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BIOSTAR Unveils a Trio of Socket LGA1150 Motherboards

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BIOSTAR unveiled a trio of socket LGA1150 motherboards at CeBIT. Unlike ASRock's creations, its boards appear more complete, with heatsinks and finalized board color scheme. All three feature the company's Puro HiFi technology, a high-quality on-board audio with a focus on physically improving audio quality, rather than artificially. Among the boards are the HiFi-B85S2, the HiFi-Z87X3D, and the HiFi-H87S3+.

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Was hoping this gen we'd get swappable opamps. Don't think I could leave my 49990s.

Those heatsink vanity plates pop off right?
 
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I'm seeing 6x SATA III ports on the Z87 Board and no antiquated PCI buses.
 
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I'm seeing big problems from where they have placed the USB 3 header on the third board.
 
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Pic 2 and 3 horrible placement of the USB 3.0 header, also need 90 degree connectors.
 
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I don't get why more boards have higher up audio. Seems like it would be an easy thing to do. My xonar dg was $10 so it can't cost the board makers much. My xonar dg is soo much better than my onboard too.
 
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"Hi Fi" and "Realtek" can't stay in the same place, sry....:shadedshu
 

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Realtek only makes the DAC. Its ALC889 and ALC898 are decent (100-ish dBA SNR), it's just that lack of proper amp circuitry betrays them on most boards, which is exactly what BIOSTAR is addressing in these ones.
 

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Realtek only makes the DAC. Its ALC889 and ALC898 are decent (100-ish dBA SNR), it's just that lack of proper amp circuitry betrays them on most boards, which is exactly what BIOSTAR is addressing in these ones.
I've felt that my ALC898 on my motherboard sounds pretty good, no distortion or anything. Maybe I need to use a nice audio card before I know what I'm missing. As far as I know the ALC898 isn't doing my Sennheiser HD 280 Pros justice, but as far as I know it sounds pretty good, better than all other integrated chips in the past.
 

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