Features of the Biostar Hi-Fi Z97Z7 Motherboard:
Expansion includes: PCI-E 3.0 x16, PCI-E 2.0 x16 (running at x4), (2x) PCI-E x1 and (2x) PCI.
The chipset cooler has a very clean, classy look. But, lacks the cooling fins we are used to seeing.
A new feature for Biostar, is the ever popular debug LED, which also reads CPU temperature when in Windows.
Biostar has followed suit to add a second CPU fan header for dual fan CPU coolers (Hyper 212, etc)
Two (2) system fan headers at the center rear of the motherboard, for rear case fans or GPU cooling.
It’s just not an enthusiast motherboard, if it doesn’t have a power button (and reset) on the motherboard.
While you may never need it, It’s nice to know you have a removable BIOS chip on the motherboard!
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)
The other new Z97 feature is the M.2 slot for 42, 60 and 80mm M.2 SATA cards (also 10GB/s theoretical)
Biostar has added an on-board Hi-Fi amplifier with the power to run your high end gaming headphones.
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.
Note that the heat sinks on the motherboard are screwed on and can be easily removed to reapply compound.
This Switch allows you to start your PC in temperatures below -130 degrees. Can you say Liquid Nitrogen?