Summary: The ratings awarded to a product are derived from a number of tests and calculations, keeping certain important factors in mind. These factors consist of features, performance, quality and value for money. In case of software and some other categories, build quality might be replaced with ease of use or ease of installation. Products are compared with other products in a similar price range or product category.
Conclusion: I really like the matte black look of the PCB and all the black slots and ports, but I would have liked to see the black scheme taken further with completely black heatsinks. The orange on the heatsinks and the orangish SATA cables go fine together, but I would have been a bigger fan of an all black color scheme.
Conclusion: Motherboards can relatively straightforward and a joy to work with, or the biggest level of frustration and anguish a system builder or tester can experience. The Biostar TZ77XE4 invokes quantum mechanics in its actions - being either a delight or a terror depending on what you want to do with it.
Excerpt: Biostar has recently been pushing its way into the enthusiasts offerings, and with the new TPower TZ77XE4, they have introduced a board designed for overclocking. Knowing the TPower line’s capabilities and excellent value we should be in for one hell of a show.
Pros: Low price, SLI/CF Capable, Nice Audio solution, Good look, Triple slot spacing for GPU slots, Overclocks well, It just works, Solid VRM design
Cons: BIOS is not very good, Board needs some fine tuning, Not many features, Performance is slightly behind the pack
Summary: The Biostar TZ77XE4 really surprised me with its overall aesthetic design, as well as the chosen onboard components, which really do not cut any corners, either in cost, or functionality. There is a limited number of USB 3.0 ports, but this is one of the things that helps keep final board cost down, and with two each on the front panel and the rear panel, there should be more than enough for most users.
Pros: Relatively affordable pricing, as we can always expect from Biostar, Support for up to three VGAs in CrossfireX or SLI, Simple, yet very much "up to date" aesthetic design, Onboard display outputs for all current common connection types (HDMI, DiplayPort, DVI, and VGA), Highend Realtek ACL898 Audio CODEC, New highly efficient VR12-complaint Intersil VRM design
Cons: Limited USB 3.0 ports (only four), No Digital Audio output, Accessories package is rather small
Excerpt: I can't remember the last time I tested a BIOSTAR product, so much so I'm not sure I've ever tested one. Saying that, over nine years in the game, I have trouble believing that I've never had my hands on a BIOSTAR product. Really, though, that doesn't matter as we get our hands on one of the most recently released BIOSTAR products.
Excerpt: The Biostar brand doesn’t have a massive presence in the UK, at least not in the enthusiast segment of the market. We consider Asus, ASRock and Gigabyte to be the top three enthusiast brands on the market at the moment but this is something Biostar are looking to change with the release of their new range of motherboards.
Review: Biostar TZ77XE4 T Overclocker - Ivy Bridge
30 April 2013
Excerpt: Biostar ist hierzulande ein eher unbekannter Hersteller von Hauptplatinen. Nichts desto trotz hat das Unternehmen einige interessante Platinen bezüglich Intels neuem Z77-Chipsatz im Angebot. Im Folgenden betrachten wir das TZ77XE4 T-Overclocker genauer, gehen auf die Features ein und analysieren die Performance.
Excerpt: Intels Prozessoren der kommenden Generation sind noch lange nicht auf dem Markt, trotzdem haben wir bereits ein TZ77XE4 TOverclocker Mainboard von Biostar erhalten. Der hierzulande eher unbekannte Hersteller ist immer wieder gut für eine Überraschung. Von dem her sind wir gespannt auf diese Platine.