Biostar TZ68A+ LGA1155

Biostar TZ68A+ LGA1155

Intel Z68 Chipset »

Introduction



Just over a month ago, Intel and its partners released the Z68 chipset, and supporting products. Offering overclocking of both the CPU proper and the integrated Intel GPU, the Z68 in some cases even goes so far as to completely eliminate previous Socket 1155 chipsets, as is the case with Gigabyte. Our first look at the Intel Z68 comes from Biostar however, in the form of the TZ68A+, an entry-level priced product, supporting many enthusiast features. Biostar itself has been around for a long, long time, but isn't a name we see too commonly in the forums until as of late. With 2011 being Biostar's 25th year as a company, and its name popping up every once and a while, laying claim to quite a few overclocking records, we take an in-depth look at the TZ68A+, and attempt to push it to the max.

Specifications

Specifications
CPU SUPPORT:Intel Socket 1155 2nd Gen Core Family/Unlock Processor
POWER DESIGN:CPU Power: 4+1 phase
Memory Power: 1 Phase
CHIPSET:Intel Z68 Express
INTEGRATED GRAPHICS:Intel HD2000 (via installed CPU)
MEMORY:4 x DIMM, Max. 32 GB, DDR3 1066 to DDR3 2200
BIOS:Biostar UEFI BIOS with 32 Mb Flash ROM
SLOTS:2 x PCIe 2.0 x16 slots (red @ x4 electrical)
1 x PCIe 2.0 x1 slot
2 x PCI slots
HDD CONNECTIVITY:4 x SATA 3.0 Gb/s (Intel Z68)
2 x SATA 6.0Gb/s (Intel Z68)
NETWORKING:Realtek 8111E PCIe Gigabit Lan
PORTS:8 x USB 2.0 ports (2 at back panel, 6 at front panel)
2 x USB 3.0 ports
1 x PS/2 Keyboard connector
1 x HDMI port
1 x DVI port
1 x VGA port
1 x RJ45 LAN connectors
1 x Audio port with 3 audio jacks
AUDIO:Realtek ALC892 HD CODEC
FORM FACTOR:ATX Form Factor (305 mm x 230 mm)
Biostar FEATURES:
  • BIO REMOTE 2
  • 100% Solid Capacitor
  • Rapid Switch
  • Rapid Debug3
  • TOverclocker
  • G.P.U.(Green Power Utility)
  • Charger Booster
  • BIOS Online Update
  • Lucid Virtu
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