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Biostar Hi-Fi Z97WE Motherboard Review

OVERCLOCKING THE HI-FI Z97WE

Every time I get a new motherboard installed into a computer, the first thing I think is “I wonder how it’s going to overclock…” so naturally this wouldn’t be a real review if we didn’t go over some of the overclocking abilities of the Biostar Z97WE. Since the Biostar Z97WE has no built in “auto” mode, all of our overclocking was done manually through the Bios. Biostar does have a software overclocking application, however I would recommend not using software to overclock your computer.

TEST SYSTEM

CPUIntel Core i5 4670K
RAM8GB Samsung DDR3 1600Mhz
MotherboardBiostar Hi-Fi Z97WE
HDDSeagate 600 480GB SSD
GPUnVidia GeForce GTX 760
PSUAntec TruePower 750Watt

stock

These are the baseline stock settings for our tests today. As you can see by default the Base Clock set by the Z97WE is 100.50Mhz. This would give the Z97WE a slight advantage if we were benchmarking it with any sort of synthetic tests. However, we are just looking at CPU overclocking today, so that won’t play any part in our testing.

BASE CLOCK OVERCLOCKING

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When it comes to base clock overclocking, you really need to be pretty careful. It’s pretty easy to adjust this value too high and then you’re having all sorts of issues. Generally speaking, it’s pretty safe to go up to around 105Mhz, however we were able to get ours all the way up to 107 Mhz before we started running into any stability issues.

MULTIPLIER OVERCLOCKING

4500mhzoc

Overclocking our Intel Core i5 4670K CPU using just the multiplier adjustment options, we topped out at 4.5Ghz. I fully feel that this isn’t a limitation of the board itself, but rather our CPU as these are the same results we saw with our previous motherboard.

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??