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Intel Z97 Chipset
The Intel® Z97 Express Chipset is a single-chipset design to support socket 1150 Intel® 4th generation Intel® Core™ processor-based platform. Provides excellent performance and increased bandwidth and stability. Intel® Z97 Express Chipset can also enable iGPU function, letting users enjoy the latest Intel® integrated graphic performance.The PC platform features improved adaptive performance that adds speed when you need it.When combined with advanced system responsiveness, the platform delivers the ultimate PC experience.
Intel LGA 1150 4th Generation Intel Core™ Processor Support
The Intel® Core™ processors are based on 4th generation processor architecture, with the latest 22nm process to maximize the processor platform. Based on the new LGA 1150 socket, 4th generation Intel® Core™ processors with graphics with DX11.1 & OCL1.2 cores, the overall performance will meet - or exceed - your demand.
A combination of exclusive hardware & software designs, including "ground-isolation circuit design," "an independent audio power," and "a built-on-board amplifier," - with all these hardware features, Biostar gives you the best audio quality and performance. As for software, we offer you a free bundle utility "Multi-Channel Calibration" which normally you'd only find in high level sound systems; this feature allows you to auto-detect your location. With a user friendly interface, you can easily adjust the volume of every speaker for well-balanced surround sound. And of course, the built-on-board amplifier always gives you a super powerful sound compared to other motherboards.
Choosing Biostar ultimate Motherboards is the easiest way to upgrade your Audio performance. They support Blu-ray audio DRM (compatible driver/software) and provide the higher audio output of 24-bit/192KHz, over the 16-bit/48KHz from normal MBs. You will experience high quality sound with pure Blu-Ray Audio.
Audio power is an important factor in audio quality. Most AV equipment isolates the power supply for each analog and digital signal to gather high-quality sound reproduction. Equipped with Biostar Hi-Fi Power technology, it will utilize audio components with independent power design for a significant reduction in electronic noise and superb sound quality.
Biostar Hi-Fi Series Motherboards have a sampling rate of 192kHz/24-bit, delivering high quality audio through an analog connection to your home theater system, multi-channel speakers and high-end headphones. You can enjoy real Blu-ray-grade high-definition sound that you’ve never experienced before.
Smart EAR is a windows-based audio utility which allows you to easily adjust system volume. With its user-friendly GUI, you can also increase or decrease impedance settings (Low/High Gain) to optimize your headphone performance. You can easily enjoy high-quality, awesome sound.
Biostar Hi-Fi Series Motherboards come with high quality "Non-Polarized Electrolysis Electric audio capacitors" for each audio channel circuit. The customized audio capacitors deliver low noise, low distortion, and wide bandwidth to achieve the highest sound resolution and sound expansion. The critical component will ensure the most realistic sound effects to gaming enthusiasts.
Biostar Hi-Fi Ground (Golden Line) is a noise-blocking, multi-layer PCB design to isolate analog audio signals from digital sources. Unique PCB layout is ideal for exceptional clarity and high fidelity sound.
The built-in amplifier can drive major high-end headphones with over 100dB loads and offer wide band-width, low noise, high slew rate and low distortion audio source from front panel I/O. Gaming enthusiasts can enjoy a fuller range of dynamic sound with crisper details and less distortion.
Metal-oxide film resistors are made of metal oxides such as tin oxide. The electrical characteristics include greater stability and reliability over regular metal film resistors when operating in an extremely broad working temperature range. This special component is used in applications with high endurance audio demands.
Embrace exceptional sound quality for the win with 110dB SNR. A stylish and efficient EMI shield blocks electromagnetic interference to help provide cleaner audio. A signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) of 110dB is achieved, yielding almost loss-less audio from the rear audio connectors.
4K2K, Next Generation, Super High Resolution Images
The new 4K2K resolution enables high-definition image display with four times the resolution of full HD. 4K2K display faithfully displays bright, highly detailed content that fills the entire screen with lifelike images. Connect with your PCs via a single HDMI cable for displaying 4K2K data.
Direct3D 11.1 enables Direct3D 10 APIs and Direct3D 11 APIs to use one underlying rendering device. And it allows developers to achieve a high speed, fully conforming software rasterizer.
Integrated HDMI with HDCP
Onboard HDMI connector allows full video & audio support. It has industry-leading high definition video quality.
ATI CrossFire X™ Technology
ATI CrossFireX™ is the ultimate multi-GPU performance gaming platform. With game-dominating power, ATI CrossFireX technology enables two or more discrete graphics processors to work together to improve system performance. It supports up to four ATI Radeon™ HD graphics cards, making it the most scalable gaming platform ever!
The extremely fast data transfer rate can be up to 1000Mbps (PCIe x2) and is also compatible with the SATA interface M.2, up to 6Gbps. It is specifically designed for higher performance SSDs.
Dual GbE LAN
The primary advantage is the doubling of bandwidth which bumps the network bandwidth of 1G up to 2G, and with two high-speed Gigabit networks plus zero packet delay, provides super high data transmission efficiency. Another major advantage is "Load Balancing," allowing users to attach both network adapters to a single network. It will therefore support the aggregation "teaming" function by merging the two connections to support multiple aggregation modes. In addition, two Gigabit Ethernet lightning protection circuits reduce the probability of damage from power surges. So if one connection is disabled, the other connection will automatically kick in.
SmartSpeedLAN is a free software application which monitors and manages your PC's network behavior. With a friendly GUI, it allows you to select and prioritize different types of network traffic, including gaming, media streaming, communications or web surfing.You can also set any specific applications, choosing to prioritize or block accordingly. SmartSpeedLAN can feature automatic management options that use adaptive networking intelligence to ensure that you are getting the best online experience possible.
Charger booster is the most efficient charger solution for Apple devices such as an iPad or iPhone. Basically, Charger booster Technology is able to boost the charging time to be more efficient and faster once any Apple goods are connected to your Motherboard. With charger booster technology, Apple devices charge up to 42% faster.
PCI-E Gen 3.0 Ready
PCI-E 3.0 is the next evolution of the ubiquitous and general-purpose PCI Express I/O standard. At 8GTps bit rate, the interconnect performance bandwidth is doubled over PCI-E 2.0, while preserving compatibility with software and mechanical interfaces.
T-Overclocker presents a simple Windows-based system performance enhancement and utility management. It features several powerful yet easy-to-use tools such as overclocking for system performance enhancement, CPU and special memory enhancement, a smart-fan control for managing fan speed control of both CPU cooling fans, north-bridge chipset cooling fan, PC health for monitoring system status, and pre-set OC modes for easy overclocking.
High Efficiency 6Gbps SATA Data Transfer Rate
SATAIII 6Gbps provides a higher bandwidth to retrieve and transfer HD media. With this super speed data transfer, SATAIII allows an incredible data boost which is twice as fast as the SATA 3G.
It supports 2 or 4 DIMM Slots DDR3 memory that features data transfer rates of DDR3 2800 (O.C.). The processor supports two memory channels and, setting the memory multiplier, allows selection of the channel speed. These clearly uplift the bandwidth and boost the overall system performance.
Working environments can be deteriorating and moist (such as rural or coastal areas). The PCB can oxidize easily by dampness or absorbed moisture. And then ionic migration or CAF (Conductive Anodic Filament) will be generated. Moisture-proof PCBs meet high density and high reliability requirements for moisture-proofing.
Low RdsOn P-Pak MOS
Low resistance design can significantly reduce the current out of the energy loss.
Low temperature, small size, excellent thermal conductivity.
10 Power Phase Design
10-Phase VRM design with high quality power components, such as low RDS (on) MOSFET for lower temperatures, has the advantage of raising the overclocking ability.
100% Solid Caps
With armor-plated Biostar Technology, all capacitors are placed with 100% solid capacitors that have a lasting life cycle, durability and stability for crucial components.
Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) is the major PC destroyer by way of electrical overstress (EOS) conditions. ESD can occur when touching any device connected to a PC, which may result in damage to its motherboard or parts. ESD protection is designed to protect the motherboard and equipment from damage by EOS.
On board dedicated power fuse prevents USB port failure. It prevents USB Port overcurrent and safeguards your system and device lifespan.
OC / OV / OH Protection
All Biostar special circuit designs detect overvoltage conditions and prevent voltage surges from spreading in real time. It also actively cuts off the overvoltage supply to protect your system. Over-current protection saves your motherboard from damage when overclocking or an unusual current. Over-heat protection guards the motherboard & CPU from damage when exceeding the temperature limitation.
BIOS Virus Protection
When enabled, the BIOS will protect the boot sector and partition table by halting the system and flashing a warning message when there's an attempt to write to these areas.
BullGuard Internet Security (90-Day Free Trial)
BullGuard Internet Security comes with the broadest line-up of Internet security features on the market, including: a cutting-edge dual Antivirus engine, Online Backup for your files, PC Tune Up to speed up your system, a Game Mode for a seamless gaming experience, Parental Control, Firewall, Safe Browsing, and many more. Make the most of your digital life with Bullguard!
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 colorful easy-understand icons to lead users into the setup layer directly.
Users can easily assemble their own computer with a simple-swap of data discs and other accessories.
BIO-Remote2 Technology offers a better Home Theater environment. Users who own either Android mobile or Apple goods are able to access and control their PC remotely. Your smart device becomes an intelligent and functional remote controller; more than that, BIO-Remote2 also includes both mouse function and power point presentation mode.
Rapid Switch 2
Engineered by Biostar, the exquisite onboard switches allow you to easily shut down and restart your system.
Update BIOS effortlessly from a USB flash disk before entering the OS.
BIO-Flasher is a convenient BIOS update tool. Just launch this tool and put the BIOS on USB pen driver before entering the OS. You can update your BIOS with only a few clicks without preparing an additional floppy disk or other complicated flash utility.
Rapid Debug 3
Rapid Debug3 posts critical POST code information in a digital LED display. When system malfunction occurs, it auto-detects the device's failure and translates the error codes on the digital LED. It also shows the CPU temperature on the same screen.
This review is from: BIOSTAR Hi-Fi Z97WE LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Pros: Good power delivery.
Cons: For the price,none.
Other Thoughts: Hands down the best board at its price point.
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