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Biostar TZ77XE4 Intel LGA 1155 Preview

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With the launch of Intel's latest Z77 Express platform, Biostar steps up to the plate with a new game in mind, ready to hit a homerun. Featuring a new aesthetic design, and a new highly efficient VRM, the Biostar TZ77XE4 is ready to knock one clear out of the park.

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Great preview. One concern I have is the PS/2 port. Is it truly only mouse compatible? While my current mechanical keyboard does support Full NKRO over USB, I wouldn't want to limit myself from other options.
 

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Great preview. One concern I have is the PS/2 port. Is it truly only mouse compatible? While my current mechanical keyboard does support Full NKRO over USB, I wouldn't want to limit myself from other options.
Purple=keyobard, i think. Pretty sure it's keyboard-only.
 
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The problem with these brands like ECS and biostar is ongoing support. Like when a new CPU comes out that needs a new bios, you know you will get it with Asus/Gigabyte but with ECS, Biostar bios updates are ignored.

I'd rather pay a little more to get that ongoing support.
 
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I'm sorry, maybe I'm having a brain fart but I can't see how

Onboard display outputs for all current common connection types(HDMI, DiplayPort, DVI, and VGA).
Is a negative :confused:
 

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How many PCIe lanes Z77 has? Z68 had 40 i think!
16 PCIe 3.0 + 4 PCIe 2.0 from the PCH i think.

Z68 had 16 PCIe 2.0
 
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How many PCIe lanes Z77 has? Z68 had 40 i think!
Sandy Bridge and Ivy Bridge have 20 PCI-E lanes. The extra 4 (after 16) are only enabled on the Xeons with workstation/server motherboards. Sandy Bridge-E has 40 lanes. P67/Z68/Z77/X79 all have 8 lanes.
 

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I'm sorry, maybe I'm having a brain fart but I can't see how



Is a negative :confused:
The use of four display output takes up half the Rear I/O, and limits the number of I/O ports. 6 USB ports, to me, is not enough. Keyboard/mouse for me take 3, then I have tablet, 360 controller, and card reader. I've run out of ports.

No, it's not a big negative, but it is something that needs to be considered.
 
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The problem with these brands like ECS and biostar is ongoing support. Like when a new CPU comes out that needs a new bios, you know you will get it with Asus/Gigabyte but with ECS, Biostar bios updates are ignored.

I'd rather pay a little more to get that ongoing support.
I've been using a Biostar board for quite a while now (was on the TP67B+ now the XE) and for both of them, bios updates to support (early/preliminary thought it may have been) in December of last year. So by my experience, that is a false statement.
 
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no 3770k :p
 

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Purple=keyobard, i think. Pretty sure it's keyboard-only.
Thanks for clarifying that for me. I quite like this board; Looks promising!
 
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Yep, that's there thr onboard audio lies, and the shield reduces EMI.

They could have done a better job with the locations of the front panel audio and USB 3.0 headers, but other than that, it's really tough to find much fault with the board, especially at a ~$150 price point.