Biostar is not new on the block by no means in a very competitive motherboard market. They are known for producing some good overclocking boards but as of late, starting with the Z68 series, we saw a small change in their look. Today, Biostar seems to be sailing in the right direction with a totally revamped aesthetic and it is great. From the packaging to the overall monochromatic aesthetics, the board shines.The overall layout of the board is tidy with plenty of room to spare running two graphics cards in SLI or Crossfire. We could not point any real negatives here but the LED Debug indicator did not work. Surely, this is an isolated problem and we will leave it as a mention.
The UEFI BIOS is laid out well and easy to navigate but is rather basic as is T Overclocker. You really cannot do any overclocking through Windows with T Overclocker so the manual overclock within the bios will have to do for now. Overclocking takes a different turn. The TZ77XE4 showed us some real overclocking prowess reaching 5.3GHz within 20 minutes with our Sandy Bridge 2600K. 5.3GHz raises the plateau by 100MHz of any motherboard we dropped the 2600K into. The TZ77XE4 is certainly a firecracker for overclocking.
The steps Biostar has taken from even the Z68 motherboards represents positive change and change generally comes from the top. The few small details within the BIOS and TOverclock can surely evolve and Biostar is on the move. We loved every minute we had this board on the test bench and that is not always easy to say. This board isn’t quite as feature rich as others on the market, nor quite as refined, but for the more budget-oriented consumer with a price of $170, it’s a straightforward product that’s a real performance monster.