Biostar Hi-Fi Z97WE (LGA 1150) Motherboard Review

by - 6 years ago

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Power Consumption and Thermals


Power Consumption

To measure power consumption we use a killawatt meter and measure the total system power draw at the wall. We run three different use-case scenarios for 5 minutes and take the average reading.

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Thermal Performance

To measure the thermal properties of each motherboard we take the temperature of three different locations using a Rosewill infrared thermometer. We measure the hottest point on the PCH (chipset) heatsink, the first VRM heatsink (which is closest to the rear I/O) and the second VRM heatsink (which is closest to the RAM lanes). The graphs are sorted by the first VRM Heatsink temperature as this is normally where most of the CPU VRM phases reside.

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Article Index

  1. Introduction, Specifications and Packaging
  2. A Closer Look & Layout Analysis
  3. The Test System and Test Software
  4. BIOS
  5. Software Overview
  6. Overclocking
  7. CPU Performance
  8. GPU Performance
  9. Memory Performance
  10. SATA, M.2 and USB Performance
  11. Networking Performance
  12. Audio Performance
  13. Power Consumption and Thermals
  14. Final Thoughts
  15. View All

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1 Comment on Biostar Hi-Fi Z97WE (LGA 1150) Motherboard Review

  • Avatar Phillip says:

    I have this motherboard. I run Windows 7 Professional x64.
    I do not see any option to team the 2 NICs. I tried the NIC driver on the manufacture’s website and the 7.92.115.2015 (latest once from RealTek). None of these driver help.
    I have a Gigabyte Z87X-UD5H (also have 2 NICs). The teaming option can be found right in the property menu of the NICs.
    No idea why this option is not showing for the BioStar.
    I emailed the biostart US support e-mail for 3 days and haven’t heard anything from them.
    Can any one help with the NIC teaming of this mom-board?

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