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BIOSTAR TZ68A+RCH LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

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  • Intel Z68
  • Core i7 / i5 / i3 (LGA1155)
  • DDR3 2200(O.C)/2000(O.C)/1866(O.C)/1600

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Based on the Intel Z68 chipset, the BIOSTAR TZ68A+ motherboard delivers the best of two worlds, the system tweaking and overclocking capability presented in the Intel P67 chipset, and the media features of the H67 platform when working with the 2nd generation Intel core processor. The brand new Intel Smart Response technology, which harnesses the fast storage of flash memory based SSDs to cache your data, can launch your Operating System and frequently used applications in seconds as well as boost your system performance to a new level.

  • newegg Intel Smart Response Technology Intel Smart Response Technology is an Intel Rapid Storage Technology (RST) caching feature that improves computer system performance. It allows a user to configure computer systems with an SSD used as cache memory between the hard disk drive and system memory. This provides the advantage of having a hard disk drive (or a RAID volume) for maximum storage capacity while delivering an SSD-like overall system performance experience. (It is required to update both “BIOS” and “Intel RST Driver” to the latest version)
  • newegg UEFI BIOS Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) is a brand new framework that provides a revolutionary interface. It is a modern clear and easy-to-use graphical user interface. The UEFI comes with a colorful easy-understand icons leads users into the setup layer directly.
  • newegg Virtu GPU Virtualization Software Graphics technology found in an integrated GPU, an Intel Sandy Bridge CPU or on a discrete 3D graphics card have a variety of different, yet important, graphics, media, gaming and power saving benefits. In comes Virtu, the first GPU virtualization software that makes it all accessible and eliminates the need to choose.
  • newegg BIO-Remote 2 BIO-Remote2 Technology is featuring users a better Home Theater environment. Users who own either Android mobile or Apple goods are able to access and control your PC remotely; at this moment, your smart device became an intelligent and functional remote controller; more than that, BIO-Remote2 also includes both function of mouse pad and power point presentation mode.
  • newegg USB 3.0 & SATA III Experience fastest data transfers at 5 Gbps with USB 3.0--the new latest connectivity standard, which is built to connect easily with next-generation components and peripherals. SATA III 6Gbps provides a higher bandwidth to retrieve and transfer HD media. With this super speed data transfer, SATA III allows an incredible data boost which is 2x faster than the SATA 3Gb/s.
  • newegg G.P.U (Green Power Utility) BIOSTAR G.P.U (Green Power Utility) is a new function that enhances energy efficiency by disabling extra phases while CPU is under light loading. It integrates a friendly GUI to monitor the resourcing and response of your CPU thus optimizing the power saving function in your system. G.P.U. constantly sets up the best power efficiency in your system, be it for heavy 3D gaming, Internet or MSN charting.

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years
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  • Jonathan M.
  • 11/28/2012 3:10:11 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsBad Language

Pros: Wasn't DOA. Seems to work well. Performance seems nice for the price.

Cons: -Directions are horrendously bad. I am the type of person that enjoys doing things myself, if directions are quality. This one has just about none to speak of.

-overclocking is also horrible for this product. I have a 2500k still at stock speed after more than a year after purchasing. There are no guides for this board, and the BIOS uses a different overclock language than what most boards use. People with my level of expertise will be stumped when trying to figure this out.

-Customer service and tech support is non-exisitant. Huge hit here (minus 2 eggs).

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  • Daniel H.
  • 4/4/2012 10:35:39 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsFirst Mobo ever purchased. Good overall experience.

Pros: I recently put together my first computer and I used this motherboard in the build. From everything I researched and learned in the process of building my computer, this thing has a ton of bang for the price. I would compare it to going onto an Indian reservation to buy fireworks instead of buying at the lame generic tents in front of a grocery store.

The remote is SUPER awesome.

Cons: Virtually none. Just other thoughts.

Other Thoughts: I had a good amount of trouble mounting the cpu on this board. After setting the face plate on top of the cpu the amount of force required to pull down the lever and lock it in place was frightening. I really thought I would snap the mobo to pieces. Just be careful!

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  • Razorwire C.
  • 3/20/2012 6:22:28 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsDandy

Pros: Way more features than it should have for this price point (PCIe 3.0, overclocking, onboard graphics, USB 3.0, Ivy Bridge compatibility, Virtu GPU virtualization, 5.1 HD audio...)

Remote control works well (see Other Thoughts)

Cons: Lacking in USB ports

Other Thoughts: First off, if you want more USB ports, spend a couple bucks and get an expansion card. Boom, problem solved. Yes, they should have put more in, but the sheer amount of features you get on this mobo for the price is astonishing.

Disclaimer: I'm on Linux Mint 13. The remote works well for what I use it for, which is namely powering the computer on from my couch (worth the cash right there imo) and pausing/playing video (required a remap of the media key to replicate the spacebar).

There are a TON of good reviews out there for this mobo, I encourage you to go read them (search "Biostar TZ68A+ review")

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  • Mintu A.
  • 2/11/2012 8:32:04 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood MB Bad Rebate

Pros: Worked out of box with no problems. Minor overclocked an I7 without problems. Still working today.

Cons: Don't count on that rebate. All my other rebates for my build have found their way to my mailbox but BioSTAR couldn't seem to make it happen.

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  • sliwicki s.
  • 2/1/2012 7:31:23 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: + High speed
+ supports 32gb of ram
+ cheap

Cons: - its very think, makes you think you can break it

Other Thoughts: under stress benchmarks it had taken down asus sabertooth on ram performance where asus had 1866MHz clock and biostar had 1600MHz
There's something in it isn't it? :P

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  • Bradley S.
  • 1/17/2012 4:58:53 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsMy Final Newegg Purchase

Pros: Includes a fair amount of accessories with the board as well as a remote. That's where the pros end.

Cons: I received one of the boards that was damaged. The memory error occurred on the first start-up, so I tried 3 different types of memory (each brand/stick was listed as being supported by the motherboard (2 G.Skill and 1 Corsair).

Other Thoughts: I received a damaged board and tried to RMA the board through Newegg. They sent me back an email denying the RMA due to "bent CPU pins caused by the user".

I've been building computers for over 10 years. I'm fairly certain I know how to properly install and remove a processor from it's socket without damaging any of the pins. This "CPU socket damage" is not exclusive to me.

I've been a dedicated Newegg customer for over 6 years and have spent well over $10,000 with them during that time. This accusation that myself, as well as others, have caused user-damage is nothing but an insult. There is a significant difference between 1 user having a product issue and 100+ individuals experiencing the same issue.

Newegg's refusal to refund my money for this product is a slap in the face. Their response is disgusting enough to cause me to bring my business elsewhere. If my money is refunded, I'll gladly continue using Newegg. But until then, I'll allow other companies to enjoy my money

Manufacturer Response:

Sorry to hear of your troubles, please don't hesitate to contact Biostar support for assistance, in some cases repairing the socket can be easy and no charge. 626-581-1055 menu 2 or email

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  • 1/8/2012 6:12:26 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsStable motherboard with a reasonable price

Pros: I bought this motherboard not in Newegg because they have a higher price than the other e-tailers that I will not mention the name. I research a lot of different brands, but when I saw the the features of this board and comparing the price range to other high end popular brand of motherboard this is the best motherboard I saw and immediately bought it. Consisdering the important functionality and features that a board should have. I also read the reviews and benchmark of this board in Toms, this board is the second place next to MSI with all the Z68 chipset board being compared and tested to the different benchmarking test. Well as of now I've overclocked it to 4.7 GHZ and very stable using an i5 2500K CPU with an idle temp of just 37-39 degress celsius. I am very happy with this board because it is so easy to overclock in the UEFI bios.

Cons: The only thing that is missing with this board is the USB 3.0 header in the board.

Other Thoughts: MY GAMING RIG:

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  • Justin R.
  • 1/6/2012 5:25:49 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsCaution: you are NOT getting what's described!

Pros: Small, compact design, especially for an ATX board; remote is a nifty feature, software is handy.

Cons: It says it supports 32 gigs of RAM, but it doesn't! It only supports 16 gigs, according to Biostar's website.
It also shows it supports DDR3 RAM speed of 1600 without overclocking, but that's wrong too! 1600 is considered OC'ed, which is also stated on their website.
It says it has 6 internal USB 2.0's; there's only 3.

Other Thoughts: I built a brand new rig for gaming with 8 gigs of DDR3 1600 installed, and I only have 1 game installed so far (SW:ToR). I played for 5-10 minutes a few times, and every time the screen freezes, a loud buzzing sound comes through, and then the machine shuts down.
I didn't get what I paid for, according to's descriptions. I checked Biostar's website and cross-checked the same item to see what the differences are; obviously not the same. I had to hold on to this board for more than a month while I purchased the parts one by one for this rig. I'm just now finding out about all the problems... here's hoping I get my money back!

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  • Charles W.
  • 1/6/2012 6:25:30 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsNice board, want more

Pros: Relatively inexpensive board, had the x16 slots we needed (we needed the slot form factor, not necessarily x16 PCIe). Works great with the Core i5 3.1 GHz processor we bought.

Cons: 1) I have purchased 8 of these boards in the past 4 months for Linux application development at our company. One of them had issues with the memory slots working; board has been RMA'd.
2) Board seems to be sold out at this moment so can't get a replacement yet :-(

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  • Scott S.
  • 12/30/2011 10:25:02 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsGood Enough

Pros: -Price
-Z68 Chipset
-6Gb/s SATA
-USB 3.0
-All of the features you would expect

Cons: -Difficult to put in memory and 24-pin power when motherboard is in the case
-Will not boot from USB, major disadvantage

Other Thoughts: I would honestly not buy this motherboard again, as booting from USB has been around for years and there is no excuse to not have it. Everything else is fine, runs Ubuntu 11.10 like a champ. Haven't tried, or needed, Windows on it yet, but may try to see how it runs.

Manufacturer Response:

Booting to USB, please use the F9 function key on post to get a boot menu to boot to USB bootable device.

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