Evaluation Biostar motherboard Hi-Fi Z97Z7

Design

Biostar Hi-Fi Z97Z7 generation Intel chipset motherboard series 9, designed to be compatible with socket LGA1150 processors is Haswell, Haswell and Broadwell-K refresh. In addition to the advantages inherited from Lynx Point platform (chipset series 8), a new form of Biostar motherboards also support enhancing the standard SSD M.2 with some new features like the ability to manage power more efficiently support micro SSD (μSSD) and single-chip SSD storage devices in embedded (embedded SSD).

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Circuit supplies power to the processor has 8 phase.

Products designed in a standard ATX motherboard, enabling manufacturers put into many different components, expanding the ability to support peripherals and especially better overclocking capability. Mosfet heatsink and chipsets are also designed with air contact surface bigger, helps the cooling components efficiently underlying hardware. 8-phase power supply circuit to ensure power supplies for the processor, integrated graphics, memory controller and memory stable and accurate than traditional analog circuits.

LEDs help identify the error code displays the CPU temperature or the end of the boot process. Biostar Hi-Fi Z97Z7 standards also apply new components using solid capacitors whole (solid capacitor) and Low RDS helps reduce power consumption and low operating temperatures. The product is equipped with ESD protection circuits sensitive components from electrostatic damage. Onboard power button integrated well (power), restart button (reset) and the LEDs display operating status, as well as help identify the error code if something goes wrong.

SATA 3.0 and SATA Express on the motherboard.

Similarly 8 series chipset motherboard ago, all SATA ports on the Hi-Fi are standard Z97Z7 bandwidth 3.0 to 6Gb / second, allowing users to set up complex drive configuration (RAID 5, 6, 10 …) entirely with SATA 3.0 connection. Samples of Biostar motherboard has 4 memory slots, supports DDR3 RAM clocked at up to 2.800MHz with a total memory capacity up to 32GB. Technology XMP (Extreme Memory Profile) helps users easily optimize RAM parameters with just a few simple settings in the BIOS.

Hi-Fi sound is one of the highlights of the motherboard design.
Z97Z7 has two PCI Express x16 slot for discrete graphics mounting, coupling support AMD CrossFireX dual card standard. However, multi-graphics technology is designed for show than actual use by only the main support slot bandwidth and up to 16x 4x slots remaining. In addition, the motherboard Biostar Hi-Fi Z97Z7 supports both PCI and traditional serial connections are used, that are still prevalent in many of today’s peripherals. Audio technology with Realtek ALC892 codec decoder chip supports 8-channel audio chip, “Hi-Fi Amp” along the filter capacitor “cap Hi-Fi” that filter and amplify the frequency, fully reinstates sound spectrum even at low volumes.

Connectivity peripherals at the back.

Number of ports connected peripherals on the back quite rich, including PS / 2 port for keyboard (or mouse), 2 USB 2.0 ports, 4 USB 3.0 ports, gigabit Ethernet ports and up to 3 outputs analog signals and digital images.

Performance

For performance evaluation form Z97Z9 motherboard from Biostar, Test Lab test configuration using Intel Core i7-4770K CPU, integrated graphics HD Graphics 4600 on Windows 7 x64 platform sp1 with the hardware drivers (driver) comes.

The tool consists of PCMark 8 overall performance evaluation and testing components such as CineBench R11.5 (64 bit), Cloud Gate 3DMark, PCMark Heaven Benchmark v4.0 and 05. During testing, motherboard operation with default parameters set when shipped and the results of tests taken after 3 run average.

Overall, the performance review of motherboards Biostar Hi-Fi Z97Z7 been put in passable, tests scores achieved no less than the average value of a number of Z97 motherboards with each line that Test Lab experiment. Cinebench R11.5 specifically to test 3D rendering capabilities of the processor (CPU), and integrated graphics through OpenGL libraries, configuration testing 1.72 points in single-core test CPU (single core) multi-core CPU and 8.53 points (multi-core), the rendering speed reaches 34.7 frames / second (fps) in the OpenGL test.

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In tests the graphics processing capabilities with 3DMark Cloud Gate, the system achieved 8068 points Physics, 8672 Graphics and performance points to reach 8530 points overall. With Heaven Benchmark, a graphical test had several similarities with 3DMark but stressed technology tessellation in DirectX 11 graphics library, Z97Z7 reached 414 points and the ability to handle images achieved 16.5 frames / sec , a little lower than the same sample motherboard Gigabyte line.

Power Consumption

Check the power consumption of the test configuration (not including monitor) shows the no-load mode, test configuration consumes about 34.7 W (in the mean) and peak only 101 , 9 W in 3DMark graphics tests (in the highest value). If compared to the Z97 Express chipset motherboard that Test Lab each test, the Biostar Hi-Fi Z97Z7 considered power savings, lower power consumption than the average value.

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