Sandy Bridge and Socket 1155 have been a mainstay for Intel for sometime now. H67 and P67 motherboards were the original offerings. Next, the Z68 chipset provided a marriage of sorts with overclocking abilities and added features. Now with Ivy Bridge on the horizon, Intel has released the Z77 and Z75 chipsets that maintain Socket 1155 which is a relief for Intel fanboys. Traditionally, Intel uses a different socket with new releases but that is not the case with Ivy. Both the Z68 Gen. 3 and Z77/75 chipsets support Sandy Bridge and Ivy Bridge.
Intel’s intentional delay of can be debated for sometime but looking at the dismal desktop market and OEM overstocks, it makes sense as Intel still reigns the performance king with Sandy Bridge, and Intels’ intentional delay undoubtedly helps Intel’s partners manage their inventory levels.
Biostar has been manufacturing motherboards for years, yet many enthusiasts prefer the top-tier manufacturers. And while Biostar may not have been typically thought of as an enthusiast-caliber brand, today we have a surprise in store with Biostar’s newest release, the TZ77XE4 motherboard for Intel’s next generation processors. The look says it all, so let’s not waste any more time and get the newly designed TZ77XE4 on the test bench as see what overclocking prowess it has.