- February 8, 2015 at 7:43 pm #70215
BIOSTAR announced its latest flagship socket LGA1150 motherboard, the GAMING Z97X. With a design focus on gaming PC builds that are high on connectivity, with a little bit of overclocking thrown in, rather than an all-out focus on overclocking (TPower), this board punches well above its weight with its feature-set. To begin with, the board features a rustic, industrial design, featuring a brown/gold+black color scheme for the various slots and connectors; and a black plastic shroud running the board’s length. The board draws power from a combination of 24-pin ATX and 8-pin EPS connectors. A 12-phase VRM conditions it for the CPU.
Expansion slots include three PCI-Express 3.0 x16 (electrical x16/NC/NC or x8/x8/NC or x8/x4/x4); and three PCI-Express 2.0 x1, wired to the PCH. Storage connectivity includes SATA-Express, six SATA 6 Gb/s, and an M.2 (electrical PCIe 2.0 x2) connector. This board also offers two supercharged USB 3.1 (10 Gb/s) ports, in addition to six other USB 3.0 ports, and a number of USB 2.0/1.1 ports. There are two gigabit Ethernet interfaces, one driven by an Intel-made controller, and another by Qualcomm Killer E2200, so you get to choose between Killer and Intel. The onboard audio features a 110 dBA SNR CODEC, a 600Ω headphones amp, and ground-layer isolation. Also included is a 5.25-inch front-panel head-unit BIOSTAR calls the “Gaming Commander,” which gives you front-panel audio outputs with a volume control, amplifier control, diagnostic LEDs, and a CPU temperature indicator. A variant of this motherboard, which lacks the third PCIe x16 slot, offers a 10-phase CPU VRM, and goes easy on some other features, called the GAMING Z97W, was also released.
Z97WFebruary 10, 2015 at 9:53 am #84475StaticFXParticipant
I wish they didnt use the brown… but I do like the entire overall look of the boards… nice to see some higher end stuff from them!February 11, 2015 at 3:18 pm #84492
lets just hope they cleared up their bios issues.February 28, 2015 at 11:26 am #84674Admin1Guest
Tee, We have the Biostar Z97X coming in for reviewMarch 3, 2015 at 5:03 pm #84707
ill be looking forward to thatMarch 9, 2015 at 4:35 pm #84798YesParticipant
Nice looking board. What are some of the Bios issues?March 11, 2015 at 5:34 pm #84816Admin1Guest
We now have the new Biostar Z97X , it was delivered last Saturday !March 11, 2015 at 5:53 pm #84818
can i have it? 😉
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