The Biostar Hi-Fi Z77X is targeted to the mainstream user who wants a motherboard with an above-the-average audio section. It brings all the features that fulfill today’s average user needs, such as four USB 3.0 ports and two SATA-600 ports, as well as a few features that exceed these needs. These additional features include three PCI Express x16 slots, a very decent voltage regulator circuit, outstanding overclocking features, a POST diagnostics/temperature display, and, of course, the audio section. The audio section uses a high-end codec with an on-board amplifier and extra care to make sure the audio section will receive the least amount of electromagnetic interference as possible, thereby increasing audio quality. Because of that, this motherboard is also highly recommended for the user who works professionally with audio and video editing.
The lack of more SATA-600 ports may be seen as a drawback, and the absence of an on-board optical SPDIF output is rather weird on a motherboard where the main highlight is its audio section. Even with these drawbacks, we believe the Biostar Hi-Fi Z77X is a good pick, especially when you take into consideration its price.
We hope Biostar releases a more high-end version of this motherboard for the enthusiast user, with more SATA-600, USB 3.0 ports, possibly more PCI Express x16 slots, and a switch chip.