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Biostar Hi-Fi Z97WE Motherboard Review

Our NZXT Avatar S mouse worked fine in the Biostar Z97 UEFI BIOS.

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Biostar’s interface uses a dated layout and overall design. The pages look like they were designed many years ago and the graphics lack creativity.

With that said, Biostar does provide a fair range of options for tweaking fan control and monitoring system performance.

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Biostar splits up the OC sections to avoid navigation complexities. While this does make the interface easier to use, it also slows down overclocking operations for more experienced users.

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The basic CPU OC section is sufficient to users looking for a quick and easy overclock. More advanced users may miss the fancy voltage and power tweaking settings they are treated to on competing motherboards.

Biostar uses a 100.50MHz base clock by default. This positively skews all of the related clock speeds and could have stability issues with memory kits.

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Biostar provides enough voltage tweaking options for the majority of users, especially those sat in its target audience. Users are largely free to select from adaptive and static voltage modes.

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Manual memory tweaking is simple and effective. When XMP is not applied, users are given the freedom to switch between DRAM base clock links and frequency multipliers, as well as a number of timings.

Biostar’s Z97 UEFI implementation is far from the most attractive or easiest to use, and it’s not the most feature-heavy either, but it functions correctly and provides entry level and mid-range users with enough options for tweaking.

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