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Biostar Hi-Fi Z97WE Review


Biostar Hi-Fi Z97WE Closer Look:

Biostar is now using a UEFI BIOS on the Hi-Fi Z97WE. The move opens up new options and flexibility within the BIOS. Ease of use and navigation are paramount to a good implementation. Let's dig through this latest BIOS from Biostar.

To start the Main interface page features a bright blood red background that lists the basic BIOS information including the revision and date implemented. Options on the main page include your language choice, system date, time, and user access level. The left side of the screen features hardware monitoring of the CPU clock speed, memory speed, fan speeds of two fans, and the CPU temperature with a digital clock to set it off. Across the bottom are seven links to additional sections of the BIOS to fully set up the operating parameters of the Hi-Fi Z97WE.


Moving into the Advanced section, you hit the meat and potatoes of the BIOS where you set up the peripherals, smart fan controls, validate installed drives, and CPU technology settings. Most of this will be left on Auto to get the board up and running with the installed hardware.




The Chipset section of the BIOS has a few important sections that deal with the graphics adapter settings and turning on and off the onboard devices, including the order the graphics adapters are polled, sound, NIC, PCIe speed, and more.



The Boot menu allows the end user to set up the order that the installed drives are polled. The logo can be disabled or enabled based on your preferences, but mine lean toward info rather than graphics. BIOS Flash protection can be enabled to ensure you do not end up with a locked down machine thanks to some malicious code, and works in concert with the Bulldog Security suite. The Security section is used to set up a user-based password and manage the secure boot functionality for increased end user protection.



The O.N.E. section is where all the manual performance tuning of the Hi-Fi Z97WE occurs. The options are not as robust, but are enough to get the job done. The CPU ratio, ring ratio, voltage controls, and DRAM settings are easy to find and allow you to tweak for maximum clock speeds.




Save & Exit is pretty self explanatory, but offers up some additional usability options. Here is where the end user can save overclocking profiles; something that is especially handy when you end up with a no-boot condition and can recover by clearing CMOS. In the left hand window are shortcuts to specific functions, including taking BIOS screenshots and entering the BIOS flashing utility.


While not as robust as some offerings I have looked at, the BIOS on this board is easy to navigate once you learn your way around. There are enough options for the hardcore enthusiast, but it still has the ease of use the novice will need. I had no issues navigating with either a mouse or keyboard to make selections. Visually, the BIOS is easy on the eyes with no major surprises.

  1. Biostar Hi-Fi Z97WE: Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Biostar Hi-Fi Z97WE Closer Look: The Board
  3. Biostar Hi-Fi Z97WE Closer Look: Programs and Utilities
  4. Biostar Hi-Fi Z97WE Closer Look: The BIOS
  5. Biostar Hi-Fi Z97WE: Specifications & Features
  6. Biostar Hi-Fi Z97WE Testing: Setup & Overclocking
  7. Biostar Hi-Fi Z97WE Testing: PCMark 7, SiSoft Sandra 2014
  8. Biostar Hi-Fi Z97WE Testing: Cinebench 11.5, X.264, AIDA64
  9. Biostar Hi-Fi Z97WE Testing: CrystalDiskMark, ATTO 2.47
  10. Biostar Hi-Fi Z97WE Testing: iPerf, RMAA
  11. Biostar Hi-Fi Z97WE Testing: Gaming
  12. Biostar Hi-Fi Z97WE: Conclusion
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