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Biostar Hi-Fi Z97WE Motherboard Review

BIOS FEATURES

Bios1

Upon our first power on, I went straight into the UEFI Bios to ensure everything was set as it should be. The very first thing I noticed was that in comparison to other UEFI Bios that I have used before, the Biostar Bios was a bit… unpolished. It’s very basic, however it is a bit more intuitive than the older Bios systems, that forced you to use a keyboard to navigate.

BiosAdvanced

Going straight into the “Advanced” section of the board, you’ll find all of your basic settings. Here you can change your SATA mode, go into your CPU settings and enable virtualization, fan control settings and much more.

BiosPCIBiosAPCIBiosTPMBiosCPUSettBiosSATABiosUSBBiosFANBiosHealth

Rather than go into detail on each screen, you can look over them and see what settings you can change. Most are very self explanatory.

BiosCHIPSET

The Chipset section of the Bios doesn’t really give us many options at all.

BiosBootHere you’re able to set all of your boot priority options. You can also enable fast boot, which essentially bypasses the bios splash screen and enables you to go straight into your Windows installation as fast as possible.

BiosSecurityAs you would expect, in the security section you’re able to set your Bios password. You can also configure your secure boot settings.

CPUConfigDRAMConfigVoltageConfig

The O.N.E. panel is where you’ll find all of your overclocking and overvoltage settings. For such a budget oriented board, the Z97WE has tons of overclocking options! Hopefully these will help us get a nice stable overclock!

Time has come again, and Intel has released a new chipset for the LGA 1150 socket. The new Z97 chipset from Intel is pretty similar to that of the Z87 chipset that Intel released a little over a year ago. The only change that Intel has made over the Z87 is the addition of the M.2 SSD support. This doesn't mean that every board that runs on the Z97 chipset will have the new port, however the Biostar Hi-Fi Z97WE that we've got up for review right now, does feature M.2 support. The Hi-FI Z97WE is definitely aimed to appeal to those…

Review Overview

Build and Components
Performance
Features
Pricing and Availability
Warranty

Budget Goodness

For those who are looking for a Z97 motherboard that are on a budget, the Biostar Hi-Fi Z97WE should definitely be on your list of contenders.

User Rating: 3.55 ( 1 votes)
  • Carlo Infante

    Awesome review. When all of those famous brands are fancying about
    designs on their 9 series. Here comes Biostar’s offering will a full
    pack features at a very reasonable price.

    • Yes we were quite surprised with this board…now to see what they may eventually offer in X99.

  • Jim Lipscomb

    Thanks Les. I have the Z77 incarnation of this line and was able to get a high 4.4 on a 3770K running prime for 24 hrs on stock voltages

  • Phillip

    I have this motherboard. I run Windows 7 Professional x64.

    I do not see any option to team the 2 NICs. I tried the NIC driver on the manufacture’s website and the 7.92.115.2015 (latest once from RealTek). None of these driver help.

    I have a Gigabyte Z87X-UD5H (also have 2 NICs). The teaming option can be found right in the property menu of the NICs.

    No idea why this option is not showing for the BioStar.

    I emailed the biostart US support e-mail for 3 days and haven’t heard anything from them.

    Can any one help with the NIC teaming of this mom-board??