Biostar Hi-Fi Z97WE Motherboard Review


At the time of this article, the latest and greatest 4th generation Intel Core i3/i5/i7 “Haswell” refresh chips haven’t become available yet. However, that’s not stopping companies like Biostar from pumping out their all new Z97 boards. With the exception of the added feature of M.2 SSD support, nothing has really changed since the Z87 chipset. However, the M.2 support may be just enough to make some people want to upgrade to the new chipset. It’s nice to know that the newest chipset is still fully compatible with the older Core series of processors. Once the new 5th generation Intel Core series of CPUs becomes available, they will be compatible with the Z97WE motherboard.


Biostar doesn’t have a reputation for pushing out the most cutting edge boards on the market, however they are known for making cheap but reliable boards. The Hi-Fi Z97WE is no exception to that. With a very modest price tag of just $125 USD at the time of this article, it’s hard to compare it to the higher end more expensive boards on the market. However the Z97WE does just that, it’s able to hold it’s own with the much more expensive boards that are currently available.


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
Pricing and Availability

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.

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