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    Default Biostar Z97X and Z97W Gaming motherboards

    BIOSTAR announced its latest flagship socket LGA1150 motherboard, the GAMING Z97X. With a design focus on gaming PC builds that are high on connectivity, with a little bit of overclocking thrown in, rather than an all-out focus on overclocking (TPower), this board punches well above its weight with its feature-set. To begin with, the board features a rustic, industrial design, featuring a brown/gold+black color scheme for the various slots and connectors; and a black plastic shroud running the board's length. The board draws power from a combination of 24-pin ATX and 8-pin EPS connectors. A 12-phase VRM conditions it for the CPU.


    Expansion slots include three PCI-Express 3.0 x16 (electrical x16/NC/NC or x8/x8/NC or x8/x4/x4); and three PCI-Express 2.0 x1, wired to the PCH. Storage connectivity includes SATA-Express, six SATA 6 Gb/s, and an M.2 (electrical PCIe 2.0 x2) connector. This board also offers two supercharged USB 3.1 (10 Gb/s) ports, in addition to six other USB 3.0 ports, and a number of USB 2.0/1.1 ports. There are two gigabit Ethernet interfaces, one driven by an Intel-made controller, and another by Qualcomm Killer E2200, so you get to choose between Killer and Intel. The onboard audio features a 110 dBA SNR CODEC, a 600Ω headphones amp, and ground-layer isolation. Also included is a 5.25-inch front-panel head-unit BIOSTAR calls the "Gaming Commander," which gives you front-panel audio outputs with a volume control, amplifier control, diagnostic LEDs, and a CPU temperature indicator. A variant of this motherboard, which lacks the third PCIe x16 slot, offers a 10-phase CPU VRM, and goes easy on some other features, called the GAMING Z97W, was also released.




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    Source: BIOSTAR Announces the GAMING Z97X and Z97W Motherboards | techPowerUp
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    Default Re: Biostar Z97X and Z97W Gaming motherboards

    Dang that's a nice board.

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    Default Re: Biostar Z97X and Z97W Gaming motherboards

    they remind me of Sabertooth boards
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    Default Re: Biostar Z97X and Z97W Gaming motherboards

    Those are damn good boards. Yeah, both board have some similarity with sabertooth.

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    Default Re: Biostar Z97X and Z97W Gaming motherboards

    I'm struggling to figure out the point of the two PCI Slots on the Z97W. I can't think of anything I'd put in a PCI Slot that isn't available in a PCI-E slot. I suppose I could dig out my 10 year old SB Audigy, but if I were buying a new Z97 board, I certainly wouldn't want any PCI slots. I thought PCI was all but gone...

    Hmmm... a search on NewEgg reveals this isn't precisely rare. What gives?

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    Default Re: Biostar Z97X and Z97W Gaming motherboards

    Quote Originally Posted by Gu3 View Post
    I'm struggling to figure out the point of the two PCI Slots on the Z97W. I can't think of anything I'd put in a PCI Slot that isn't available in a PCI-E slot. I suppose I could dig out my 10 year old SB Audigy, but if I were buying a new Z97 board, I certainly wouldn't want any PCI slots. I thought PCI was all but gone...

    Hmmm... a search on NewEgg reveals this isn't precisely rare. What gives?


    I dont get it either. I have not found a use for a PCI slot in a long time.

    Interested if Biostar took the time to create a bios stable enough to control a board of this caliber. Hopefully we will find out soon.
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    Default Re: Biostar Z97X and Z97W Gaming motherboards

    The only thing I can figure is people who still hang onto their old PCI wireless cards. I was surprised at how many people still use those rather than plugging directly in to their router via ethernet, or upgrading to a better USB or PCIe wireless card.

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    Default Re: Biostar Z97X and Z97W Gaming motherboards

    Quote Originally Posted by joshjaks View Post
    The only thing I can figure is people who still hang onto their old PCI wireless cards. I was surprised at how many people still use those rather than plugging directly in to their router via ethernet, or upgrading to a better USB or PCIe wireless card.
    Yeah, that makes sense. Perhaps some add-on USB boards and the like as well. I was surprised when I searched Newegg, I found 30+ boards with 1 or more PCI slots. Frankly, on a Z97 this seems ridiculous. I guess I'm a PCI-E Slot snob...lol

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    Default Re: Biostar Z97X and Z97W Gaming motherboards

    Quote Originally Posted by Gu3 View Post
    I guess I'm a PCI-E Slot snob...lol
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