|Biostar Hi-Fi Z77X Intel ATX Motherboard|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Motherboards|
|Written by Hank Tolman|
|Thursday, 27 September 2012|
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Biostar Hi-Fi Z77X Motherboard
Manufacturer: BIOSTAR Group
Product Name: Hi-Fi Z77X
Model Number: IZ77EAHT-RD2 VER5.1
Price As Tested: $149.99 (Newegg)
Full Disclosure: The product sample used in this article has been provided by Biostar.
The latest chipset from Intel, the Z77, has been around for a little while now and has certainly spurred a lot of interest by aftermarket motherboard manufacturers. Little actually changed between the Z68 chipset and the Z77 chipset. Z77 added Smart Connect to let you receive emails while your computer is asleep and Rapid Start to speed up boot times. With so little changing, it is up to the manufacturers to pack their motherboards so full of features that they stand out above the rest of the competition. That is exactly what Biostar has done with the Hi-Fi Z77X.
Biostar itself has put six Z77 motherboards on the market. The most recent motherboard released by Biostar is the Hi-Fi Z77X. Biostar focused on audio enhancements when they built the Hi-Fi Z77X. The target market for the Biostar Hi-Fi Z77X includes audiophiles everywhere. Gamers, HTPC builders, or even those who want to listen to their music in the best possible way while they are doing their homework. Biostar claims perfect sound delivery with their new Hi-Fi technology, enabling PC users the ability to experience virtual surround sound without investing in any extra equipment.
To provide this extensive audio experience, Biostar has added a lot of new hardware to the Hi-Fi motherboard. All of the pieces maintain the Hi-Fi monitor. They include the Hi-Fi Ground, the Hi-Fi Amp, Hi-Fi Caps, and Hi-Fi Resistors. Now, we will get into much more detail on each of these items later in this review, but for now it's enough to say that Biostar has made some serious design changes to the Hi-Fi Z77X that promise a great deal of audio power.Besides the Biostar Hi-Fi Z77X, Biostar has another motherboard equipped with the Hi-Fi hardware. That motherboard is called the Hi-Fi Z77S and is a little less fully-featured than the Z77X and set in Biostar's Performance category. The Hi-Fi Z77X hangs out in the Tech Enthusiast category with other high end Biostar motherboards like the Tpower X79, the TZ77XE4, and the TZ77XE3. So without further ado, let's move on and find out more about this audio-powerhouse Biostar Hi-Fi Z77X.