Biostar was a name many should pay a bit more attention to since its clocking capabilities vastly exceeded expectations, and although memory overclocking was not stellar, it was more than adequate for most users. With the TZ77XE, Biostar clearly showed that even those who wish to push their system to the limit on a budget could do so easily.

Now, a few generations later, Biostar is back with a great board for modest overclocking, packed with their Hi-Fi technology that focuses on delivering superb audio across all platforms, which sets the status quo for those other brands with a hefty toll on your wallet. Today, we will look at the Biostar Hi-Fi Z97WE, one packed with features, a new color scheme, and all that Biostar goodness I have come to love.


Specifications

Specifications
CPU SUPPORT: 5th/New 4th/4th Generation Intel Core i7/i5/i3/Pentium/Celeron processor family for the LGA 1150 Socket
POWER DESIGN:CPU Power: 10 Phases
Memory Power: 1 Phase
CHIPSET:Intel Z97
INTEGRATED GRAPHICS:Dependant on installed CPU
MEMORY:4 x DIMM, Max. 32 GB, DDR3 1333 to DDR3 2800+(OC)
BIOS:AMI UEFI BIOS with 64 Mb Flash ROM
SLOTS:2 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16 slot (x16 or dual x8)
2 x PCI slot
2 x PCIe 2.0 x1 slot
HDD CONNECTVIITY:6 x SATA 6.0 Gb/s (Intel Z97)
1 x M.2 NGFF (Intel Z97)
NETWORKING:2 x Realtek RTL8111G - 10/100/1000 Controller
PORTS:6 x USB 3.0 ports (2 at front panel, 4 at rear panel)
6 x USB 2.0 ports (4 at front panel, 2 at rear panel)
1 x RJ45 LAN connector
5 x audio jacks
1 x S/PDIF output
1 x HDMI port
1 x DVI Port
1 x VGA Port
AUDIO:Realtek ALC892 High Definition Audio CODEC
FAN HEADERS:6 x 4-pin
FORM FACTOR:ATX Form Factor (305 mm x 244 mm)
EXCLUSIVE FEATURES:
  • PURO Hi-Fi
  • Hi-Fi Power
  • Hi-Fi Ground
  • Hi-Fi 192/24
  • Hi-Fi AMP
  • Hi-Fi Resistor
  • Hi-Fi Cap
  • Hi-Fi 110 db+
  • Smart Ear
  • 100% Solid capacitor
  • Rapid Switch2
  • Rapid Debug3
  • Charger Booster
  • BIOS Online Update
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