Biostar’s TZ68A+ motherboard leaks ahead of launch

 Biostars TZ68A+ motherboard leaks ahead of launch

These days there are four major Taiwanese motherboard makers and then we have Biostar and Jetway somewhere down the bottom-end of the market. That said, Biostar has had some success with the overclocking crowd and now details of its first Z68 based motherboard and although we can't say that this is a board we'd rush out to buy.

These days there are four major Taiwanese motherboard makers and then we have Biostar and Jetway somewhere down the bottom-end of the market. That said, Biostar has had some success with the overclocking crowd and now details of its first Z68 based motherboard and although we can't say that this is a board we'd rush out to buy.

The TZ68A+ is so for the most spartan Z68 we've seen to date. In fact, we have a feeling we won't see another Z68 board that has so few features from anyone else. That said, we're hopefully looking at a really affordable Z68 board and it should be more than adequate for most users. On a brighter note, Biostar has at least added a trio of display connectors around the back which consists of an HDMI, DVI and VGA port. The only other ports around the back is a PS/2 port, two USB 2.0 ports, two USB 3.0 ports (via an ASMedia host controller), a Gigabit Ethernet port and three audio jacks for 5.1-channel audio.

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The board layout is pretty clean if somewhat uninspiring with a pair of x16 PCI Express slots where the second one is a x4 slot rather than being a switchable slot, a single x1 PCI Express slot and two PCI slots. To Biostar's defence this does at least mean there are no blocked slots, nor any shared bandwidth from the chipset, so anything you plug in will work as intended without on-board features being disabled. The board has the standard four SATA 3Gbps and two SATA 6Gbps ports, but these are sadly not angled, although it's not likely that any of them will be blocked by an add-in card.

 Biostars TZ68A+ motherboard leaks ahead of launch

The board also has a power and reset button, oddly high-end features on what is otherwise looking like a fairly basic board. There are also three headers for an additional six USB 2.0 ports, as well as a serial and parallel port header on the board. One of the more disappointing features, or lack thereof, is the fact that Biostar has only fitted a single 4-pin PWM fan header and it's for the CPU fan and even so there are only two other fan headers on the board which seem stingy. The power regulation circuitry is also very basic which what appears to be a 4+1-phase design. In as much as this is good enough, it doesn't inspire a lot of confidence in the overclocking potentials for this board. Still, at the end of the day, it all comes down to cost and this better be a cheap board is it's not going to do well.

Source: pt1t

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