New motherboards to capitalize on the launch of the "Haswell Refresh" CPUs are just around the corner and one of the first to release some details of the next-gen board after ASUS is Biostar.
While the new processors are directly compatible with the previous Intel 8-series motherboards using the LGA1150 CPU socket, Intel has taken the opportunity to update some of the features on the newer boards bearing the 9-series marketing name. More details of the official chipset features will be made available soon.
Meanwhile Biostar’s Hi-Fi Z97WE sports a yellow/gold on black motif and prominently features their Puro Hi-Fi audio technology. This consists of an independent audio power design with a built-in amplifier, dedicated ‘audio-grade’ capacitors for each audio channel and independent power delivery design to reduce electrical noise. All of these are demarcated by a yellow strip running on the rear-end of the PCB to signify audio-centric components for the Puro Hi-Fi feature. To find out more details of this feature, you can tune in to our earlier news update.
Apparently, legacy PCI bus has been removed on the newer Intel chipsets and this prompted Biostar to incorporate an Asmedia ASM1083 PCIe x1 to 32-bit PCI bridge to help the board support a pair of PCI slots. Other notable features include dual PEG slots, dual Gigabit LAN ports, basic on-board control switches and a NGFF M.2 connector for new generation solid state drives.