Biostar Hi-Fi Z97Z7 Motherboard Review

Features of the Biostar Hi-Fi Z97Z7 Motherboard:

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Expansion includes: PCI-E 3.0 x16, PCI-E 2.0 x16 (running at x4), (2x) PCI-E x1 and (2x) PCI.

 

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The chipset cooler has a very clean, classy look. But, lacks the cooling fins we are used to seeing.

 

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A new feature for Biostar, is the ever popular debug LED, which also reads CPU temperature when in Windows.

 

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Biostar has followed suit to add a second CPU fan header for dual fan CPU coolers (Hyper 212, etc)

 

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Two (2) system fan headers at the center rear of the motherboard, for rear case fans or GPU cooling.

 

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It’s just not an enthusiast motherboard, if it doesn’t have a power button (and reset) on the motherboard.

 

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While you may never need it, It’s nice to know you have a removable BIOS chip on the motherboard!

 

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One of the new features of the Z97 chipset is the SATA Express with theoretical speeds of 10GB/s.

These ports are also backwards compatible to be used as SATA 6GB/s ports (giving you Six (6) total)

 

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The other new Z97 feature is the M.2 slot for 42, 60 and 80mm M.2 SATA cards (also 10GB/s theoretical)

 

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Biostar has added an on-board Hi-Fi amplifier with the power to run your high end gaming headphones.

 

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Biostar states that the board uses 100% solid capacitors. But, these high end audio capacitors are not.

However, these audio electrolytic capacitors are used primarily for noise filtering. So, no need to be solid.

 

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Note that the heat sinks on the motherboard are screwed on and can be easily removed to reapply compound.

 

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This Switch allows you to start your PC in temperatures below -130 degrees. Can you say Liquid Nitrogen?

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