- Intel Z68
- Core i7 / i5 / i3 (LGA1155)
- DDR3 2200(OC)/2133(OC)/2000(OC)/1600(OC)/1333/1066
Best bang for my buck 10/31/2011
This review is from: BIOSTAR TZ68A+ LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
This cost me $95 and it's an excellent value. Has all the bells and whistles I need for my build.
Biostar hasn't done me wrong yet, either.
I like the color scheme.
Booted up with 8gb DDR3 1600 Crucial Ballistix BL2KIT51264RF160A and was no hassle. Haven't tried overclocking yet, but I have overclocked with Biostar in the past.
Ultimately, I'm very pleased with the Mobo. It has what I need and looks good.
Placement of the SATA connectors. If there's one reason to spend a little more money, it's to have the connectors at a right angle on the side of the mobo instead of the face. There's a good chance that something you install on your mobo will go over the sata connections, so you'll want to connect your sata cables first. For me, the placement of the 2 sata 6gb/s connections are the worst. I can't use a straight-to-straight cable on them, because I installed a Lian Li BS08 (2x 120mm dual slot PCI cooler). Obviously, that won't affect everyone. I put a right-angle sata cable there, in case I need it later.
To a lesser extent, same goes for the 24pin connector. I have bottom mount PSU and to utilize the around-the-back connections, had to get a 24-pin extension, unlike with a different motherboard. It's okay though, because the extension I got looks a lot cooler and matches the motherboard.
I'm a single GPU person (currently using a GTX 560). Micro-stuttering is a problem that still prevails in even the latest dual-GPU set-up. (See micro-stuttering at Tom's Hardware.)
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