Since the Ivy Bridge collection of Intel CPUs is almost upon us, Biostar has decided to introduce a motherboard that supports all their features, and more.
Called TZ77XE4, the new platform from Biostar has not been given a price, and probably won't get one before CeBIT 2012.
For those who don't know, the trade show will take place in Hannover, Germany, next month, from 6 to 10 March, 2012.
That said, the company went to significant lengths to turn the new board into a flagship product of sorts, and the Z77 chipset (socket LGA 1155) is just the cornerstone.
Speaking of the chipset, it comes with native support for the USB 3.0 interface and SSD caching (Intel Smart Response technology), though its most relevant asset is support for the Ivy Bridge series of central processing units.
Built on the 22nm process technology, Ivy Bridge will succeed Sandy Bridge CPUs and, among other things, have their own support for PCI Express (three x16 slots in this case, with SLI and CrossFireX), DirectX 11 graphics and HDMI 3D Visual interface.
Going back to the motherboard, TZ77XE4 has four DDR3 memory slots (dual-channel, DDR3-2400), four USB 3.0 ports, support for up to four SATA2 drives and just as many SATA III ports, plus RAID 0, 1, 5 or 10 mode compatibility.
Furthermore, Biostar tossed in the UEFI BIOS (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface BIOS), eight USB 2.0 connectors, Gigabit Ethernet and an 8+2 HD codec, plus THX TruStudio Pro audio from Creative.
Finally, thanks to the Virtu Universal MVP software suite (based on Luci Virtu GPU software), video and media content can be quickly processed with the Hyperformance function, reducing the load on most system components.
As for overclocking, the universal T-overclocker Windows utility is included in the offer, while BIO-Remote2 technology lets Android and Apple mobile gadgets handle clocks over wireless.