Biostar Hi-Fi Z97WE (LGA 1150) Motherboard Review

by - 7 years ago

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BIOS


The Biostar UEFI BIOS is fairly minimalist in design but it is actually intuitive to use and the clean layout makes things quite straight forward. The typical CPU and memory overclocking settings are located in the O.N.E tab while everything else is reasonably self-explanatory: “advanced” contains the advanced options for all the system hardware, “chipset” provides the ability to configure the PCH I/O, “boot” provides boot device selection and post settings and “security” allows you to password protect the BIOS. The BIOS isn’t as visually appealing as rival solutions due to having only a 1024 x 768 resolution but on the whole this doesn’t matter because the BIOS is fairly simple to use and I had absolutely no issues with it. The only thing I would change is have the “O.N.E” CPU/DRAM overclocking tab slot in between main and advanced because I think that’s where most people will want to go first – most people only enter their BIOS to overclock or set XMP profiles. I also think the name “O.N.E” is a bit strange, I’m not sure what it stands for but the name doesn’t seem indicative of overclocking settings.

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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