At a first glance the Biostar Hi-Fi Z77X looks very good with
its harmonic design. The manufacturer decided to go for a black matte PCB as
well as black expansion slots and DIMM slot. A closer look at the different
coolers and at the capacitors next to the audio chips shows blue color accents. The
layout itself is well thought and there is for example plenty of space around
the CPU socket to install even todays largest CPU coolers. The fact that there
are SATA connectors which have been angled by 90 degrees allow an easy
installation of oversized graphics cards. What also helps is the fact that the
board is not overcrowded with additional chips. Therefore it has been possible
create a very decent layout.
Hi-Fi Z77X comes with a
digital 13 phase power design. Looking at the board from this point of view it
should definitely be capable of handling even extreme overclockers demands.
Totally you'll find four DIMM-slots on the
Hi-Fi Z77X. Officially supported are DDR3
2600(OC), 2400 (OC), 2200 (OC), 2133 (OC), 2000 (OC), 1866 (OC), 1600, 1333
and 1066 MHz. There is engough space between the DIMM-slots and the CPU socket which
means that you wont encounter compatibility problems with big coolers even when you choose to install RAM with big heatspreaders.
Also supported are Xtreme Memory Profiles (XMP) in version 1.3.
On the Hi-Fi Z77X the southbridge as well as the current
converters are being cooled using passive cooling blocks. Basically this board
is quite plain and simple. There is for example no additional PLX chip to split
PCI Express lanes. What you get is the standard connectivity offert by the Z77
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